NEVIS, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, LESSER ANTILLES
Both Nevis and St. Kitts were British colonies, known for their lucrative sugarcane plantations. The two islands are now a single independent nation, though Nevis is by far the quieter, as can be seen at Pinney's Beach, a three-mile stretch of white sand on the island's west coast—perfect for watching sunsets.
Reopened in 2011 after a dazzling renovation, the Bolshoi is Russia's most famous temple of culture, the theater where such masterpieces as Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake debuted. As part of the renovation, much of the theater's original 1824 imperial glamor was restored; the Soviet hammer and sickle that capped the façade was replaced with the original Russian double-headed eagle.
JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA
The five-story, highly ornamented Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of Winds,” was built in 1799 from red and pink sandstone. The building's ornate façade is honeycombed with 953 windows, built so the royal concubines could observe everyday life in the Old City below while concealed from the view of men.
The ancient city of Seoul has been undergoing an unprecedented boom in new construction, transforming from a city of postwar gray utility to a gleaming metropolis at the leading edge of architectural design. Over 20 million shoppers a year visit the futuristic Doota Mall, at the center of Seoul's Dongdaemun shopping district.