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'Berlin's Treasure Trove' revealed in DW documentary

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation runs Berlin museums — and one of the world's largest collection of exhibits. The film "Berlin's Treasure …

Museums

The Ultimate Guide to the Best World Heritage Sites in Italy

From the Eternal City to the City of Love to Pompeii, Mount Etna and the Amalfi Coast.<p>From Venice, Rome and Florence to Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, …

Italy

America's Housing Crisis Is Spreading To Smaller Cities

The next front in the battle over affordable housing isn't Boston or San Francisco. It's Boise.<p>“Have you considered the racket and the lights and the crowds and the traffic, and everything that’s going to happen to those of us who live here?”<p>It is a familiar sight in America: the public meeting, …

Housing

Struggling Paris booksellers seek Unesco status to ward off plastic Eiffel Towers from banks of the Seine

They have been described as the keepers of the “biggest open-air bookshop in the world”.<p>Now, Paris is pushing for its <i>bouquinistes</i>, booksellers who ply their trade along the banks of the Seine, to obtain Unesco intangible cultural heritage status amid fears the French capital’s literary soul is …

France

As New Lynching Memorial Opens, A Look Back On America's History Of Racial Terrorism

We listen back to interviews with historian Philip Dray, author of <i>At the Hands of Persons Unknown,</i> and James Allen, who collected postcard "souvenirs" of lynchings for <i>Without Sanctuary.</i><p>Transcript<p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. Last Thursday, a memorial …

Black History

Critics Take Aim at Mexico City's Wild New Airport

It will become the biggest airport in the Western Hemisphere by 2020. But not without overcoming some heavy turbulence.<p>It’s not just an airport. It’s Mexico’s largest, most expensive endeavor in a century, a megaproject fit for a megacity. And along with those superlatives has come great …

Mexico

The 7 Most Adorable Towns in France

Not to knock Paris -- a city everyone agrees is the prototype for pretty capitals -- but these small towns are the ultimate when it comes to French …

European Travel

France Plans an Extreme Makeover for Struggling Small Cities

Action Coeur de Ville aims to undo the damage of urban sprawl in more than 200 city centers across the country.<p>France’s city centers are about to get one of the biggest makeovers in their history. Following an announcement last month, the country is launching a vast €5 billion ($6.1 billion) plan …

Urban Design

Rhine border of the Roman Empire strives for world heritage status

The Lower German Limes between Bad Breisig in Rhineland-Palatinate and the seaside resort Katwijk in the Netherlands is to be considered for World …

Ancient History

Taj Mahal 'at risk of being privatised' under new heritage adoption scheme

Heritage activists have accused the Indian government of trying to privatise historic relics such as the Taj Mahal after it launched a controversial scheme allowing companies to “adopt” dozens of monuments.<p>Opposition politicians accused prime minister Narendra Modi’s government of “leasing out” …

India

America's New Lynching Memorial Is Gut-Wrenching, Gruesome, and Beautiful

The Alabama memorial and museum forces viewers to confront the past. But it could also point the way toward truth and reconciliation.<p>I didn’t think a memorial about the horror of lynching could be beautiful. But that’s just what the National Memorial for Peace and Justice is.<p>Though I’m not sure it …

Black History

Straight people don't exist – so why do half of bisexual men fear coming out?

Today, Stonewall published their LGBT in Britain – Work Report which has found one in three LGBT people fear telling colleagues their sexuality or gender identity. Whilst this figure alone is shocking, the report found that some of the biggest issues are felt by bisexual men.<p>According to the …

Sexuality

Macron gifted Trump a bare, dead-looking tree—and the first lady loves it

Gone are the days when France would splurge on gifts for its old ally America, and ship the Statue of Liberty across the Atlantic as a grand gesture of friendship. Emmanuel Macron, who accompanied by his wife Brigitte arrived in Washington, DC, today (Apr. 23) to visit Donald Trump and his wife …

Donald Trump

Museums are hiding their imperial pasts – which is why my tours are needed

“Past events exist, after all, only in memory, which is a form of imagination,” wrote Ursula K Le Guin. “The event is real now, but once it’s then, its continuing reality is entirely up to us, dependent on our energy and honesty.”<p>In the past few days I’ve been written about in the Times and …

Art

Now you can visit world heritage sites in virtual reality

New initiative is also helping preserve some of the world’s most celebrated places.<p>It’s not quite the same as being there, but now anyone with a web connection or a virtual reality headset can visit some of the world’s most celebrated heritage sites — without leaving home. Depicting famous …

