Surfers on the beach

The state of Victoria warmly welcomes all kinds of visitors from around the world. Most of the activity takes place in the metropolis of Melbourne, but other areas offer fun and excitement as well. Many visitors only stay for a week or two, but you may feel that you would like to explore this rich area for an extended period of time. Do you know what to do if you want to stay in Victoria for an entire year? You can make this dream a reality by following a few simple steps and abiding by the rules set in place by the Australian government.


A migration agent assists you in obtaining the required documentation to reside in Victoria for an entire year. You will need to obtain the right type of visa for your intentions and purposes. The correct visitor visa will keep you out of trouble with authorities. Australia enjoys tourism, but rules are created for a reason. If the proper authorities find you in Australia without a visa during a long stay, you must return to your home country. Your stay in Victoria will be exciting as long as you take care to observe the proper visa requirements.


If you would like to make your visa applications more appealing, you might consider applying for a work visa in Australia. You could stay for quite some time in Australia on a work visa. You would have plenty of time to immerse yourself completely in Australian culture. You could go anywhere in Victoria to experience life to the fullest. You could also earn money to fund your future travels while you stay here. If you speak to a migration agent, you should find the help you need to acquire the right visa for your travels. The opportunity to obtain visitor visas is one you can't pass up, but you also have to obey the laws.

Melbourne entices visitors from all over the world. A stay in Victoria could be what you need to expand your cultural horizons. You will realize how fun the Australian people can truly be once you live with them for an extended period of time. Be sure to contact an Australian migration agent well in advance of your arrival. Once you explain your intentions, migration personnel will assist you with all of the necessary paperwork. The process will be painless and easy if you do everything correctly.

Las Vegas

The casinos and gambling mecca’s of the world have long been viewed as travel destinations that you can only visit one or twice a year. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Consider that into today’s globalized society we can access just about anything we want from anywhere in the world. We have telecommuters making successful careers from themselves without ever stepping foot into the office. For this very same reason the average traveler should be able to get their gaming fix in more than once or twice year, and without traveling to Macau or Las Vegas to do it. Online gaming has been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years, especially as legal regulations become more relaxed, and the budget minded consumer wants more money available to play with rather than spending on travel.

Money and time aren’t the only positive factors of online gaming, there are many others. A casino can be a fun filled environment, but that also makes them crowded ones. There can be times when you have to wait hours to get on a table to play live roulette or blackjack, but at home you can push the power button and be online playing within minutes. There is also a certain fear of trying out fun new games at the casino, but when you can play online with a certain degree of anonymity you might find yourself learning new table games you never thought possible. The harsh conditions of a brick and mortar casino can often times be a turn off as well. Consider all of that smoke billowing throughout, very few casinos in the world have a smoking policy these days, so that is certainly another plus of playing at home.

Of course gaming from home does have a few disadvantages. You certainly have less cuisine options when dining from home, albeit it is quite a bit less expensive to make your own food. Also, many casinos have other entertainment options outside of gaming. Some of the most popular stage shows are in Las Vegas, not to mention singers and entertainers galore. Outside of flipping on the television or renting a movie, these are options that simply aren’t available to you at home. But outside of the entertainment options, I see very little difference in gaming at home versus in the actions at the casino.

New York, New York

There’s no other city like it. New York appeals to such a wide range of travellers, from cash-strapped tourists looking for a back to basics apartment in urban gritty Brooklyn, to those with five star tastes sipping champagne at the Plaza before retiring to their 6 star suites. It’s the dramatic location of hundreds of movies, and one of the best places in the world for street food.

New York City

So where should you head to if you’re planning a trip to New York? We’ve suggested four ideas that work for a long weekend.

For those looking for something they can try at home first

Shake Shack, which has since migrated all the way over to our shores, originated across the pond. And much like the name suggests, it’s all about good food, great shakes, and should cost you under $10 for a meal. These guys have been featured in Zagat, Time Out New York, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, so they’re definitely worth a visit. If you want to try before you buy, they have one located in Covent Garden. Great for those who want to carry on their memories once they get home, too.

For those seeking the high life

The Empire State building is iconic, recognisable from movies since the dawn of the moving picture. But it’s a little strange being on top of that building. Purely because if you’re on it, you don’t get to see it, especially when it’s lit up in a myriad of different colours. A better and less crowded option is Top of the Rock, at the top of the Rockefeller Centre. You get to take in the entire city of New York, as well as those iconic buildings that have shaped the city for hundreds of years. Try getting there for dusk to see sunset and watch the city that never sleeps light up.

