A stitched 360-degree panorama shows the Bosporus separating the European (foreground) and Asian (background left center) sides of Istanbul as seen from Galata Tower.

Istanbul

Story and photos by Isaac D. Pacheco Istanbul’s prominence as a trading hub and cultural crossroads stretches back to antiquity thanks to its strategic location...
View from the top of the Spanish Cultural Center in Bata, Equatorial Guinea’s largest city, Jan. 30. The city’s oceanfront promenade is several miles long. Photo by Bryan Schiller

Equatorial Guinea

By Bryan Schiller On the western coast of Central Africa, just north of the Equator, lies the only country on the continent where Spanish is...
A panoramic view of the historical center of Minsk. Photo by karp5

Minsk

By Jeffrey Cole Belarus—strategically located between the European Union to the west, Russia to the east, and Ukraine to the south—is a country in transition....
Consulate General Quebec City staff members gather in front of the consulate building on a beautiful fall afternoon in Vieux Quebec. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco

Québec City

Above: Consulate General Québec City staff members gather in front of the consulate building on a beautiful fall afternoon in Vieux Québec. Photo by...

Munich

By Keith Hager When Americans think of Germany, chances are many of them picture Bavaria. The Alps and Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, tower over...
An aerial view of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, with the Nile River. Photo by Frontpage

Juba

By Moulik D. Berkana The Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest country, July 9, 2011, with Juba as its capital. On that occasion,...

Canberra

By Tim Johnson Fondly known by locals as the “bush capital,” Canberra’s name derives from a Ngunnawal word meaning “meeting place,” coined by the original...
Baku TV Tower, the tallest reinforced concrete building in the Caucasus, looks out over the city’s distinctive Flame Towers (left), and provides breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Azerbaijan

Story and photos by Isaac D. Pacheco Situated at the southern extent of the Caucasus, a mountain range that broadly marks the transition between Europe...

Pretoria

A regional hub in a robust and prosperous democracy
Afternoon sunlight illuminates a panoramic view of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the Gulf of Naples. Photo by Boris Stroujko

Naples

Afternoon sunlight illuminates a panoramic view of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the Gulf of Naples. Photo by Boris Stroujko panoramic view of Naples, Mount...