Architecture / New York

Haunted Rionda Ruins in New Jersey’s Northern Valley

Looking north from the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey, it takes a lot of imagination to envision storybook manors perched high atop the Palisades. Shows like The Jersey Shore hide the Garden State’s history as the playground of the rich and famous. But for locals of the Northern Valley (called “the valley” by locals), …

Arts & Culture

Brittany’s Onion Museum: History of the French Onion Johnny

Berets worn at a jaunty angle, Gaulloise cigarettes hanging from their lips, bicycles smothered in plaited strings of onions – each of which weighed between one and two kilogrammes – French onion sellers were once a familiar sight on the streets of Britain, plying their trade from door to door, from the Channel ports to …


ZhangJiaJie National Forest: The Avatar Mountains in China’s Hunan Province

ZhangJiaJie National Forest Park in China’s Hunan Province has become internationally renown since the release of the 2009 movie Avatar. The movie was filmed in these mountains, more specifically, the Hallelujah Mountain (of Avatar) was filmed there and the movie’s editing team simply added the mountains in post-production to make them look like they are floating …

Architecture / Featured

Parco dei Monstri: Italy’s Renaissance Park of Monsters

All photos by Ellen Ryan

In the northern section of the Lazio region, lies the village of Bomarzo and its wondrous Parco dei Monstri.  Accessible chiefly by car, the park is 60 miles north of Rome.

Parco dei Monstri was built between 1572-74 by Pier Francesco Orsini, known as Vicino Orsini. Orsini called the park …