Cuisine, language and culture are just a few of the things that bring global cities and countries to life. The following insights highlight best-kept secrets, local treasures, fun facts and traveler suggestions. Whether you’re going on tour or researching a potential trip, find a little travel inspiration here.

Mona Lisa revealed

Breaking news: Mona Lisa‘s true identity has been revealed! The art world—not to mention the blogosphere—is abuzz with news that… Read more

Wonders never cease

Over the course of human history (or at least since the 5th century B.C.), people have been fascinated by lists—especially… Read more

Greatest travel books

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? Or maybe just a good read? How about a classic book? Gadling just reminded… Read more

Antarctica, anyone?

Antarctica stirs the emotions of explorers. Its remoteness and uncharted territory calls out to adventurers. Its icy, white expanse may… Read more

Magnifying a masterpiece

Leonardo’s The Last Supper is ready for its close-up. One of the world’s most famous paintings is now the world’s… Read more

Happy Birthday, Mark Twain

Today is Mark Twain‘s birthday. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on Nov. 30, 1835, in Florida, Mo. Under his famous… Read more

Survivor visits Shaolin

Survivors on the hit reality TV show finally got to do some sightseeing in China on last night’s episode of… Read more

Leaning Tower of Suurhusen

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has been toppled! At least according to Guinness World Records. A comparatively obscure church steeple… Read more

France, gratis

The Smithsonian in Washington does it. The British Museum in London does it. Now, France will do it, too, at… Read more

Maine objective

The state of Maine wants all of its students to attend college. In fact, Maine politicians want it so much… Read more