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An Anthology of the Silk Road Through the Lens of Muslim Harji and Smithsonian's Folklife Festival

Editor’s note: In this third part of a special photo series, Muslim Harji of Montreal focuses on Uzbekistan, with some stunning photos of Islamic buildings in the Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, as well as the region’s markets and foods. 4,671 more words


Hungry for Hanks

Washington, D.C. is one of those cities that just keeps us coming back for more.  Perhaps we have Pierre Charles L’Enfant to thank for this.  After all, George Washington put him in charge of designing our capital city, and coincidentally, there is quite a strong resemblance between a stroll towards the Capitol and a stroll towards the Eiffel Tower.   468 more words


The Best and Worst of Cherry Blossom Week

With the Cherry Blossom Festival on the horizon, I thought it was time to survey the good and the bad parts of cherry blossom season.  Now half of you probably just said, “wait, there’s a good part about cherry blossom season?”  And the other half just said, “wait, there’s a downside to cherry blossom season?”  Cherry blossoms are a weirdly divisive subject;  for some people it’s a reason to barricade themselves indoors and declare the entire southern half of the city a “no go” zone, and for others it’s an occasion to break out the pink sweatsuit and the 64-megapixel camera.  841 more words

The Glow of the National Mall

this week brings me back to washington d.c. who would have guessed that a small town, mountain lovin’, western girl, would fall so hopelessly in love with this city. 1,134 more words