G is for Galway, Ireland: If you’re looking for great tourism, go to Dublin, but for a real look at Irish culture, try the smaller, more Northern town of Galway. The city has been nicknamed “Croí Cultúrtha na hÉireann”, Ireland’s Cultural Heart, and is known best for throwing the Galway Arts Festival and Macnas Parade every July.
H is for Helsinki, Finland: Located on the shores of the Baltic Sea and is the Finish capital, and transportation hub of the country. Helsinki is an ideal place for walkers, bikers, and even paddlers, plus once you’ve spent a day out in the sun, you can relax in a traditional Baltic sauna.
I is for Istanbul, Turkey: As the second largest metropolitan area in Europe, there is no shortage of things to do in Istanbul. From belly dancing to St. Sophia’s Church, the Blue Mosque to the Topkapi Palace, there are plenty of reasons why Istanbul has been named as one of the EU’s “Capital of Culture” for 2010.
J is for Jo’burg, South Africa: With the FIFA Confederations Cup taking place in town this June, Johannesburg has already begun gearing up for a tourist invasion. Dive right in with a city tour before you hit the football stadium, or escape the crowds with a visit to the nearby Kruger National Park or a quick trip out of town to the Cradle of Humankind.
K is for Kailua, Hawaii: No, not the coffee liqueur, Kailua is the capital of Hawaiian tourism on the west side of the big island. Outside of the central resort towns, Kailua is full of beautiful sights, sounds, and beaches! From the city, travel to the Volcanoes National Park, see the black sand beaches of Kealakekua Bay, or visit the gorgeous orchid nursery in nearby Hilo.
L is for Lisbon, Portugal: Whether you prefer mountains or rivers, Lisbon has it all. Full of a rich combination of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and modern architecture there is a ton to see just walking around the city. Visit the “A Brasileira” café, the oldest in the city, take a tour of the Royal Mafra Palace, or find a guide to help you navigate the sites.
M is for Moscow, Russia: Former capital of the Soviet Union, and home of Kremlin and the Red Square, Moscow is full of world heritage sites, located all around the city. Finding your way around is much easier with a tour guide, so hop on one of many local tours while you get acquainted with the city. And if the weather outside is frightful, stop by the Vodka Museum for a little help warming up!