It was Kenyan paleoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey who pioneered the archeological exploration of their country’s lush Great Rift Valley. Their 2.5-million-year-old skeletal discoveries in Kenya and Tanzania were evidence that this expanse could well have been the cradle of mankind, and the very origin of us all.

There is a moment in James Cameron’s new film Deepsea Challenge 3D where viewers might ask themselves, “Why is he doing this, again?” Cameron kisses his wife and waves goodbye to his expedition team, before hunkering down in the Deepsea Challenger submersible that will take him to the deepest part of the ocean.

At Glashütte Lamberts, one of the last three mouth-blown sheet glass companies in Europe, it doesn’t take long for most would-be craftsmen to discover that they can’t take the heat.

Situated high above Okanagan Lake and sequestered behind 4,500-kilogram steel gates, Mission Hill welcomes almost 130,000 visitors annually, with good reason, as proprietor Anthony von Mandl built the property up around a foundation of, yes, award-winning wines, but also much more.

The original mid-century modern pottery house, Heath Ceramics, hasn’t strayed far from its roots over the past 66 years.

When it comes to a popularity contest of drink-versus-drink, forget Coca-Cola or apple juice; throw away all notions of wine or lemonade. After water, more people in the world are sipping on tea than anything else.

The Conran Shop, one of London’s preferred concept design boutiques, looks no farther than across the English Channel to inspire its latest in-store collection, “A Season in France.”

Open since April, Blacktail Florist knows its greens—and proteins, too. The Vancouver restaurant boasts share plates aplenty, all conceptualized by executive chef and co-owner Jimmy Stewart (previously of Top Chef Canada and Whistler’s Bearfoot Bistro).

Wedge, roll, cut, shape, repeat. That’s the mantra of Seattle-based artist-designer Aleksandra Pollner when she’s forming porcelain fortune cookies before they are kiln-fired.

In the arid Middle Eastern air, the city of Doha rises like a concrete mirage in the desert. Qatar’s capital is a small place with a big desire for large-scale built environments.