Graced with beautiful beaches of pink sand, evocative
windswept panoramas and countless opportunities for
diving, snorkelling and fishing, the islands of the
Bahamas are well established as one of the world's top
draws for both intrepid explorers and casual vacationers.
It's little wonder that so many wistful songs have been
penned over the years about France's capital, Paris
. Few cities leave the visitor with such vivid impressions,
whether it's the drifting cherry blossoms in the tranquil
gardens of Notre-Dame, the riverside quais on a summer
evening, the sound of blues in atmospheric cellar bars,
or the ancient alleyways and cobbled lanes of the historic
Latin Quarter and villagey Montmartre.
Vegas, NV USA
Shimmering from the desert haze of Nevada like a latter-day
El Dorado, Las Vegas is the most dynamic, spectacular
city on earth. At the start of the twentieth century,
it didn't even exist; at the start of the twenty-first,
it's home to well over one million people, with enough
newcomers arriving to need a new school every month.
Flying into Sydney provides a thrilling close-up snapshot
of the city as the aeroplane swoops alongside sandstone
cliffs and golden beaches, revealing toy-sized images
of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House tilting in
a glittering expanse of blue water.
The brash modernity of BEIJING (meaning Northern Capital)
comes as a surprise to most visitors. Traversed by freeways
(it's the proud owner of more than a hundred flyovers)
and spiked with high-rises, this vivid metropolis is
China at its most dynamic.