first_img Editors’ Recommendations Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Greenville, S.C. is definitely coming of age as a great tourist playground and vibrant place to earn a living. Known in the early 1900s as the “Textile Center of the World,” Greenville is now getting some recognition as a serious food town and was noted by CNN Money as one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S.With fall approaching, the Greenville area offers great hiking and biking opportunities along with amazing farm-to-table restaurants with complementary beverage options that we think are the perfect way to end a perfect day. Let our travel guide to Greenville help you figure out where to eat, play, and stay in this city filled with Southern charm.PLAYFalls Park on the Reedy River  features the $4.5 million dollar Liberty Bridge (above) designed as sort of an optical illusion—it appears to be floating in mid-air. If you’re into exploring on a bicycle, check out the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. Don’t have a bike with you? No big deal—Reedy Rides can get you set up: $20 for half day rental; $30 for full day.SHOPTucked just around the corner from Main Street, a shop called We Took to the Woods beckons with its appreciation for unique items and surprising finds. We especially love their hand-poured soy candles in a variety of rich, masculine scents.For your dose of Southern prep head to Rush Wilson Limited at 23 W. North Street. They have perfect pieces to build your wardrobe—from suits and dress shirts, to casual attire, outerwear, accessories, and shoes. Plus, you can even find an authentic Scottish kilt here. They carry Lochcarron of Scotland.EAT & DRINKAn excellent way to find out about the city’s history is to join John Nolan, owner of Greenville History Tours, for a downtown walk, driving tour, or culinary tour.We recommend Nolan’s “At the Chef’s Table” tour, which takes participants to five highly-rated restaurants in the downtown area: Soby’s on the Side, Nose Dive, Soby’s New South Cuisine, Passerelle Bistro, and The Lazy Goat.It’s a rare treat to experience five different restaurants within a two and a half hour span. You’ll sample creative dishes and drinks at each eatery and also get to chat with the chefs who prepared your food.Between stops, Nolan teaches about Greenville’s history as well as provides insight about what makes this town a hot place to visit or live.If you want to feel like you have stepped into the ultimate gentleman’s club, head to Hall’s Chop House for a martini and a serious steak. All of their meat comes from Allen Brothers of Chicago and can’t be beat. Oh and they don’t play around when it comes to Sunday brunch.You’ll also rub shoulders with area chefs each Saturday morning at the Saturday Market. It runs 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays, May through October. Local farmers and other vendors sell fresh produce, plants and other items, plus cooking demos and samples. Find it on Main Street at McBee Avenue.STAYThe downtown area is the place to be. Park House Bed & Breakfast offers great convenience with its location within walking distance of downtown. This 100-year old home features four guest rooms and a guest cottage, which is a fully furnished three room apartment with its own entrance and garden.We are also fans of The Westin Poinsett in the heart of downtown. Built in 1925 it was fully restored in 2000 and is still ‘Carolina’s Finest.”Top photo courtesy of VisitGreenvilleSC; Nose Dive catfish dish photo by Hannah Milling. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Citieslast_img read more

Understanding the importance of addressing youth issues at sub-national level, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka, through its ‘Youth Provincial Policy Programme’, has facilitated a series of consultations with key stakeholders from the Government, private sector, development sector, academics, civil society, and most importantly, with youth themselves, UNFPA said today.Four consultations have already been completed in the North, East, South, and Sabaragamuwa provinces, which has resulted in Provincial-level Youth Policies being drafted for the Northern and Eastern provinces. The programme aims to facilitate the drafting process of Provincial-Level Youth Policies in all 9 provinces in Sri Lanka.  The Youth4Youth programme is an initiative led by youth for youth, to provide a platform for young people to foster strategic public-private partnerships and to be active community leaders in nurturing lasting peace. The Youth4Youth programme bridges young people from the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Central Provinces in Sri Lanka, through a series of regional symposiums that lead up to a national symposium to take place in 2018. The first regional symposium held in Anuradhapura from 27-30 November 2017, brought together 100 young people from the Northern Province. During the 4-day residency, the young participants shared inputs to feed into the Northern Provincial Youth Policy, engaged with leaders from the corporate sector, as well as debated on topics relating to health and wellbeing and employment. The Youth4Youth online platform was also launched, encouraging youth to use this platform to continue the engagement and discussions in driving social change and community leaders, with youth from across the island.Speaking at the event, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka, said: “The role of youth in peacebuilding is often understated. Young people play a huge role in driving social change and in designing the future of our world. UNFPA is proud to be at the forefront engaging youth in peacebuilding in Sri Lanka, as we strive to deliver a world where every young person’s potential is fulfilled. This includes ensuring youth are at the center in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in leaving no one behind.”   Over a quarter of the population in Sri Lanka consist of youth aged between 15 – 29 years. While youth comprise a significant proportion of the population, barriers exist in participation of young people in decision-making. While significant steps have beentaken by the Government to ensure inclusive development of youth at a national-level, the post-war context in Sri Lanka imposes unique challenges among youth at a provincial-level. The Youth4Youth programme is delivered by UNFPA, in partnership with UN Volunteers, and is supported by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. read more