The ancient Egyptian temples of Karnak and Luxor make up the largest religious complex ever built. Their size and their scope are breath-taking, as was the more than 30 generations of kings and workers who dedicated their lives to their construction. Visit the Luxor temples and you will feel like an ant beside the towering columns, and you will be awestruck by the majesty and the history.
New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula is home to some of the wildest wildlife in a country of unusual fauna. From blue penguins to sea lions to your only chance to hang out with actual albatross, a visit to the Otago Peninsula is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind experience. Just pack a warm jumper if you’re visiting in July. The wind from the south can be a bit brisk.
Learn about the extent of the horrors within the Nazi concentration camps during World War 2. Remember the victims of the gruesome quest for a superior nation. See with you own eyes places where these atrocities took place and bring a small piece of shocking history to life. Imagine the desperation, sickness and exhaustion, and feel a sickening fascination at minds capable of inflicting such torment. Visit Poland’s Auschwitz for a thought-provoking and essential journey.
Nothing reaches back into history like a site of ancient Roman ruins. Unlike many locations that only offer bits and pieces, Pompeii is truly a complete city that has been frozen in time. Covered in ash many hundreds of years ago, this site has since been rediscovered and can be seen not far from Naples. Walk the roads that people once walked, and see the houses where they lived and died. For history lovers, Pompeii is a destination that should not be missed.
Explore one of Thailand’s most spectacular and stunning national parks. Ideal for serious trekkers and light ramblers, Khao Yai offers healthy doses of fresh air, beautiful scenery, wildlife and waterfalls. Watch monkeys playing, catch a glimpse of a hornbill flying overhead, marvel at all the brightly coloured creepy crawlies, and relax alongside areas of pretty flowers. Take a night-time wildlife spotting tour, or try rafting during the day. Remember though to slop on the sun cream and slap on the mosquito repellent, and get set to have a fabulous time at beautiful Khao Yai.
“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…” It’s not only since Romeo and Juliet that scenes and stages have been set in Verona: the town in Tuscany has had its own theatre since the Romans first discovered the hill site for their amphitheatre in the first century BC. Until this day, the city breathes theatre, and the annual Verona Summer Theatre Festival comprises several festivals that ensure anyone will find something they’ll enjoy.
Living in a country where it’s freezing for half the year and the sun doesn’t come out for months in many parts is no reason to blow a sad trumpet all year round – quite to the contrary, it’s a reason to invite everyone you know, set up a lavish buffet and have a massive party! At least that’s what the Swedish do.
New Orleans’ most historic and popular district is the French Quarter, full of beautiful architecture with ironwork galleries. The architecture is only one aspect of the French Quarter though – by day it’s almost a sleepy suburb and you can lazily tour the streets from a horse and carriage; but by night it’s a different story altogether – noisy, crowded, yet full of atmosphere. The drinks flow freely, the music drifts out of open doors and windows. It’s an experience not to be missed!
Deep in the New Zealand countryside, south of Auckland, there is a place where you can head underground into a cave that literally sparkles all around you. What is it that makes the Waitomo Caves glow so brightly? It’s not what you think. The Waitomo Caves are one of New Zealand’s most popular and most unique attractions, and they are the only place in the world you can see the country’s famous glow worms.
The Portland Art Museum is the home of fantastic works by masters such as van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne, and Renoir. It also hosts a variety of different traveling exhibits. When a young man moves to the city and visits the museum for the first time, he finds works of art that challenge his perception. As time goes on, the museum proves its ability to challenge him further.