At every turn Budapest reminds you it is one of Europe’s great imperial capitals, but perhaps this storied grandeur is most obvious from a boat meandering down the Danube River, a rolling, glistening body of water that splits the city into the Buda and Pest sides. On my most recent visit to the Hungarian capital, a river cruise with my now-husband in 2019, we arrived via the Danube ... and at night. Believe me when I tell you there’s no better way to view the city, as the lit-up Hungarian Parliament Building proves a breathtakingly exquisite sight.
The Islands of Tahiti are among the most beautiful and sought-after vacation destinations in the world. The endless images of overwater bungalows with Bora Bora’s majestic peak towering over waters of every shade of blue have an intrinsic pull. But with 118 islands and atolls to explore, there is so much more to this spectacular region of the Pacific.
It’s probably a safe bet the first thoughts for anyone contemplating an expedition to Costa Rica have to do with tropical beaches, luxury resorts and misty cloud forests rather than hospital stays. Yet this desirable destination — roughly 2.5 hours by air from Miami — has become an appealing address for a wide range of medical procedures that include neurosurgery, cosmetic procedures, dermatology, dental implants, gynecology, and orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation.