Paramaribo -the capital of Suriname that is usually shortened to Parbo- shows off a curious blend of Northern Europe, Asia and tropical America. The eye-popping brick buildings dominate the squares as numerous wooden houses stand on both sides of narrow streets that border the coastlines. One striking peculiarity of the region is the number of synagogues perched next to precious mosques where Javanese Muslims gather and knock on the doors to make their offers. Take a spin around downtown Paramaribo, the Independence Square across from the Presidential Palace. Located right behind the palace, visitors find Palmentuin, a luring park inhabited by palm trees and tropical birds. To the east, you happen on Fort Zeelandia, a 17th-century fortification. The main market is hubbed on the coastal Waterkrant Boulevard, as well as the shuttles that ferry down to Meerzog on the other side of the river. Close to Paramaribo, travelers chance upon the Brownsberg Nature Park that comprises the W J van Blommestein Meer, one of the largest reservoirs. Visitors can have guided tours down the silver-plated Mazaroni and its gorgeous views of the reservoir. Hikes and abrupt descends down to the canyon trimmed by a small but attractive waterfall are also available. Paramaribo is an ideal place for those seeking the beauties of the environment.



Dr John Lettsom, born to a Quaker family on Jost van Dyke, was the founder of the London (British) Medical Society and the Royal Humane Society.