Istanbul is the gateway between the east and the west. Spread across two continents, Istanbul is the ultimate blend of European and Asian cultures.
With London not being a city at all, but rather a collection of villages that have become mushed together, one of the best ways of exploring the areas beyond the circle line is to jump on any bus at random on a Sunday and just see where it takes you.
The name Kuala Lumpur (means muddy estuary) was coined from the very location of the first settlement in KL – where the rivers meet at the confluence of the Kelang and Gombak rivers.
The history of Singapore is long, and fairly complicated. Suffice to know that it has been inhabited since the 11th century, but the period after colonization (by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819) really put this island nation on the map.
New York City has to be the world’s greatest, coolest, craziest and certainly most tempting city. On top of that it’s the most diverse ethnic/cultural melting pot imaginable.
With approximately 800.000 inhabitants it is the largest city of the Netherlands. Due to its multinational history, Amsterdam is said to be home to people of 180 nationalities. Many of these have left an influence on the area.
While it can get a little hot and sticky, there’s a lot to see and do in Bangkok – great shopping, and plenty of culture. Although there are a few potential pitfalls for the unwary, avoid them and you’ll have a great time.
Paris has everything you could ever want: wonderful food (from a humble satisfying delicious $3 limon sucré crêpe bought from a street vendor to a $400 meal at one of the hallowed gastronomic temples such as Taillevent), great little charming budget hotels, secret nooks & crannies, green pockets of interesting squares/parcs/places, the hidden courtyards, the rumored underground passageways, the hidden off-limit paths of the Catacombs.
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and, with 35 million people, the largest metropolitan area in the world. Japan is home to 68 Fortune 500 companies, with 47 located in Tokyo, the most of any city in the world (in comparison, New York City has only 18 Fortune 500 companies and Seoul has just 12).
A city of celebration and culture where the sun shines almost 300 days a year, Seville is the perfect destination for a weekend or a week. Nestled along the Guadalquivir River, which connects it to the Atlantic Ocean 43 miles away, the capital of Andalusia offers a wonderful architectural mix, the result of the successive migrations of the Greeks, Phoenicians, Arabs and Christians