Monday, 27 April 2009

Places of a lifetime

Have you ever dreamt of visiting any of your favourite places? Most often, you will hear these words from your friends, family members or any others. Every one of us desire to visit our favourite places in our lifetime. It is the dream of every human being.
In Europe there are many beautiful cities that one person should certainly visit during his lifetime. For many people, it's arguable that nine cities exhaust the list of essential visits in Europe: London; Paris; Amsterdam; Rome, Venice and Florence; Madrid; Athens; and

Here are the 9 wonderful places, which you can plan to visit in your lifetime.


The United Kingdom’s capital city—covering 610 square miles—is huge. Founded in A.D. 43, it’s also old. And powerful. London is a hub of culture, business, and politics—and centre of the once glorious British Empire that can still throw its weight around the globe. Served by a fabulous subway system, numerous tour buses, and the iconic black taxis, London is not difficult to find your way around in. And despite the city’s enormity, the centre is small enough to make walking a good option—don’t forget people drive on the left side of the route here.


It is the most beautiful city and also the capital of France. Springtime is the best time to visit Paris. Paris is the city of life, love and light. You will find romance and magic when you visit Eiffel tower to Mona Lisa and from the bustling Champs Elysees to the winding streets of Montmartre.


Often promoted as the gateway to Europe, the Netherlands’s largest metropolis has always been one of the continent’s most progressive and cosmopolitan capitals, and nothing much has changed since the city first came to glory as a trading centre in the 17th century. You can still relive that Golden Age. Stroll, boat, or bike along the city’s canals, lined with gabled houses, to experience one of Europe’s best preserved, photogenic, and intact historic city centres, or visit the Dutch master paintings in the Rijksmuseum. But don’t stop there. Always looking ahead, and reinventing itself, Amsterdam has recently emerged as a 21st-century style centre.


The Eternal City is one of Europe’s most ancient urban centres, dating back almost 3,000 years. Rome’s early inhabitants left behind a trove of architectural masterpieces, including the massive Colosseum. The Italian capital also boasts an unparalleled concentration of world-class art, from Michelangelo’s Sixteen Chapel to the baroque Trevi Fountain, and teems with restaurants, trattorie, osterie, pizzeria, enoteche, cafés, bars, and gelaterie. It is home to the animated, good-humoured Romans, who live to eat, drink wine (and espresso), and hold forth on everything from politics to soccer, fashion, food, and films.


Venice is one of the Italy’s greatest tourist places. You will be surprised by hearing how the city is built up. The city is built on 317 small islands and has 150 canals which are connected through 409 bridges. During the spring time, Venice is completely filled with tourists. At that time it is very difficult to find the accommodations.


A city-size shrine to the Renaissance, Florence offers frescoes, sculptures, churches, palaces, and other monuments from the richest cultural flowering the world has known. But to see the Tuscan capital simply as Europe’s preeminent city of art would be to ignore not only its role as a dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis, but also to overlook its more unsung charms—Italy’s most visited gardens (and its best ice-cream parlour), idyllic strolls on balmy summer evenings, a broad range of specialty shopping, sweeping views over majestic cityscapes, eating experiences that range from historic cafés to the country’s most highly rated restaurants, and the kind of seductive and romantic pleasures that somehow only Italy knows how to provide.


Like the best tapas bars, Madrid offers a selection of delights so tempting it reduces even the most seasoned traveller to giddiness. On one glorious stretch of boulevard, it houses three of the world’s greatest art museums. It boasts Western Europe’s largest Royal Palace and its most audacious gay pride parade. Madrid is a city that locals proudly claim never sleeps. Except, that is, during siesta. Do like they do and take a nap—it is key to truly living la vida madrileña.


Modern Athens is a major European city, vibrant and safe, where history meets with comfort an fascination. The Acropolis is one of the world’s most famous landmarks and Greece’s history and culture, combined with the nightlife, a wonderful climate, traditional cuisine and renowned Greek hospitality are just some of the countless attractions Athens has to offer. They provide a unique opportunity for those visiting the cradle of the concept of democracy, an experience, you will never forget.


Berlin has had a more wrenching history than most cities on Earth. It’s been ravaged by war, enslaved by fascism, bisected during the Cold War, and rejoined at the fall of the Wall.

Out of such chaos has grown a city that’s adaptable in the extreme. But Berlin is also a place of incredible beauty in its forests, rivers, and historical sites. Culture blossoms everywhere, and dining is an international smorgasbord. You’ll find any version of Berlin you envision and, in the process, perhaps find a new version of yourself.

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