For nature lovers

Central Park will probably be top of the list of any nature lover; with acres of parkland and wildlife, it would be a sin to miss this out. But another less known attraction is The High Line. Once an elevated railroad, the train tracks were kept in place and it’s now a surreal mile-long amble. Well, with New Yorks iconic yellow cabs whizzing about and beeping their horns below and giant skyscrapers and towers looming in the distance, it’s certainly a walk like no other. The plant life was kept as authentic as possible, and a lot of what you’ll see was growing on the site before it was redeveloped. The walk ends at the Meatpacking district, perfect foodies, as the next tip explains…

For foodies and shopaholics

With enough department stores to max out a millionaire’s credit card, it’s inevitable any tourist will head on over to Times Square and the surrounding shops to get their Big Brown Bag. But Chelsea Market, located in New York’s Meatpacking district, is definitely worth a stop by. Featuring a veritable mix of bakeries, bookstores, ice cream vendors and cupcake stands, each one of these little stalls and shops is enough to make any foodie’s mouth start watering. The market is covered too, so it’s a perfect place to head to if you’re travelling to New York in the winter months. Stop by Eleni’s and grab one of her legendary cookies. You won’t regret it.

So these are four top picks that are guaranteed to appeal to any kind of traveller. Of course, there’s loads more to do, from foodie tours, to movie tours, to celeb spotting and boat trips. New York really does have something for everyone.

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Alaska Cruise

If you’re thinking of taking a cruise, you might be wondering where abouts you should go. Some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world are best viewed from the deck of a ship, so if you want a magical journey filled with sights and luxury, a cruise is definitely for you. Travelling the open ocean with the fresh air filling your lungs is one of the coolest ways to explore and discover somewhere you haven’t been before (not to mention very simple). There are a number of regions for you to visit, however; I think the following places are the best in the world:



In Alaska, almost anything can happen. Depending on the time you go, you could be enjoying your dinner at 10pm in daylight, enjoying the amazing mountain range views. You’ll love eating your dinner with a spectacular view! There’s 76,000 kilometres of rugged shoreline, plus 4 million acres of national parklands. The dramatic landscapes filled with interesting wildlife will leave you at a loss for words. On a normal week long cruise, you’ll go on a scenic flight over Skagway, then perhaps go bear watching in Ketchikan, explore Sitka and it’s old forts, and maybe even ride on a dog sled if you’re feeling adventurous! If you love nature and gorgeous scenery, the Alaskan cruise could be exactly what you need. Don’t forget your binoculars to view all this right from the deck, and perhaps even orca whales, bald eagles, and caribou in the summertime.


No, that isn’t a spelling mistake. If you weren’t sure already, Australasia comprises of Australia, New Zealand, and other neighboring islands located in the South Pacific. Sydney is definitely one of the greatest ports of call, and you’ll be in no doubt as to why when you spot the energetic aquatic landscape in the early morning sun. Diverse destinations are always on offer throughout Australia and New Zealand. Fancy the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne? How about the elegant Wellington? It’s very easy to view the most gorgeous parts of Australasia from the comfort of  your luxury ship. Nature is one of the biggest attractions in Australasia, and you have some huge choices to make. How about the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland? Or maybe the Kimberlys? You’ll be able to tick plenty of ‘Must Sees’ off your bucket list by cruising Australasia. Book a cruise like this at

The Med

There are few words that can describe the stunning views here and do them justice. The winding streets filled with cafes, shops, and mysterious alleyways are something else when the sunlight bounces off them - don’t miss out on an excursion. If you’re after something a little glamorous, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the med on a cruise ship. The climate is pretty much always great, and at least ‘warm’ in the winter time. The cuisine is to die for, so don’t fill up on too much restuarant food from the ship before your excursion. You’ll love basking in the sun as you arrive to port, perhaps then going to explore a luxury resort or visiting a cultured museum. You’ll love the mix of cultures, languages, and foods.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean is understandably, one of the world’s top picks when it comes to cruising holidays. The warm, blue waters sparkle as they beckon you to take a dip, and the exotic views are something else. The culture, wonders, and charm here will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Viewing the archipelago you’ll think you’ve stepped on to the scene of a glamorous film set, with coconut trees, mountains, and valleys of banana trees. Towering volcanoes and coral reef rife with bright aquatic creatures will take your breath away. Fancy a bit of sunbathing? You won’t be short of choice! Dominica has an amazing range of natural wonders, while Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to learn a little on your cruise and get a taste for the history of the place, travel to Curacao - once the centre for the Caribbean slave trade. Today, it’s famous for it’s diverse architecture in Willemstad. A very unique, picturesque cruise with plenty for the adventurers out there to discover.


