It would be fanciful to suggest that a restaurant could change the world, but it is fair to say that Chef Ferran Adriá changed the world for restaurant devotees. His famed establishment is elBulli, where bookings for a whole year would be taken on a single day. Restaurant Magazine judged elBulli to be Number One on its Top 50 list of the world's best restaurants for a record five times—in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Dubrovnik is one of Croatia's most popular destinations – where elemental nature meets luxury and sophistication. The city's fortified old town overlooks the dazzling Adriatic from a shelter of limestone cliffs and its marble-paved streets are lined with marvellously preserved churches, stately palaces, squares, and terracotta-roofed townhouses. Meanwhile, down below, along the seaside coast, fine beaches beckon – as do a slew of offshore islands – making Dubrovnik uniquely appealing to history buffs and sun worshippers alike.
For many people the nation of Kazakhstan is a tough one to find on the map – even the Lonely Planet guide ranks its inscrutability. In fact, the most geographically astute would be pushed to correctly name all its neighbouring countries (Russia, China, Turkey the Caucasus, Iran and Afghanistan, since you ask). And probably fewer still could correctly approximate its size as roughly equal to Western Europe. Of course, inveterate investment watchers will recognise the potential in Kazakhstan. Whether it be for the energy-rich lowlands in the west, the industrialised north, or the fertile plains of the South.
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