Sitting on the corner of a crossroads in downtown Rio, we barely notice the waiter as he brings around a platter of Brazilian rice fritters and accompanying shots of salt-lined cerveja to refresh our palates.
Located just half an hour outside the capital of Managua, it's not hard to see how Granada has flourished into a popular destination for both passing tourists and expats alike. Both small and safe enough to comfortably stroll around, the city is the perfect place to bask in the sunshine and soak up some Spanish colonial charm.
Situated on Florida's Gulf Coast, away from the frenzy of Miami and not quite as isolated as the Everglades; Fort Myers has a lot to offer beyond the infamous white sandy beaches, if you know where to look. Characteristics of many modern U.S.
Once described by Lonely Planet as 'long living in the shadow of the iconic Andalucian cities of Granada, Cordoba, and Seville', Málaga has long been synonymous with high-rise condo blocks, packed beaches, and drunken tourists.
The Everglades National Park covers a large part of the Southern tip of Florida, and is a must-do if you are vacationing in the area. An hour's drive from cosmopolitan Miami, and easily accessible via the US 41 - otherwise known as Alligator Alley - the park offers a glimpse into pre-civilisation Florida, with wild prairies and a subtropical wilderness that far out-date the theme parks and tennis complexes.
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Just over 2 years ago, I visited some friends living in Vancouver, and were quickly drawn in by the city's striking scenery, laid-back vibe, and undeniable connection to nature. To my surprise, Vancouver is just a little over 100 years old, and has a moderate-sized city population of 600,000 to match.
A patchwork of many smaller neighbourhoods, Peru's coastal capital sits atop a crumbling cliff line, with its 10 million inhabitants spread across no less than 43 districts. Each is uniquely different; the colonial cathedrals sit adjacent to its glistening skyscrapers and surfside condos, which in turn are worlds apart from the never-ending shanty towns that make up the sprawling and barren outer fringes.
Multiculturally diverse, historically rich and aesthetically beautiful, Washington DC has much to offer a hungry city break traveller. With a population of just 600,000, visitors can enjoy all the perks of a capital city without the incessant crowding that often comes along with it. Its wide-open avenues and river views book-ended with cherry blossom add to the freeing feeling of city space, making walking between its impressive array of monuments more than a pleasure. Whilst highly...