You know those postcards you used to send back home when you were on holiday as a child (I did, anyway)? A cruise here will be reminiscent of the views on those glossy bits of card. This is truly a unique way to cruise which will make you realise exactly why cruising is a special way to travel, if you hadn’t realised it already. Singapore has some world class golf courses for those who want to improve on their swing, and the panoramic view of Hong Kong's skyline is a sight to behold. Excursions in Asia offer some of the most breathtaking open spaces with  butterflies, exotic flowers, and other rare wildlife - just take a trip to Kuala Lumpur’s Lake Gardens. You could even climb into a long tail boat for a dazzling ride over Phuket’s sparkling waters. The beaches, tropical jungles, exciting history, and gorgeous food will make you never want to leave the place. Asia has mesmerised traveller for years, and you won’t be any different. You’ll get a unique perspective on a diverse region, but also a very easy, fuss free way to see it. What more could you want?

You wanted to know the best places in the whole world to see by cruise, and there they are. You have so many places to choose from; from the gorgeous Alaskan mountain range to the charming Caribbean landscape. Cruising is a great way to fit a lot in, with a limited amount of time; allowing you to see a stunning range of views, enjoy great food, and take exciting excursions all in the space of 1 week or 2. It’s never been easier to go out exploring, so don’t hesitate to pick one of these top locations from around the world for your cruise!

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Marbella PlayaYou may have already heard of Marbella, or ‘Marbs’, on TV or from your friends. You’ll find this beautiful place in the Costa del Sol in Andalucia, near Ibiza, Mallorca, Barcelona, and Madrid. If you’re thinking of visiting Marbella; don’t hesitate! We think it’ll be one of your favorite holiday experiences. Some people think Marbella is expensive, but it’s worth the money. Here’s why we think it’s the perfect summer holiday choice:


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Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus will be like no experience you’ve ever had before, and possibly your favourite in the whole of Marbella. Located in the West of Marbella, you’ll find a mix of amazing nightlife, luxury cars, famous yachts, and a shopping experience to die for. Picture stepping into a luxurious film scene - that’s how you’ll quite possibly feel when you step foot in Puerto Banus. We suggest you book with Travelbag ASAP!

There are so many great things about Puerto Banus. Not only will you feel like you’ve won the lottery, you’ll love the beach bars and night clubs. The rich and famous even love it here. You can shop to your hearts content - if you have the money for a spree, Marbella is the place to be. Roberto Cavalli and Hermes are abundant, and you won’t believe the luxury cars that whizz past with personalised license plates.

Puerto Banus is also famous for its nightlife, with it’s collection of clubs, bars, pubs, discos, and more. Seven is an amazing club, and even has one of the best club toilets in the world. Of course, there’s a lady in there who will help you with absolutely anything - your hair, makeup, perfume, accessories and more. Simply drop a penny in the pot when you leave!

Marbella Old Town

Warning: if you visit Marbella Old Town, you’ll want to move here. The town is charming, with some of the most beautiful streets, buildings, and balconies you’ve ever seen. Starting the morning here is pure luxury before you go about your day. At night time, everything comes to life; the musicians play their guitars and ladies dance barefoot in flamenco dresses between the tables.

Nikki Beach

Nikki Beach is definitely one of the best daytime beach clubs in the whole world. There’s a fashionable atmosphere about the place, and all kinds of people come here to enjoy the sun and sea. However, it’s particularly popular with the rich and famous. If you’re lucky enough, you might turn up one day when there’s a party going on! Expect fancy swimsuits, champagne spraying everywhere, amazing DJ’s, reporters, and offshore yachts in the sun.


Marbella doesn’t boast a shopping experience that amazing, but nearby Fuengirola and Malaga  do! You can hop on a bus to get there, and you’ll be in love with the shops and clothes on offer there.

Marbella is literally a small slice of paradise. You’ll be so glad you visited, even if the whole thing did cost you an arm and a leg. It’s somewhere everybody who’s looking for a little luxury should visit at least once!

