Renowned Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, once said, “To travel is to live.”

This saying rings true especially for the wanderlust in us, who is always looking to explore the unknown and discover new experiences. As travelling is finally possible again, there isn’t a better time than now to start planning for your next trip! Be it for the art aficionado, beach lover, history buff or metropolis hunter, here’s a list of must-go destinations brought to you by Nespresso through its four new espressos which aptly marry your love for travelling and appreciation for a good cup of coffee.

1. Immerse in ancient civilisation in Istanbul

Basilica Cistern
Photography: Silvy135 on TripAdvisor

Modern-day Istanbul is a metropolitan city that gave rise to many civilisations and empires, dating back to the years BC. Today, underneath those bright city lights lies Basilica Cistern that was built in the sixth century to store and deliver water to the Great Palace and its surrounding buildings. Now an unusual tourist spot, Basilica Cistern is often visited alongside Hagia Sophia, a grand monument of the city and much revered place of worship.

Photography: Nespresso

2. Soak up the sun, sea and breeze in Miami

South Beach
Photography: Wikimedia Commons

South Beach is one of Miami’s most famous landmarks and home to swaying palm trees and pastel-hued Art Deco buildings. Also known as ‘SoBe’, South Beach cuts a striking figure against the Atlantic Ocean and is a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike to spend the day soaking up the sun, sea and breeze amidst a bevy of entertainment outlets. Meanwhile, those who prefer to immerse in the cultural aspects of SoBe will be delighted by the Art Deco architecture of the area. Multi-hued buildings in various shades of pastel hold a sharp contrast against the bold geometric forms that define Art Deco – the perfect embodiment of Miami’s melting pot culture and a visual delight for the eyes!

The Art Deco District
Photography: Dream Hotels

In Miami, drinking coffee is a social affair and deemed as a way to celebrate life. When strolling down the streets, travellers will notice dozens of ventanitas aka ‘tiny windows’ that are actually portholes to Cuba. These miniature coffee shops would dish out small bites and coffee – the short Cafecito (short coffee) or the larger Colado – for coffee lovers to enjoy. For an authentic coffee experience, we recommend that you sip your Cafecito (short coffee) black or with a sprinkle of brown sugar.

Photography: Nespresso

The Nespresso World Explorations Miami Espresso encapsulates the spirit of this melting pot of culture in its bold cup and embraces the vibrancy of the Hispanic coffee influence with aromas of cereal and peppery notes from the range.

3. Traverse history with old castles and antique paintings in Paris

Chateau de Chantilly
Photography: Jebulon on Wikimedia Commons          

Travellers with a penchant for history will be enthralled by the majestic Château de Chantilly, home to one of the finest painting collections in France and anointed ‘World Monuments Watch’ in 1998 and 2002.

The Palace of Versailles
Photography:The Paris Pass

A little over an hour’s drive from the Château lies the Palace of Versailles, once home to the French royal family and now designated UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves its century-old history and legacy.

Photography: Nespresso

Nespresso pays tribute to these historical landmarks with its Nespresso World Explorations Paris Espresso, a light-roasted blend that delicately balances bitter cereal notes with bursts of citrus to personify the rich Parisian café culture, where people enjoy philosophising over a cup of coffee. Best enjoyed black or as café au lait with delectable French pastries, the contemporary notes of the Nespresso World Explorations Paris Espresso will transport drinkers to the romantic terraces within the city of light.

4. Admire the sunset in Rio de Janeiro

Sunset in Brazil
Photography: The Culture Trip

Dubbed one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with magnificent views, breath-taking sunsets and the birthplace of bossa nova. Truly a city of contrasts, the stunning coastlines of Rio de Janeiro serve as the perfect backdrop to the Christ the Redeemer statue, which is one of the new seven wonders of the world. While largely unnoticed, the people of Rio de Janeiro centre their social activities and daily routines around food – especially strong black coffee, often enjoyed with a good toast in the morning.

Photography: Nespresso

This is also why the Nespresso World Explorations Rio de Janeiro Espresso is a cup of intense, exotic and velvety coffee – to embody the essence of the colourful city. Interestingly, coffee tastes vary across this lively country. That’s why the Nespresso World Explorations Rio de Janeiro Espresso brings together the finest growing Arabicas from different Brazilian regions to capture the passion and spirit behind both the cafezinho and Rio de Janeiro’s carioca coffee. As an all-Brazilian Arabica blend, it boasts a unique touch of sandalwood and other herbal notes to reflect the country’s deep-rooted heritage of coffee growing and drinking.

The limited-edition Nespresso World Explorations Miami Espresso retails at RM29.50 per sleeve or RM59 for a duo pack while the Istanbul Espresso, Paris Espresso and Rio de Janeiro Espresso are priced at RM24.50 per sleeve. The Nespresso Atelier retails at RM1,799 and is available at Nespresso Boutiques at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, IOI City Mall, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, The Gardens Mall and Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Featured image: Dream Hotels
Text: Nespresso

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