Author: AJ Paris

Zanzibar's Unguja

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is historic. Exquisite blue water surround each of these islands. Beautiful landscape is plenty. There are warm people everywhere. As a result, these islands will leave you feeling inspired. “I was having a burnout,” says Dimo, a Russian tourist. “After a few days I already feel so much better!” Tourists like Dimo know the…

Darjeeling

A beautiful hilly town in the Himalayas, Darjeeling is a unique town with a unique history. Its name comes from two Tibetan words: dorje, which is the name of a staff carried by a god named Indira; and ling, which means land. Yet, it is a very global town. First of all, the British Raj…

Sydney’s Cultures

Sydney, as the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its tourist attractions like the harbor front Sydney Opera House, which has a very distinctive sail-like design, the Darling Harbour and the Circular Quay port, which are hubs for the waterside life, and the arched Harbour Bridge…

Fishing in Bahia

Flavio, a fisherman from Praia do Forte, a village north of Salvador da Bahia, discusses how tourism is changing his family’s history. [Photo: Boats in Salvador, by AJ Paris.] Fish is huge in Brazil. In fact, Brazilians consume almost twice as much fish as the Americans. The only country that consumes more fish in the…

South Beach 

When people talk about “Miami” they are often referring to a small area not even in the city of Miami. [Photo: South Beach, by AJ Paris.] Miami is one of my favorite metropolitan areas in the United States. The culture is as incredibly rich as its colors. “I came here on vacation many years ago,”…

The Colosseum

It can hold as much as 80,000 people, has seen featured in many Hollywood films, and is a top choice for tourists in Rome. [Photo: The Colosseum, by AJ Paris]. The Colosseum is an iconic feature of Rome. “You have to see it to believe it,” said Rodrigo, who came all the way from Brazil…

The Bund in Shanghai

This popular area along the western bank of the Huangpu River, in the eastern part of Huangpu District, faces the modern skyscrapers of Pudong District. [Photo: The Bund, by AJ Paris]. In the First Opium War, which took place between 1839 and 1842, the British defeated the Qing army. That event led to the establishment…

Sierra de Cádiz

I love mountains. Mountains make me feel small and they remind me my place in the world, in the universe. I also love mountains because of the freedom you feel when at nature and the fresh that seem so far away from the pollution of the world at large. Last year I met and traveled…