Chinatown Gate at Grant and Bush Streets. Photo © Chee-On Leong/123rf.

Sights in San Francisco’s North Beach and Chinatown

In the historic Chinatown neighborhood, beautiful Asian architecture mixes with more mundane blocky city buildings to create a unique skyline. Farther up Grant from the Chinatown Gate, North Beach is an odd amalgam of old-school residential neighborhood and total tourist district. Although most of the old families have gone, North Beach has long served as the Italian district of San Francisco.

View of the Seine river through Paris from the Eiffel Tower.

Navigating Paris: Départements, Arrondissements, and More

Metropolitan France, or what the locals refer to as La Métropole, is carved into 22 culturally distinct regions, which are further divided into départements. In the manner of Russian dolls, each department contains arrondissements, cantons, and communes. For the day-to-day practical purposes of the expat, knowing your regions and departments is what matters most.

The Eiffel Tower and the streets of Paris lit up at dusk.

Paris’s Rive Gauche Neighborhoods

Paris’s Left Bank, known as Rive Gauche, staked its claim in the hearts and minds of expats more than a century ago. If you’re thinking of moving to Paris and care less about cachet and hipster cred than you do about safety and ease of transport, the Left Bank offers the chance to discover the hidden attractions of Paris’s calm and cool south side and decide for yourself if this is a place to call home.

Playa Cayzedo is filled with towering palms. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Discover Cali, Colombia

Cali’s relaxed place is evident everywhere you go in this diverse city of three million. This is not a city packed with must-see sights, yet tourists keep falling in love with the “Sultan of the Valley.” Is it that late refreshing afternoon breeze? The people? Or is it the salsa? We do know this: Discovering Cali for yourself is the best way to find out.

Salvador's Alley in Centro Havana. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Sights in Barrio Cayo Hueso, Havana

Havana is a haven for history buffs and fans of architecture, and Barrio Cayo Hueso of Centro Habana is no exception. While small, there’s plenty to see here–including a palatial former brothel and one of Havana’s most impressive baroque churches. Learn more about the neighborhood along with its sights, history, and events.

Vista point view of Honolulu and the Waikiki shoreline.

Honolulu Neighborhood Guide

Like most major metropolitan areas, Honolulu has several distinct neighborhoods where shopping, dining, culture, and entertainment mingle. Familiarizing yourself with the general theme of each neighborhood makes it much easier to plan ahead for the day and to find your way around the city. Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll find in each major area.