Can you imagine an endless stretch of warm tropical beach with soft sand and great waves, and not a single hotel or restaurant as far as the eye can see? New Zealand’s Ninety Mile Beach has turned its back on commercial tourism, and it remains as it has for thousands of years; Beautiful, untouched and wild. Explore towering sand dunes, pretty coastal rivers, and Cape Reinga, which is the very edge of the country and a sacred Maori place.
The Mayans have such a rich and amazing history and there’s no better place to learn about them than in Belize. Altun Ha is one of the largest Mayan ruins site in the world. Climb atop several buildings to get a bird’s eye view of the land and see just how awe-inspiring the uncovered pyramids are. Your tour is given by a guide who is native Belizean and has Mayan culture in their family. Who better to tell you all about the history of the people who built these structures?
When a group of visitors seek to get out of Denver for an afternoon, they decide to take a trip to see the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Their GPS leads them far off course, and they pass by a town that was once the site of a horrendous tragedy. Along the way to their destination they stumble upon a weapons manufacturing plant, are warned to watch for wild dogs, then finally look out over the desert from the fantastic view afforded by the Martianesque music venue.
For thousands of years, the people of Marrakesh have come to Jamaa el Fna Square when the sun sets for an evening of food, fun and entertainment. Come for the freshly made orange juice, stay for the dancing, the Barbary apes and the excellent street food. Don’t forget to do a little shopping!
You may think of Turkey as huge cities and great beaches, but there’s far more to Turkey than this. Take the historical region of Cappadocia for example – an extremely important region in terms of history and culture that’s filled with beautiful fairy chimneys, rock carved chapels and churches, and a large number of cave hotels. There are underground cities too that would have housed up to 20,000 people at a time, and you can explore some of these today. Cappadocia really is a fascinating part of Turkey!
Egypt’s Valley of the Kings offers a fascinating glimpse into the ancient obsession with death and the afterlife. Visit Tutankhamun’s tomb and the magnificent mortuary temple of Hatshepsut. Wander silently through the brightly coloured chambers that once contained mountains of gold. Don’t forget to look down for a glimpse at some ancient litter, and to look up at the incredible colour of the sky.
Of the hundreds of well-known sites from ancient Rome that still stand today, the Colosseum is considered to be the most impressive construction of them all. Its appearance is famous and considered an icon image for the city of Rome. This ancient arena once held thousands of people who gathered to watch a variety of entertainment spectacles. Today, the building is still very much intact and is a must-visit if spending time in Rome.
Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia is one of the greatest churches in Spain, and indeed perhaps in the entire world. Immense, symbolic, grand and utterly unique; this is the centrepiece of architect Antoni Gaudi’s body of work across the Catalan capital. From the beauty of the three famous façades inside, to the view from the top of the soaring towers, there is no corner of this church that fails to inspire. One of the most fascinating aspects of a visit to Sagrada Familia is that it’s not even finished yet!
Spain is a strong contender for Europe’s, if not the world’s craziest festivals. While a lot of them range from unusual, like the Easter processions, to downright crazy, like the tomato, grape and other food throwing festivals during harvest time, no festival manages to fascinate as much as the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.
A group of American middle-school students are sent to San Francisco to learn about the atomic collider at Stanford University. After completing their academic necessities, the kids are let loose on the town. For most of them it is their first time alone in a big city. A small group of the students make their way to Fisherman’s Wharf, where they enjoy its myriad attractions.