select - Commencing Soon
Written by Brian Johnston
Qatar Airways is launching six more routes from October 2010, taking the airline’s passenger network to almost 100 destinations. As well as the three cities highlighted here, other new routes are to Phuket, Thailand (from October 12, 2010), and Bucharest, Romania and Budapest, Hun-gary (from January 17, 2011).
HanoiThere are a thousand reasons to visit the Vietnamese capital: one for every year since its founding in 2010. From then until 1802, this city was the royal capital of Vietnam; it was also the capital of French Indochina and North Vietnam in the 20th-century. Needless to say, historic buildings abound: an estimated 600 temples and pagodas, an ancient university, and European-style mansions, cathedral, and presidential palace. The old quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake is the place to wander the crooked streets which, for centuries, have been associated with particular trades, whether jewellery, silk, or tin. A busy weekend night market and plenty of local eateries can also be found here. As Vietnam’s cultural centre, Hanoi is also the place to enjoy traditional puppetry, dance, and music, as well as the National Art Museum.
Officially 1,000 years old this month, Hanoi has ‘Parisian grace and Asian pace’ despite its venerable age.
Located on the banks of the Red River, the capital lies in the north of Vietnam.
HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways flies from Doha to Hanoi, via Bangkok, four times a week from November 1, 2010.
Few people realise that Nice has a history that stretches back to ancient Greek times, has only been part of France since 1860, and that the British were instrumental in developing the town as a Mediterranean resort – a history reflected in its famous seaside Promenade des Anglais (En-glishman’s promenade). Nevertheless, the city is now decidedly French in flavour, from the works of painters such as Chagall and Matisse in its outstanding museums, to its chic shops, pine-scented beaches, and stylish café crowds. The centre of the old town has a tranquil pedestrian zone full of restaurants, ice-cream shops, and boutiques. The painters were lured by the Mediterranean light, described by Matisse as ‘soft and tender’ – and with 300 days of sunshine a year, no wonder people flock here.
Mediterranean sun, considerable style, excellent museums, and fine beaches: why ever not?
The largest city on the French Riviera sits on two elegant bays of the Mediterranean, backed by the hilly Côte d’Azur.
HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways flies thrice weekly from Doha to Nice via Milan from November 24, 2010.
Don’t let the fact that Brussels is full of European Union bureaucrats put you off. The Belgian capital is a multi-ethnic city where restaurants are second to none, nightlife is lively, cafés buzz, and beautiful parks unfold. But the city also has a delightful lack of pretension, highlighted in street markets and its citizens’ earthy humour and taste for beer, mussels, and frites.
Big city amenities but a relaxed, small-town ambience make Brussels one of Europe’s most relaxing urban destinations.
Brussels sits in northern Belgium in Flemish Brabant Province, and is officially bilingual (Dutch and French).
HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways flies non-stop from Doha to Brussels five times a week from January 31, 2011.