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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 Fjord. Forests and fjords dominate the landscape of Oslo. In fact every year in the month […]

Harare – formerly known as Salisbury, the Capital of Zimbabwe

Harare – formerly known as Salisbury, the Capital of Zimbabwe

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 it was founded as a fort by the Pioneer Column which was a mercenary force established by […]

Istanbul – Dizzyingly Modern and Quaintly Traditional

Istanbul – Dizzyingly Modern and Quaintly Traditional

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 modern and quaintly traditional, all in the blink of an eye. Young girls on the […]

Muscat – Modern and Affluent

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 cities in the Middle East and it has been historically associated […]

Splendid Stockholm

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 its neat, clean-cut and innovative design, intermingles with a glorious and rich traditional past. The city is architecturally magnificent, the […]

Singapore – the Lion City

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 for it to be on the radar of so many visitors. Located in South East Asia this […]

Wellington – the Head of Maui’s Fish

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.’ ‘Te Whanganui -a- Tara’ is yet another Maori name for Wellington, Tara being the […]

Bridgetown – The Capital and Commercial Centre of Barbados

Bridgetown – The Capital and Commercial Centre of Barbados

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 was established by the British in 1628. The city centre was originally a swamp, which was drained and filled-in […]

Lisbon – the Enchanting Port

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 with it. High economic output, standard of living, and market size makes […]

Osaka – Once the Capital of Japan

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 capital shifted, Osaka has continued to be an important […]

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