Here are some intriguing sites for travelers to indulge their tastes and desires.

The French Caribbean island of St. Barthélemy
Although it is thought of as a destination for the wealthy, St. Barth in the Lesser Antilles has vacation plans for middle-class tourists, and there are 14 public beaches. In the capital city of Gustavia, there is a fort built when the Swedes occupied the island. The island also has many markets and cafes where the delightful tropical setting is mixed with French cuisine.

New Orleans, Louisiana
For Americans who want to experience French culture without taking a long flight, New Orleans is ideal. The Vieux Carré (the “old square”)and outlying areas are places to experience French cuisine and other great meals. Tourists can view historic Spanish architecture (several fires destroyed the original French buildings). Bourbon Street is the best for nightlife, and Frenchman Street has jazz, blues, reggae, and rock. Another historical area, the charming Garden District, showcases beautiful homes and parks. On the Mississippi River, the steamboat Natchez transports tourists to the era about which Mark Twain wrote. During an evening cruise, tourists can listen to a jazz band and enjoy a delicious meal. 

United Arab Emirates
For travelers who want to see the playground of the wealthy, this is the year to visit the United Arab Emirates since Expo 2020 will be held there as over 30 countries participate. Dubai is an exciting place with human-made islands and the tallest building in the world.

Travelers often begin their visit to Portugal in Lisbon with its ancient Roman and Moorish ruins, broad plazas, and beautiful cathedrals. Lisbon’s old town, Alfama, is enjoyable with its small and out-of-the-way restaurants where modern fado and traditional singers perform. Near Lisbon is Sintra that has beautiful woodlands populated with trees from all around the world. In nearby Sintra, a tourist site with a fairytale castle, there are glorious beaches. 

Montreux, Switzerland
There is a natural beauty to this area near the snow-dusted Alps and startlingly beautiful Lake Geneva, the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe. Tourists can walk along a path lined with tulips of many colors. Located in the part of Switzerland where French is spoken, Montreux has beautiful Belle Époque architecture. In nearby Veytaux, there is Switzerland‘s famous 12th-century Chillon Castle that was the inspiration one in a Disney movie. For the last 53 years, Montreux also has an annual Jazz Festival.