Montréal is the largest city in Québec province and second largest in Canada, and it is named after Mt. Royal, city’s central, triple-peaked hill. City is sitting on a 50 km long island in the Saint Lawrence River and became globally famous since 1976, when it hosted Summer Olympic Games. But before that, Montreal was famous for different reasons, at least regionally – during prohibition times in the US, many people were crossing from New York to enjoy alcohol and entertainment.
Toronto, a vibrant and diverse capital of the province of Ontario is also Canada’s largest and most populous city. Located on Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore, Toronto grew from original settlements in mid-18th century to become economic and cultural center of Canada. Today, Toronto is a modern city and thanks to Canada’s liberal immigration policies, it is now one of the world’s most diverse city. There are over 80 ethnicities represented in Toronto. Such a vast diversity only added value to this exciting city.
Canada is the second largest country in the world and it is known also as Great White North, and quite justly due to snowy landscapes passing well into Arctic Circle. It is stretched from Pacific Ocean in the west to Atlantic Ocean to the east, with United States in the south and to the Arctic in the north.
Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, is sitting on the island’s west coast. It’s Iceland’s largest city but comparing to other world capitals, Reykjavik is tiny. Despite its size, Reykjavik has lots to offer and it is also the main starting and ending point of exploration of Iceland. Popular ‘Golden Circle’ route starts in Reykjavik.
Iceland, quite literary land of ice and fire, is located next to the arctic circle and is famous for its unreal landscapes. Massive glaciers are preserved in national parks and there are several very lively volcanoes with lava fields. Geysers and hot springs are so common that capital, Reykjavik, is run on geothermal power and is a world known for massive use of renewable energy.National parks such as Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull, whose names is difficult to spell, let alone pronounce, are homes to many natural wonders and breathtaking scenery. Glacier lakes and cascading waterfalls are very common and spectacular, together with northern lights, that is amazing natural phenomena from this part of the world.
Christchurch, the third largest city in New Zealand, is located on the east coast of country’s South Island. City has predominantly English heritage with elements of indigenous, Maori culture. Main city areas include Cathedral Square, where many city’s landmarks are located, together with ‘Cardboard Cathedral’, Hagley Park, with expansive green area and Avon River and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Orana Wildlife Park.
Wellington, or Te Whanganui-a-Tara in Maori, is the capital of New Zealand and it sits on the south side of country’s North Island. It is New Zealand’s second largest city after Auckland, which was originally the capital city. Wellington was assigned as the capital in 1865, in order to have place more centrally located in the country.
Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, is nicknamed The Big Pineapple, which hints to New York’s Big Apple, but the origin of the name is related to Dole Pineapple company. The more you know. The name Honolulu is far more poetic and translates into ‘sheltered harbor’, which, once you see Honolulu makes much more sense.
Abu Dhabi, a city and an Emirate and the capital of the United Arab Emirates is situated on the island, just off the coast, in Arabian Gulf. It started as a small village of fishermen and pearl divers and now it is one of the most developed and modern cities in the world. Together with Dubai, Abu Dhabi is a hub of trade, commerce and banking in this part of the world and main crossroad to airline traffic connecting east and west.
Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates globally famous for high end hotels and resorts, luxury shopping and futuristic architecture. What was once small fishing village with pearl trade is now one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world. In the past thirty years, Dubai was transformed into a trendy destination for both tourists and businesses alike. It has become global trade and transportation hub with many international routes crossing through its airport and a sea port.
The United Arab Emirates is the union of seven Emirates (Sheikhdoms) located in the southeast of Arabian Peninsula and on the shores of Persian Gulf. Its capital, Abu Dhabi, is a modern and ever developing and growing city with history going back thousands of years and was globally known as the main pearl trade center in 19th century. Nowadays, Abu Dhabi and the rest of Emirates are known for its oil and gas exploitation and trade industry, which helped develop the country beyond modern era.
Washington, DC, the U.S. capital and seat of three branches of government, is a city on the banks of Potomac River, between states of Maryland and Virginia. It is famous for vast collection of admission free, public museums and many nations’ monuments and memorials. The central tourist area is the National Mall, large green promenade with many of those monuments and memorials are placed.