For two weeks each May, the French Riviera resort of Cannes is the centre of the world’s media attention as movie stars and movie makers show their wares. For the rest of the year the resort is justly famous for its luxury hotels, fine dining and high-end shopping opportunities. The Promenade de la Croisette is the place to see and be seen. The beautiful tree lined beach front promenade is the home of the Carlton, Majestic and JW Marriot Cannes hotels as well as the resort’s best restaurants. If you can’t be in the movies, then at least you can sleep and eat where your favorite celebrities do.
The district of Hollywood in Los Angeles isn’t as glitzy as Cannes, but there is a lot more to entertain tourists who don’t have a superstar-like spending power. The cement hand prints of the celebrities in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre are a big draw. You can view the world famous Hollywood sign for free from high vantage points across the area. If rock and roll is your thing, you can call in at celebrity hang-out the Rainbow Bar and Grill, where Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Guns n’ Roses have all been seen drinking. Los Angeles itself offers a variety of accommodation from budget to high-end with dining opportunities to match.
Bollywood, more properly known as Hindi cinema, is centered in Mumbai (former Bombay). Fans of Bollywood movies can visit the Film City complex where movies are in production every day. Cosmopolitan Mumbai also offers the Mahalaxmi Racecourse where horse racing is held Nov-April and is home to one of the biggest tournaments in world cricket – the Indian Premier League. Mumbai has hotel accommodation to suit every pocket and has an increasingly wide range of cuisines to offer the discerning traveler. Mumbai is generally less expensive than its US or European equivalents.
The ancient capital of England seems to have more world famous sites than any other. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, red London buses and red telephone boxes are all well-known from films and television. London’s newer arrivals have become equally well-known – visitors will want to take in the London Eye, the new Wembley Stadium and the tallest building in Europe, the Shard, with its 72nd story viewing deck. London is surprisingly green, it has many beautiful parks nestled right in the heart of the city and has so many sights and attractions you’ll be hard pressed to see all you that want even on a long excursion.
New York City:
The largest city by population in the USA at 8.3 million, is also one of the best for travelers to pay a visit to. There are a number of iconic sites like the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the UN Headquarters and the Empire State Building. New York has some of the best shopping destinations in the world and is home to the giant Macy’s in Manhattan, advertised as the “World’s Largest Store.” You’ll never be short of ideas of what to eat, New York is home to communities from all over the world – from modern American fine dining to home style Korean or Italian, you can find it all in the brightly lit streets of New York.
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