Miraya B.

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Lima - the Gateway to Peru

Founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and originally named as Ciudad de los Reyes or “City of Kings”, the city of Lima enjoyed great prestige and influence as the capital of Spains South American empire. Peru broke away from the Spanish empire and declared independence in 1821.  The Spanish influence is overwhelmingly apparent in the old colonial buildings that still dot the Plaza de Armas, designed by Pizarro.

Splendid Stockholm

When you visit Stockholm, you will whole-heartedly agree with the people at The Ultimate Guide to International Marathons for choosing the course for the Stockholm Marathon as the “world’s most beautiful”.

The Three Rivers of Truro

The name Truro is supposedly derived from the Cornish phrase 'tri-veru' meaning three rivers owing to its location. Truro is situated in the heart of Cornwall just 14 km from the south coast at the convergence of the rivers Kenwyn and Allen. Both these rivers combine here to become the River Truro leading into the River Fal and then onto the large natural harbor of Carrick Roads.

Tel Aviv - Israel’s first Modern City

Stretched along miles of gorgeous Mediterranean coastline, Tel Aviv, founded in 1909 as part of the Ottoman Empire in Palestine, is Israel’s first modern Hebrew city. Unlike other cities in the country, there are no holy sites here, rather a smorgasbord of nightclubs, bars, art galleries, and miles upon miles of stunning beaches. The unique Bahaus style of architecture of the city is reflected in the white and off white buildings with their distinctive curvilinear balconies, building columns and flat roofs, and has led to Tel Aviv being called the White City. In 2003, the White City was proclaimed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Bahaus School of architecture, of which Tel Aviv has the largest number of examples in the world, actually originated in Germany and was brought to the city by Jewish refugees who sought shelter in Palestine during the Second World War. The city has a vibrant cultural and literary life. Most of the country’s newspapers are published in Tel Aviv and there is a thriving Hebrew theater scene. The recent economic boom powered by a burgeoning tech industry has led to large scale construction projects – steel and concrete skyscrapers, luxury hotels, shopping malls and stock exchanges line the Tel Aviv skyline. Unexpectedly, there is also a flourishing sex industry as evident from the number of ads in tourist brochures and magazines.
The city of Buenos Aires is located in the republic of Argentina in South America. Plata. Buenos Aires is located on the west bank of the Río de la Plata, the Rio de la plata is an estuary of the Parana and Uruguay rivers which forms a muddy fertile basin between Argentina and Uruguay. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina as well as its largest port. In fact the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called ‘porteňos’ which when translated means ‘people from the port.’ It is the largest port in South America and a location of much economic prominence as it handles much f the container traffic for South America.

Jerusalem - A Holy City Multiplied by Three

It not just any holy city, it is a holy city multiplied by three. Jerusalem is considered to be holy to followers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is where the 1st century exists side by side with the 21st, and where quaint old neighborhoods are located among gleaming high-rises.

Tokyo — The Eastern Capital

Probably the most populated urban area in the world, people who come to Tokyo for the Oriental experience get a rude awakening. One of the most modern and technologically advanced cities in the world, Tokyo has very little traces left of its traditional past, although one can still find such places if you know where to look.

Bangkok or “Bang Makok”

The first thing that strikes you about Bangkok is the bombardment of juxtaposing influences, Eastern and Western, traditional and modern, that hit you from all corners. Buddhist monks calmly walk past high rise buildings, ancient wats share space with beer bars and night clubs. Unlike other Asian cities like Tokyo, which resembles just another Western metropolis, the city of Bangkok seems comfortable enough with its multiple identities. Located only slightly above sea levels, Thailands largest city is flooded with monotonous regularity, during the monsoons and is, like so many other sprawling metros worldwide, chaotic, polluted and congested.  Traffic is a nightmare, the temperature can reach record breaking levels, and there is a visible chasm that exists between the rich and the poor, but people here are much too busy having fun to notice or care.

Osaka - Once the Capital of Japan

Osaka, the second city of Japan after Tokyo, is said to be the country’s best place to eat, drink and be merry! It was earlier called Naniwa and has also had the honor of being the capital of Japan at one point. But even after the capital shifted, Osaka has continued to be an important hub for land, sea and river transportation. It has also served as the ‘nation’s kitchen’, being the collection and distribution point for rice, the most important measure of wealth in olden times. Now that’s a title few cities can boast of having!

The older generation in Osaka would probably remember the city as a maze of waterways that was the principal mode of transportation for the booming merchant trade in the city. Almost all the canals and the traditional wooden buildings were destroyed during the World War II. Now the city has a more modern and futuristic feel to it with buildings such as the inverted U-shaped Umeda Sky Building, Imperial Hotel, and the Ferris wheel on top of the HEP Five Complex. The city is also trying to establish green areas in the city in an attempt to regain some of its lost beauty.