The gates of Buckingham Palace, in London

When you set foot inside Buckingham Palace, it's just like stepping into a fairy tale. There are grand staircases, crystal chandeliers and ornate furnishings. It may be one of the most famous palaces in the world, but for the British public it is a focal point where they can share in the royal...

Ronan Keating, once of Boyzone band, now in Once the Musical

What time would you wake up? Right now I'm waking up about 6.30am to get into the theatre for rehearsals for Once. It’s so exciting to have this new challenge − even though mornings are dark and cold, I’m jumping out of bed. Where would have your perfect breakfast? I love the Grind coffee shop in...

Map of early St. Louis

Imagine waking up one day to discover that the land you were living on had been sold to another country. That was reality for the citizens of early St. Louis (and the entire Louisiana Territory) in 1803 when the U.S. agreed to pay France $15 million for 828,000 square miles of land west of the...

New Orleans City Park

Keeping one of the nation’s largest urban parks—and biggest holiday light shows—going is no easy task. But for New Orleans City Park chief development officer John Hopper it’s all in a day’s work. In the process of wrapping up preparations for the park's annual Celebration in the Oaks festivites,...

"Africa Umjoa"

From traditional Zulu drumming to the urban rhythms of kwaito, Africa Umoja: The Spirit of Togetherness tells the story of South Africa’s heritage through song and dance. Created by Soweto-born Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni, the two-hour musical, which pulls into the Mahalia Jackson Theater Dec. 4...

City Park chief development officer John Hopper

Dating to 1854, New Orleans City Park is one of the oldest and largest urban parks in the U.S., and with more than 165,000 visitors each December, its annual Celebration in the Oaks extravaganza ranks among the nation’s leading holiday light shows. Scattered among 25 acres, 558,350 LED bulbs...

Astronaut Bruce McCandless' space walk photo

Established in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as a way to highlight New Orleans’ diverse art scene, this month’s annual PhotoNOLA festival gives citywide exposure to world-renowned photographers as well as new talents. Now in its eighth year, the popular event has grown to include workshops and...

Bao & Noodle in New Orleans

While New Orleans has long had a strong Asian community and important Chinese restaurants (House of Lee, Trey Yuen, etc.), recently there has been an uptick in the presence of modern Chinese eateries, specifically places that serve noodles, dumplings (bao) and dishes with New Orleans flair (...

Snow Mountain's 400-foot Avalanche Alley

One of the things I love most about Atlanta is its ability to balance Southern tradition with forward progress. Come the holidays, Atlanta's Southern penchant for pageantry makes a strong appearance. This holiday season, I've decided to dive in head-first to Atlanta's strongest holiday traditions—...

John Stephenson Jr., CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame

John Stephenson Jr. was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. In fact, he's never lived anywhere else. This Southern gentleman now runs Atlanta's newest attraction, a 95,000-square-foot shrine to college football. Here, he tells us about Atlanta's best stops for families and sports fans.  What about...