Bucket List: Bright lights, big city

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Part of enjoying life is living for the moment, so don’t wait until you’re on your deathbed before you make a list of what you should’ve done. Life is happening now, so start ticking things off that bucket list.

The world is packed with amazing places to visit, from the Wonders of the World, which we featured in the June issue, to unheard of places that are far from the madding crowd. When you think of a great vacation, the first thing that springs to mind may be white, sandy beaches with turquoise waters, but that doesn’t mean we should close ourselves off to other kinds of getaways. City vacations are increasingly popular, so we’ve put together a list of the top eight cities you need to see before you die.

 

It’s up to you, New York

Yes, we know it’s an obvious one, which is why we’ve put it in the prime position of numero uno. There’s a reason that so many songs have been sung about this city, and why so many movies and TV shows have been set there. It’s a bustling metropolis that literally vibrates with excitement and activity.

Tourist attractions: All the museums, 5th Avenue and Central Park.

 

London Calling!

Home to Harry Potter, the rise of punk and the Queen, London is a great place to visit, apart from the weather. But nobody comes to England for the weather. From red telephone boxes and crazy people on the bus, London is everything that movies set there promise it to be.

Tourist attractions: All museums (which are free), Big Ben and the South Bank.

 

Hallelujah Amsterdam

A city filled with old European charm, from the architecture to the canal. The best time to visit this city is in the summer when you can rent a bicycle and join the millions of others riding across the city. And the type of holiday you have is up to you, from highbrow to X-rated.

Tourist attractions: Van Gogh Museum, the canals and the Anne Frank’s house.

 

I love Paris every moment

Of course everywhere is more pleasant with a little sunshine, but gay Paree shimmers no matter the season. Gorgeous in the sun or snow, the cobbled streets and patisseries make for a fabulous city vacation. And do we even need to mention that they eat French food there like it’s regular food?

Tourist attractions: The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Moulin Rouge.

Welcome to Cape Town

You’ll need to visit this one in the summer because there’s not much to do that isn’t outdoors. It boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as the iconic Table Mountain. There are also stunning places to visit just outside of the city, from the Cape winelands to small fishing villages.

Tourist attractions: Camps Bay beach, Table Mountain cable cars and Robben Island.
Sydney, I’ll come running

Listed as having the best quality of life for its residents, Sydney has become quite a popular tourist magnet in the last while. Great scenery, friendly people and surprisingly good food, it is the cornerstone of new world tourism but offers just as many historical attractions as contemporary ones.

Tourist attractions: Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art and Sydney Tower Eye observatory.

 

One night in Bangkok

The perfect combination between an Eastern dream and a vibrant city, Bangkok is a fantastic opportunity to nourish the body and soul. Whether you are keen to indulge in a spot of shopping or get in touch with your inner Buddhist, this city has something for you.

Tourist attractions: Siam Square for shopping, Dusit gardens and Thon Buri temple.

Only a dream in Rio

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval parties have turned the city into a legendary party location complete with mojitos, face paint and feather boas. But if carnivals isn’t your thing, it’s still a pretty impressive city to visit, both in terms of natural beauty and architecturally.

Tourist attractions: Christ the Redeemer, Corcovado Mountain and, of course, Carnaval.

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