Get on board the Palace on Wheels, one of the most luxurious trains in the world, and take a week-long luxury journey through the cities of seemingly timeless Rajasthan land. Our stop: Udaipur, the most beautiful romantic destination in India and arguably in the world.
From the beginning, Alesund was a picturesque Norwegian fishing port built largely of wood. Then, in one cold night of January 23, 1904, a massive fire quickly spread by a strong wind destroyed almost the entire city leaving nothing but a handful of houses untouched.
Bayfield, Wisconsin, has it all: from scenic views and lazy afternoons, to apple celebration festival, casino and snowy dog races. That small town of some 530 inhabitants living on 0.87 square miles manages to attract tens of thousands of visitors every year, living a fuller life than many bigger cities.
Nestled on the banks of the River Mondego, Coimbra is Portugal's most romantic city. It is a city of Roman age ruins and churches, a destination that has inspired many poets and writers, and one of the most popular holiday cities in Portugal.
Switzerland technically has no capital but since 1848 Bern has been the seat of the Federal Parliament and government so it is the de facto capital. Its Old Town, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, framed by the Aare river, is its beautiful best.
The city famous for "Big Guy", Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana and Ipanema, attractions that scarcely need an introduction, is also a place where you can enjoy the ride on the oldest operating electric tramway in the world, and admire breath-taking views of the city famous landmarks from the longest bridge in the southern hemisphere.
Nestled in the Gulf of Mexico, this tropical old Florida charming island with beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters where dolphins and manatees are often spotted, is a place where flip flops are a way of life and it can be yours for as long as you are willing it to be.
Some would tell you, visiting St Petersburg it's like taking a cultural spa vacation. And indeed, built in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great, this city of amazing palaces, magnificant parks, winding canals and over 800 bridges crossing them, centuries later still looks impressive, a bit shabby, but chic - and it still feels every bit the imperial capital.
This city hosts some of the world's biggest and tallest structures but until recently had no street names. Its metro is the longest rail network in the world running without drivers. It has one airport with three terminals. Every terminal is large enough to be a separate airport on its own. Crime rate, virtually zero. City: Dubai.
If you're thinking about visiting Mexico and would like to spend a few days in a very modern yet slower city, think about Guadalajara, the second most populated city in Mexico with spring-like weather. No one's in a hurry there, flowers and trees are always in bloom, making the city worth a visit at any time of year.