As the cradle of Slavic civilization for the past 1,500 years, Kiev might be expected to be a stodgy old grandfather of a city, but Ukraine’s capital refuses to act its age. Even on a weekday, the heart of the city, Independence Square, ripples with rock music as drunken teenagers stagger between monolithic Soviet buildings and vendors do a brisk business selling “Orange Revolution” T-shirts.
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.
Canada’s Gulf Islands are a remarkably accessible antidote to urban stress. Sandwiched between Vancouver Island and the west coast of mainland British Columbia, they’re part of an extensive cluster of islands that are bisected by the U.S.-Canada border. The Gulf Islands, north of the border, belong to Canada, while the San Juan Islands, south of the border, belong to the United States.