The origins of B.S.B can be traced back to the 7th century, as there are signs that a water village (Kampong Ayer) existed at the site of the present Kampong Kota Batu and the National Museum. The capital was located at many sites during the ages along the Sungai Brunei River which formed the focal point of the marine activities of the Brunei Malays. The move away from the river based settlement to the land locked settlement of today was begun by a British resident Mc Arthur in 1906 who encouraged people to move and settle on the reclaimed land on the left bank of the Sungai Brunei .The Sultan moved in 1909 and he was followed by the Chinese shopkeepers in 1910. This was followed by the creation of the municipal board in 1921 and a new mosque and palace was built in 1922. Bandar Seri Begawan was in fact known as Brunei Town until 1970. Today the city is the center of finance, commerce and the government of Brunei.
Antwerp in Belgium is located on the right bank of the River Scheldt. It connects with the North Sea through the Westerschelde. Antwerp is a thriving commercial center which has the second busiest harbor in Europe and the sixth busiest harbor in the World. It is the epicenter of the world’s diamond trade accounting for 70% of the trade of polished and nearly finished diamonds. Though this trade has historically been dominated by the Hasidic Jewish community it is now dominated by Indian and Armenian traders. The trade of diamonds constitutes 6 % of Belgium’s total exports and amounts to $ 4 billion a year. The trade takes place in the diamond district located in the old part of town and is concentrated in the 2500 diamond and jewelry shops located around the neo baroque domed railway station. Diamondland is Antwerp’s largest jewelry showroom.
Warsaw, the capital city of Poland has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of Communism and reinvented itself yet again as a vivacious vibrant city with a buzzing night life scene. This is not the first time the city has been reborn, it was completely destroyed by the ravages of World War II when most of the city’s buildings were reduced to piles of rubble and Warsaw’s primarily Jewish population had either perished in the horrific Nazi concentration camps or had emigrated to escape the horrors of War. The Soviet occupation of the city from 1945 to 1989 saw the picturesque ‘ Old Town’ of Warsaw being restored to somewhat its former glory so much so that UNESCO put in on its World Heritage list in 1980. Since the fall of communism, however the city has developed somewhat haphazardly but rapidly and continues to change and grow even today.
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is a land of ancient temples and tranquil temple squares, dilapidated mansions and crowded alleyways, exotic bazaars and serene monasteries, a potpourri of fascinating colors and delectable cuisine and breathtaking scenery be it the awe inspiring Pashupati temple or the majestic mountain peaks. The boisterous city of Kathmandu is buzzing with life. The vibrant culture, rich history and stunning scenic splendor make traveling around the world to experience something new, well worth it.
Amman is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the world. The capital of Jordan, it is a blend of old and new, with traditional coffee shops nestled among ultra modern buildings and lanes that remind you of the city’s ancient past. It is ideally located on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. Amman was originally built on seven hills, or jabals, but it now spans over an area of nineteen hills.
Krakow or Cracow is a historic city in southern Poland on the Vistula River at the foot of the Carpathian Plateau, 219 m above sea level. Approximately 300 km north is Warsaw, the capital of Poland, and 100 km south are the Tatra Mountains, forming the southern border of the country. The city is an industrial, cultural, and educational center of southern Poland, and is the third largest city in the country.
With a thousand year old history, Brussels is where the old world charm meets the modern age technology. The capital of Belgium and as the administrative centre of the European Union, Brussels has earned the title of the Capital of Europe. If that isn’t enticing enough, maybe its famous chocolates and beer would draw you here for a nice long holiday filled with gastronomic delights and captivating sights!
Poland’s sixth largest city, Gdansk is also known by several other names – Danzig (its German name), Gdunsk (in the local Kashubian language), Gedania/Gedanum/Dantiscum (in Latin), Dantzig/Dantsic (its former English names), and the Triple City or Tricity (since it is made up of the three cities of gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot)! This city packs in quite a punch!
The medieval city of Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and has a charm akin to other European cities such as Vienna and Budapest. Zagreb has become a popular weekend destination for travelers from other parts of Europe. The city has two medieval hill top towns known as Gardec and Kaptol. The city of Zagreb is located on the slopes of the Medvednica Mountain Range on the banks of the Sava River in the north of Croatia. The epicenter of the city is the square of Trg Bana Jelaciça which is populated by restaurants and cafes. The city has a rich history associated with it and most of its monuments are of a historical nature.