I’ve always wanted to explore Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam. When I got to there, one of the first things I did was visit the two museums that all tourists must definitely visit: The Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Both of these places are where you’ll find the most important things that narrate Vietnam’s history of struggle and rebuilding. I spend half a day immersing myself in both, and learned a lot of things that history books I’ve read didn’t tell me. Don’t miss these two places when you visit this Vietnam city—you will sure learn a lot of stories here.
Jerusalem, Israel's was definitely one of the most significant cities I’ve ever visited. Roaming around the historical Old City opened my eyes to lots of new things about religion. I went to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a place that does not run out of Christian pilgrims. Though a bit crowded, this church was so stunning and remarkable, with all the chambers and artistic treasures. I also went to the historic and beautiful Jewish Quarter, one of the holiest Jewish sites in the world. Jerusalem is really something else, and for those of you who like exploring religious spots, I highly recommend this place!
Cusco (or Cuzco) in Peru is a gem! Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I already knew that I would be in for such an amazing experience here, and boy was I blown away! This city is just breathtaking, and the attraction that really got my attention was, of course, the beautiful Plaza de Armas. Aside from being a place of historical significance (this was where Tupac Amaru, an indigenous leader of the resistance, died), I was absolutely stunned by the stone arcades and of course, the Church of La Compania. Just walking around the plaza will already make one feel as if he’s being slowly immersed in history!
Being Morocco's largest city, I already knew even before arriving in Casablanca that I will have so many amazing things to do here. This city may have lots of modern establishments, but it’s the cultural treasures that really took my breath away! The ones that I loved the most are the Mahkama du Pacha, a place with so many beautiful marble columns and stucco ceilings; and of course, the The King Hassan II Mosque, where I saw the utterly breathtaking minaret (the 3rd tallest in the world). This place is just too wonderful for words, and when it’s your turn to see it, i’m sure you’ll agree with me!
I was looking for a place to relax, and my trip to Hangzhou, China surely gave me what I wanted! This is a wonderful place for those looking for some time to unwind, as it is home to the magnificent West Lake, where you can do boat rides or walk along the park. There are also many amazing temples and churches here—the ones that I loved the most arte the Leifeng Pagoda, Jungci Temple, and of course, the famous Six Harmonies Pagoda. Also don’t miss the beautiful Longjing Tea Fields and the Hangzhou Botanical Gardens! I assure you, this place will give you the unwinding that you deserve!
Interlaken in Switzerland may be a relatively small city, but this place has so much to offer! This place is specifically wonderful for adventure sports, and I made sure that I tried them out! I went paragliding, canyoning, river rafting, and river rafting. I was still not that ready to do some bungee jumping, but I don’t think I am that prepared just yet. However, I plan on doing it when I come back, because I already promised myself that I would return to this lovely place sometime in the future! If you’re looking for a place that will give you a thrilling adventure, this is definitely it!
Montreal is definitely one of Canada's most unique cities offering great attractions in art, culture, and history. One of the spots in this city where I experienced all of these three was in Old Montreal, a place of stunning architecture and a beaming art scene! Aside from the cobblestone streets, the buildings dating from the 17th-19th centuries, and amazing French restaurants, this place is where I was able to see amazing works of art. My favorites are the Pointe-a-Calliere (Museum of Archaeology and History) and the Marguerute Bourgeoys Museum. This is just a small part of the huge city, so just imagine how many more activities are in store!
I am just so in love with Naples, and I’m telling you right now that I will definitely come back to this place! The attraction that took my breath away are the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, where I was able to really immerse myself in the history of the city. I took a day trip to these to archeological treasures, and boy, was I so impressed! Needless to say, I don’t think I did not have enough time because I was just overwhelmed by the forums, courtyards, tunnels, statues, and of course, the beautiful Roman baths. This is learning history at its best, folks—truly a definite must-see!
Havana, Cuba's capital, is a perfect place for the cheapest activity one could do—walking! After I explored the Partagas cigar factory and the factory of Havana Club, I spent hours just walking along the Prado, Plaza de Armas, and the El Malecon. These two spots are just beautiful—the sights and sounds come together to create a fun and lively environment. I shared a couple of drinks with locals at the Malecon, drinking along the Havana coastline; and I also strolled along the Plaze de Armas, admiring all the wonderful Baroque structures. Because I Iove The Beatles, I also made sure to pass by the John Lennon statue in Vedado!
To those who want to be in a place where museums and galleries never seems to run out, I highly recommend Boston. This place is a definite winner when it comes to amazing places for art. The ones that I explored here are the Museum of Fine Arts, where I saw many breathtaking Monet paintings; the Harvard Museum of Natural History; and the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology (the world’s oldest anthropology museum). Also, the Boston Children’s Museum is not only for kids because I had the best time roaming around halls and learning stuff that I thought I knew but didn’t! It was such a wonderful, educational experience.