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by Team Fathom
Fireworks Photo by Cann Aripai / courtesy of National Geographic Your Shot.

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Fireworks on the Eiffel Tower
Photo by Simon Y. / courtesy of National Geographic Your Shot

Beautiful Fireworks Around the World

Americans spent much of last week celebrating Independence Day with fireworks. These terrific photos shows how people around the world — from sleepy villages to iconic monuments — celebrate their local pyrotechnic flair. — Pavia, CEO 

The Kumaon in the Himalayas
Photo courtesy of The Kumaon.

The Stylish Himalayan Mountain Retreat of Your Dreams

I have good friends who went to the Himalayas recently to do some hardcore trekking. Their stories are impressive but I feel I would be much more suited to the kind of experience The Kumaon offers. The ten-suite mountain retreat tucked into the Nanda Devi Range seems like the perfect balance between humble (so I can still call it a retreat) and sophisticated, which is not always the case with luxury hotels. – Pauline, The Voyageur

Sydney Restaurant Spotlight: The Pantry Manly

There isn’t a much more picturesque option for a Sydney breakfast than somewhere beachside. So The Pantry Manly – a breakfast-to-dinner eatery perched by Sydney’s Manly Beach – is the trifecta: next to the swell, championing local and seasonal produce, and celebrating all-day leisure. – Riley, Melting Butter

Photo courtesy of Petite Passport.

Petite Passport Launches New Lisbon City Guides

I've been working away on The Lisbon guide — full of the most beautiful design addresses in Lisbon, most of which just opened their doors. Expect restaurants with superb views, the best breakfast places, a lot of vegan restaurants and shops, a stunning restaurant filled with plants in a former factory, and the beautiful Santa Clara 1728 hotel (see cover). The guide, available in online and printed versions, is 100 pages with a map on the last. Plan your daily route from one spot to the other while seeing the most colorful houses, trams, and viewpoints. – Pauline, Petite Passport

Photo by Dado Ruvić.

Bosnian Bobsleigh Track: A Hike from Sarajevo

The bobsleigh track that was left behind after the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo is a worthwhile escape to nature today. Graffiti-covered and surrounded by beautiful forest on Mount Trebević, it makes for a great hike, though you can also catch the brand new cable car there from the city center. – Samra, Spotted by Locals

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