Seattle, Washington, is sitting at one of America’s most lovely locations. It is the largest town in the Pacific Northwest, occupying a tight land bridge between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, with four million individuals calling the region home in its metropolitan area.
Venice is a capital of Veneto region in Italy and it is located in a lagoon in the north Adriatic Sea. It was also the capital of Republic of Venice, sovereign state that was ruling the region from 7th until 18th century and stretched all the way to island of Cyprus in south east Mediterranean. It was a trade and commerce superpower that was focused also on finer things is life, thus becoming art and culture center of the world, keeping this legacy alive until present days.
Edinburgh is the capital and second largest city of Scotland, sitting in the Central Belt of the country. It has an elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical houses and medieval Old Town, with Edinburgh Castle, home to the crown jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny used in Scottish rulers’ coronations.
Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the US, sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois. It is known globally for its iconic skyline, filled with skyscrapers, such as John Hancock Center and Willis Tower. But, its architecture is not only in the high rise buildings, entire city core is a statement of history of American architecture, with many styles designed by many notable architects.
San Diego is large town on the Pacific coast in southern California, next to Mexico’s border. It has strong Spanish influence since first permanent settlement in 1769, quite noticeable in the Old Town neighborhood. In the core of the city is Balboa Park, vast green space with numerous attractions and activities to offer. San Diego is known for its beaches and warm climate that brings tourists year around. It has also large harbor, host to numerous naval and passenger ships ad boats, including United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet.
Salzburg is an Austrian city close to German border and with views of the Eastern Alps. The town is bisected by the Salzach River, with old city, ‘Altstadt’ sitting on the left bank and new city, ‘Neustadt’ on its right bank. Salzburg is globally known as a birthplace of the most famous classical composer – Mozart. His birthplace house is preserved and it is now a museum featuring his early life.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada, a dynamic city of over a million people. Located on the Quebec border in east of southern Ontario, this is a place where you will hear both English and French spoken on the streets. Sitting on the Ottawa River, it has Parliament Hill at its center, with great Victorian architecture and museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, with well-known collections of native and other Canadian art. The Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) park-lined is filled with summer boats and ice-skaters during winter time.
Vancouver, the largest city in British Columbia is Canada’s busy port metropolis with many things to offer to its visitors. And visitors are plenty – over 10 million visited Vancouver in 2017 alone. Tourist love Vancouver because of great combination of urban and outdoors, great food, diverse culture and many globally known attractions.
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.
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.
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.