San José, Costa Rica

Photo: Guillermo A. Durán, La Sabana San José (elevation 1,150 meters) is the political, economic and cultural hub of Costa Rica and the nation’s capital. Natural World San José is located in the Central Valley (Meseta Central), where 70 percent of the country’s population lives. Those seeking urban greenery have a number of options. West of …

Toronto

Photo: Paolo Rosa, Skyline Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario Headlines Toronto Restaurant Fights Waste By Chopping Menu Prices Till Food Is Gone – NPR Planeta.com Toronto Links Canada Ontario

Kerala

Photo: Kerala Rice Kerala is located in South India on the Malabar Coast. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state. Headlines Kerala: Safari park planned to rehabilitate stray tigers- The New Indian Express Elsewhere on the Web keralatourism.org Embedded Tweets Night out in our village #RiverNila …

Tokyo

Photo: Matthias Ripp, Skyline Tokyo … Headlines The underground cathedral protecting Tokyo from floods – BBC Take one last stroll through Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market before it closes – Quartz Reference Current Local Time Elsewhere on the Web Sake Tours @saketours Planeta.com Tokyo Links Tokyo 2020 Olympics Japan Japan Links Cities

Saint Petersburg

Graphic: Eric Fischer, Locals and Tourists Saint Petersburg is located on the Gulf of Finland coast and at the mouth of the Neva River, and is divided into 18 districts. Russia’s second largest city has a 2017 population of 5,281,579. Townspeople prefer to call their city Piter. Cultural World Petersburg is often called the cultural …

Bogotá

Photo: Pedro Szekely, View of Bogota from La Candelaria Colombia’s capital, and largest city, Bogotá is in many ways a microcosm of South America. In its historic center in the district of La Candelaria you can see the restored mansions of the Spanish colonisers, while the northern areas of the city are made up of …

Des Moines, Iowa

Photo: Mark Hesseltine, Skyline Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in Iowa. Name A controversial recent hypothesis using a study of Miami-Illinois tribal names concludes the word Moingona comes from mooyiiinkweena, a derogatory name which translates roughly to “the excrement-faces.” The name was apparently given to Marquette and Joliet by a …

Brussels, Belgium

Photo: Toerisme Vlaanderen Brussels is the capital and largest city of Belgium and de facto the capital of the European Union (EU). It has more than 40 square meters of green spaces per resident, making it the greenest capital in Europe. But it is more than parks and the Foret de Soignes that the city embraces. It is committed to …

Townsville

Townsville is located on the northeast coast in the state of Queensland. It is Australia’s largest tropical city. 2019 Flood Townsville 2019 Natural World Surrounded by tropical rainforests and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is a cosmopolitan city in the dry tropics. It has a population of 170,000. Castle Hill is a …