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10 Awesome Bars Hidden Behind Secret Doors

In the 1920s and ’30s alcohol was outlawed in the United States, and drinkers were forced into clandestine speakeasies. Purveyors of liquor found endlessly inventive ways to disguise their operations behind seemingly innocuous fronts. And while today Prohibition may be over, the allure of a hidden, exclusive watering hole remains as strong as ever. 10. Fall …

By Richard Arghiris
Cities

This Macabre Medical Museum Certainly Isn’t for the Squeamish

Image: VannahChelle Sights like these are nothing out of the ordinary in the Mutter Museum. After viewing several segments of Albert Einstein’s brain and considering the cabinet of 139 human skulls, more than a few visitors are liable to realize what they’ve let themselves in for by entering the place. Indeed, a growing sense of …

By Ben Taub
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These 15 Breathtaking Restaurants Literally Take Dining to New Heights

Image: Andronis Exclusive There’s perhaps only one experience more compelling than looking out across a mountainous panorama at a breathtaking height, and that’s combining those stunning views with a three-course meal and a glass of wine. And given the multitude of towering skyscrapers and hotels seen on the planet’s cityscapes and landscapes, it was probably …

By Neal Wallace
Cities

Hot Air Balloons Soaring Over Pushkar’s Hill Forts and Holy Waters

Image: Ankit Monga Hot air balloons mirror the domes of ancient architecture. Sand shifts around in the dry wind, while a man in a colorful turban guides his herd of camels past a building topped with minarets. Meanwhile, under a shady tree, a cow naps undisturbed. Pushkar, in Rajasthan, is one of the oldest cities …

By Karl Fabricius
Cities

Old Kashgar: The Historic Silk Road City Being Demolished By Beijing

Photo: Uluc Kecik A statue of Chairman Mao looms over Kashgar. The city of Kashgar lies in the Taklaman Desert, and “Taklamakan” is said to translate as “go in and you won’t come out,” or the “desert of death.” Situated in the Xinjiang region of China, close to the Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan borders in the …

By Karl Fabricius
Cities

Fire Breathers Blazing a Trail in the City of Light

Image: Philippe Lejeanvre Great balls of fire in front of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris A crowd mills about in a darkened courtyard to a background beat of drum and bass, reggae, and electronica. It’s January in Paris, it’s chilly, and people are wrapped up to keep warm – with a few notable exceptions. There …

By Karl Fabricius
Cities

‘Torontohenge’ Imperfect in April 2012

Photo: Mike DeHaanTorontohenge was less than perfect on April 17, 2012; clouds lingered in the skies just before dawn What is Torontohenge? The phenomenon of Torontohenge may be observed four times a year, when the sun rises or sets along a street in Toronto. The word is derived from Stonehenge, the famous site in Britain …

By Karl Fabricius
Cities

Hiroshima: Then and Now

Photo: National Archives Hiroshima is a complex city — at once a symbol of the terrifying and unlimited destructive power of mankind and a place of peace and hope. In less than a minute, the city was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever to be used for the purposes of warfare. Within sixty seconds, …

By Karl Fabricius