Once a humble tin mining town, now a cosmopolitan metropolis, Kuala Lumpur is a fantastic city to visit. The luxury of the Malaysian capital – the modern shopping malls and fantastic eateries – is complemented by incredible culture in the form of ancient temples, and market traders stand within walking distance of vertigo-inducing skyscrapers. In short, it is richly, and uniquely, diverse.

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You can certainly have a wonderful time in Kuala Lumpur on a budget; but if you've got cash to splash, there are plenty of rather fun ways to spend it! Here's our ideal itinerary for a few days of luxury in the city. Warning: you may not want to come home.

Day One:

What to do:

Trust us: you won't want to miss the rainforest in Malaysia. To get started, enjoy the Forest Reserve Institute's private sightseeing tour. The wonderful variety of flora and fauna will take your breath away, and the old settlement of the Orang Asil, the indigenous people of Malaysia, is a particular highlight. Tours cost around £44. Visit

Where to eat:

Frangipani. Whether you want to feast or are simply after a liquid lunch, this swanky restaurant will not disappoint. The reflecting pool in the centre of the stunning dining room will impress guests, too. Visit

Day Two:

What to do:

It would be a crime to visit Kuala Lumpur and not go shopping. And we're talking until you drop. Start at Pavilion, which features both international labels and local curiosities. Then, when you're ready for a break, move on to Bangsar Village I & II – twin malls linked by a covered bridge that feature fantastic eateries, a gym, and even a spa. And, of course, couture by international labels and local designers.

Where to eat:

Ploy. This uber modern restaurant offers a fresh and playful take on traditional Asian cuisine, with over 60 choices and influences that span four continents. Ever had an 'Asian style' crème caramel? The slick interior matches the modern menu. Visit

Day Three:

What to do:

Back to nature again, but with a rainforest like this one you'd be mad not to, and the private tour of the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary will enthral whether you're an animal lover or not. Picking you up from your hotel, the tour first stops at Deerland Park, then at an aboriginal settlement where you can discover the traditional nomadic way of life.

From there, you'll move on to the elephant sanctuary, and get the chance to feed and bathe baby elephants – a once in a lifetime opportunity. Visit

Where to eat:

Tamarind Springs. Combining stunning views across the rainforest with excellent Malaysian cuisine, Tamarind Springs is a fantastic choice. Despite being located just outside of the city, you will truly feel as though you're dining in the middle of the jungle. A great place to wind down at the end of your trip, and a particular favourite with couples. Visit

Where to stay:

The Carcosa Seri Negara. Be warned – this hotel is so beautiful that there's a real danger you may never leave. The heritage mansion, set in 16 acres of gardens and lawns, embodies the majesty and beauty of the city. The truly incredible Grand Makmur suite is the best place to sleep here, with a four poster king size bed, gorgeous views of the gardens and private dining room and jacuzzi.


Hello there! My name’s Josh Marshall. I write and work for where I also act as a lifestyle concierge to clients. I love travelling and when I’m not doing it myself I enjoy helping others to plan the trips of a lifetime. My favourite types of holidays involve snow and mountains, but I’m also partial to a tropical beach every now and then.


For many years, the London Underground has been touted as the best option for getting around the city. It has many upsides in that it is fast, efficient and allows access to all parts of the city. Unfortunately, it is also expensive, understaffed and often very crowded. None of these things are conducive to holiday fun. Visitors to London have access to far more enjoyable ways to travel and to explore.

The Bus
The modern London bus is not only affordable, it is clean and fast as well. The buses have onboard announcements to help passengers to get off at the right stop and there are apps for navigating the city that can be downloaded to a mobile phone.

Bicycle Hire
Those who want to explore London on two wheels have the option of renting bicycles from the hundreds of docking stations throughout the city. Individuals can go to a bike docking station terminal with a debit or credit card and use the touchscreen interface to hire a 'Boris bike' (named after the city’s Mayor Boris Johnson). They can hire as many as four bikes at a time and trips that take under 30 minutes are free, making them a very cheap way to visit nearby London attractions. When they are finished with the bike, they can simply return it to the nearest docking station. Failure to return the bike could result in charges of up to £300.

London's Cabs
London's famous black cabs are another way to see the city, they are common and can be hailed in the street or found in designated areas. However, it is important to note that this method of travel can get pricey; the minimum charge for a cab ride is £2.40. It's sometimes possible to pay with a debit or credit card, but not always. Passengers are allowed to tip their cab drivers and in most cases this is done by simply rounding the fare up to the nearest pound. Mini cabs are a more affordable means of getting around London by car. They can be booked via phone, email or a visit to a minicab office. Minicabs are sometimes unmetered so it's important for passengers to determine the fare beforehand. Licensed minicabs will have a licence disc on both the front and rear windscreens.

