IF YOU’RE FORTUNATE to be in Cape Town for the First Thursday Art Walk, you’ll quickly understand how vibrant the city center can be after dark. Church Street bustles as the crowd moves from gallery to gallery, viewing contemporary African art while sipping the local Stellenbosch Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc. A right turn on Bree Street brings you to one of the finest stretches of restaurants in the city. Grab a counter seat at La Parada and stare at the beautiful people as you’re served tasty tapas like grilled chorizo, octopus salad and salt and pepper calamari, best accompanied by a strong mojito.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
We live in an age of acronyms, and on the face of it this is just another: GQOM. Except it isn’t an acronym; it’s a word. The first two letters are pronounced as a back-of-the-palate click; the awkward four-letter moniker represents the resurgence of South Africa’s second-largest city. Gqom is the new sound of Durban.