Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece; popular for being one of the oldest cities in the world with its history of almost 3400 years. The ancient city was at the foot of the Acropolis. The Port of Piraeus is part of the Greater Athens. Numerous testimonies of its glory were preserved like the Parthenon, the Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus, the Olympeion, among others. The city extends on the plain of Attica, on the shores of the Aegean Sea. Plaka is the oldest headquater and Kolonaki is the upscale neighborhood. Because of its geographical position, the city suffers pollution and there is also a lack of green space. Unfortunately, since 2009, the city lost many inhabitants because of the economic crisis.

Tips

There are Sundays when you can visit archaeological sites such as the Acropolis for free, ask the calendar where you are staying.

Wear comfortable, flat shoes like sneakers especially in archaeological sites because there are lot of marble and is quite slippery.

For a great view of the city, go to the Lycabettus Hill.

You can tour the city by public transport without problems: metro, bus, train. You have the subway that arrives at the airport too. The tram (line 4), connects Piraeus to Syntagma Square. Regarding taxis, they take several passengers who go more or less in the same direction.

If you do a multi-day stay in the city, visit the Museum of the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum, it is worth it!

Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza is a city in Argentina. It is the capital of the province of Mendoza, the fourth largest urban area of the country . It is located at the foot of the Andes, closer from Chile than from Buenos Aires. Best known for its vineyards all around but also because it’s a stopover for all sports in the Andes (ski, climbing, trekking…).
The city of Mendoza is located in one of the most beautiful oasis created by man. The 500 km of irrigation canals  that traverse the city give life to thick woods and beautiful green areas. The city is the administrative, commercial and cultural  centre of the province. Mendoza offers various forms of recreation: cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries, discos and a dynamic trade. You will also find a large number of cafés, pubs, tearooms, and excellent restaurants serving from  the typical Argentinian meat to the most  sophisticated dishes of the international cuisine.
 
 
Tips
 
Mendoza has one of the best combinations of areas, vineyards, stately and sunny landscapes. This is the heart of the Argentinian viticulture. In Mendoza, Luján and Maipú are the regions which have a lot of wineries who develop the best Malbec  in the world, they offer a range of activities to know the local viticulture, tasting the famous wines and visiting its manufacturers, all accompanied by an excellent regional and international cuisine.
Don’t miss the thermal baths, not far from Mendoza, several hotels offer pools in stone that capture natural springs of warm waters between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius,  relaxation guaranteed.

Snow Jade Cave, Fengdu, China

Located about eight miles from the new county of Fengdu, the Snow Jade Cave is rated as China’s most beautiful by Chinese National Geography. Discovered in the mid-1990’s, the cave is over 1,022 miles long. Because of its uniqueness and beauty, it has become a popular scenic spot along the Yangtze River as well as serving as a research site for the study of caves. Most of the stalactites in the cave are white and pure as jade, hence its name. Stalactites grow quickly – thirty-three millimeters in one hundred years in fact. In contract, in other such kinds of caves, the average stalactite only grows one millimeter in a century. It houses many spectacular and unusual karst formations. These include a waterfall; stone hair; shields; coral and animal shapes. Tourists have 725 miles to visit. You will see the so-called ‘Four Wonders’; the coral tower in the cave is the largest of its kind in the world; the glittering and transparent King Stone Flag at 26 feet high is the world’s tallest and thinnest stone flag; the stone shield at 13 feet high is also known as the Snowy Jade Penguin; some groups of stalactites resemble goose necks, some as much as two yards long.

Tips

You can go there by car or boat or you can take a bus at Chaotian Gate bus station to Fengdu.
The best time to visit the region is in winter or spring.
You must take some warm clothes to enter into the cave. Another possibility is to rent warm clothes there.
It’s recommended not to visit the cave alone.
If you make a trip along the Yangtze River, the cave is one of the usual tourists stops.