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Australia. It has become a national symbol. Near the Opera House, adjacent to Circular Quay (pronounced “key”) is “The Rocks”, the original settlement of Sydney. Once one of the most unsavory areas of Sydney, today it is a living piece of history.5. EUROPE:The Sydney Opera HouseVENICE, ITALY has been called the fadedbeauty in the family of Italian cities...“herblondness now from a bottle and her perfumeslightly stale.” Call it what you may, Venice isstill one of the most beautiful, magical cities inthe world. Dubbed La Serenissima, (The MostSerene), Venice is a city in which you must getlost. Losing your way amid the maze of streetsis part of the Venetian experience. Napoleoncalled the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square)the largest drawing room in Europe. I call it themost unique living room in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.It may be the most crowded, (with people and pigeons); the wettest (when the tide rises); or the most expensive ($15 for a cappuccino) living room in the world, but it is by far the most unique.6. NORTH AMERICA:Piazza San Marco: Pigeons and PeopleVANCOUVER, CANADA is one of NorthAmerica’s most beautiful cities. Its natural harbor,reminiscent of Hong Kong, is ringed by ruggedsnow-capped mountains. Its cosmopolitanatmosphere comes from its unique mixture ofEuropean and Oriental people. Gastown, theonce-lively birthplace of Vancouver, was relegatedto a skid row in the late sixties. This unhurriedpeople-place of Victorian architecture and cobbledstreets has been rescued, restored and reborn to preserve the city’s heritage.The Gastown Steam Clock, said to be the world’s first steam powered clock, has live steam that winds the weights and blows the whistles. Vancouver’s bustling Chinatown is the second largest outside of the Far East and Stanley Park is one of the largest city parks in the world.7. SOUTH AMERICA:RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – River of January – is a city of fantasy and dreams. Like a sensual woman, the mere mention of her name connotes romance and excitement. Before you even arrive, you’ll feel her anticipatory magic under your skin. “God,” say the Brazilians, “made the world inGastown Steam Clocksix days. On the seventh he made Rio.” Rio isunquestionably one of the most beautiful cities inthe world. For Cariocas, the 10-million natives of Rio de Janeiro, the beach is their living room. Copacabana and Ipanema are umbrella-studded crescents of sand where beauty meets the beach...where the bikini swimsuit of the legendary “Garota de Ipanema” (“Girl from Ipanema”) was reduced to the string, and the string gave way to a minimalist swimsuit called fila dental (dental floss). A mountain, called Sugarloaf, resembles a conical loaf of refined sugar and another, named Corcovado (Hunchback), is the jagged lofty perch from which an immense statue of “Cristo Redentor” (Christ the Redeemer) outstretches his arms above the city.JANET STEINBERG is the winner of 43 national Travel Writer Awards and isa Travel Consultant with ALTOUR in Cincinnati, OhioRio’s Sugarloaf MountainMeet Our Dream MakersLilia MartynALTOUR American Express®1600 W. 16th Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523 630-574-5050 Lilia.Martyn@Altour.comDestination Expert: Foreign CurrencyServices, American Express Gift Cards & ChequesLilia’s goal is to relieve some of the stress of traveling abroad while providing excellent customer service. Our offices have the most popular currencies in stock and will special order exotic currencies when needed. Lilia spends extra time with her clients to help them understand why it’s important for them to take local currency to their destination and the money’s value there. She will also provide them with “cheat sheets,” which are currency conversion sheets with an approximate conversion rate from foreign to U.S.D. to help her clients during their souvenir shopping sprees. Lilia will also show them how to distinguish each currency when their journey takes them to several countries and what their paper denominations and coins are. Tip – Coins are difficult to “cash back,” so make sure to use them up before returning home.Angela ValenzuelaALTOUR American Express® 5700 Legacy Drive, Ste A-4Plano, TX 75024516-228-2376 Angela.Valenzuela@Altour.comDestination Expert: Spain, Italy & St. LuciaSpain is the sunniest country in Europe, so no wonder it attractsso many people to it. Angela recently traveled to her favorite place – wandering around the Del Prado area with the museums and lovely parks, and discovering all the history and culture there is to experience. You will be able to do some great shopping, enjoy Tapas every day at different plazas, eat dinner at 8 p.m. every night, and enjoy the city as it comes to life with its vibrant nearby nightlife until the wee hours of the morning. For those who enjoy a little adventure, there are bullfights at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, which is a huge arena filled to capacity, from top to bottom. Ninety percent of those who attend are men with their spirits and cigars in hand and dressed to the finest. Last, but not least, don’t forget to watch Flamenco dancing at Corral de la Moreria. The memoriesI have there are everlasting, and I look forward to help craftyour everlasting memories in this beautiful country.FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGEWe buy and sell foreign currency.We offer all major and exotic currencies.Our rates are extremely competitive.American Express® Travelers Cheques Gift Cheques and Gift Cards available.Reliable, Experienced Knowledgable and Trustworthy1-800-297-06449

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