Edmonton (AREA), AB, Canada

Edmonton

Edmonton Listeni is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Capital Region, which is surrounded by Alberta’s central region.

The city had a population of 877,926 in the 2014 census,making it Alberta’s second-largest city and Canada’s fifth-largest municipality. This population represents 66 percent of the total 2014 population of 1,328,300  within the Edmonton census metropolitan area (CMA), Canada’s fifth-largest CMA by population. Edmonton is the northernmost North American city with a metropolitan population over one million. A resident of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian.

Edmonton’s historic growth has been facilitated through the absorption of five adjacent urban municipalities (Strathcona, North Edmonton, West Edmonton, Beverly and Jasper Place) and a series of annexations ending in 1982.Edmonton serves as the northern anchor of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor. Known as the “Gateway to the North” the city is a staging point for large-scale oil sands projects occurring in northern Alberta and large-scale diamond mining operations in the Northwest Territories.

Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. It hosts a year-round slate of festivals, reflected in the nickname “Canada’s Festival City”. It is home to North America’s largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (the world’s largest mall from 1981 until 2004),and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest living history museum.

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Denver (AREA), CO, United States

Denver

Denver, a goldmine for outdoor enthusiasts

Situated on the banks of the South Platte River at an altitude of 1,609 metres above sea level, it is the gateway to the captivating Rocky Mountains. Now the capital of Colorado and the state’s most populous city, Denver was founded in 1858 after the first few flakes of gold were discovered on the river’s banks.

The gold has since dried up but Denver remains a veritable goldmine for travellers. The sun shines 300 days a year here and the climate is mild and moderate, with an average winter temperature of 7 °C and an average August temperature of 30 °C.

We recommend a stroll around the city centre to explore Denver’s fine art galleries, shops and numerous award-winning restaurants. Families with children will love the Denver Zoo, and the city’s inhabitants take great pride in the Denver Botanic Gardens. Just northwest of downtown is the historic and hip neighbourhood LoDo (short for “Lower Downtown”).

Many buildings in LoDo dating from around 1900 have been restored and the now-revitalised area is filled with funky shops, restaurants and art galleries. Denver is also renowned for its beer production so it is worthwhile – not to mention invigorating – to pay a visit to one of its many breweries. And why not step in at the variety of wineries and vineyards in and around Denver?

Denver, a paradise for sport-lovers

The region boasts some of the world’s finest ski resorts, of which Aspen is obviously the most recognised. Denver’s surrounding towns and national parks include Central City, Black Hawk, Georgetown, Pikes Peak Country and Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Chicago (AREA), IL, United States

Chicago

Chicago, Illinois is the MidWest’s largest city and should be on every bucket list. In fact, Chicago is the US’s third largest city overall, which means there’s a whole range of activities and entertainment to choose from at any given time.

Museums, Baseball or Basketball?

You don’t even have to choose. Go to a ballgame to see The Cubs or White Sox in action, or spend some time with the legendary Chicago Bulls and the legacy of the great Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen before heading out to the lakeside Museum Campus where you can easily spend a day going between The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. If you’re impressionistically inclined, we recommend the Chicago Art Museum, which has curated the largest collection of impressionistic works in the US.

The Bean, Willis Tower and The Goodman Theater

Tall buildings are quite remarkable. You’ll find one of the tallest buildings in the US in Chicago, Willis Tower, and can even venture out onto the viewing platform if you feel like a dare. If the weather’s nice, you can go on a boat ride along Chicago’s canals and along the shore of Lake Michigan.  And don’t forget to pay homage to “The Bean” (Cloud Gate) in Millenium Park – a remarkably seamless and reflective sculpture that has quickly become one of Chicago’s most characteristic viewpoints.

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Brussels (AREA), Belgiu

Brussels

A modern city rich in tradition and charm As the headquarters of the European Union, Brussels is set squarely in the middle of world events. As Belgium¿s capital, it also has a long and fascinating history.

