Formentera and Minorca, Balearic mildness
Say ‘Balearic Islands'. Ibiza and Majorca will automatically come to mind. And yet, these two are not the only ones worth a trip in the archipelago. Far from tourist crowds, nature enthusiasts will gladly head over to Formentera and Minorca instead. At once low key and wild, they attract travellers in search for true nature. Formentera island is bathed in the most beautiful waters of the entire Mediterranean. As for Minorca, it is the best preserved of the Balearic Islands. Immersion guaranteed for a dazzling change of scenery!
Cape Town, Contemporary Art's new capital
Set your course on South Africa. Much talked-about for years, the largest Contemporary Art Museum of Africa finally opened in Cape Town on September 23rd, 2017. Promoting African art has always been the goal of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) from its inception, as more and more artists from the continent are being displayed in various biennales around the world. This architectural gem is the perfect opportunity to discover Cape Town with culture on the forefront. Not only was the museum named after him, but it also permanently displays businessman Jochen Zeitz's African art collection. This is a real must-see!
Bogota, or the threshold of Colombia
Travellers are gathering in ever growing numbers to Colombia, overhanging Latin America. You may start with multicultural and ebullient Bogota, then move towards the Wild Coast, the Amazon rainforest – so deep and secret, as well as colourful villages and various archaeological sites that bear witness to the country's ancient history. Colombians are proud of their culture and will welcome you with open arms to discover their country and heritage. A country to treasure and discover fast!
Athens, art in town
Economic recovery has given Greece time to catch its breath, and Athens to retain some of its splendour. In June 2016, a new building dedicated to education and culture was completed in the historic city.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is located amidst 20 hectares of green space. It houses the national library, an opera house and an exhibition space already in high demand. Financed by the charitable organisation Stavros Niarchos Foundation, devoted to arts, culture and health issues, and conceived by famous architect Renzo Piano, the glass, wood and concrete building is called upon spreading Greek culture all over the world.
Tehran, flagship city of the Middle-East
Discover Iran without further delay. The country is rapidly expanding and yet still preserved from tourists. In 2016, Air France launched a route between Paris and the Persian capital, threshold to an immense country. The Iranian metropolis is flourishing with artistic and economic dynamism.
Take some time to visit the numerous palaces, spectacular museums, majestic parks and gardens, not to mention the safes of the Central Bank of Iran, housing the Crown jewels, treasury of the shahs of ancient Persia (one of the country's main tourist attractions – open to the public).
Comporta, Lisbon's summer house
You will find this seaside resort of chic and relaxed demeanour about 60 miles away from Lisbon. It attracts urbanites of all sorts, mostly from around the capital city. The beautiful beaches, lovely narrow streets and nicely set restaurant tables for either lunch or dinner are all displays of Comporta's ability to finely tune intimacy, sweet life and refinement up.
Seoul, the world-renowned food capital
Very trendy on all accounts, Seoul really deserves its ‘green city' nickname. Spectacular efforts have been made to renovate and energize the green space, like the ‘rebirth' of the Cheonggyecheon River proves it. More importantly, Seoul attracts chefs from around the world. The Michelin Guide even made it a priority for food lovers. Young Korean chefs go study abroad and then come back with new restaurant concepts, offering a contemporary, innovative, quality cuisine. From street food to gastronomic restaurants, you'll have every opportunity to indulge in gustatory pleasures.
Edinburgh and the mysterious atmosphere of the old town
For many people, Edinburgh is Scotland's front door. Nicknamed the ‘Athens of the North', there is a reason why it is the second tourist destination of the whole United Kingdom. It was designated a UNESCO world heritage site for its medieval fortress in the old town and the Georgian new town in particular. The city offers gorgeous monuments and museums, such as the Edinburgh Castle, the Saint Giles' Cathedral, the Mary's King Close and the Royal Museum of Scotland. A must-see, before heading north to the Highlands!
Amman, in the heart of Antiquity
For the longest time, Jordan has been a timorous country as far as tourism is concerned, but it is fast becoming one of the major destinations of the entire Middle-East. The variety of landscapes, from rocky mountains to vast sandbanks, is sure to please trek enthusiasts and archaeological site lovers. More beautiful than the other, these incredible views attest to thousands of years of culture and heritage, fiercely preserved by the Hashemite Kingdom.
Amman is a must-go-to. The capital city was formerly referred to as Philadelphia (meaning ‘brotherly love') during the Roman rule. Nowadays, you absolutely have to visit the citadel, which shows signs of construction dating back to the Middle Bronze Age. The impressive amphitheatre and antique temples are also worth a tour.
Osaka, Japan's beating heart
If you ever consider visiting the south or centre of Japan, Osaka is unmissable. Previously called Naniwa, the economic capital of the Kansai region was once the country's capital city. Today, it has become its second largest metropolis. Renowned for the majestic castle in its midst, former house of Emperor Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Osaka would still be the capital, had Tokugawa Ieyasu not put an end to the Toyotomi lineage and moved the government to Edo, former Tokyo. You will never grow weary of the multiple temples and monasteries, each more beautiful than the last, and a walk around its busy streets is also a promise of various treats and colours.