Monthly Archives: May 2010

Spotlight on Mexico City, Mexico

               Mexico City, the sprawling capital of Mexico and one of the largest cities in the world, is built over the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, which stood on a island in the middle of Lake Texcoco. After the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the US Virgin Islands

               St Thomas is the main island in the US Virgin Islands chain. Its capital and largest city, Charlotte Amalie is frequently visited by cruise ships in the Caribbean because of its incredible duty-free shopping.  The tiny streets and … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

              Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is located at the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island. The city is equidistant from Seattle, Washington, and the city of Vancouver, on the British Columbia mainland. There are ferries which carry visitors … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

               Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, presents an image which is one of the most recognized in the world — Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach, closed in by skyscrapers, with Sugarloaf Mountain looming overhead, and, behind and looking over the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on San Juan, Puerto Rico

                  Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a classic Spanish walled city which is easily walkable and which includes a quintessential Spanish fort, Castillo de San Filipe del Morro (El Morro).  The Old Town lies close to the pier … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Delhi, India

               Delhi, India’s capital city, and one of the oldest cities in the world, is a paradox of old and new, of British (for many years, India was part of the British Empire) and Indian, of rich and poor. … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Oslo, Norway

               Oslo, Norway, is a rather small capital city, by European standards.  It is most accessible by boat via the Oslofjorden, a rather dramatic entry through a narrow channel surrounded by woods.  The city center is fairly compact, pleasant … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Helsinki, Finland

              Helsinki, Finland, does not have an ancient city center with medieval buildings like many of its neighbors.  However, being a more modern city, it has stunning and elegant 19th century Neo-classical architecture and is sure to please. It … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Thessaloniki, Greece

              Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, is a melting pot of cultures, due to its location at the crossroads between East and West.  In particular, Byzantine culture is well-represented here. Despite its size, the attractions of the city are … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Copenhagen, Denmark

               Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is the largest city in Scandinavia, yet retains a walkability that makes it charming to visit.  As a matter of fact, its Stroget is the longest and oldest pedestrian street in Europe. There … Continue reading

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