Macau; the Las Vegas of the East, has certainly made its fortune from the fortunes of others. The Macau peninsula connects Macau to mainland China and it is here that the casinos, hotels and entertainment venues are clustered. Busloads of gambling visitors arrive daily from China, and with the opening of several behemoth, Las Vegas-style casinos, this is only set to increase.
Saturated with history, the city of Athens offers a combination of ancient and modern cultures. Athens is considered by many to be the birthplace of civilization, but don't be surprised to find historical sites like the Acropolis resting alongside modern designer stores and restaurants.
Florida may be a haven for retirees but they aren’t responsible for Saint Augustin’s nicknames of “old town” or “ancient town”. Locals affectionately refer to their small town like so because this quaint site of historical importance is the oldest, continuously inhabited community established by Europeans in North America.
Portugal was once the most powerful country on the planet, and the heart of that lion was Lisbon. The city's rich cultural heritage is not a museum piece, but lived-in and used by the locals and visitors who sleep in hotels housed within two-hundred year old buildings and dance the night away in clubs that were once the halls of kings.
Prague is a city that must be explored at leisure. Even those who have visited many times will discover new treasures in this ancient and dark city each time they return. It is the birth place of emperors, astronomers and artists, from Mozart and Klíma to Kafka.
Ft Lauderdale is a city that offers all the usual Florida earmarks. Bayou tours, amusement parks and white sandy beaches make this an ideal family area, and the tourism industry here is primarily geared towards visitors with kids. Except for Spring Break, when the town is overrun with vacationing college kids; plenty of fun for the youths but less attractive for anyone not in the mood for all-night parties.
Bustling with energy, history and people, Manila is the ever-growing capital of the Philippines. Though many of what were considered the city’s most beautiful sites saw a lot of destruction in World War II, Manila has built itself back up and never lost its position as the country’s center in every way.
No matter where you go in this town, you will hear the honky tonk strains of country music floating out of bar windows. If you're a fan of country, this is the place to be. If not, either go elsewhere or strap on a ten gallon hat and grit your teeth. This is Nashville, after all.
The upbeat city of Seattle blends the modern day benefits of a metropolis (fine dining, shopping, art, and culture) with stunning natural beauty in the form of mossy, temperate rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula to the west, and snow-capped Mount Rainier visible to the east.
Tokyo is famous for many different things, but mainly as a glittering style capital of the East. The Ginza shopping district and large number of flagship stores from the famous fashion houses of the world only seem to cement that reputation. But the most populous metropolitan area in the world has much more to offer than just brand appeal.