Africa and Its Diverse Parts

When you voyage along the coast of Africa you will follow the same course taken by early explorers from nations including England, The Netherlands, Germany, and Portugal. The diverse cultures established by ancient tribal traditions and colonialism are intriguing to compare when you stop in places such as Senegal, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius.

From South Africa’s picturesque mountains to the desert landscape of Namibia, there is something for everyone. beach-1588299__340.jpg Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, is a great destination for food lovers, as it is the heart of saffron country and holds the moniker “Spice Island”.

International Escapes: Much Closer Than You Know

It’s common to think an international getaway is too aggressive for a weekend. Couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s in fact very easy to find an enticing weekend getaway doable in three days. Here are some overseas places popular for exciting weekend jaunts.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada French-inspired old-world charm is mixed with all the conveniences of a big city in the lovely Montreal, Canada. You can wander the picturesque cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal, popping into the quaint boutiques and stopping for a bite to eat in the tempting eateries.

When the weather is nice, head to the vast Mount Royal Park for a picnic, guided walk, or easy bike ride. Winter sports are also plentiful in the park, like snowshoeing, ice skating, or other wonderful activities. Bermuda

Bermuda is a British territory in the mid-Atlantic popular with US visitors due to the short two-hour flight from numerous east coast cities, its beautiful beaches of distinctive pink sand, and its warm weather year-round. In addition to the spectacular beaches, Bermuda is a great place to roam around exploring its picturesque cobblestone streets, imposing forts, traditional colonial buildings, and interesting maritime history. Of course, Bermuda is also known for the mystical Bermuda Triangle, and fearless weekenders can rent a jet ski and go experience it.

Baja California Sur, Mexico Baja California Sur, Mexico is an uncomplicated weekend trip for avid sun worshippers and beach-goers.

Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, is home to many high-end resorts and upscale eateries that serve tasty local cuisine like smoked marlin as well as offering an impressive party scene. For a more active weekend, head to Lover’s Beach to see the impressive natural rock formations, check out the famous caves, or delight in the beautiful crystal-clear ocean.

Costa Rica

couple-1375125__340.jpg In Central America, Costa Rica is fairly easy to get to from many U.S. airports and is famous for its beautiful tropical rainforest and jungles. Its 800 miles of coast is filled with beautiful beaches and a lot more. The Arenal Volcano area is considered its adventure capital where you can rappel down a waterfall; hike in the jungle while watching out for colorful birds, monkeys and sloths; enjoy a stimulating zip-line ride; and relax in the volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia Like other places on the Caribbean Sea, enchanting Cartagena has long stretches of beach with white powdery sand, warm water that is a vibrant shade of blue, and beautiful coral reefs. History buffs will enjoy the architecture reminiscent of Spanish colonial times with its military influence, ancient walls still surrounding part of the city today, and fortresses made from coral stone more than 500 years ago. Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s biggest city and is a typical modern metropolis.

It is regarded as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than 50% of the residents born outside the city. With Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown all inside city limits, travelers might feel as if they've seen more than a couple of countries after a trip to Toronto. An international vacation can offer a calm, relaxing weekend at the beach, an adventurous hike through a tropical rainforest, or whatever else you might want; the choices are endless. These destinations can make for an especially memorable vacation filled with love, adventure, or whatever your heart desires.

What You Might Experience in the Mediterranean

What we refer to as our current civilization – from science and democracy to art and culinary traditions – are generally credited to the culture-rich shores of Southern Europe. The “Old World” is without a doubt a land rich in history. If you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the beauty of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories will last a lifetime. Step back in time with a visit to Rome and its famous Pantheon and Colosseum as well as Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica, one of Christianity’s holiest destinations.

Stop in Spain’s cosmopolitan city of Barcelona to check out the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Wine and food lovers will appreciate the opportunity to stop in some of the world’s principal wine-producing regions: Port in Portugal, Chianti in Italy, and Provence in France. ` Navigate the romantic ancient canals of Venice.

In Croatia, passengers can visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. A visit to the “Old World” countries in Europe will undoubtedly prompt you to brush up on your history.

Attractions to Do and See in Asia

Bustling, colorful Hong Kong is a focus for fashion, food, banking, and trade in Asia. Don’t miss Phuket, the largest of Thailand’s islands and one known for its gorgeous panoramas and cultural attractions. With a colorful history and cultural influences from around the world including Portuguese and Jewish, Cochin (or Kochi) is part of India’s Kerala state and is commonly recognized as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”.

In Jordan, be sure to allocate time for UNESCO World Heritage City Petra, which was created from rose-colored rock, earning it the moniker “Rose City”. To explore the world and all it has to offer, there is no better option than traveling in the style and elegance a luxury cruise offers.

Castle Tours: Step Back In Time

The castles dispersed around Europe each have unique qualities. These spectacular constructions have survived conflicts, fires, generations and continue to stand. From the cliffs of Scotland to the Isles of Greece, every single castle holds a piece of history and may even still have some ghostly occupants.

Though all were created from brick and stone, they each interpret history differently and continue to intrigue to this day. pair-3798371__340.jpg Travel to the past by going to these impressive homes that once belonged to kings and queens, and feel a little majestic yourself.

Ever schedule should incorporate these castles. 1.Mont Saint-Michel

Located on a peak near Normandy, France, Mont Saint Michel is regarded as an architectural masterpiece. 2.Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle, is a fortress located high up on Castle Rock and commands the skyline of the capital city of Edinburgh. Throughout the ages, Edinburgh Castle has dealt with raids, coup-d'etats, murders but has managed to endure throughout.

3.Neuschwanstein Castle

On a rugged hill above the town of Hohenschwangau in south western Bavaria, Germany, stands the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, named as Neuschwanstein Castle. Ordered by King Ludwid II, this royal home was designed for the distinguished opera composer, Richard Wagner, and paid for with his private funds as well as loans. 4.Glamis Castle Glamis Castle is located near the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland.

Open to the general public, it is the home of the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. It is also known to be more haunted than any other castle in Scotland. 5. Windsor Castle

The formal castle of the royal British family in Berkshire is Windsor Castle, where you will observe a sculpture of Queen Victoria and a flow of holiday-makers in the foreground. At nine hundred years old, Britain's Windsor Castle is the greatest active palace and oldest regal home ever.

6.Château de Chambord

The castle of Chambord in France is the greatest of the Loire royal homes. It was designed during the years of 1519 and 1547 on the fringes of the river Cosson, a tributary river of the Beuvron which streams directly into the Loire.

It was identified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1981. 7. Hampton Court Palace Hampton Court Palace, in Herefordshsire, England, became well-known because Henry VIII in the sixteenth was frequently there. Nowadays, visitors can linger in the plush gardens and relish the sunshine.

8. Prague Castle Prague Castle initially was used as a political and spiritual place for a country urgently pressing for changes.

9.St. Michael's Mount

St. Michaels Mount, located in Cornwall, England, is a palatial home purchased by the National Trust. It can solely be visited during low tide by means of the causeway.

10. Leeds Castle Constructed in the sixteenth century, Leeds Castle was commissioned by Henry VIII as a home for his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon.

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