What’s behind the nicknames of famous cities?

From the Big Apple to the Eternal City, some of the world’s most famous cities have rather interesting aliases that intrigue the imagination. Be it through iconic films, popular culture or from one generation to another, the stories behind them have since captured the essence of the destinations on which they have so affectionately been bestowed.

These are the stories behind the nicknames of famous cities across the world;

The Forbidden City – Beijing

Originally known as the Chinese imperial palace situated in the heart of Beijing, and the home of dynasties and government for 500 years, the Forbidden City –…
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What’s behind the nicknames of famous cities?

Kuli Roberts Paints Rome Red

Radio personality, television presenter and newspaper columnist Kuli Roberts is known for her fierce energy on and off the airwaves and screen and based on her Rome vacation pictures on Instagram, she’s certainly making it felt in the Eternal City. Taking in the city’s architecture, history, art and cuisine, Roberts is currently enjoying every moment and sharing snaps from some of the city’s most iconic, must-see sights. Inspired by her adventure, we bring you a round-up of things to see in Rome, from the Vatican City to the world-famous Pompi II Regno pastry shop.

Vatican City

Kuli Roberts Paints Rome Red

City Guide: Rome

Rome

ABOUT

Known as the Eternal City, Rome is Italy’s capital and at the centre of its history. With ancient ruins and buildings visible throughout the city, it’s highlighted as an international tourism hotspot.

Founded in around 753 BC, there are over 2 500 year’s worth of culture and attractions to explore in the city – all of which are well-deserving of a traveller’s time and euros.

TRAVEL TIPS

Getting around Rome is relatively easy – travel by train and bus to major points and then walk your way through the rest. Walking is the only way for…
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Top 3 global travel trends

Exterior of Generator Barcelona. Image by Nikolas Koenig, courtesy Generator.

Exterior of Generator Barcelona. Image by Nikolas Koenig, courtesy Generator.

Brace yourself! “Poshtels”, “Braggies” and wearable electronics are all the rage on the travel circuit. Well, that’s according to the WTM Global Trends Report 2015 released earlier this month in association with Euromonitor International. Fiona Davern chose her top three trends from the list:

  1. “Poshtels” popularity

Stylish, design-led hostels – aka “poshtels” – are top of mind for cost-conscious Brits and “value-driven” international holiday-makers. Poshtels bring together two previously…
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