There are many fantastic places in the world. Here are my top five abroad.
1) Paris, France
There is nothing like the city of light– from extraordinary food, music, art, and culture to huge political protests and philosophical discussions at cafés. Many a book has been written on why Paris is so special. Paris speaks for itself.
2) Moscow, Russia
From its fascinating history, art, and architecture to its superb Russian cuisine, Moscow is a wonderful place. Be sure to visit the homes where Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Gorky lived and worked. The people have big hearts and are extremely generous. Moscow is a vibrant city, which will keep you on your toes. If you have the time, take a trip to St Petersburg, Russia, which is also a special city in its own right, boasting great works of art found at the Hermitage, the beautiful Winter Palace, and a fantastic culture.
3) Stockholm, Sweden
With a laid-back atmosphere and appealing architecture, especially in the old town, Stockholm is a peaceful yet fun place to spend your time. The people are very polite and everyone speaks English. Be sure to take a tour boat around the bay. You can visit a real, fully intact 17th century Viking ship, the Vasa, which was salvaged in 1961. Also, the ship to Helsinki is relatively inexpensive and is a cool trip– the buffet dinner aboard the ship is excellent and if you feel like dancing, you can even get down to some music at the ship’s dance club.
4) Montreal, Quebec – Canada
Montreal is a unique bilingual (French/English) city, with a top-notch social environment. With bustling parks, restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs– and a packed calendar of events– Montreal always has something going on. During the summer, the Old Port has a white sand beach for you to relax and soak in the sun. Boasting great food, loads of activities, and a unique mix of European and North American architecture, Montreal will not disappoint.
5) Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva is laid-back and calm. Be sure to visit Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s apartment, in Old Town, as well as Voltaire’s house. It is the natural beauty of Switzerland and the clean, crisp air that makes it extra special.