During the Industrial Revolution in America (18th to 19th centuries) steel, railroad and beer barons built the cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Roanoke into capitals of industry.
By the 1980’s the steel mills and breweries closed and the railroads disappeared. The cities fell on hard times. Today, each is on the upswing with new businesses, cultural venues, and strong tourism infrastructures.
Croatia may have made international news by joining the EU in July, but this country on the Adriatic’s eastern shore is not news to European travelers. As word - and pictures - of golden beaches, historic cities filled with Venetian architecture (many towns along the coast were once part of Venice’s vast empire) and turquoise sailing waters has spread, Americans have joined them to become Croatia’s second-largest tourism market.
Bordering Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua and at the very heart of Central America, tourists are beginning to see the utter abundance that Honduras has to offer its guests. This is a destination that seems to have it all - pine forests, mountains, coffee plantations, Mayan archeological sites, and of course, shores on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Just off the northern coast of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea are the Bay Islands, offering white sand on long stretches of beautiful beach, warm weather and friendly people. The Bay Islands are surrounded by the world’s second largest coral reef, which has made this destination a mecca for scuba enthusiasts, snorkelers and nature lovers.