Thames River Buses
These are not like the river tour services and are used by both commuters and visitors to the city. While they do not offer commentary like a river tour, many river buses do have amenities like WiFi and refreshments on board. Visitors travelling by river bus get to see the same sights and landmarks that they would on a standard river tour. Popular stops for Thames river buses include London Bridge Pier and Greenwich Pier.

On Foot
This is by far the most affordable way to travel around London. While London is far too large to cover entirely on foot, the city is very pedestrian-friendly and it is possible to get to many of the most interesting parts without the use of a vehicle. Facilities for people with disabilities are common and there are online resources specifically for navigating on foot. Areas like Piccadilly Circus offer a number of interesting sights that are all within easy walking distance.

London is perfectly suited for visitors in that it offers numerous options for getting around. This makes it possible to see the entire city easily, with little chance of getting lost or stranded. Many of the options are not only comfortable and easy to use; they are budget-friendly as well.

Written by Thomas Edwards. Thomas has been an international traveller since the early ‘80s. He has travelled across Europe, the USA and as far afield as Thailand, Hong Kong and China. He has written as a business, individual and family traveller and a language or two has given him the opportunity to engage with locals in most places he visits.


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Almost everyone in the world seems to love Christmas. Even in countries that aren't mainly Christian, people find ways to celebrate through gathering, celebrating and feasting. The warmth of family tradition takes over, and amazing things come out of all kinds of kitchens. Christmas lunch and dinner around the world takes on many forms.

Christmas in Slovakia

On the 24th of December Slovakia enjoys Christmas dinner at around 5 or 6 pm. Dinner usually includes oplatky (thin waffles and honey or garlic), dried mushrooms, sauerkraut soup and sausage (and/or dry plums), carp or other fish with apples, potato salad, Christmas biscuits and opekance.

Christmas in Slovenia

Christmas Eve in Slovenia is known as 'Sveta noc' or 'holy night'. Families gather for dinner around 6pm. 'Pecenka' and grilled turkey are a big tradition. Eggnog, and of course mulled wine, are often served with the food. Many families make Christmas biscuits as a group activity before dinner.

Christmas in Lebanon

Both Lebanese Christians and Muslims celebrate Christmas dinner. Held on both the night of the 24th and lunch of the 25th, the feast is always a big one. Some enjoy leftovers from the dinner prior for lunch the next day. Families gather together for both of the meals.

Roast turkey is the usual choice. The next favourite is roasted duck. A popular Lebanese salad called tabouleh , honey cake and 'Buche de Noël' pastries are also common. At midnight the Christians hold mass at church.

In Beirut they celebrate Christmas by hosting glamorous Christmas parties. Western-style exhibitions include poinsettias, big community Christmas trees, and lights are also very popular. Most Lebanese Christians observe a fast of 40 days right before Christmas. Another common custom is  the ringing of church bells in all the churches at the same time in order to announce the birth of Christ.

Christmas Lunch in the Algarve, Portugal

Christmas in Portugal starts on December 8th with the day of 'Our Lady of the Conception'. Christmas Eve is the big celebration moment with a big family meal of bacalhau (salted cod fish), and other savoury and sweet nibbles. Presents are opened at midnight.

Fresh tuna is still traditionally eaten in both the Algarve and Madeira, where tuna steaks remain an important focus of local cuisine. Sardines and fresh tuna steaks are served with boiled potatoes, black-eyed beans and boiled eggs.

More International Christmas Menus 

In other parts of the world, Christmas hams and booze-laden punches show just how much the holidays are all about feasting. Yet what the holiday table looks like around the rest of world is often very different.

Some other typical Christmas menus look like this:

  • In Romania, pork and beef aspic are primary dishes.
  • In Italy, it's usually pasta.
  • In Lithuania they like to eat pickled vegetables.

Diverse cultures and traditions are enticing adventures for those who enjoy learning, travelling and experiencing holidays on new horizons.

Jim Stanton has travelled across the world, including several lengthy stints living in Asia and South America, but has found himself drawn time and time again to Portugal, becoming an expert on the culture, cuisine, and history of the country, especially the Algarve region. He now splits his time between the UK and Portugal. You can find him on Google+. Jim Stanton


They say once the sands of Africa get into your blood they will never leave and what better way to get into Africa itself than by travelling to Morocco, the gateway to Africa.

