Brooklyn Walking Tour: Impressive Brooklyn Transformations   

Brooklyn paves the the way for all things hip, trendy, and edgy (while staying PC of course). Oftentimes, these new trends involve acts of repurposing, recycling, and reinventing. Think exposed brick and mason jars. After this Brooklyn walking tour, I learned that the borough’s act of repurposing extends further than originally thought. Here are a few times when Brooklyn really …

Your Visit to Liverpool: Understanding Scouse

When you visit Liverpool, you’ll probably notice their accent is rather different from what most people associate with a British accent. The distinct Liverpudlian lilt has confounded and intrigued visitors for decades. In “Scouse,” as the accent is called, “cut” rhymes with “foot,” “nurse” has the same vowel as “square,” and T is often dropped from the end of words. …

Visit Hungary: History’s Architectural Legacy

When you visit Hungary, you will definitely take note of it’s architecture. For a country at the intersection of three civilizations—Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East—it’s remarkable that Hungary has managed to retain a distinct identity. At the same time, the marks of the region’s former empires have left their traces on Budapest’s physical and cultural landscape. The …

Plan a Trip to Greece: How to Make the Most of 10 Days

Planning a vacation can be stressful and time-consuming, especially when you’ve only got a few days on location. Here’s a quick guide to planning  your next Greek vacation and how to make the most of those all-too-short days. Athens (3 days) You can’t plan a trip to Greece without visiting the Acropolis, so soak that in on day one. Complete …

Balboa Park San Diego: The City’s Crown Jewel

By: Caroline Tsai, a Let’s Go! researcher-writer If Los Angeles’s crown jewel of outdoor activity is Griffith Park, San Diego’s equivalent is Balboa Park. The park is a 1,200-acre space slightly north of downtown that features most of the city’s main museums. It includes the Art Museum, the Natural History Museum, and perhaps most notably, the San Diego Zoo, whose …

Tulips in Amsterdam: Worth the Visit?

If you’re going to Amsterdam, chances are you’ll encounter beautiful fields of colorful tulips. These make this already magical city seem all the more unbelievable. Walking through the beautiful fields of tulips in the Keukenhof Gardens, just outside of Amsterdam, is what one would imagine walking through a rainbow would be like. Now, imagine that every color in the rainbow …

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Exploring Beijing’s Ancient Alleyways

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In Beijing’s ancient alleyways, known as hutong, time seems to flow backwards. Local merchants peddle rice, fruit, and vegetables on rickshaws, calling out the day’s prices just as they have for centuries. Groups of weathered, wizened men play leisurely games of Mahjong. Incense from local temples wafts through the air, and colorful offerings dot the feet of Buddhist icons.