When an intrepid writer travels to Greece to retrace the steps of the first marathon runner, he finds the birthplace of democracy at a historic crossroads. He also finds foot pain. Lots of foot pain.
Touting itself as a sovereign state, the tiny Italian town of Seborga has its own prince, its own passports and its own currency — and with a new leader in place, all the ambition and intrigue of a much, much larger country.
If everything goes according to plan, by 2020 the Chinese island of Hainan will be fully transformed from a failed export hub to a tropical paradise, and one that Beijing promises will be nothing less than the “Hawaii of the East.” Can they pull it off?
In recent years, the world’s theater scene has been struggling. But amid the doldrums, one intrepid British stage company hit it very, very big by combining Macbeth, Hitchcock and, most important, you, all in the creaky confines of an abandoned Manhattan hotel.
While China is no stranger to Western sports, the man leading Major League Baseball’s attempt to sell the country on America’s Pastime has his work cut out for him. First up: learning how to pronounce his players’ names.
Extreme birding is an obsession requiring an inhuman degree of patience and devotion. Our writer learns what it takes on a search for one of Spain’s rarest (and strangest) birds.
After years of damage, neglect, scandal and corruption, Moscow’s beloved Bolshoi Theatre is poised to reclaim its place as the ballet world’s preeminent venue.
A culinary tour of Singapore reveals that in a city where “Have you eaten already?” is the standard greeting and a certain fruit is banned from hotels because of its pungent aroma, food always comes first.
Gutsy gourmands all over the world can’t get enough of the ghost pepper, a delicacy 200 times hotter than a jalapeño. We venture to a remote sliver of northeastern India to find out what makes them sweat-worthy.
Video game wunderkind Jason Rohrer gets into the minds of players and takes the art of gaming mainstream
For many years, invasive species have wreaked havoc in Florida. On one picturesque island on the Gulf Coast, a determined man fights back. Iguanas beware.
Muay Thai, a centuries-old form of mixed martial arts, is an obsession in Thailand. We catch Tee U.S., one of its most promising practitioners, on the eve of the biggest fight of his life.
Climber Alex Honnold, 25, has inspired both awe and outrage by performing some of the world’s most fearsome climbs without ropes or safety equipment. How high can he go?
Amid a string of devastating SCANDALS, Japanese sumo has turned to THE WRESTLER unlikely saviors like BARUTO, a big, genial Estonian, to restore this 2,000-year-old sport to GLORY. Story by Kevin Gray • Illustration by Raul Allen
Illusionist David Copperfield’s latest trick is conjuring up the world’s most luxurious, mysterious (and expensive) island retreat.
For decades, school administrators have struggled and failed to improve student lunches. This (slightly mad) professor offers a different approach: tricking kids into eating well. It’s Working.
WHEN THE SEA COMES FOR VENICE, which happens mostly in the fall and winter, the following occurs: First, the local authority activates a siren located at Punta della Salute, across from the Piazza San Marco.
Artist Magda Sayeg leads a warm and fuzzy band of guerrilla knitters.
Don’t forget the sunscreen at Fiji’s Laucala Island and a host of other glamorous, secluded beaches around the world.
A look at the white-knuckle race to create the world’s fastest roller coaster.