Russia’s first cat café: Cats’ Republic in St. Petersburg

Russia’s first cat café: Cats’ Republic in St. Petersburg

Feline-obsessed visitors to St. Petersburg now have one more stop to add to their itinerary: Russia's first cat cafe. The cat cafe concept is spreading all over the world. With origins in crowded Asian cities like Taipei and Tokyo, the “cat rental” business idea has taken root in smaller urban centers like Boston and Budapest. Read More


A Cappella in Armenia: The Harmonies of Ensemble Luis

A Cappella in Armenia: The Harmonies of Ensemble Luis

The Armenian women’s a cappella group, Ensemble Luis, are known to give performances at the Temple of Garni, the nearby Geghard Monastery and the Khor Virap Monastery with a view of Mount Ararat. All three sites are ideal backdrops for their heavenly voices. Read More



For Sale: Dracula’s Castle

For Sale: Dracula’s Castle

That infamous and creepy place known as Dracula’s Castle is formally called Bran Castle, perched high on a hill in Romania. It’s the stuff of legends and literature, most famously Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Unlike typical open houses, where everything is all spiffed up for sale, this is an “as is” buy for a rumored $80 million. All reasonable offers considered. Read More