Vilnius is classified as a Gamma global city according to GaWC studies, and is known for its Old Town of beautiful architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
MEXICO Chichén Itzá
Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities, or Tollans, referred to in later Mesoamerican literature. The city may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could have contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site.
Located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of modern-day Mexico City, Teotihuacan was one of the largest urban centers in the ancient world. No one knows who built it. The city flourished between 2,100 years ago, when construction began, and about 1,400 years ago, when it went into a period of decline, including a fire that caused great damage. However, even with the decline, the city was never truly “lost” — the Aztecs made regular pilgrimages to the site in later periods.
Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural and research centre as well as one of northern Europe's major cities. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region.
Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia's population.
Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 430,772. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn's Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland.
The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve.
MADAGASGAR Nosy Be
The Nosy Be Archipelago is situated off the north-west coast of Madagascar. It’s tropical climate and superb location makes it Madagascar’s beach-resort destination per excellence. The name of Nosy Be means "big island" in Malagasy, though the island has been granted several nicknames over centuries, being probably “Nosy Manitra” (the perfumed island) the most popular of all.
MONGOLIA The Gobi Desert
The third largest non-polar desert in the world with an area of almost 1.3 million square km., The Gobi (from Mongolian gobi, meaning “waterless place”) stretches across huge portions of both Mongolia and China. The sceneries, however, are amazing, day or night, and yes, it does rain in Gobi.
MADAGASGAR The Chameleons
Chameleons are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. The approximately 160 species of chameleon come in a range of colors, including pink, blue, red, orange, turquoise, yellow, and green. They are distinguished by their zygodactylous feet; their separately mobile, stereoscopic eyes; their very long, highly modified, rapidly extrudable tongues; their swaying gait; and crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads. Some species can change color, and many have a prehensile tail. Uniquely adapted for climbing and visual hunting, they are found in warm habitats that vary from rain forest to desert conditions.
Madagascar is a very special place where people, animals, and nature are in harmoneous existance. The fourth largest island on earth split from India around 88 million years ago allowi native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90 percent of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth.
SPAIN Dali Museum in Figueres
Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) was a prominent Catalan surrealist who is remembered as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His brand of Surrealism combined with his eccentric behavior has guaranteed him a legacy. Though what he might be less remembered for was his brilliant technical mastery of the art of painting.
Sintra is a small beautiful town near Lisbon which is where this remarkable Pena Palace situated. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years.
Dresden carries visitors away with a synthesis of the arts: fascinating buildings and art treasures, impressive museums, as well as orchestras and choirs of worldwide reputation. Dresden offers attractions in great variety and combines three aspects which complement one another: notable art treasure, architectural sights and a charming landscape.
It has been estimated that in the 10th century Córdoba was the most populous city in the world, and under the rule of Caliph Al Hakam II it had also become a center for education under its Islamic rulers. Al Hakam II opened many libraries on top of the many medical schools and Universities which existed at this time. Such Universities contributed towards developments in mathematics and astronomy. During these centuries Córdoba had became the intellectual center of Europe and was also noted for its predominantly Muslim society that was tolerant toward its Christian and Jewish minorities. Today it is a moderately-sized modern city; its population in 2011 was 330,033.
SPAIN The Alhambra (Granada)
The Alhambra's Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court, of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista (reconquest) by the Reyes Católicos ("Catholic Monarchs") in 1492, some portions were used by the Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was "discovered" in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well known Berber Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the inspiration for many songs and stories
Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has a rich Moorish heritage, and used to be a prosperous port that carried out trade with the Americas.
JAPAN Shirakawa-go Gyoto Tokyo
UNESCO world heritage site, religious shrine, the amazing LED decorations. Part of Japan culture.
JAPAN Snow Monkeys
The Jigokudani Yaenkoen park opened in 1964 and since then many thousands of people from around the world have visited the park to observe the lifestyle of the Japanese Macaque. The Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) is a monkey species native to northern Japan, and is the most northern-living non-human primate, surviving winter temperatures of below -15 ° C. They have brown-gray fur, a red face, hands and bottom, and a short tail - and often seem remarkably human like.
CANADA Polar Bear @ Seal River Lodge
The sea ice on Hudson Bay, on the coast of which Churchill is situated, melts completely every summer, forcing the bay's polar bears ashore en masse. There, they wait out the warm months in cool, earthen dens, and then, come the fall, they head back to the shores of the bay, waiting for the water to freeze again. As they journey to the coast and as they anticipate freeze-up, some wander through or past Churchill, or onto nearby tundra, in plain view.
NORWAY Lofoten Islands
Lofoten is a group of islands in the northern part of Norway. With its postcard looking small fishing villages nestled in fjords, dotting a very rugged coast with abrupt peaks rising directly from the ocean, the archipelago is often described as one of the most scenic parts of Norway.