Pittsburgh architecture. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Cities are the greatest creation of humanity.”

–Daniel Libeskind

The structures that surround us have helped shape and form almost every aspect of life.  From the great iconic buildings and monuments around the world, almost every traveler will experience a structure that will leave an indelible impression in the mind.   From marvelous ancient buildings that define our history to modern ones that inspire the imagination, exploring architecture is an inescapable part of almost any journey.

The world is full of beautiful cities and towns built over hundred of years. The unique architecture and amazing building designs have created some great wonders in the world. Travel to such architecture rich cities and admire the beauty of man-made creations!

The Hikone Castle is also known as “Water Castle”

Documenting and Preserving Japan’s Samurai Castles

When we think of Japan we generally recall the unique Manga culture, cherry blossoms, bonsais, sushi and the list goes on… However, Japan’s unique samurai castles are architectural treasures that should not be overlooked and must be preserved for historic value. Structures like the Hikone Castle, known as “Water Castle”, … Read more   Read more

Asia Architecture Preservation
Washington National Cathedral

TODAY IN HISTORY: Washington National Cathedral (Sept. 29, 1907)

Construction on the Washington National Cathedral was begun on this date in 1907. Located at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues in Washington, DC, the National Cathedral is a Gothic edifice belonging to the Episcopal Church USA. President Theodore Roosevelt presided over the laying of the foundation stone and construction continued for … Read more   Read more

North America Architecture History
Barcelona is famous for its stunning architecture

The Architectural Delights of Barcelona

By Simone Galic

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world, and once you’ve had a glimpse of the architecture it’s easy to see why.   Read more

Spain Architecture
Victoria Memorial

Exploring Kolkata’s Colonial Architecture

By Mehk Chakraborty

The British colonized India for over 200 years, and cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai are home to notable Victorian-era buildings. But Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, was the capital of India for 39 years during the British rule, and it remains the top spot to see colonial architecture, a … Read more   Read more

Asia Architecture
Havana, Cuba's famous Malecon.

By the Malecon: Havana Nights in Search of the Real Cuba

By Jennifer Richardson

A block from Havana’s famous Malecon, I found myself standing on a curb, sharing a bottle of rum with my good friend and traveling companion Sandra, and three strangers. We’d all met earlier at a nearby salsa club tucked in an alleyway between the Centro and Old Havana neighborhoods, a … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path Architecture
Craddock Terry hotel. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrickk

The Art & Architectural Renaissance of Lynchburg, Virginia

Join World Footprints as we explore Lynchburg, Virginia’s history on an art and architectural tour including spotlight stops at the Point of Honor historic home and the Riverviews Artspace. Located in the center of Virginia, Lynchburg is within a day’s drive of most major east coast cities and it’s a … Read more   Read more

United States Architecture The Arts
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick, World Footprints

Walking through Rio – A tale of many cities

Decorative stairs in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick Rio de Janeiro (named a top place to visit) is a city of vibrant neighborhoods and districts. We wanted to experience the city’s culture and history up close so we embarked on an exploration of Rio by foot. Historian Dr. … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Architecture History The Arts
Parc tete dor in Lyon, France

5 Popular Attractions To Check Out While In Lyon, France

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Lyon, France – it’s the second biggest city in France, situated between Paris and Marseille.  Although it’s regarded as the gastronomy capital of the country, there are fewer restaurants than attractions for tourists to see.   Read more

France Architecture The Arts
Mackinac Island bridge. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Somewhere in Time” at Mackinac Island’s historic Grand Hotel

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick What does great fudge, the world’s longest porch, U.S. presidents and Hollywood have in common?   Mackinac Island. World Footprints will take you on a journey to a little known crown jewel that sits in Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas –Mackinac … Read more   Read more

United States Family Travel Architecture History
Morocco dessert

The 5 Most Breathtaking Attractions in Morocco

By Ivanka Yurchenko

It’s hard to imagine a more versatile and exuberant land that is filled with all kinds of experiences than Northern Africa. With piles of treasures, dozens of snake charmers, and endless glasses of flavorful mint tea, there’s no better place to immerse yourself into the vibrant mix of African and … Read more   Read more

Africa Architecture History The Arts
Andorra clock shows deformed time in sq

Andorra: The Ultimate Health and Wellness Getaway

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Hidden between France and Spain, the gorgeous little country of Andorra is often overlooked by most guidebooks. Andorra is well-known in Europe for its outstanding skiing resorts, spectacular mountain views and picturesque hiking trails.   Read more

Europe Health & Wellness Architecture History
Melnik wine cellar photo by taver is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Discovering Bulgaria’s wines in Melnik

By Jackie Jones

Melnik, in southwestern Bulgaria, is home to just four hundred people who exist in a historically riveting location that is a huge hit with wine tourism enthusiasts.   Read more

Europe Architecture Food & Drink History
Bavaria castle Neuschwanstein.

A Castle Of Fairytales: Neuschwanstein

By Jackie Jones

When the reclusive Ludwig II of Bavaria built Neuschwanstein Castle, one has to wonder if it was for him, a place of fairytales. Perhaps for the King who was often referred to as the Swan King’ or the ‘Fairy Tale King’, a fairy tale castle would be an appropriate abode.   Read more

Europe Architecture
View of Pittsburgh. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Traveling Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania beyond the steel industry

The “Emerald City” of Pittsburgh.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick The famous biographer, James Parton, once referred to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as “Hell with the lid off”, but today the city is vibrant, colorful and celebrated. The Senator John Heinz History Center traces its roots back to 1879, making it the oldest cultural … Read more   Read more

United States Experiences Architecture History
Alexander Palace

Visit the World of the Romanovs

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The Romanov family was infamously and brutally murdered by the Bolsheviks at the end of World War I. Czar Nicholas II, his wife, and their five children were executed to make way for the new ruling hierarchy under the communist leadership of Vladimir Lenin.   Read more

Russia Architecture History The Arts