Populated by Celtic settlers who came from Cornwall in the 5th century, Brittany still has today many specific characters of the Celtic civilization. It is quite different from the rest of France. These differences not only show in the landscape and wild scenery of the coast, along the Atlantic, but also in the language (Breton) akin to Welsh, and in the traditions.
Bourgogne Franche-Comté is one of the new 12 mainland regions of France reorganized since 2016. The reunion of these 2 previously separate administrative sections is a throwback to what it was from the 5th to the 8th century, the old Kingdom of Burgundy at the time of the Holy Roman Empire. At that time, the Duchy of Burgundy (actual Burgundy) was united to the County of Burgundy (Franche-Comte)
Colombia has all the ecosystems; from the Pacific coast up to the coral islands of the Caribbean, the Andean glaciers, the Guajira desert, and the jungles of Amazonia, nature certainly shows its diversity. Sand beaches, crystal clear waters, lush green valleys, endless plateaus, snowy peaks, large plains, jungles, cities full of history and unique archaeological sites are all awaiting you in Colombia.
Ecuador is very geographically diverse and a visit to the country should optimally include the high mountains and volcanoes covering the Northern, Central, and Southern Sierras; Quito, the fascinating capital standing at an altitude over 9,300 ft; the coastal regions of the North and South with Guayaquil and some unspoilt beaches and resorts; the Oriente, where rafting and hiking extend towards the Amazon rain forest; and last but not least, the Galapagos Islands, a source of inspiration for Darwin's Evolution Theory
Situated close to the Horn of Africa and split by the Great Rift Valley, Ethiopia is a landlocked country surrounded by Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Sudan and South Sudan. It is a beautiful country and the oldest independent nation in Africa. It's topography is a contrasting blend of multiple regions of high mountains, lakes, waterfalls and arid deserts. It was never colonized (other than a short period during WWII), and interestingly it is the second oldest Christian country in the world after Armenia. With a population of over 104 million, it is now ranked second on the continent after Nigeria.
There are so many different places you can choose from between the mainland and the classical sites of Peloponnese, or the monasteries of the North, or the most famous islands such as Crete and Santorini, or some small less known little islands with one quaint village and an idyllic beach such as Hydra or Poros. Greece is spreading over 3 different seas: the Ionian sea, the Eolian sea, and the Mediterranean sea.
Guadeloupe is a Caribbean island and politically part of France, even though it is more than 4600 mile away in the Caribbean Sea. It is a French "departement", with a political organization similar to all the "départements" of the motherland. Guadeloupe Island is shaped like butterfly wings. One wing is Basse Terre, dominated by La Soufriere, a 4813 ft high volcano, and the other wing is Grande Terre with the capital Pointe a Pitre. Smaller islands form the nearby archipelago of La Guadeloupe: Marie Galante, La Désirade, and Les Saintes.
Northern Italy has always been the economic force driving Italy, with Milan as capital. Rich of an outstanding history, where diverse influences, both Italian and foreign, fought and sometimes converged, the region is made of several entities, each with a specific past and superb cultural heritage. Venice, as an independant state-city for almost a thousand years is a must go for romantic lovers and art enthusiasts.
Martinique is a Caribbean island and politically an overseas region of France, where you pay in Euros and the French flag flies jointly with the European Union one. It is located 280 miles from the South American coastline and its balmy climate and gorgeous beaches have resulted in tourism being the primary industry of the island. Tourism has taken over from agriculture, which used to be the main economic driver back in colonial times when thousands of African slaves were brought in to cultivate large plantations of coffee, tobacco and sugarcane
Romania is a fascinating destination in Europe for American travelers Old castles, snow capped mountains, towns and villages steeped in history, Romania is a must add for any European vacation. From the capital city Bucharest you can reach the Carpathian Mountains in 2 hours. A string of mountain resorts from Busteni to Sinaia are waiting for you to explore the mountain trails, visit old castles, and perhaps also see the brown bears in their habitat.
Rome has been one of the capitals of the world for more than 2000 years. First under the Roman Empire, which spanned from England to Central Asia, then as the capital of Christendom. The city has an invaluable cultural heritage and a wonderful charm too. Its surroundings, the land on which the Latin people found the strength to conquer the world is full of surprises and beaties, definitely worth a long visit.
Naples, the Vesuvio, and the beauties of the coast have attracted nature and culture lovers for over two thousand years. Naples, a buzzing city full of energy and creativity, hosts some of the most beautiful museums of Antique art in the world. Pompei and Herculanum are very close and deserve both long visits.