Explore the Wide Diversity of Cultures Encountered on the African Continent

street-381227__340.jpg A voyage along the shores of the African continent will allow you to retrace the path of early Dutch, British, German, and Portuguese explorers. By stopping in diverse nations from Madagascar to Mozambique and Senegal to Mauritius, you will observe the significant influence of colonialism as well as tribal traditions that are still around today.

Witness the spectacular beauty of the desert in Namibia or visit South Africa’s lush green mountainous landscapes. Chefs and food aficionados alike will want to stop in Zanzibar, also known as “Spice Island”, to try its world-famous saffron.

International Escapes That Are Not Too Far

Perhaps you assume you cannot go international for a long weekend trip. Guess again. In fact, there many international locations close enough to check out for a long weekend. Below is a list of fantastic places great for a thrilling weekend adventure.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Old-world elegance is front and center in this second largest Canadian city after Toronto. Visitors always enjoy the beautiful Vieux Montreal district with its interesting boutiques and inviting cafes and restaurants.

When the weather is nice, head to the sprawling Mount Royal Park for a picnic, guided walk, or relaxing bike ride. If you can take the cold, you can also go snowshoeing, ice skate, or do a range of other winter sports in the park area.

Bermuda
Bermuda is a British territory in the mid-Atlantic popular with US visitors due to the short two-hour flight from countless east coast cities, its beautiful beaches of distinct pink sand, and its warm weather year-round.

Along with the stunning stretches of sand, you can also delve into its rich maritime history, much of which can be noticed among the well-preserved colonial architecture and cobblestone alleys of St. George as well as the old cannon-laden forts. Of course, Bermuda is also known for the mystical Bermuda Triangle, and courageous weekenders can rent a jet ski and go explore it.

Baja California Sur, Mexico
If you’re dreaming of sunlight and sand, you might want to go south to the beautiful beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico. At the southern tip of Baja California is Cabo San Lucas, popular for its exotic resorts, high-end dining, and lively bars and nightclubs.

Adventurers and water sports devotees will also enjoy Lover’s Beach for its gorgeous blue waters, fascinating caves to explore, and stunning rock formations.

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Costa Rica
Exotic Costa Rica is a hop, skip, and a jump away from many U.S. cities and makes a fantastic weekend getaway. Its 800 miles of shoreline is filled with magnificent beaches and much more.

Adventure seekers will find no end to their thrilling possibilities: hikes through the tropical jungle; zip-lining in the lush rainforest; rappelling down a thundering waterfall; seeing exotic birds, monkeys, and sloths in their natural habitat; and relaxing in volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia
Like other places on the Caribbean Sea, lovely Cartagena has long stretches of beach with white powdery sand, warm water that is a striking shade of blue, and beautiful coral reefs.

Be sure to wander around the old walled section of the city with its pastel-colored buildings left from the Spanish colonizers and 500-year-old coral wall still standing upright today.

Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s most sizeable city and is a typical modern-day metropolis.

Diversity is one of its founding maxims; over half of the people who call it home today were actually born somewhere else. With Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown all within city limits, tourists might feel as if they've seen more than a couple of countries after a trip to Toronto.

There is something for everyone in an international weekend getaway, from beautiful ancient architecture to relaxing on a gorgeous beach to hiking through a verdant jungle.

landing-1441457__340.jpg You can organize a special weekend full of romance, adventure, history, and/or fun – the choice is yours.

Castle Tours: Feel Royal

The castles dispersed around Europe each have special qualities. These awesome structures have withstood battles, fires, countless years and are still here today. From the cliffs of Scotland to the Isles of Greece, every single castle holds a piece of history and may even still have some ghostly occupants. And though most were designed from stone and brick, they are each unique and continue to amaze men and women from all over the world.

Connect with history by exploring homes where kings and queens once lived and you may even feel some of that royalty yourself, if even for a day. Every vacationer should have these castles on their list of places to see. 1.Mont Saint-Michel

Located on a point near Normandy, France, Mont Saint Michel is regarded as an architectural masterpiece. 2.Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle is a massive fortress which shines in the capital city of Edinburgh from its position on Castle Rock.

Though having gone through various sieges, assaults, control for power and murders, Edinburgh Castle has survived through the years. 3. Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, is located high above the town of of Hohenschwangau in southwesterly Bavaria, Germany. King Ludwid II had this palace constructed in honor of German opera composer, Richard Wagner and funded it both via his private money and loans. 4.Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is located near the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland. It is the personal home of the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and can be visited.

There is apparently a great deal of paranormal activity here, more than any other castle in Scotland.

5. Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the established residence of the royal British family located in Berkshire and is adorned with a Queen Victoria statue and thousands of tourists. At nine hundred years old, Britain's Windsor Castle is the greatest lived-in castle and oldest noble palace globally.

6.Château de Chambord

The castle of Chambord in France is the biggest of the Loire royal homes. It was designed between 1519 and 1547 adjacent to the river Cosson, a tributary river of Beuvron which streams into the Loire. In 1981, it became a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

7. Hampton Court Palace Hampton Court Palace, in Herefordshsire, England, became well-known because Henry VIII in the 16th was often there. Nowadays, vacationers can linger in the lush gardens and relish the sunshine.

8. Prague Castle Prague Castle initially served as a political and spiritual facility for a nation fighting for changes. 9.St. Michael's Mount Owned by the National Trust, St. Michaels Mount, is a medieval castle in Cornwall, England.

The sole way to access it is during low tide and by traversing the causeway.

10. Leeds Castle Leeds Castle in Kent, England was constructed in the sixteenth century for the first wife of Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon.

The Wonders to Experience in Asia

Recognized for its sophisticated cosmopolitan culture, Hong Kong is an international trade, style, and culinary hub for Asia. new-zealand-2492599__340.jpg Beach lovers should be sure to plan a stop on Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, known for its spectacular panoramas and cultural experiences. With a unique history and cultural influences from around the world including Portuguese and Jewish, Cochin (or Kochi) is part of India’s Kerala state and is commonly known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Another must-see is Petra, the Jordanian city designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is known as “Rose City” because it was made of rose-colored stone.

From Africa to Asia, from North America to South America, from Antarctica to Europe, visit them all when you travel in style and luxury on a world cruise.

Going to the Mediterranean

From viticulture and art to science and democracy, historians credit the outset of modern civilization to the countries along the southern coast of Europe. You can explore the history of the “Old World” along its shores. If you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the charm of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories will last a lifetime.

Ancient Rome is still observable in the city’s Pantheon and Colosseum, and the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is a must-see.

Design aficionados will like Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi’s awe-inspiring architecture.

Wine and food lovers will appreciate the opportunity to stop in some of the world’s top wine-producing regions: Port in Portugal, Chianti in Italy, and Provence in France. `

Explore the romantic ancient canals of Venice. On the Adriatic coast, see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, the historic city surrounded by ancient stone walls.

You will be driven to go back and study your old history books when you visit Europe.

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