Travel is the single most enriching experience you can invest in, and it will offer you impressive returns every time. With so much of the world to see and so little leisure time to see it all, where does one begin? Here’s a quick roundup featuring some of our favourites holiday destinations around the world.
- Colosseum-Rome, Italy
Built in 80 AD on the site of Nero’s palace, the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre was originally meant to house 55,000 spectators as they watched the gladiators in combat against each other or against wild animals, a sport performed for public leisure viewing. The Roman gladiators were slaves or prisoners of war, and during the games, thousands of animals and gladiators would be killed, the Colosseum grounds soaked in blood. This historic site sees millions of visitors from all over the world every year.
- Prague, Czech Republic
The City of a Hundred Spires is famous for its Old Town Square and its historic baroque building, Gothic churches and the beautiful medieval Astronomical Clock. The capital of Prague is also home to the Prague Castle, the ancient Bohemian seat of power that dates back to the 9th century. The Prague Castle is also the largest ancient castle in the world, and gets about 1.8 million tourists visiting every year.
- Marrakech, Morocco
The imperial city of Marrakech is home to the ancient walled medieval city full of winding alleys and a maze of souks that sell textiles, pottery and jewellery. The city’s red sandstone mosques betray a distinct Andalusian influence and is the cultural, religious and trading centre for the region. The Majorelle botanical and landscape gardens are home to more than 15 species of birds native to North Africa.
- Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia, and reflects cultural influences from both these diverse continents, as well as the many empires that ruled here. Istanbul was once the historical and commercial trade city of Constantinople, the imperial capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Its position on the Silk Road has given the city a cosmopolitan air that lingers on even today. Its iconic Hagia Sophia museum, once a basilica and later an imperial mosque, sees over 3 million visitors every year.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam with hundreds of canals, is called the Venice of the North. Its artistic heritage is seen in museums that showcase the works of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer, as well as in its cafes and cobble streets. Cycling is a big part of the city’s culture, and a great way to explore the city and get a feel of life in this beautiful city.
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