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Asheville's Architecture Treasure Chest
Asheville's Architecture Treasure Chest

Downtown Asheville boasts a colorful and eclectic mix of architecture. Styles include Neoclassical, Romanesque Revival, Art Deco, Beaux Arts, Gothic and Spanish Renaissance, with buildings and monuments designed by greats such as Douglas D. Ellington, Richard Sharp Smith and Rafael Guastavino. Among the highlights are the Guastavino-designed Basilica of St.

Smith-McDowell House: Asheville's Oldest
Smith-McDowell House: Asheville's Oldest

Tour the fascinating 1840s Smith-McDowell House, Asheville’s first mansion and oldest surviving structure, now restored as a history museum for the area. Built by one of antebellum North Carolina’s most influential citizens, this National Register property was once the home of mayors, a Confederate Major, and friends of the Vanderbilts at nearby Biltmore Estate (just three miles away).

9 abilities us Italians have over everyone
9 abilities us Italians have over everyone

1. We manage to communicate no matter what.We are not exactly masters at foreign languages. We get by with Spanish and we may know a little English, but we are so expressive and communicative that we always manage to make ourselves understood. An Italian will never get stuck for being unable to speak the local language!

15 signs you were born and raised in Milan
15 signs you were born and raised in Milan

1. You’re never late, “you’re parking.”Milanese never want to admit that we’re going to be late. This is why, when your friend rings you while waiting for you out in the freezing rain, you give an excuse like “I’m parking, I’ll be there in 5 minutes.” Even though you’re still at home playing Candy Crush.

13 images that will make you want to visit Wisconsin
13 images that will make you want to visit Wisconsin

LOCALS HAVE KNOWN THIS FOR GENERATIONS, but the secret is starting to get out: There’s so much more to Wisconsin than cheese. Bordered by Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, Wisconsin is known for its diverse topography within the Great Lakes region.

Cashiers, NC
Cashiers, NC

Cashiers is a popular vacation destination in Jackson County and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, located just 10 miles from Highlands and about 63 miles from Asheville, along scenic Highway 64. Sitting at a high elevation of about 3,500 ft. in the middle of the Nantahala National Forest, this cool, lush area has plenty of beautiful spots for outdoor activities.

10 pictures that show travelers are old souls
10 pictures that show travelers are old souls

Travel is often depicted as an activity for the young of body, but rarely for the young of spirit. It takes the courage of an old soul to leave the familiar and examine the cultural assumptions that are the foundations of our lives. It is the travelers who refuse to accept “because that’s the way it is” as an explanation of why we live as we do.

Dear travelers to Wales, please don’t visit until you’ve understood these things
Dear travelers to Wales, please don’t visit until you’ve understood these things

1. Sheep shagger jokes aren’t funny.Yeah we get it, we have a lot of sheep and let’s face it, a pretty unattractive human population, but seriously, in what other country would it be socially acceptable to crack bestiality jokes at the expense of somebody you just met?2. In all seriousness though, sheep are everywhere.

5 honest questions Americans have for you, China
5 honest questions Americans have for you, China

THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA are basically complete opposites. Americans tend to have no idea what it’s really like in China, and as a result, we’re deeply suspicious and fearful of the gigantic, terrifying monolith that is Communist China. Since we’re the two most powerful countries in the world, we could probably benefit from opening up a bit of a dialogue between our cultures, right?

10 ways to humiliate yourself in India
10 ways to humiliate yourself in India

Featured Photo: Vinoth Chandar1. Don’t carry toilet paper.This is essential, especially if you just cannot live without toilet paper. In India, usage of toilet paper is pretty limited — you will find it available only in hotels, malls, and just a few homes. And if you ask why we don’t use toilet paper, I would let Shivam Mishra answer it.

The awesome things you’ll see in Atlantic Canada
The awesome things you’ll see in Atlantic Canada

THIS PAST June my partner and I left Nelson, BC in our ’99 Mitsubishi Delica, a 4×4 van that’s right-hand drive and a Japanese domestic import. We’d spent the previous several months taking out the back seats and building a bed, installing an awning and a rooftop cargo box, sewing curtains, and figuring out how to store and organize everything we’d need for 80 days on the road.

How well do you know foreign currencies? [QUIZ]
How well do you know foreign currencies? [QUIZ]

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