Americas

Chichicastenango’s Cemetery

Chichicastengo's colorful cemetery is well worth a visit if you're in town for the famous market day. Read More

August 13, 2019

Saucer Magnolias at the Enid Haupt Garden in Washington DC

I took this photo last spring during the very brief blooming of the tulip magnolias (or saucer magnolias) in Washington… Read More

November 4, 2019

Templo de la Enseñanza

It might be small, but the Templo de la Enseñanza packs in an incredibly ornate Mexican Baroque interior. Read More

August 24, 2019

The Mural of the Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejada

The Tejada Library features a massive wrap-around mural by painter Vlady that depicts various aspects of revolution. Read More

August 19, 2019

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City’s Cathedral of Art

Originally designed to house the national theater, the Palacio de Bellas Artes has become a cultural hub in arguably the… Read More

December 25, 2019

Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico

The Gran Hotel Cuidad de Mexico is an Art Nouveau gem in the heart of Mexico City's historic district. Read More

November 22, 2019

Panama City’s Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo is up-and-coming part of Panama City. Which might sound like an odd thing to say about some of… Read More

November 10, 2019

Defending Charleston Harbor

Fort Moultrie isn't as famous as its neighbor, Fort Sumter, but it has played crucial roles over the centuries in… Read More

September 15, 2019

Chapultepec Castle (Mexico’s National Museum of History)

Sitting high above one of Mexico City's best green spaces is Chapultepec Castle. It sits on top of a hill… Read More

December 20, 2019

Mexico’s Cultural Treasures

Mexico City's impressive National Museum of Anthropology showcases the region's endlessly rich and diverse pre-Columbian cultural heritage. Read More

November 19, 2019

Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral

Dominating the northern side of the Zocalo in the historic quarter of Mexico City, the Metropolitan Cathedral is the the… Read More

November 30, 2019

Panama City’s Seafood Market (Mercado de Mariscos)

Panama isn’t an island, but with such a high proportion of coastline to land, it might as well be. So… Read More

September 13, 2019

Templo de San Bernardo

Dedicated to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Templo de San Bernardo dates to 1680 and was once part of a larger… Read More

December 11, 2019

Iglesia de Santa Ines

It's not the most lavish of the many churches in Mexico City's Centro Historico district, but this church dedicated to… Read More

September 24, 2019

The View from Mexico City’s 44th Floor

The open-air observation deck on the 44th floor of the Torre Latinoamericana offers spectacular views out over Mexico City. Read More

January 28, 2020

Iglesia San Francisco de Asis

The bell tower of Iglesia San Francisco de Asis stands tall above the rest of Casco Viejo, on the waterfront… Read More

August 20, 2019

Iglesia San Jose

Iglesia San Jose, in Casco Viejo and dating to 1673, is most famous for its massive Golden Altar (Altar de… Read More

November 4, 2019

The View from Ancon Hill

You can spot Ancon Hill from all over Panama City. It makes for wonderful views out over Panama City and… Read More

January 10, 2020

La Iglesia de la Merced

Dating back to 1680, La Iglesia de la Merced sits in the heart of Casco Viejo, just a couple of… Read More

January 22, 2020

Iglesia Santo Domingo and the Arco Chato

The Iglesia Santo Domingo in Casco Viejo is mostly crumbling ruins but is best known for its Flat Arch spanning… Read More

August 24, 2019

Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

The Catedral Metropolitana in Casco Viejo, Panama City's old quarter, is one of the largest churches in Central America at… Read More

October 22, 2019

Panama City’s Biomuseo

Opened in late-2014, the Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo focuses on Panama's biodiversity and how the isthmus of Panama has changed the… Read More

April 24, 2020

Granada, Nicaragua

With its colorfully painted buildings, cobblestone streets, and Spanish colonial architecture, Granada is a picturesque town that wears its history… Read More

August 11, 2019

Granada’s Parque Central

Parque Central is a hustling, bustling center of town. As in so many Spanish colonial towns, the park forms the… Read More

November 30, 2019

Iglesia de la Merced | Granada

Behind the run-down facade of Iglesia de la Merced is one of the most important churches in Granada. And its… Read More

January 15, 2020

La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora

La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora isn't the grandest or most famous of Granada's churches. But it makes a credible claim to… Read More

August 15, 2019

Catedral de Granada

The distinctive yellow and white Granada Cathedral dominates the city's skyline and is Granada's most important of the city's several… Read More

January 16, 2020

Granada’s Waterfront by Lago Nicaragua

Historic and pretty Granada is on Lake Nicaragua (Lago Nicaragua), but the lakefront isn't all it could be. Read More

November 29, 2019

Granada’s Market

Granada's market is especially good. It's large and colorful, pungent and bustling. And it's the only show in town, so… Read More

December 20, 2019

Granada’s San Francisco Convent and Museum

Behind that impressive facade, standing above most of the city of Granada, is the city's main museum. Its exhibits are… Read More

November 10, 2019

Granada Cemetery

Granada's city cemetery is Nicaragua's oldest. And because of Granada's historical significance, the cemetery is unusually beautiful and ornate. Read More

November 18, 2019

La Recoleta Cemetery

La Recoleta Cemetery's most famous resident is Eva Peron. But her plain burial site might just be the least ostentatious… Read More

October 31, 2019

Santiago’s Mercado Central

Santiago's Mercado Central is a mecca for fresh seafood. And a series of restaurants in the center of the market… Read More

September 28, 2019

Ushuaia, The World’s Most Southern City

Ushuaia claims the title of the world's southernmost city. These days its main industry is tourism, serving as a gateway… Read More

October 4, 2019

The Waterfront of Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas, in southern Chile, reveres 16th century explorer Ferdinand Magellan. A massive new sculpture on the waterfront helps celebrate… Read More

