Back to the Future of Cinema

Back to the Future of Cinema

Along the grass-lined streets, George McFly gets beat up by Biff again. Lorraine Baines gazes out the window admiringly at her son skateboarding down the road. Away from the square, the Tannen, McFly, Baines, and Brown houses line the street, waiting for tourists. No cell phones ring. Though opportunities abound, no one takes selfies. Instead, people take pictures with secondhand cameras, not smartphones. Is this the past? No, it’s the future—Back to the Future, that is—of movies with SecretCinema.

Mamma Mia: Exploring the World of Pizza

Mamma Mia: Exploring the World of Pizza

Not all pizzas are created equal. Delivered or picked up, gourmet or mass-produced, frozen or fresh—pizza is for everyone. Pizza has become a classic and quintessential American food. We eat pizza at birthday parties as kids, for late night snacks as students, and for quick . . . read more

Going Fur Crazy: How Russians Keep Warm

Going Fur Crazy: How Russians Keep Warm

You see them all the time in movies: fur hats that look so comfortable and warm, which every Russian character seems to wear. But how accurate is that stereotype? Let’s take a look at the country that made fur hats famous: Russia. Fur hats have . . . read more

Endurance and Rediscovery: The Royal Ballet of Cambodia

Endurance and Rediscovery: The Royal Ballet of Cambodia

The stage is backlit with a warm yellow glow. The musicians sit cross-legged in rows on either side, playing xylophones, drums, gongs, and finger cymbals. The voices of a woman and a man intertwine as they swoop in and out of nasal tones and between . . . read more

Connecting with the Past

Connecting with the Past

Fast-paced vacations to London, Paris, New York, and Tokyo have become common expectations for modern tourists with limited vacation days. Itineraries booked solid with important sights and eateries push the boundaries of what can honestly be refer to as a vacation. When tourists repeatedly return . . . read more

Weihnachtsmärkte: Christmas in Germany

Weihnachtsmärkte: Christmas in Germany

It’s dark and cold outside, but that doesn’t seem to bother the hundreds of people moving around in the open square, walking from stall to stall. Twinkling lights illuminate the Marktplatz as visitors drink mulled wine with friends, eat a bratwurst on Brötchen, or snack . . . read more

X Marks the Spot: Adventure and Gold in the Rocky Mountains

X Marks the Spot: Adventure and Gold in the Rocky Mountains

We all dreamed about hunting for treasure when we were little. We would get on the playground and pretend we were sailing on the deep-blue sea, searching for lost islands full of unimaginable riches. Somehow treasure hunts were fascinating to us as kids, and even . . . read more

The Sea of Galilee: A Holy Land Oasis

The Sea of Galilee: A Holy Land Oasis

Relax and get away from the crowds and visit the more scenic and less busy side of the Holy Land. Take a week to get away to the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee and its the surrounding area offers many opportunities to see some great holy sites and tourist spots of the Galilee region in Israel.

North Meets South: Diversity in Marseille

North Meets South: Diversity in Marseille

Just three hours from Paris by train lies Marseille, an unusual French city warmed by the Mediterranean sun and flavored by a distinctly North African feel. Marseille is France’s biggest port city and has served for centuries as a gateway between Europe and the Maghreb . . . read more

Victoria, Canada: Little England, A Ferry Ride Away

Victoria, Canada: Little England, A Ferry Ride Away

Victoria, Canada, was named after the famous Queen Victoria of England, and this city on the southwestern tip of Canada stays true to its namesake. Along with its architecture, this tourist destination is starkly reminiscent of England, emitting a foreign and historic energy. With the picture-perfect waterfront, the horse-drawn carriage rides, and the pervading Victorian style, it’s hard to remember that you are less than two hours away from the United States. Victoria is a perfect weekend getaway to escape without spending thousands.