Archaeology

Google offers access to virtual 3D models of ancient monuments

Historic monuments around the world face threats from natural disasters, tourism and war, which is what led Ben Kacyra to found CyArk -- a non-profit organization working to scan and digitally archive ancient monuments. With laser scanning, photogrammetry, drone imaging and structured light …

Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade.<p>In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and …

Urban Design

Rare Israeli-Palestinian compromise at UNESCO brings hope

PARIS (AP) — Diplomats at UNESCO are hailing a possible breakthrough on longstanding Israeli-Arab tensions at the U.N. cultural agency.<p>Israel's ambassador to UNESCO said the mood was "like a wedding" after member nations signed off on a rare compromise resolution Thursday on "Occupied …

Israel

Best beaches in Portugal from the Algarve to Lisbon that you'll want to bookmark for your next holiday

Portugal has long been a firm favourite with Brits for a family holiday thanks to its hot and sunny weather, the plethora of activities on offer and, …

European Travel

This new lynching memorial rewrites American history

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of my first thoughts when I arrived in Montgomery, Alabama, and encountered the spring heat was this: How did enslaved men, women and children endure day after day?<p>It was an odd thought, given that I'm a Southerner, and heat, certainly not spring heat, wouldn't ordinarily be …

Black History

10 of the most historic cities to visit in the UK

And must-see hotspots...<p><b>The UK is full of historic tales told through the architecture, geography and iconic locations of some of our cities. Here are 10 of the best cities to visit in the UK if history is your hobby...</b>

How Camilla Won Over the Queen and Became the Duchess of Cornwall

Painted as an interloper in the wake of Prince Charles and Diana’s divorce, Camilla Parker Bowles underwent an image overhaul before her 2005 wedding. In an adaptation from her book The Duchess, Penny Junor documents Parker Bowles’s road to the aisle.<p>When Sir Michael Peat arrived from Buckingham …

Camilla Parker Bowles

Lessons From Europe's Densest Neighborhoods

Examine the densest areas in each country and you’ll find some striking trends: Many were built in the same era for the same reasons, but their current popularity is a far cry from where they began.<p>In the sprawl of a contemporary North American city, it can be tempting to envy urban Europe for its …

Urbanism

Paris is a city that a lot of tourists do wrong—here’s how to get it right

There is perhaps no city more idealized, and more written about, than Paris. And yet, for tourists and travelers embarking on their first visit, there is also no city that’s easier to get wrong.<p>The Louvre, Ladurée, Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower—newcomers are often torn between all the sights to …

France

What 9 famous monuments around the world looked like before they were built

1/<p>The construction of the Eiffel Tower began in Paris in 1887, in advance of the 1889 World's Fair.<p>Gustave Eiffel's tower, which was actually …

California Zephyr to Capitol Limited: Crossing the country by Amtrak

Start with this simple truth: Crossing the country by train is an adventure. Whether you’re out to see the country in a relaxed manner or avoid the hassles of flying or driving, a train journey will challenge and delight you.<p>As soon as train wheels begin to turn you’re in a different environment. …

Trains

In Energized Detroit, Savoring an Architectural Legacy

On a recent trip to Detroit, I did the one thing that I would never attempt in New York: I stood on a busy sidewalk and looked up at a skyscraper.<p>The skyscraper was the First National Building, an attractive 26-story Neoclassical limestone structure near Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. To …

General Motors

Britain's once largest private house where 1,000 people worked in 365 ROOMS - now at centre of major restoration

Size matters when you are a stately home as the 606-ft frontage of this impressive pile shows.<p>But while Blenheim and Chatsworth are known round the …

The truth behind the mysterious holes in Hong Kong's high-rises

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Repulse Bay is a luxury apartment complex in Hong Kong that is famous locally for the curious hole cut into the body of its undulating façade.<p>It is not alone. Along the coast of Hong Kong Island, you can find multiple properties with gaps in their midst. There's the Larvotto residence …

Hong Kong

Switzerland’s invisible linguistic borders

Multilingualism is to Switzerland what politeness is to the British or style to the Italians: a deep source of national pride.<p>It was one of the shortest train rides I had ever taken: just 10 minutes and one stop from the Swiss city of Neuchâtel. Yet when I disembarked in the small municipality of …

Language