Honk Hoooooonk, Honk HONK!! The sound of deafening horns whiz by you as you dash across a busy street. You make your way through crowds of suits and briefcases. In the distance you see a splash of green. Your heart starts pounding as you realize your destination is in sight. A few more blocks and you enter your haven. The smell of fresh cut grass fills your nostrils as you walk past the welcoming sign that reads: Central Park.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote is most recognizable from The Statue of Liberty. She is a statue that stands tall and strong, welcoming immigrants from across the sea. Can you imagine being aboard an old, haggard ship for weeks at a time? The crashing waves causing nausea and discomfort until you finally spot something in the distance. There is beautiful statue of a woman holding a torch out to the lost. You have finally made it to your new home, America.
There are many ancient monuments around the world of which Stonehenge is one of the best known. This standing stones circle has forever mystified those who have seen it, as we wonder who actually built Stonehenge, and why? Only by visiting can you really appreciate the size and mysterious atmosphere of Stonehenge, and while many thousands of visitors see it only from outside the perimeter, you could be one of the lucky few who get to go inside the stone circle.
Steeped in local legend, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is a wondrous natural sight. With thousands of limestone rock formations jutting out of the sea, natural caves and floating fishing villages, this really is a very special and pretty place. Spend the night being gently rocked to sleep on the waves on a small boat, and see the marvellous early morning sight of misty karsts all around you for as far as the eye can see.
The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art is an important collection of modern artwork, and a unique destination in a city otherwise known for its more traditional beauty. See some wonderful examples of extreme creativity that will push your ideas of what art means.
A young American couple traveling through Spain visits the Picasso Museum in Malaga, and they are disappointed by what they find. Later, once in Paris, they decide to give Picasso another chance, and the visit the local museum. There they find a number of his most impressive works, and find their faith in the painter restored.
Harsh, brutal, fascinating and sickening are all words that could be used to describe Ho Chi Minh City’s War Remnants Museum. Learn about the devastating impacts of chemical agents used during the Vietnamese War, be horrified looking at preserved foetuses, shudder at the sight of reconstructed torture cells, learn about left during the war, treatment of civilians and see the imposing vehicles of war. A visit to one of Vietnam’s most popular attractions is not a pleasant experience, but is definitely one not to be missed.
Hoi An is a stunning town in the middle of Vietnam, on the coast between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Many of the town’s old buildings have been preserved to allow the town to retain the feel of Vietnam from days gone by. More laid back than other towns, people can enjoy wandering around, just gazing at the many pretty buildings, visit historical houses, temples and the well-known Japanese Bridge. With many excellent bars, restaurants and cafes thrown in, it is no wonder Hoi An’s charms draws in many visitors.
Beneath Portland’s old town is a whole other world where robbery, deceit and slavery were commonplace. It was easier to kidnap able-bodied men to work on ships than to recruit them and pay them a salary. Imagine having a drink in a tavern one minute and then falling through the floor, having your shoes stolen and being held prisoner until you were forced to work on a ship sailing out of port. Learn about Portland’s seedy past in the Shanghai Tunnels.
Marvel at the beautiful and imposing three prangs of the monkey temple, whist watching troops of wild crab-eating macaque monkeys scampering freely about. Really appreciate why the phrase “monkey business” got coined as you watch the mischievous creatures play. Thailand’s Lopburi is famous for its monkeys – come and make friends with them over a bag of bananas or two.