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The largest city in Upstate New York, Buffalo is a city full of surprises. Though sometimes the butt of jokes, those in the know tell of vibrant nightlife, world-class cultural attractions, tight-knit neighborhoods with a real sense of place—and the sunniest summers in the Northeastern U.S. After decades of stagnation in this "City of No Illusions", it has seemed even to many longtime locals that Buffalo is slowly creeping upward again, drawing on a growing and diverse economy, high quality of life and low cost of living—while also honoring its proud history. (more...)
Nevyansk is a small town in the Urals region of Russia. Once the cradle of Russia's metallurgical industry, Nevyansk boasts a unique tower commissioned by an 18th-century Russian tycoon who was inspired by Italian architecture—he sought to emulate the campaniles of Venice, but eventually ended up with a Leaning Tower. (more...)