Brussels city is quickly becoming a trendy spot for weekend getaways and holidays. Apart from its famous chocolates and beers there are many attractions that most visitors cannot begin to imagine. It is a centre of European culture, officially nicknamed ‘the European Village’, with almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, fascinating walks, trendy restaurants and bars.

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Birmingham (AREA), United Kingdom

Birmingham

Birmingham is England’s second-largest metropolitan area, after London

It’s located in the West Midlands, just about halfway between Manchester in the north and London in the south. There’s no shortage of activities to choose from – whether you are interested in culture, cuisine or commerce, Birmingham has it all.

Stratford-upon-Avon is about an hour’s drive from Birmingham, and is the birthplace of William Shakespeare (who is deftly quoted above). Day tours to this shrine of theatrical excellence are therefore a great option for those who wish to get closer to Shakespearean heritage and see how life at the banks of the river Avon was in the 16th century.

The West Midlands brought the world more than Shakespeare and his immortal words. Indeed, Birmingham was at the centre of the industrial revolution and many modern technologies originated in the city, such as the steam engine, known and used to this day. The city’s science museum is centrally located and a great visit for the inquisitive mind.

One of Birmingham’s most famous and popular shopping areas is known as The Bull

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Billund, Denmark

Billund

The town of Billund is centrally located on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. It lies just west of the towns of Horsens and Vejle and northeast of the transport hub town of Esbjerg.

Billund, the original home of Lego

No doubt the history of the small town of Billund would have been very different had the Lego bricks never been invented and no one thought of erecting the original Lego factory there. Opened in 1968, the Legoland theme park is now one of Denmark’s most popular tourist attractions, offering the whole family an unforgettable experience.

In addition to Legoland, the region’s numerous attractions include the family resort Lalandia, the museum Karensminde, the Viking Centre in Jelling (a World Heritage Site), the Billund Sculpture Park and the Uhre Fuchsia Garden. Billund is also a convenient hub to explore the towns of Vejle, Horsens and Esbjerg. If golf is your game, try one of the many golf courses in and around Billund, chief amongst which are the Vejle Fjord Golfklub, Varde Golfklub and Jelling Golfklub

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Bergen, (AREA), Norway

Bergen, a city to experience

What has made Bergen famous around the world is its charm and atmosphere. It really has to be experienced! Bergen is worth exploring. Strolling around the old streets and alleyways is an experience. Here, people have lived and worked for centuries. Small wooden houses lie higgledypiggledy, cobbled streets climb steeply, and a love of flowers is evident everywhere. Wander around the Fish Market and mingle with the locals as they go about their daily life. Stroll leisurely to the Aquarium to see the fish, penguins and seals. Walk the length of Bryggen to the old fortress of Bergenhus. Or drop in at one of the many museums and galleries. Travel to the top of Mount Fløyen (town center funicular), or Ulriken, or any of the seven mountains that surround

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Barcelona (AREA), Spain

Ingenious architecture, world-class restaurants, a vibrant arts scene. You name it, this breathtaking city has it all.
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Complimenting the welcoming spirit of it´s people is the beauty of of this city where the parks, the museums and the architecture come together in perfect harmony. Experience the work of the world renowned architect Gaudi, who designed many of the city’s most spectacular buildings, among them the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia.
And if that is not enough, one of world soccer’s shrines is in Barcelona. Camp Neu the home of Barcelona FC, one of the greatest soccer clubs in the world.
When travelling one must taste the local cuisine; when in Spain one must taste tapas! Derived from the Spanish verb ‘tapar’ which means ‘to cover’, tapas is a variety of small snacks taken between meals which, when combined, can be a colorful and delicious supper on its own. If you have not tried tapas, there is no better time to put that right.

You are also likely to catch the aroma of a very special seafood dish, a Catalan bacallà, Spanish for salt cod. Bacallà is one of Spain’s national dishes and cooked in many ways, depending on where in the country you are.

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