Think “ancient ruins” and your mind inevitably wanders toward the Colosseum in Rome or the Great Pyramid of Giza, but the world is full of stunning craftsmanship from another time.
Towards the end of Paul Theroux’s 1995 Mediterranean travel book The Pillars of Hercules, he stumbles across the 1,800-year-old Amphitheater of El Jem in Tunisia, where he describes it as more impressive than the Roman Colosseum. This was as much a surprise to me reading it as it must have been for Theroux seeing it, and it got me wondering: How many other ruins are out there, left unheralded by so many travelers? Here are a few that have perhaps slipped under your radar.
A worldly morning buzz.
Seeing the world is about experiencing new cultures, but how to achieve that varies for many. Regardless of whether you believe in hitting the most touristed spots or heading off the beaten path, most need a morning coffee. Local cafes are a peek into everyday life—people in a vulnerable haze (just woken up, pre-caffeine)—as well as a taste of the city. While the purpose of giving you a burst of energy is the same across the board, the way in which it’s consumed differs as you make your way around the world. For those growing tired of mediocre home-brewed coffee, or just needing a change-up, we’re recommending that you reconnect with your travel roots and recreate your favorite drink abroad right in your very kitchen. We’re rounding up the most-talked-about and consumed caffeinated beverages from around the world—from a café Cubano to a matcha latte—and teaching you how to make them at home.
Dive into these real-life versions of Atlantis.
The legend of Atlantis is an enduring one. Invented by Plato some 2,300 years ago, he claimed that this utopian civilization, that allegedly existed 9,000 years before even his time, was punished by the gods for becoming selfish, greedy, and amoral and thus sunk into the seas. Which sea exactly, is not known. While Atlantis is an entirely fictional sunken city, there are plenty of real ones out there that through some misfortune, if not necessarily the wrath of gods, can now only be found at the bottom of the sea, or, indeed, a lake. Here are some of the world’s best.