The Kingdom of Morocco has much to offer. Situated at the north western tip of Africa and bordered by the Atlantic plus the Med, Morocco’s world renowned markets, vast desserts, expansive mountains and beautiful beaches that help you to relax and regenerate, are yours to explore.

To get the best of Morocco we recommend you sample as many of the experiences this great country has to offer but make sure you plan your tour, the heat of the Moroccan summer can get pretty intense so it’s recommended you visit between March and May (spring) or September to November (autumn) for a more comfortable experience.

Marrakesh Markets

Taste the spices and flavours of market food from cooked snails to olives or buy quirky craft pieces for friends back home. The world famous Marrakesh souks are a great place to spend time shopping but be prepared to haggle and never go with the first price on offer. Start at Souk Semmarine and work your way around the different sections to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Moroccan Beaches

Mirleft is a small Berber town (an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa) located approximately 5 hours south west from Marrakesh. Known as a surfer’s paradise the most popular beach here is Imin Turga while the best known beach is Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah. Both are great for swimming, surfing or just for strolling along as you let the sound of the waves take you away.

Desert Experiences

Part of the mighty Sahara Desert reaches into Morocco, with camel rides along the golden sands offering a unique experience to be had in the world’s hottest desert. Stay out in the Sahara a little longer and witness the sands turning into a rich red colour, followed by the night sky turning into a glittering crystal with thousands of stars visible thanks to the lack of manmade light in the area.

Moroccan Architecture

Moroccan architecture has been largely shaped by the varied landscape, the indigenous Berber people and the historic onslaught of foreign invaders. You will notice the ornate geometric patterns and bold patterns contained within many of the buildings designs. Places worth visiting include the Hassan II Mosque (Casablanca), the Marrakech Museum or the Koubba El-Badiyin, the only remaining part of the original city and the oldest building in town.

Whatever Moroccan travel adventure you choose to embark on be sure to stay safe and observe some of the local laws. Petty crime is high with pickpocketing on the rise but this can easily be avoided if you are sensible. Always ensure you have access to multiple sources of money. Morocco tours can be arranged through many travel agents and these will often be a safer option compared to planning your own trip.

Quebec City Summer 2009

The first time you see Québec City, you find it difficult to believe that you’re still in North America. The city has a distinctly European feel, and is home to numerous historic sites and buildings. It was founded over 400 years ago by Samuel de Champlain, making it one of the oldest cities in North America. In fact, it is the only North American city outside of Mexico to have its original fortified walls, which is one of the reasons that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

When you pick up one of the rental cars at the airport and drive into Québec City, the first thing you notice is the majestic building that sits atop a promontory looking over the St. Lawrence River. This is the Château Frontenac, one of several Château style hotels built by the Canadian Pacific Railway company in the late 19th century and early 20th century. It lies at the heart of the Upper Town, which is also home to many other fascinating – and older – historic buildings.

Stroll around the Upper Town, and you will come across areas that are reminiscent of Montmartre. Turn the corner, and you are transported back into the city’s French colonial past. The entire area is an eclectic mix of the Bohemian, historic and modern that has a vibrancy which is unparalleled anywhere else on the continent. Chic boutiques, gastronomic delights and a slight touch of tourist kitsch all jostle for your attention, as you wander in astonishment through the cobbled streets.

If you wander out further on the promontory toward the river, you will come first upon La Citadelle, a massive star-shaped fort that was started by the French in 1750, but which was largely completed by the British between the years of 1820 and 1850. Head out a little further, and you will come to the Plains of Abraham, scene of the battle between Gen. Wolfe’s and Gen. Montcalm’s troops that saw the British rout the French after a long siege, and changed the course of North American history.

While you are in Québec City, you will want to visit some of the magnificent churches that adorn it. Two of the best are Notre Dame de Québec Basilica and the Cathedral of the holy Trinity, both located in the Upper Town. The former is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Québec – the oldest in North America outside of Mexico. The other is the first Anglican Cathedral ever built outside of Britain, and is modeled after St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London.

If you can tear yourself away from the fascination of the Upper Town, take a trip down the steep funicular railway to the Lower Town. In its own slightly more modest way, this is equally fascinating. Built around the original habitation that Samuel de Champlain build in 1608, this is home to a number of fine museums, theaters and exhibitions, including the Naval Museum (Musée naval de Québec) and the Théâtre Petit Champlain.