UNESCO Spotlight: Siberia’s Legendary Lake Baikal

UNESCO Spotlight: Siberia’s Legendary Lake Baikal

Dubbed "Pearl of Siberia," no wonder Lake Baikal is on so many travelers’ bucket lists of places to go before they die. It's hands-down superlative: the oldest and deepest lake in the world. It's also considered an ancient holy and sacred place. Read More


Russia’s Cosmonautics Day: Beyond the Stars

Russia’s Cosmonautics Day: Beyond the Stars

It’s not “Cosmonauts Day” as you might think, but “Cosmonautics,” which rhymes with “robotics” and “aeronautics.” They’re all appropriate words when it comes to Russia’s Yuri Gagarin and the world’s first manned space flight on April 12, 1961. Read More


Naadam Festival: Mongolia’s Ancient Games

Naadam Festival: Mongolia’s Ancient Games

Colorful traditions and fiercely competitive games of the 111-year-old Naadam Festival draw thousands worldwide each July to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Rooted in athletic challenges of Genghis Khan warriors, even today Mongolia's best are still tested in wrestling, archery, and horse-riding. Read More


Brave Baltics,  Brave Hearts

Brave Baltics, Brave Hearts

Defiant. Bold. Brave. The Baltic countries are found along the Baltic Sea, made up of the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, with Russian exclave Kaliningrad often thrown into the mix. It is a place—these historic Baltics—filled with legendary brave hearts. Read More


Silk Route Spotlight: Samarkand, Crossroads of Cultures

Silk Route Spotlight: Samarkand, Crossroads of Cultures

If ever there were a crossroads of cultures, it is the melting pot of Samarkand. Over there—China—and over there—the West, the Mediterranean. And here, Samarkand: center of spices, silk, religions, cultures, and conquerors. This Silk Road oasis in Central Asia’s Uzbekistan is so cherished by the world that it’s designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Read More