7 City’s that you must have on your bucket list

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7 City’s that you must have on your bucket list

The world is home to some 4,416 cities – from the crumbling grandeur of Rome to the bristling, ultra-modern towers of Shanghai. But these incredible destinations across the globe are all must-visits for everyone’s travel bucket list. Don’t dream of what might have been getting out there and do it. Pack your bags get your passport ready, we’re going around the world in 7 cities.

 

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1) St. Petersburg, Russia

Before there was St. Petersburg—Russia’s own “Paris of the East”—there was an area of uninhabited swampland. From these humble foundations, Peter the Great, tsar until 1728, raised a Russian city to rival the Baroque and Renaissance fortresses of Europe’s West, drawing heavily on the regality of Paris. It is remarkable for its many discreet islands, for the pulsing artery of Nevsky Prospekt, and for the gilded, imperial towers of the Hermitage, a museum containing so many works of art you could spend a life walking its halls and still never glimpse all of them.

 

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2) Cape Town, South Africa

For those who live in London and New York, it is easy to become accustomed to the idea of a ‘city’ as a place of sprawling development, where nature can seem very far away. Cape Town tells a different story: shadowed by the magnificent beauty of Table Mountain and its penguin-thronged beaches, the great outdoors are a vital part of daily life in this buzzing, energetic city. From the green lungs of the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens to the electrifying nightlife along the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town is one of the most dramatic and exciting urban locations in the world. And in 2014, it was tapped as a World Design Capital, demonstrating its conscientious blend of natural beauty and human creativity.

 

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3) Singapore

Singapore is a big city. It is also an exceptionally modern city. But its size and its modernity has not seen it sacrifice beauty to development. Unlike so many other mega-cities, Singapore has found innovative ways to reject the wholesale creation of emptily banal non-places. Instead, it retains a huge sense of personality, character, and a strong appreciation for the natural world. From the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals to Jewel Changi (perhaps the most beautiful airport in the world), Singapore is a city where the natural and the modern have found a curious way of getting along together. And it really works.

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4) Jaipur, India

A trip to India wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the grandeur of Old City Jaipur, a near cinematic journey through the colors of the vast City Palace complex, the pink-hued Palace of Winds, and the gigantically geometric sculptural instruments of Jantar Mantar. These were built by King Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734, and today are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alongside the city’s rich and deep history, you should also stop by the Jewelry District, including its stunning Gem Palace (known to have been frequented by Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor both), and pick up a talisman of your own.

 

 

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5) Chefchaouen, Morocco

Soaring high among the rarified peaks of the Atlas Mountains, Chefchaouen is a labyrinthine, historic city whose houses are famously painted in shades of striking blue. Various theories have emerged as to the origins of this tradition, from their religious symbolism to Jewish residents who settled in the city during the 1930s and 40s, to the color’s function as a cooling agent and a natural insect repellent. Regardless, it’s captivating. In contrast to the bustle and energy of Marrakech, this mountainous city offers an opportunity to enjoy a slower and more contemplative way of life— and a notable spot to enjoy some of the most incredible scenery in North Africa.

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6) Bergen, Norway

A city framed by fjords, Bergen has, drawn crowds in recent years from Oslo (Norway’s eclectic capital) and beyond. The primary factor for this tourism influx is its astonishing beauty—surrounded by the Seven Mountains and in close proximity to some of the country’s most dramatic coastal landscapes. The funicular to the peak of Mount Fløyen will afford the ultimate opportunity to soak in this truly picturesque city. What’s more, it’s low-rise urban plan, greenery, and copper-domed churches are a boon for those who fancy themselves a calmer urban retreat.

 

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 7) Cartagena, Colombia

A compact, bright, and charmingly beautiful city, Cartagena—a former Spanish colony adjoining both the Caribbean and Pacific—trades muscular city planning for European details and history. Rambling lemon-yellow houses with Andalusian-style wooden balustrades sit alongside cobbled pavements and vine-thick courtyards. Its vibrancy stems from its people and its emphasis on its littleness; where food stalls and cafes spill into one another, and where exotic fruits and colors charm every plate, item of clothing, and window display. This, ultimately, is a city of boutique beauty.