Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Hello and welcome to an extensive list of all things travel and location related. Cue your inner rich grandparents, grab your passport and get driving, flying, boating, or whatever it is you do to get around.
Ah, Paris. The city of love. France’s capital is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its café culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Rome is the capital city and a special comune of Italy as well as the capital of the Lazio region. The city has been a major human settlement for almost three millennia. With 2,860,009 residents, it is also the country's most populated comune.
Cue the British accent. This lovely capital of England and the United Kingdom is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its center stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic “Big Ben” clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex and the entire city.
The capital city of the Czech Republic. It is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it's known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show (I wonder if that annoys the city’s residents). Also, completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints.
This is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.
A northeastern Moroccan city often referred to as the country’s cultural capital. It’s primarily known for its Fes el Bali walled medina (idk either), with medieval Marinid architecture, vibrant souks and old-world atmosphere. The medina is home to religious schools such as the 14th-century Bou Inania and Al Attarine, both decorated with elaborate cedar carvings and ornate tile work. No wonder Rory wants to visit here.
This is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia and is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and Asia to the east. So, if any of those previously / above-mentioned cities spark that traveling bug deep inside you, then you might as well just write “Europe” on your travel bucket list as most of those wonderful cities live in Europe.
Remember Paris? Well, these beautiful gardens are in that so called “city of love.” The Jardin du Luxembourg, also known in English as the Luxembourg Gardens, is in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, France. It was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace, which also contains the Gardens.
I’ve never personally been to Tucson, but all I picture is hot, desert, cactus, in no particular order. So, kind of like Texas. But more desert. It’s a city in Pima County, Arizona, United States, and is home to the University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area was 980,263.
Again, desert, hot, cactus, I recognize that tree. Arizona is a southwestern U.S. state, with Phoenix as its capital, best known for the Grand Canyon, which is the mile-deep chasm carved by the Colorado River. Flagstaff, a ponderosa pine-covered mountain town, is a major gateway to the Grand Canyon. Other natural sites include Saguaro National Park, protecting cactus-filled Sonoran Desert landscape. Tucson is University of Arizona territory and home to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
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