best places of around the world to visit (part two)
New Caledonia, France
Where the marine life of the South Pacific frolics – Marie-Amélie Carpio, Editor-in-Chief of Traveler France.
Humpback whales, green turtles, and dugongs swim in the welcoming waters of New Caledonia, a French territory that comprises a group of islands in the southwest Pacific, about 1,448 kilometers off the east coast of Australia.
Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008, New Caledonia’s lagoons are one of the most extensive reef systems globally, with more than 9,000 marine species. In 2014, the government created the Coral Sea Natural Park, with about of 1,300,000 square kilometers.
Fishing, water sports, and boats are forbidden in much of the park, and in some areas, any human activity except research is prohibited. Additionally, a new law seeks to ban all disposable plastic products by 2022.
Sustainable solutions that pay off – Marco Cattaneo, Editor-in-Chief of Traveler Italia Copenhagen Denmark canal river postcard photo
The widespread inequalities that came to unmask the COVID-19 pandemic in the world have ignited international interest in making cities more equitable, resilient, and healthy. Copenhagen is a good example, which is on track to become the world’s first zero-carbon footprint capital by 2025.
In the Danish capital, all buses are in the transition to electric power, and the CopenHill waste conversion plant, in addition to producing clean energy for 60,000 families and heating 120,000 homes, opened its outdoor playgrounds to the public: a green space on the rooftop that includes trails, a ski and snowboard slope, and a climbing wall on the façade. Likewise, urban planning has given as resulted in five times more bikes than cars in the city. open hill photo Denmark Copenhagen green city carbon footprint
New Mexico, United States
Native voices rise in the American Southwest – Traveler United States Downtown Taos, New Mexico panoramic photo
In New Mexico, monuments to Native American oppressors like that of Spaniard Diego de Vargas collapse as Popé, who organized the Indian rebellion of 1680, is called to honor. The uprising drove out Europeans and, Although Spain regained control in 1692, today, the revolt has the merit of ensuring the survival of this culture.
A statue of Popé represents New Mexico at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington D.C. At home, his legacy lives on in the state’s 19 towns that include Taos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) in Albuquerque is the starting point for exploring the villages, either through the virtual culture guide (indianpueblo.org) or in person, when it is safe to resume tours and group celebrations.
Rome annually receives more than 7 million foreign tourists who want to know the monuments of the former Roman Empire.
The Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum symbolized the magnificence when the city was the “capital of the world.”
The talent of the imperial builders was inherited by artists of later periods, mainly the Renaissance, with jewels such as the Basilica of Saint Peter, the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran, and the national monument to Victor Emmanuel II.
The Vatican City and its museums bring together one of the most important universal art collections, housing jewels such as Michelangelo’s mural, The Last Judgment.
Italian gastronomy needs no introduction. The dishes “a la Romana” are all exquisite.
Las Vegas, USA
The “city of sin” is one of the main tourist destinations in the United States and worldwide. Las Vegas brings together the most prestigious casinos, the most elegant hotels, the most popular bars, and restaurants in the same city and is the place where the most critical boxing fights in sport are held.
The city built by the mafia in the 20th century receives more than 40 million visitors from the U.S. and the world annually.
You have the Flamingo, Caesars Palace, and MGM Grand Las Vegas for gambling, staying, and having fun. The Mafia Museum and the Grand Canyon of Colorado are a 2-hour drive from “Sin City.”
You know what they say. What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.
Although recent attractions such as the Coca Cola London Eye attract many tourists, London’s architecture and museums remain the main attractions.
S charms of the capital of England.
The House of Parliament with the iconic Big Ben, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral attracts lovers of history and architecture.
The city has some of the most comprehensive museums globally, such as the Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the Science Museum, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Madame Tussauds, the most famous wax museum of all.
The Coca Cola London Eye or Millennium Wheel was the tallest in the world and is the modern symbol of London.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Amsterdam awaits you with its famous “Venice of the North” canals built in the 17th century, a route that for 400 years has offered the best postcards of the city.
Although the Red Light District, also known as Red Light, is the most popular area for adult entertainment, Amsterdam also has its friendlier side, such as Dam Square, the Royal Palace, the New Church, and the Central Station.
Some of the city’s must-see museums are the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rembrandt House Museum, and the Anne Frank House.
Maui, Hawaii, USA
Maui is the second-largest island in Hawaii but the most popular with tourists for its 50 km of paradisiacal beaches, lush jungles, and magnificent golf courses. An absolute beauty.
The island is made up of two volcanoes linked by an isthmus, and its main beaches are Red Sand (Kaihalulu), Hookipa, Big Beach, and Little Beach (Oneloa and Pu’u Olai) and Black Rock (Kaanapali).
Lao Valley State Park, Waianapanapa, Haleakala National Park, and the Seven Sacred Pools are natural attractions.
At the Maui Ocean Center, more than 60 fascinating exhibits and humpback whales can be seen from its vantage point.