Best 250 Travel Destinations in the World (according to Gary) — Installment 28 — #101-105

European and Asian cities are featured here, in this portion of the best travel destinations in the world. Each entry has multiple sights for the tourist to enjoy.

105.  Yangon, Myanmar — Yangon is a city of Buddhist temples, open-air markets, food stalls, and ill-repaired colonial architecture. One of the temple, Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most spectacular Buddhist shrines in the world and is reputedly 2,500 years old. (Walking Tour available for purchase on website)

104.  Shanghai, China — If Beijing is the political and cultural center of China, Shanghai is the economic center and one of the country’s most progressive locations. With a past that is associated with opium parlors and decadence, this one-time fishing village at the mouth of the Yangtze River has morphed into a business and commercial force in the world. (Walking Tour available for purchase on website) 

The Bund, Shanghai

103.  Brussels, Belgium — Grand Place, Brussels’ main square, is, without question, one of the most beautiful in the world. Lined with Guild Houses, built by trade unions to show off their wealth, the square is stately and elegant. Even the Town Hall (Hotel de Ville) is magnificent with its 70 meter (215 feet) tower and its numerous statues, spires and gargoyles. Every other year this gorgeous public space becomes a carpet of blooming begonias! (Walking Tour available for purchase on website) 

Grand Place

102.  Amsterdam, Netherlands — Well known around the world for its tolerance of prostitution and its relaxed laws concerning marijuana, Amsterdam is much more than a rebel. It is a city of great museums, lovely architecture, and a place where boats are as important as cars for transport. It is also home to one of the world’s most interesting museums about the Holocaust, the Anne Frank House, where a young Jewish girl wrote a diary that has become required reading for almost everyone in the world. (Walking Tour available for purchase on website) 

Westerkerk, Amsterdam

101.  Bergen & Fjordland, Norway — Explore Bryggen, the remains of a medieval Hanseatic League town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which evolved into present-day Bergen, a fascinating port city on the western coast of Norway. (Walking Tour available for purchase on website). Then leave here and head north to marvel at Norway’s famous fjords and visit fjordland’s villages, such as, Trondheim, Bodo, Narvik, and Honnigsvag, the world’s northernmost town.

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