Amsterdam

While Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherands, the seat of government is the Hague and the provincial capital is Haarlem. NATURAL WORLD Amsterdam is located on the banks of two bodies of water, the IJ bay and the Amstel river. CULTURAL WORLD Amsterdam is noted for many outstanding museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk …

Durban

The Zulu name for the coastal city of Durban is ‘eThekwini’ meaning ‘where the ocean and earth meet.’ Natural World Durban has a warm, humid climate and beautiful beaches. The city is touted as the country’s surf capital. In fact Durban is home to South Africa’s only surfing museum, the TimeWarp Surfing Museum. Sharks The sardine run is an …

Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to Rio (pronounced ‘Heeoo’ by locals). Located on Brazil’s Atlantic coast, Rio de Janeiro was the country’s capital between 1763 and 1960 and is the country’s second largest city. Natural World The world’s only urban forest is located in Rio. Its area of 3,300 hectares encompasses trees, belvederes, caves and waterfalls in Tijuca National …

Townsville

Townsville is located on the northeast coast in the state of Queensland. It is Australia’s largest tropical city. NATURAL WORLD Surrounded by tropical rainforests and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is a cosmopolitan city in the dry tropics. It has a population of 170,000. Castle Hill is a huge pink granite monolith …

Guadalajara

Guadalajara, Jalisco Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/guadalajara   mercados, barranca del río santiago   The capital of Jalisco is the country’s second-largest city with a population of 3.5 million and is one of Latin America’s wealthiest urban centers and an attractive place to host events, including the Pan American Games and the annual book fair! Those who love …

Habitat3

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development taking place this week in Quito, Ecuador, October 17 – 20. The meeting takes place every 20 years, and its action-oriented outcome, known as the New Urban Agenda, will be finalized this week. It has 175 items that center around two core objectives: inclusive …