Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the country, Portland, Ore., is a progressive urban center nestled among some of the country’s most pristine natural settings. No wonder Portland — nicknamed “Rose City” — attracts some of the nation’s best and brightest citizens.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Shanghai is a city flying at full speed. Once called the “Paris of the East,” China’s most cosmopolitan urban center is far from French. Reminders of occupying European empires remain evident — barely — in the colonial riverfront grandeur of the Bund. But the Shanghai of today is more spaceport than Seine, more Martian than Montmartre. Amid the glimmering skyscrapers, one need only squint slightly to imagine hovercraft rather than cars navigating the smog locals insist is “haze.”