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DESTINATION EXPLORER

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Prague

A captivating blend of slightly unsettling medieval charm, Gothic architecture, and old Bohemian grandeur, Prague is an evocative example of one of the great Western Slavic jewels.

Nestled along the banks of the Vltava River, its UNESCO-listed historic center is a textbook labyrinth of old town winding cobblestone streets, a sort of living museum to the rich heritage of the Czech republic. Here is a place to sit and have hearty central European fare while drinking one of two local beers that the particular cellar (that might date to the 13th century) you've found offers, and quietly lose oneself just imagining the world in its glory years. Contemporary Prague offers a vibrant arts scene, and warm hospitality, with plenty to experience and explore.

Munich

The Bavarian capital, Munich encapsulates most of what people most associate with classic German culture.

The beer gardens, cellars, and loden coats and Lederhosen, car manufacturers, hiking opportunities, and all the rest are all here, mixed with vibrant contemporary offerings, upscale dining, Italianate architecture that’s migrated across the alps, and spectacular art museums.

Munich is also the perfect base to dive into a world of fairy tale castles and villages, and get up into the mountains and go hiking.

Venice

Very possibly the most atmospheric city in the world, Venice needs little introduction.

Sadly very often overrun and abused by over-tourism, at the right time, Venice is a magnificent experience.

Naples

Magical and delightfully self-aware of its own glory and moderate dysfunction, Napoli is the sort of place that could only exist in the shadow of a volcano. It’s not for everyone, but for those who are willing to take it on its terms, this is a place that embodies in many ways the spirit of the Italian concept of sprezzatura, or studied elegant carelessness.

To visit is to understand that the locals live in permanent communication with the sea, and talking with them means to understand that they are talking to the sea, often through several glasses of wine and espressi, and you happen simply to be standing between them and the sea.

It’s beautiful.

Florence

Founded by Julius Caesar, Florence is the Jewel of the Renaissance, and a byword for Tuscany. It is a great panorama of a very particular part of Italian life and history to soak up and enjoy for both the first time, or repeat visitor.

It’s hard to imagine another city so dominated by one building – Brunelleschi’s Duomo, with the largest masonry dome in the world – the way Florence is, or another city which has had such an enormous impact on so many other places. And if that weren’t enough, there is also the Uffizi gallery to consider, an art destination justifying the entire trip in its own right.

Berlin

The vibrant capital of Germany, Berlin is a heady mix of history, culture, and turmoil. Once the third largest city in the world in the 1920s, Berlin is steeped in a rich past marked by the scars of war and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eclectic and a bit wild, this is a capital in constant transformation, still working out what it’s final form will be.

Vienna

The Jewel of the former Habsburg crown, Vienna is still very much awash with the central European grandeur for which it was famous before the fall of the dynasty on 11th November, 1918. Rich in classical music heritage, Vienna played home at various times to Mozart, Hayden, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, and Bruckner. Visiting today also reveals a remarkably vibrant and fresh city which is consistently voted one of the most liveable in the world, rich with incredible art collections, beautiful cafés and the baking for which the city is quite rightfully so well-known.

Rome

With a history spanning 28 centuries, Rome is alternately referred to as The Eternal city, City of Seven Hills, and Capu Mundi, or capital of the world. For the modern visitor, it’s worth remembering Rome’s foundational role in the story of Western Civilisation, and marvelling at it as a strangely ecclectic mix of architecture ranging from its oldest building still standing, the 2nd Century BC Temple of Hercules, to the constructions of the 20th century. All of this serves as a constant reminder of the contrast between Rome as an ancient power, and modern Italy as a comparatively young country dating to the 19th Century.

Paris

The City of Lights offers a mesmerizing array of experiences, blending rich history, artistic wonders, and masterful cuisine at virtually every corner. However, what you should remember most about Paris, is that it is truly the centre of France. Virtually every great contribution of the country as a whole can be found there, which is quite different than many other places, where such treasures are more spread out.

Palermo

Palermo, the soulful capital of Sicily, offers a unique blend of ancient history, artistic treasures, and culinary delights. Nestled on the edge of the Tyrrhenian Sea, this city is a tapestry of cultures, where Arab domes, Byzantine mosaics, and Norman architecture all come together.


London

Famously referred to as ‘The Capital’, London needs little introduction. In the wake of the might of the British Empire, London steadfastly remains one of, if not the single greatest city in the world. It is hard to imagine many other places which can keep up with the sheer atmosphere of London, let alone the variety and quality of its offerings. Perhaps Tokyo, perhaps Hong Kong, perhaps Paris, or perhaps NYC come close.

Yes, you pay for it, and London's value is in being there around everyone else, not the absolute value of your purchase, but as English writer Samuel Johnson famously remarked to his friend and biographer James Boswell in 1777:

‘If a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’.

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