Oslo – Expensive and Exceptional

1. Oslo – Expensive and Exceptional

The capital city of the Scandinavian country of Norway, Oslo has a certain charm of its own. It covers an area of 453 sq kilometers and is situated at the end of a 110 kilometer long fjord called Oslo Fjord. Forests and fjords dominate...
Harare – formerly known as Salisbury, the Capital of Zimbabwe

2. Harare – formerly known as Salisbury,...

Harare is the capital city of the land locked country of Zimbawe in Africa. It was formerly called Salisbury. The origins of this beautiful, sunlight dappled city situated on Zimbabwe’s central plateau can be traced to 1890 when...
Istanbul – Dizzyingly Modern and Quaintly Traditional

3. Istanbul – Dizzyingly Modern and...

Overview All the clichés used for modern world cities that are born out of a lavish history are true for Istanbul – and then some. The city is secular and spiritual, fabulously wealthy with pockets of mind numbing poverty, dizzyingly...
Muscat – Modern and Affluent

4. Muscat – Modern and Affluent

The capital of Oman is not a city itself rather is is a group of cities and towns which make up the ‘Municipality of Muscat’ or the ‘Capital Area.’  These towns and cities border the Gulf of Oman.  Muscat is one of the oldest...
Splendid Stockholm

5. Splendid Stockholm

When you visit Stockholm, you will whole-heartedly agree with the people at The Ultimate Guide to International Marathons for choosing the course for the Stockholm Marathon as the “world’s most beautiful”. The modern city with...
Singapore – the Lion City

6. Singapore – the Lion City

Many folk turn their noses up at a mention of Singapore as an ‘interesting and fun’ tourist destination. However, no less than 9.7 million tourists visited Singapore in 2006 so the city state must be doing something right...
Wellington – the Head of Maui’s Fish

7. Wellington – the Head of Maui’s Fish

The picturesque capital city of New Zealand has its origins in Maori Legends. A Maori legend says that the name for Wellington is ‘Te Upoko te Ika a Maui’. Translated in Maori language it means ‘ the head of Maui’s fish.’...
Bridgetown – The Capital and Commercial Centre of Barbados

8. Bridgetown – The Capital and...

Bridgetown, the capital and commercial centre of Barbados was originally called ‘Indian Bridge’. It is now a busy port located on the southwestern coast of the island along Carlisle Bay. The current location of the city...
Lisbon – the Enchanting Port

9. Lisbon – the Enchanting Port

Lisbon, or Lisboa, is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It is also the westernmost capital in mainland Europe. With an area of only 85 sq km, it is proof that the size of a country doesn’t matter…it’s what you do...
Osaka – Once the Capital of Japan

10. Osaka – Once the Capital of Japan

Osaka, the second city of Japan after Tokyo, is said to be the country’s best place to eat, drink and be merry! It was earlier called Naniwa and has also had the honor of being the capital of Japan at one point. But even after the...
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Oslo – Expensive and Exceptional

Oslo – Expensive and Exceptional

The capital city of the Scandinavian country of Norway, Oslo has a certain charm of its own. It covers an area of 453 sq kilometers and is situated at the end of a 110 kilometer long fjord called Oslo...
Tallinn – a Medieval Wonder

Tallinn – a Medieval Wonder

In the Old town of Tallinn, you feel as if you have stepped into life as it were in the 14th and 15th centuries. Soaring cathedral spires and sentry towers, all connected by a labyrinth of cobblestone...
Lima – the Gateway to Peru

Lima – the Gateway to Peru

Overview Founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and originally named as Ciudad de los Reyes or “City of Kings”, the city of Lima enjoyed great prestige and influence as the capital...
Chengdu – Capital of the Sichuan Province

Chengdu – Capital of the Sichuan...

The capital of Sichuan province in southwest China, Chengdu is an important transportation and commercial hub. The fertile plain on which Chengdu is located is called Tianfuzhi guo which when translated...
Shanghai – the Pearl of the Orient

Shanghai – the Pearl of the Orient

From a small fishing town, Shanghai, also known as the Pearl of the Orient, has emerged as the eighth largest city in the world, drawing millions of tourists and businessmen alike. China’s largest city...
Cologne – Klönisch Wasser or the Water of Cologne

Cologne – Klönisch Wasser or the...

Located on the River Rhine, Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany. An important economic and trading center due to its strategic location and highly developed transport infrastructure, Cologne,...
Thessaloniki – a Living Museum of Byzantine Art

Thessaloniki – a Living Museum of...

Thessaloniki, or lovingly called Salonika by its citizens, is second largest city of Greece, and the capital, chief port and commercial center of Macedonia—the kingdom of Alexander the Great. Its importance...
The Ancient City of Athens

The Ancient City of Athens

The name of Athens is enough to conjure up images of gods and goddesses with perfectly chiseled bodies, temples, art, mountains and Greek food! Often referred to as the cradle of western civilization and...
Beijing – abundant oriental history and culture

Beijing – abundant oriental...

The capital of the People’s Republic of China Beijing called ‘Jing’ for short is the epicenter of the nation’s political, cultural educational spheres as well as the center of international trade...
Skopje – the capital of the Republic of Macedonia

Skopje – the capital of the...

Skopje, the capital and largest city in the Republic of Macedonia.  There is reference of a settlement named ‘Scupi’ in the region by the Roman historian Titus Livius. After the rule of the...
Chengdu – Capital of the Sichuan Province