October 10, 2019

Santiago’s Metropolitan Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral has pride on place on a corner of Plaza de Armas, a the historic and cultural heart… Read More

October 28, 2019

Ushuaia’s Maritime Museum

It's the jail at the end of the world. It would have been very cold, very drafty, and, even compared… Read More

January 6, 2020

Our Lady of Pilar Basilica

Despite a checkered history, Our Lady of Pilar Basilica in Buenos Aires has survived as the second oldest church in… Read More

August 26, 2019

A Beautiful Underground Oasis at Cenote Dzitnup

Cenote Xkeken, near Valladolid, is one of the prettiest of the 3,000 or so underground cenotes scattered across Mexico's Yucatan… Read More

January 7, 2020

Niagara Falls

Although not the highest or even the wettest, Niagara Falls might just be the most famous waterfalls in the world.… Read More

February 6, 2020

Boston’s City Skyline at Night

I took this panorama of Boston's city skyline at night from the end of Long Wharf looking back at the… Read More

December 26, 2019

Coba’s Mayan Ruins on the Maya Riviera

You'd never know it today, but Coba, on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, was once an important and powerful Mayan city. But… Read More

August 12, 2019

Winter Charms of Old Quebec City

Quebec City is a kind of Paris-in-miniature, set on a beautiful spot on the Saint Lawrence River and full of… Read More

February 18, 2020

The Mighty Maya City of Tikal

Tikal, in northern Guatemala, was once one the largest and most powerful of the Maya cities. Today it has been… Read More

August 31, 2019

Newark at Night from the Air

Newark, New Jersey, isn't exactly known as a jewel of the American northeast. But from certain vantage points, it can… Read More

December 14, 2019

The Chicken Buses of Central America

Central America is where American school buses go to retire. In the balmy tropical climes of places like Guatemala and… Read More

October 19, 2019

Flores, Guatemala – A Caribbean Island 100 Miles from the Sea

I'm on a real Caribbean island. But it's 100 miles from the sea. Flores is a tiny island village in… Read More

August 30, 2019

Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Just outside Antigua, Pacaya is one of several active volcanos that make up the Central American Volcanic Arc. Read More

September 4, 2019

A Washington Winter Wonderland

Heavy snow shuts down Washington DC, but it also transforms the National Mall, its monuments, and other Washington landmarks like… Read More

August 31, 2019

Gallows Point Resort

Gallows Point Resort on St. John in the beautiful US Virgin Islands is a fantastic place to watch some stunning… Read More

August 31, 2019

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam was one of the great engineering feats of the Great Depression of the 1930s in the United… Read More

January 7, 2020

Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies

It made for a stunning winter wonderland in the Canadian Rockies along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper. Read More

August 23, 2019

Tulum, The Original Maya Riviera

There are many Maya civilization sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, but none has a more beautiful location than Tulum, not… Read More

October 18, 2019

Market Day in Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango is a town where buying and selling is everything. Its markets are reputed to be the largest in Central… Read More

December 26, 2019

The Town that Defied God and the Government

If God and the government had their way, Antigua wouldn't exist. But it's a good thing it does. With charming… Read More

September 24, 2019

Fireworks in Chichicastenango

Guatemalans sure love their fireworks. And Chichicastenango, in the Guatemalan highlands, is not a place that considers fireworks only night-time… Read More

January 22, 2020

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse on the Outer Banks

Ocracoke's lighthouse is one of the oldest on the East Coast that’s still in operation. Read More

August 14, 2019

A Deserted Gas Station in the Middle of Nowhere

I came across this deserted gas station while driving along the highway of the endless flat plains of Kansas. Read More

September 25, 2019

Guatemala City’s Zona 1

Guatemala City isn't a popular tourist destination, in large part because of the scourge of violent crime, but there are… Read More

August 11, 2019

National Museum of the United States Air Force

The National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio, is the largest and oldest air force museum… Read More

January 23, 2020

The Beautiful Beaches of St. John

St. John boasts some of the Caribbean’s most picture perfect beaches. White sands from the coral reefs and beautiful turquoise… Read More

February 6, 2020

Excellence Playa Mujeres Luxury Beach Resort, Cancun, Mexico

Excellence Playa Mujeres resort, just north of the traffic and bustle of Cancun, is a great place if you're looking… Read More

September 12, 2019

Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica

The interior of Old Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica has to rank it as one of the most stunning churches or… Read More

December 10, 2019

Zihuatanejo, a Gem on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Zihuatanejo is a small fishing village on Mexico's Pacific coast that's just bursting with local flavor. From the beautiful scenery,… Read More

November 18, 2019

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

One of the world's most visited museums, the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum has an incredible array of original artifacts… Read More

November 2, 2019

Ek Balam, Maya City of the Jaguar

It might not be for the vertigo-challenged, but getting to the top of the Acropolis at Ek Balam is definitely… Read More

November 8, 2019

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a manicured, safe, and family-friendly area of an otherwise hardscrabble city. Read More

August 17, 2019

A Colonial Town in the Heart of Maya Yucatan

Valladolid is a place to stop and savor. A charming Spanish colonial town in the center of the Yucatán Peninsula,… Read More

February 6, 2020

Chichen Itza’s Maya Ruins

Chichen Itza is one of the most famous, most impressive, and most visited of the Mayan ruins sites on Mexico's… Read More

November 17, 2019

Chattanooga and Ruby Falls

Chattanooga, Tennessee, is clearly a city that puts heavy emphasis on being "livable," and so far it seems to be… Read More

January 26, 2020

Virginia State Capitol

The Virginia State Capitol building, completed in 1788, is the seat of the oldest legislative body in the United States,… Read More

January 28, 2020