At the confluence of the Neris and Neman rivers, Kaunas has a picturesque location and a well-preserved Old Town. But alongside the cobblestone streets, grand church domes and a charming castle, the New Town of Lithuania's second city is dotted with galleries, studenty drinking holes and co-working spaces abuzz with tech start-ups.
Like so much in life, social media gives the expat experience a deceptive gloss. Scrolling through Twitter or Instagram, moving to a different country looks aspirational, adventurous and brimming with possibility – but the darker side of expat life is usually cropped out of the frame.
Through an extraordinary campaign of nonviolent resistance during World War II, the residents of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved thousands of Jews from deportation and almost certain death. Today, a museum-memorial stands monument to their wartime courage, though many of their stories may never be known.
Australia's largest open-air art gallery is so vast that you'll need a car and a map to explore it. Deep in Victoria's farming country, the Silo Art Trail consists of grain silos adorned with epic portraits, spread across a distance of more than 125 miles.
I squint in the desert sun, scanning the horizon from Megiddo hill. So far, not a single harbinger of the apocalypse. To believers, this northern Israeli national park is ground zero for the final battle between good and evil. But Megiddo also has a storied history that spans millennia – and the truth is even stranger than fire and brimstone.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! We slalomed across the European continent to seek out the snowy grail: well-sized ski areas where a high-season six-day lift pass costs less than €200.
Atop a 1441m peak in the raw, mountainous scenery of central Bulgaria, a saucer-shaped building stands like a watchtower. This concrete behemoth on Buzludzha mountain is a relic of the communist era, wryly called ‘Bulgaria’s UFO’.
For skiers and snowboarders, springtime heralds long months deprived of mountaintop thrills, scowling at the sun while cherished skiing gear gathers dust. But why be a slave to the seasons? From Scandinavia to New South Wales, here are our dream destinations to pursue an eternal winter.
The joy of driving Israel’s north coast is all about the detours. It takes just a couple of hours to zoom directly between Tel Aviv and Israel’s northwestern tip, but it’s far more rewarding to dawdle at Roman ruins, sun-drenched vineyards and maybe even a seaside micronation.