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...
The sun sets over Almaty.

Almaty

By Laurie Kelleher The snow-capped peaks of the northernmost range of the Tien Shan, Mountains of Heaven, ascend like sentries over Kazakhstan’s most populous city,...
Aerial night shot of the coast of the Beirut cityscape. Photo by Diplomedia

Lebanon

By Ellen T. Peterson Built in the 19th century, one of Lebanon’s most iconic houses—with its red and orange roof, blue shutters, and tan and...
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...
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...
The Kuwait Towers rise in the foreground of a beautiful sunset over Kuwait City. Photo by ADionisio

Kuwait

By Leyth Swidan Piercing through the clouds, the iconic Kuwait Towers could be overlooked as a purely decorative element in the city’s skyline, but they...
Pedestrians walk along the notoriously congested highway linking Kinshasa's city center to N'djili International Airport. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco

Kinshasa

Story by Isaac D. Pacheco Rising up along the eastern bank of the Congo River, Kinshasa is a bustling metropolis with an estimated population of...

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...
A large suspension bridge connecting Brazzaville's city center to the presidential palace is a prominent landmark along the city's popular multi-use Corniche.

Brazzaville

Above: A large suspension bridge connecting Brazzaville's city center to the presidential palace is a prominent landmark along the city's popular multi-use Corniche. Story and...
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...