Judy P.

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Budapest - the Queen of the Danube

The charming Hungarian capital is known as the ‘Queen of the Danube’ and the ‘Paris of the East’. The city straddles both sides of the River Danube and comprises of what were originally two distinct cities Buda and Pest. Of the two Buda is the older section located on the left bank of the River Danube. Buda possess an old world charm with its cobbled streets, medieval neo classical architecture set amongst gentle hills. Pest located on the east bank is the commercial heart of the city with its fancy shopping districts and wide boulevards built in an efficient grid like manner on the flatter plain. The city along with other Eastern European cities of Krakow and Prague in recent times has become a tourist favorite with millions visiting the city every year.
Skopje, the capital and largest city in the Republic of Macedonia, was known as Skupi in the Roman era. The city recovered and developed rapidly after World War II, but was hit by a disastrous earthquake in 1963 which brought the city down to its knees. However, it survived that too, and now it is a modern city located on the upper course of the Vardar River. It is situated on a major north-south Balkan route between Central Europe and Athens.
Bridgetown, the capital and commercial centre of Barbados was originally called 'Indian Bridge'. It is now a busy port located on the southwestern coast of the island along Carlisle Bay. The current location of the city was established by the British in 1628.

The city centre was originally a swamp, which was drained and filled-in to accommodate the city's development very early in its history. Bridgetown is the only city in Barbados and hence attracts over half the island's residents. The island of Barbados has one of the highest literacy rates in the Western Hemisphere of around 99.9 percent.

St. Petersburg - A Window to Europe

Called the ‘most artificial city in the world’ by Dostoyevsky, and ‘a window to Europe’ by Pushkin, different people have different views about St Petersburg. It is where an imperial past meets a modern future. St Petersburg has been home to many artists, poets, scientists, and musicians. The likes of Ayn Rand, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Igor Stravinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Alfred Noble, and Anna Pavlova have walked the city streets. The city’s impressive architecture, its great historical heritage and cultural life are reasons enough to make a trip here.