Cartagena is a city that is located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, in the northwestern part of the South American continent. It has a fascinating and often unbelievable history: once the largest slave port in the Americas, the city was regularly invaded and besieged by pirates and is home to some of the finest historical architecture in the country.
Boston is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Massachusetts, and the cultural and financial center of New England in the Northeastern United States, with an area of 48.4 sq mi and a population of 675,647 in 2020. Greater Boston metropolitan statistical area is the eleventh-largest in the country.
Florida is the southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. It has hundreds of miles of beaches. The city of Miami is known for its Latin-American cultural influences and notable arts scene, as well as its nightlife, especially in upscale South Beach. iami Beach is a south Florida island city, connected by bridges to mainland Miami. Wide beaches stretch from North Shore Open Space Park, past palm-lined Lummus Park to South Pointe Park. The southern end, South Beach, is known for its international cachet with models and celebrities, and its early-20th-century architecture in the Art Deco Historic district with pastel-colored buildings, especially on Ocean Drive. Longboat Key is a town in Manatee and Sarasota counties along the central west coast of the U.S. state of Florida, located on and coterminous with the barrier island of the same name. Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species. Among the Everglades' abundant wildlife are the endangered leatherback turtle, Florida panther and West Indian manatee. Key Largo is an island in the Florida Keys, an archipelago off the south coast of the U.S. state. It’s a popular holiday destination where onshore and offshore state parks provide opportunities for wildlife encounters, fishing, kayaking and diving. Divers and snorkelers visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to view tropical fish and an underwater statue of Christ.
Durham is a city in North Carolina. It's part of the Research Triangle Region, known for its technology companies and scholarly institutions. On the Duke University campus are the neo-Gothic Duke Chapel and the Nasher Museum of Art, with work by contemporary artists like Christian Marclay and Ai Weiwei. The Museum of Life + Science has hands-on exhibits, a butterfly house and wildlife habitats for bears and lemurs.
Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. The city was referred to as Tigerstaden (the City of Tigers) by the author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson around 1870, due to his perception of the city as a cold and dangerous place.
Tallinn is Estonia's capital which has retained its medieval walled cobblestoned Old Town which is considered an Old World Treasure and UNESCO heritage site. It is built on a limestone hill and is lined picturesque churches, merchant's houses and underground tunnels. It provides the perfect photo opportunities and the chance to sample some unique food and drink. The longest tunnel in the world measuring between 93-103Kms Helsinki-Tallinn railway tunnel should be inaugurated in the 2030s at a cost of 15b Euros.
The largest of the Balkan countries, Romania has dramatic mountain scenery and a coastline on the Black Sea.It has seen numerous empires come and go from the Roman and Ottoman to the Austro-Hungarian.After World War II the country fell under Communist rule, although the leadership pursued a foreign policy independent of that of the Soviet Union.The legacy of Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu lingered long after the uprising which brought about his downfall on Christmas Day 1989.A slower developer than other former communist countries of eastern Europe, Romania took a major step away from its past when it was one of seven countries to join Nato in late March 2004.In April 2005 Bucharest signed an EU accession treaty, paving the way for Romania eventually to join the union in January 2007.
Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast. The Titanic was built in Belfast. It was one of the most dangerous cities to live in in the world. From 1968 to 1998, Northern Ireland and specifically Belfast were going through war called the Troubles. It opposed Catholics and protestants. This political conflict led to a lot of bombings and made Belfast a very hostile and dangerous city to live in for 3 decades. Now it however a vibrant City to visit and learn about its fascinating history. Belfast is a very modern city now and is located on a beautiful island. For these reasons, it started to attract a lot of IT and entertainment companies. The TV industry is worth over a billion pounds in Northern Ireland.
Food and Wine Tour of Funchal followed by pure R&R at Madeira's legendary Reid's Palace with more Michelin-starred dining in the evening with Chef Pestana.
Day 1: Funchal is the capital city of Portugal's Madeira archipelago. It's backed by hills, and known for its harbour, gardens and Madeira wine cellars. We thoroughly enjoyed our explorations....