Singapore city is a thoroughly modern, efficient metropolis that hums like a well-oiled sewing machine, pleating together a vibrant cosmopolitan society. Amidst the skyscrapers and ultra-modern shopping centres one finds richly characterful areas with evocative names. Experience the spice and incense of Little India, the fascinating medicine shops of Chinatown with their weird and wonderful wares or the bargains to be had in the colourful trading cornucopia of Arab Street. These areas are the legacy of Raffles, coloniser of Singapore, who established separate neighbourhoods for the various nationalities of early immigrants. ... More
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syIt’s no exaggeration to say that Sydneysiders worship their waterfront: They sail, surf, swim and ferry across it—or simply gaze at the bay soaking up the city’s natural beauty. Sydney is often compared with San Francisco. Besides the bay setting, both cities share hilly streets, Victorian terrace architecture, terrific cuisine and great ethnic diversity. Home to nearly one quarter of Australia’s residents, Sydney is the cultural and financial heart of the country. Talented playwrights, inspired fashion designers and ambitious business professionals all feel at home there. In contrast to other parts of Australia, a spirit of tolerance prevails—epitomized by the highly promoted Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which draws half a million spectators, of all stripes, every year. ... More
Malaga, with quaint old streets, leafy boulevard and lush gardens, offers a real southern port and Spanish atmosphere, making the city an attractive and lively place to explore.
The second largest and major coastal city of Andalusia, it was a thriving port under Phoenician, Roman and Moorish rule. It still retains a cheerful Spanish character, with a tree-lined main boulevard, a covered market, antique-looking pharmacies, dazzling flamenco shops and dark back alleys. The Alcazaba, a palace-fortress built by the Moors on Roman foundations, overlooks the long shady walks of Paseo del Parque. Connected to the Alcazaba, through a long rampart, is the Castillo de Gibralfaro, a Moorish castle of Phoenician origins, offering fantastic views of the town and the bay. ... More
neThe Netherlands is a low, flat country with little geographical relief. Nearly half of the country lies below sea level, and permanent habitation did not become possible over much of the Low Netherlands until dikes had been built and land reclaimed. The Netherlands is now the most densely populated country in Europe. The largest cities are Den Haag, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Amsterdam and Eindhoven. ... More
Indonesia conjures up a variety of images from the splendid beaches of Bali and the fast paced cities like the capital Jakarta, to the vast, unspoilt rainforests of Kalimantan.
The world’s largest collection of islands, Indonesia is a country of breathtaking beauty and fascinating contrasts. The myriad of different religions, ethnic groups, languages and cultures of its people combined with widely differing landscapes and a favourable climate contribute to an extraordinarily diverse and exciting travel experience. ... More
Splendid medieval castles are scattered across Denmark, with many containing museums. The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde contains a few well-preserved Viking ships and the Viking burial site at Lindholm Høje, on Jutland, is well worth a visit.
Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen houses the crown jewels and royal furnishings. A children’s pantomime theatre provides entertainment for the children. ... More
Bulgaria’s bustling capital is set on the high Sofia Plain, ringed by mountain ranges: the Balkan Range to the north; the Lyulin Mountains to the west; part of the Sredna Gora Mountains to the southeast; and, to the southwest, Mt. Vitosha—the city’s summer and winter playground—which rises to more than 7,600 ft. ... More