I remember one hot August afternoon in Philadelphia, US, when I was being given a historical tour of the city by a very jovial gentleman who was later to become my favorite professor. This was part of the international student orientation and the professor had volunteered to show us his city and its rich past. What struck me most was that during the tour he said that the city’s history may not impress those of us who come from countries with thousands of years of history. While it is true that the history he was relating was at most three centuries old, but nonetheless it was fascinating to hear about the early struggles and triumphs of a fledgling United States of America. Take for example the story of the American flag, sewn by a woman named Betsy Ross, after she was shown a rough drawing. Her house is close to the famed Liberty Bell, in the heart of Philadelphia city. Philly as its popularly called, is a very vibrant university town where you can explore American history by day and watch world class entertainment by night.
That’s just my kind of travel.
New York City, Rome, Madrid, Athens, Singapore and Cairo are some of the world’s most famous cities that I have had the privilege of visiting. These cities have skyscrapers, metro trains, bustling airports, plush hotels and fine dining, but the core of these cities is their history, which gives them a unique charm and a distinct identity. Continue reading