Five for free if you visit Birmingham, Alabama

Five for free if you visit Birmingham, Alabama

Alabama’s largest city is making a comeback after decades of dormancy, and there’s plenty of free stuff for visitors to see and do in the new Birmingham. Re-energized by a wave of fresh development and the emergence of a true downtown vibe, the city once called the “Pittsburgh of the South”, thanks to its steel industry, is now varied enough for a family trip or a weekend getaway for couple. Interested in history or the…

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Rural revelry

Rural revelry

Umbria offers some of the best of the Italian countryside. Wang Shanshan discovers many delights this fertile land produces. Our car wound for more than an hour through fields and then drove for another 20 minutes along a small road into the thick, dark woodland before stopping at the castle’s giant wooden gate. The gate opened slowly in the pouring rain. A well-dressed gentleman holding an umbrella opened the car doors. “Welcome to the castle,”…

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