10 Must-visit global cities

2012-10-11 15:36

Being interconnect is life as the world develops at a frenetic pace. If you're planning on taking a well-deserved break why not tap into the cultures that add to the spectrum of our global village by visiting one of these global cities.

Rome, Italy

Rome is the famous capital of Italy. It is the fourth-most populous city in the European Union. The city dates back two-and-a-half thousand years. Rome's historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum attract 4-million tourists each year. The medieval streets with its Renaissance and Baroque style architecture takes one centuries back. Late night strolls, sightseeing during the day and delicious cuisine makes this city perfect break to experience the best of both the present and the past.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With the nickname "Marvellous City" or as the Brazilians would say, "Cidada Maravilhosa" - Rio is bound to leave you entertained. Its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova and lovely beaches makes Rio the most visited city in the southern hemisphere. The city is also home to the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) on the Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Sugarloaf Mountain with its cable car and the Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums. If ever you needed an excuse to party and have fun, this would probably be the city to visit.

Paris, France

Globally known as the city of love, Paris is open to strangers. The rich history drifts through the air and smells of chocolate, coffee and freshly baked bread. Besides the city's four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the famous Eiffel Tower built in 1889 and designed by the engineer Gustav Eiffel, the streets are filled with mysterious little gems and secrets discovered when floating through the city. Travelling to Paris on your own will articulate the spiritual experience this old city will lead you to. Talking to Parisians, shopping, eating macaroons and croissants and soaking up the culture will leave you feeling energised and probably considering becoming an artist and moving to France.

New York

If ever there was a microcosm of the Global Village, New Amsterdam as it was known back in the 1600s, would be it. This city has the potential to leave you feeling electrocuted by its enormous cultural diversity. With a population of 8,2-million, speaking almost 800 languages and evidently representing every city on earth, you are sure to find something you love. Start at Times Square and move through the city's countless museums and galleries. Visit Broadway and meander through Central Park. New York has a significant impact on the media, art, fashion, research, technology and entertainment of the world. It is the perfect destination for someone wanting to experience as much as possible during their trip.

Cairo, Egypt

Egypt's capital is also its largest city. Founded by the Fatimid dynasty in the tenth century AD, Cairo evolved into the largest metropolitan area in Africa. Cairo boasts with the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Arab World and is home to the world's second-oldest institution of higher learning, al-Azhar University. It is associated with Ancient Egypt and is relatively close to historic landmarks such as the Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza. Visiting Cairo will be both an informative and relaxing journey into the ancient cultures of bygone eras. Remember to pack a pocket dictionary!

San José, Costa Rica

San José is the capital of Costa Rica, a country with the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Caribbean Ocean to its east. It is ranked as the happiest country in the world by the New Economics Foundation. This "green" country will leave you smiling and feeling good. San José is situated almost exactly in the middle of the country, making it the perfect central point to move from towards Buenos Aries and both of the coasts. The city has a strong European influence and contains an interesting mix between history and modernity. This is visible in the architecture of the city's theatres, museums and houses. The city was appointed the Ibero-American Capital of Culture in 2006. If you are artistically inclined give this city a thought.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town has an eclectic feel about her and the stories and experiences of those living beneath its Natural Wonder of Nature, Table Mountain might be just the thing you need to escape your normal daily routine.Take one of the hiking trails up the mountain or simply use the cable car as you enjoy the view of the sea and the unique Cape floral kingdom from up high. Visit the Castle of Good Hope built by Jan van Riebeeck, founder of the Cape in 1652. Take some time to soak up the music and rural art for explore the plethora of attractions found in and around the city.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. This populous city features the famous Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The city is built on hills surrounding Port Jackson, commonly known as Sydney Harbour. Sydney is home to many notable parks such as Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The city is ideal for summer vacations with its many bays and beaches including the famous Bondi beach. If bathing during the day and watching the opera in the evenings is your thing, Sydney is the perfect place for you to break away to.

Moscow, Russia

Moscow, the capital of Russia and the sixth largest city in the world, is situated in the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia. It is home to enormous landmarks such as the St. Basil's Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which was initially built to symbolize the feat of Russian people, the Kremlin and Red Square to name but a few. Visiting this spiritual sanctuary of a city might be overwhelming for many people, but you will not leave unchanged by the beauty and detail of this artistic sponge.

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world situated in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern edge of the Dead Sea. It is regarded as a holy city to the three Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Tourist attractions include the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, ranked as the city's top tourist attraction, the Time Elevator, the Garden Tomb of Christ and the Church of St Ann. Visitors leave feeling revitalized and connected as they tap into the spiritual culture.

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