Ho Chi Minh City, on the southern tip of Vietnam, is one of South East Asia’s emerging boom cities. Still affectionately known by many as Saigon, this is Vietnam’s largest city and its economic engine room.
Ho Chi Minh City has an irrepressible soul and entrepreneurial energy that hums day and night. Despite almost a century of colonialism and brutal conflict, today this city is renowned for its warm hospitality, which even extends to former foes. A youthful enthusiasm flows through this city, just like the stream of scooters, motorbikes, and cars that flow endlessly through its chaotic streets.
In Ho Chi Minh City, it feels as though the future has arrived… and yet the past is never far away. Wide boulevards built during the French colonial era are lined with cutting edge skyscrapers, while jasmine scented temples gently rub shoulders with chic rooftop bars.
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St Petersburg lies around 400 miles to the Northwest of Moscow. Nestled on the Neva River, it spreads out from its banks and across a series of islands that lie within the river delta.
With a wealth of extravagant palaces, breathtaking cathedrals, and magnificent gardens, St Petersburg is truly Russia’s Imperial city. Its grandiose architecture and picturesque canals were born from the glittering ambition of Peter the Great early in the 18th century and progressively gilded by generations of Russian royalty.
Over the centuries, this dynasty sought to create a city to rival the greatest cities of Europe, and as you step onto the cobblestone streets here, you’ll discover they succeeded.
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The Polish capital of Warsaw lies in the central-eastern part of Poland. It stands on the Vistula River on the site of a 14th-century stronghold and trading center.
Warsaw has for centuries been a center of refinement and knowledge. Its strategic position has also made it one of the most invaded countries in Europe. This is a city that resonates with a powerful spirit of reinvention, a spirit that has been forged from a history that has pushed it to the brink of destruction time and time again.
Today’s Warsaw has been largely shaped by two of history’s most defining events, World War Two, and the closing of the Iron Curtain. But Warsaw is a survivor, and from the ashes of war and the shackles of Communism, the city has risen again.
Tributes to this heroic history are dotted throughout the city, but there is a youthful rebirth here too. With a burgeoning fashion scene, stylish shopping malls and edgy art installations, Warsaw have opened its arms to the world. Continue reading “A City That Shines Like a Beacon to the World, Warsaw”
Just a two-hour flight from London is Sweden’s sparkling capital, Stockholm. This Scandinavian treasure is made up of 14 islands on an archipelago where the Baltic Sea meets Lake Mälaren.
Stockholmers tenderly call their city “Beauty on Water.” And despite being spread across the Stockholm Archipelago, it is still one of the easiest cities in Europe to navigate. Connected by a network of 57 bridges, Stockholm is a joy to explore on foot, Though any local will tell you, the best way to get around is on two wheels.
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Just a ferry hop from the city of Vancouver in Canada’s southwest corner lies Vancouver Island. This evergreen archipelago lures visitors with its miles of untouched wilderness, wild colonial history and modern farm to table ethos.
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Halfway between the sun-lit shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and just a stone’s throw from the snow-capped Pyrenees, is the Southern French city of Toulouse.
While most major French cities are proudly hewn from stone, Toulouse is built from bricks, These humble bricks, once considered a sign of poverty, are now a source of pride. Throughout the day their colors change, from red to orange, to pink, earning Toulouse the name “La Ville Rose”, the pink city.
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Cape Cod is a four-hour drive from New York City, and just over an hour drive from Boston. Reaching 65 miles into the North Atlantic like a proud seafarer’s arm, life here is lived by the tides.
One of the world’s largest barrier islands, Cape Cod has long shielded the Massachusetts mainland from the Atlantic’s grinding swells. For centuries this 400 square-mile peninsula of beaches, forests, and ponds has been a sanctuary for its Native Peoples, for Pilgrims, mariners, artists, and vacationers.
While many come for the beaches, this is far more than just another seaside summer escape. Once you’ve inhaled the salty spirit of this place, you’ll understand why locals say, “once a Cape Codder, always a Cape Codder.” And you don’t need to travel far to catch that spirit.
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Baton Rouge lies along the banks of the legendary Mississippi in southeast Louisiana. It is the state’s capital, famous for its sports-mad universities, its cultural fusion and of course, its laid-back southern charm.
Larger-than-life legends of politics, music, and sport weave their way through the pages of Baton Rouge’s storied past. From the days when a red stick (or Baton Rouge) marked the boundary between native tribes, to its subsequent administration by France, Britain, and Spain, the transformation has been built into the DNA of this city.
In 1846, a stroke of the pen made it the Louisiana State Capital – providing a moral alternative to what was then considered “sinful” New Orleans.
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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is just a three-hour flight from Dubai, and a two-hundred-thousand-year journey through the history of humankind. More than a country, Jordan is one of the world’s epic stories.
Our Palaeolithic ancestors wandered north from Africa and made their homes in the cool canyons and caves of this sun-baked land. The smoke of Bedouin campfires has drifted into the Arabian nights for over nine millennia.
Prophets wandered these mountains and deserts, receiving visions that shaped three of the world’s great faiths. Greek, Roman, Crusader and Arab armies have thundered across these sandy plains, leaving their mark at thousands of archaeological sites, and in every fiber of Jordan’s cultural DNA. Today, Jordan is the calm heart of a sometimes-restless region. Continue reading “Reach and Touch Your Own Story With the Story of Jordan”
Bordered by Canada and the icy waters of the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans is the U.S. state of Alaska. The city of Anchorage lies in the mountainous south and is home to around 40 percent of all Alaskans. Alaska, …The Great Land, …The Last Frontier; …apt names for one of the most extreme places on the planet. This is a land of endless beauty, immense riches, and epic horizons.
Purchased from Russia in 1867 for around two cents an acre, Alaska is the largest state in the U.S.A., and one of history’s greatest bargains.
At the height of summer, the city of Anchorage basks in an incredible 22 hours of sunlight, with the sun’s face barely dipping below the horizon. Alaska’s first peoples tell of a great raven who scattered the stars, moon, and sun into the sky, so even when the long winter comes, the sky is never completely dark.
A gateway to the surrounding wilderness, Anchorage is a warm and inviting base where you can rest and resupply between outdoor adventures. And you don’t have to go far, the city is nestled snuggly against the immense Chugach State Park.
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