My girlfriend is a big fan of Christmas & the holiday spirit, but we didn't have vacation until after Christmas. What better place to enjoy the remaining Christmas lights in the City of Light, right? Wrong!
Montreal is the 2nd largest city in Canada and the 4th largest French-speaking city in the world (behind Paris, Kinshasa & Abidjan.) I didn't really know anything about Montreal except that it gets really cold in winter, with a lot of snow.
Cape Town is a popular tourist destination in large part thanks to its natural setting (with Table Mountain & the nearby Cape of Good Hope) and because of its western feel it's a very accessible multicultural city. We came in to Cape Town with wild expectations, and it didn't disappoint.
Seattle is located in the north-west corner of the United States so you should expect some rain.
You could even expect it to rain every day if your timing's as lousy as mine!
Who would've thought late October could be so wet?
It had been my 30th birthday and 2 of my friends were about to reach that same milestone. When we were younger, we used to go on vacation together, but that was 10 years ago. Our girlfriends got together and booked all 6 of us a weekend to London.
Our tour in Croatia was amazing and so was Split.
It's not as unique as, say, Dubrovnik, which almost seems stuck in medieval times.
While Split has a lot of history (with Diocletian's Palace), it is a modern city and - unlike Dubrovnik - it's not overrun by tourists, although you'll still find a ton of them.
I can barely name 5 Croatian cities, but the most prominent name is definitely Dubrovnik and I'm sure everyone has heard about this Pearl of the Adriatic. So what makes this town with only 40k inhabitants so special? The walled historic center.
Vancouver is the gateway to outdoor activities as it is surrounded by some of Canada's best nature.
But even if you're no great adventurer, this progressive & ethnically diverse city in western Canada and very close to USA's north border is worthy of a visit.
I'm usually pretty good at making the most of my available time in order to visit as much of the city as possible. In Dublin, however, I ended up spending most of my spare time in alcohol-related activities, and I don't even feel bad about it: this is the home of the Irish pub after all!
Because of its rich culture and scenic and diverse landscape, Portugal had been on my bucket list for awhile now.
And Lisbon keeps being cited as one of the world's coolest cities.
And that weather!
So… guess where we just went?
I've seen too much of the western world and wanted to experience another culture, so I was really excited to go to Mexico City and learn all about the Mayans and Aztecs.
Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital, lies buried underneath modern-day Mexico City and you can still find remains, like the ruins of Tenochtitlán's main temple complex: the Templo Mayor.
I've often been to the south of France - from the Ardèche region to the Alps to
the French Riviera - and I knew
Lyon mostly from the traffic jams on the Autoroute du Soleil - France's
north-south artery between Paris and Lyon - on
when everyone's trying to get to the south.
But Lyon has more to offer than those traffic jams, especially if you're into
gastronomy (which, admittedly, I am not.)
While it's not as impressive as New York, not as famous as Los Angeles, etc., I would recommend it over any other US city I've been to so far!
It is unique in many ways, it has a monotonous good weather you can rely on, a ton of those charming Victorian houses and a long list of attractions, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz.
Is Las Vegas, the biggest city in the Mojave Desert, every bit as wild as movies would have you believe?
While I haven't exactly gone all Hangover, I'm pretty sure the answer is a surrounding yes.
This is Sin City after all.
Saint-Tropez used to be a small fishing town, but since Brigitte Bardot in the 1950, it's become the playground of the jet set.
I didn't really like it. It's a nice little town, but there's plenty others like it around here.
In a previous post, I said I'd pick Nice if I had to choose a place to live in the French Riviera.
Actually, I'd prefer Monaco even more, because that would mean I'd be wealthy beyond belief.
Property prices are through the roof here, with the average real estate agency selling apartments anywhere in the range of 1 to 20 million euros.
If I had to pick a city along the French Riviera to live in, Nice would be the one. It's a pretty big, vibrant city that has much more going on than just tourism.
Although it's a relatively small city (with a population of 70k), Cannes is known around the world for the Film Festival in May, when it's the place to be for actors, celebrities and everyone that matters - and their fans.
I was there in late July and last I checked, I'm not famous nor rich.
The city that never sleeps: for a tireless traveler as me, this sounds too promising to pass up. But where to even begin in a city that has so much to offer? My list was so long and we didn't even get to finish it. So here's a short list of things you must absolutely do or see.
While Amsterdam is not quite as big as Paris or London, it's got something to offer to everyone. With origins in the 12th century and over 50 museums, there's plenty for the cultural tourist to experience. Or go on a shopping spree in one of its 10k shops. And Amsterdam's open mindset provides all the right ingredients for a great party!