Rachel B. Doyle

Rachel B. Doyle

Travel & Culture Writer

Rachel B. Doyle is the deputy editor of Atlas Obscura. She reports from Europe, the US, and Africa on culture, travel, urbanism, and history. Email: rachel.b.doyle@gmail.com

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Where Rimbaud Found Peace in Ethiopia

The mercurial French poet Arthur Rimbaud found a refuge from his earlier life in his ‘beloved Harar,’ where he became a merchant and arms dealer.

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Definitive Proof Nobody Did Costume Parties Like the Bauhaus

The rigorous design school in Weimar, Germany put on marvelous costume parties back in the 1920s.

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In Sleepy Nazareth, a Culinary Awakening

The emerging restaurant scene is making the Biblical city more than just a quick stop on religious tours.

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In Ethiopia's Capital, a Resurgent Jazz Scene

Several venues featuring different jazz styles have sprung up in Addis in recent years, more than two decades after an evening curfew was lifted.

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Meet the Black Architect Who Designed Duke University 37 Years Before He Could Have Attended It

Starting in 1902, Julian Abele designed hundreds of elegant public buildings, Gilded Age mansions, and huge swathes of a prestigious then-whites-only university's campus.

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In Rwanda, Looking to Art to Soothe

A flourishing arts scene in Kigali is bringing healing and reconciliation 20 years after the genocide.

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Where Tanzanians Tap Their Feet

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, is host to a vibrant, wide-ranging music scene.

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36 Hours in Antigua, Guatemala

In Antigua, Guatemala, visitors can browse markets, zip line over a working coffee farm, eat regional food and hike up volcanoes.

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In Armenia, Art in the Shadow of Ararat

A vibrant arts scene is juxtaposed with ancient sites and traditions in Yerevan, the Armenian capital.

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The Urbanist's Guide to Berlin

Drinking, dancing, and tank-driving where little is verboten.

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The Urbanist's Guide to London

Underground galleries, modern-day milk bars, and what it means when a teen says he’s “Chung.”

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How to Build a Fake Ancient City in Just 5 Years

For the last five years, Macedonia has been involved in one of the more improbable public works projects around, filling its capital with gaudy, faux-antique statues and buildings.

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Norwich, England - A Book-Lover's Town

Two hours from London, medieval Norwich is a reader’s town, with a university that hosts literary festivals and plentiful bookstores and cafes where author readings draw crowds.

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On Paul Rudolph and Sarasota's Forgotten Modernist Mecca

Midcentury architect Paul Rudolph specialized in the airy Bauhaus-on-the-beach homes that became a hallmark of the style known as Sarasota Modern.

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The Story of a Radical Polygamist Colony and its $115M in Property

The Mormon splinter faction led by Warren Jeffs had 10,000 followers and had amassed some $115M worth of property in Utah and Arizona, with holdings in five other states and Canada.