31st ASEAN SUMMIT Opens in Manila

While the major players have already begun arriving in the country over the weekend, it was this Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte formally opened the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, with guest heads of state from other nations of note in the Asia-Pacific region. This is the thirty-first ASEAN gathering and the first…

MONACO: a Gambling and Racing Coastal Paradise

If Vatican City (completely enclosed by the city of Rome in Italy) is the smallest country by land area in the world, then the Principality of Monaco is the second smallest at about four times the Vatican’s size. Located on the French Riviera coast not far from Italy, it is also the most densely populated…

LUGANO of the Lake

It is a lucky group of towns and cities that get the honor and pleasure of being founded right on the shores of a freshwater lake. Even fewer then are the lakeside communities who come off looking perfectly beautiful on account of their geography. The city of Lugano is one of these. As the capital…

NICE: City on the French RIVIERA

The south of France has been synonymous the world over for some of the best beaches to soak up the sun and swim in. And the best area for that in France’s significant Mediterranean coast is the southeastern part known as the Côte d’Azur (Azure Coast), though it is also known in English as the…