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How 14 Famous Cities Around the World Got Their Nicknames

Discover the origins behind some of the world’s most famous municipal monikers.

Often, when we talk about famous cities around the world, we call them by nicknames that seem to be known just as well as their proper names. Be it the City of Light for Paris, the Windy City for Chicago, Beantown Boston. Some handles are pretty obvious, such as The Windy City of Chicago, or The Pink Cities of Jaipur and Toulouse, both of which have pink architecture, or The End of the World for Ushuaia in Argentina. However, some labels are not quite as self-evident, such as The Big Apple. Sometimes a little digging is needed to find out just how certain cities became known under their more unusual nicknames. For what it’s worth, the numerous cities called Paris of the East/West/North/South and the just as popular Venice of the (add region) will be ignored here, because the reasons are not only pretty clear but there are also too many to even validate the moniker.

10 Popular Destinations to AVOID This Summer. And Where You Should Go Instead

The best alternatives to popular destinations.

Have you ever gone to see a movie simply because of the hype? Your coworkers won’t stop talking about it, your friends won’t stop quoting it, even your aunt references it on Facebook. Hype has a way of over-inflating the importance of just about everything, including travel destinations. Some destinations live up to all the praise and celebration, while others fall short. But hype, deserving or not, always affects destinations in one specific way: It crowds them with tourists. And with this summer shaping up to be a popular one for vacation goers, maybe it’s time to skip the over-hyped spots and spend some time in a destination that’s a guaranteed good time. Here are a handful of popular vacation picks that don’t necessarily fall short, but you might want to consider skipping anyway–and visit these alternative, often under-the-radar, locations instead.

20 Ultimate Things to Do in Washington, D.C.

What to see, do, and eat in the Nation’s Capital.

We all know Washington, D.C. as the nation’s capital city and the epicenter of American politics, but there is so much more life to this city that demands to be noticed. The side most travelers see is a city overflowing with memorials and museums; the side we want to share with you is a city that also happens to be lively, hip, enticing, entertaining, and memorable. There is an abundance of options on and off the beaten path for every type of traveler to The District—if that sounds overwhelming don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here is our list of insider’s top choices of places to eat, drink, play, visit, and stay while in Washington, D.C.

The Many Ways to Eat Barbecue Around the World

Fire up the grill!

Nothing epitomizes summer more than heading to the beach, firing up the grill, and toasting to cool summer vibes with an icy cold beer. While Americans have a strong affection for barbequing, with the heart and soul of our long-standing roasting tradition in the South perfecting the craft of slow-roasting a whole hog, there are other countries around the world who love barbequing as much as we do.  To inspire your summer grillin’ game this year, here are the best BBQ cultures and activities around the world to sink your teeth into.

10 Secret Islands in Italy Where You’ll Find Few Crowds and a Lot of Paradise

All of the natural beauty of Italy's well-known beaches without the crowds.

Forget the glamour of Capri and the VIP beaches of Sardinia. Italy is a treasure trove of pristine remote islands that give the Seychelles and the Bahamas a run for their tourist money. They are secret paradises far from the madding crowd, so don’t expect any social buzz (and be prepared for a long journey).

The Most Beautiful, Otherworldly Places Across the Himalayan Mountains

Spanning from Pakistan in the west to Bhutan in the east, the mighty Himalayan range includes the highest mountains in the world, diverse cultures, and otherworldly landscapes.

The Himalayan mountain range contains many of the highest mountains in the world, but aside from a handful of very popular trekking trails—including Nepal’s Everest Base Camp trek—they remain remote, hidden, and quite inaccessible. Spanning from Pakistan in the west to Bhutan in the east and stretching through parts of India, Nepal, and Tibet, the Himalayan chain encompasses sub-ranges such as the Karakoram and Zanskar ranges, themselves containing formidable mountains. Even more “accessible” and frequently visited parts of the Himalaya, such as Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh in India, or the aforementioned Everest region of Nepal, take quite some effort and time to reach from the major cities of their respective countries, let alone other parts of the world. The Himalaya is inhabited by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and other minority religions of various cultures and traditions, and the landscapes aren’t anything near uniform, either: India’s Ladakh and Nepal’s Mustang are dry, barren, and windy, while the valleys of Bhutan and Kathmandu are lush and green, with high rainfall. One could spend a lifetime traveling just the Himalayas and still barely scratch the surface. But, if you don’t have that long, here are 12 of the most beautiful, otherworldly places in the Himalayan Mountains.