Despite the swarming masses it is simply mesmerising to stand near. And to imagine that Michelangelo created his statue of David while he was in his 20s. For centuries the statue stood in front of Palazzo Vecchio (a replacement copy still stands there today).As you study and explore the figure more details are revealed. Note the steely glare and the veined tension in David's large right hand, ....Continue Reading >>
Lucca is Tuscany’s ultimate walking city. Mercifully flat unlike most Tuscan towns, Lucca has been turned over to cyclists and pedestrians with few cars in the city centre, most banished to the fringes of the town or outside the impressive medieval town walls. Virtually every road, town square and laneway is shared as workers, vendors, visitors, locals, shoppers, prams, bicycles and hand-drawn carts ....Continue Reading >>
More famous for its bronzed doors, the mosaic ceiling of Florence's elegant octagonal Baptistery is stunning. Likely started in the early 1200s and taking over a century to complete, (built between 1059 and 1128, the Baptistery predates the Cathedral), the mosaics glow with a spiritual golden halo even in a darkened setting. Relating stories from the Bible, the Medicis, Dante and many other notables ....Continue Reading >>
Apart from being Italian, what do Renaissance giants Michelangelo, Galileo, composer Rossini (of the Lone Ranger theme among many operas) and political activist Machiavelli have in common?They are all buried in the Franciscan church of Santa Croce in Florence. This illustrious group are joined by radio inventor Marconi, nuclear genius Fermi and Dante (cenotaph only but buried in Ravenna) ....Continue Reading >>
Rich in Etruscan and medieval history, Volterra is a relaxing escape in Tuscany. Perched on an imposing rocky plateau (indeed, the town's name roughly translates landslide in Italian) and surrounded by forbidding ramparts and city gates, the small town has sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding Tuscan landscape.Volterra's superb main medieval square, Piazza dei Priori, includes the 13th century ....Continue Reading >>
CHARLES BRIDGE QUICK FACTS Location: Prague, Czech Republic River: Vltava Built: 1357-1402 Length: 621 metres Style: Sandstone Gothic Arch BridgePrague is one of Europe's most mesmerising cities with numerous sights and historic locations to visit including the domineering Prague Castle. Divided by the meandering Vltava River, historic Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) provided the only crossing ....Continue Reading >>
by Paul JacksonOne of the nice things about Spain is that it's different tourist accommodation possibilities from other countries because they have their unique Spanish paradors. These are state-owned accommodations that are typically historical converted residences and places of cultural interest that have been turned into the equivalent of a hostel, guesthouse or hotel. Often they are quite luxuriously ....Continue Reading >>
On Australia Day (celebrated on January 26 denoting the arrival of the First Fleet and European settlement), it seems appropriate to re-open Travel Wonders with a photo of the most easterly point of the mainland.Perched on a rocky headland with a precipitious cliff, Cape Byron lighthouse is a renown walking area for people keen to walk to Australia's ultimately eastern point and for those staying ....Continue Reading >>
Compliments of the season to all my readers and best wishes for a travel-rich and inspiring 2014. Travel Wonders takes a couple of weeks off at this time of year so please return in mid January 2014 for more stories about the Travel Wonders of the World.Meanwhile, enjoy the lights on Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral which tells the Christmas story in a rich video technicolour along with fun tales ....Continue Reading >>
by Jane HarrisonA city synonymous with high culture, fashion and fascinating historical locations, it's not hard to imagine why Paris is the world's top tourist destination. Over 28 million tourists make their way to the European hot spot every year in order to enjoy the city's iconic landmarks and even those who haven't been to the popular holiday destination still conjure up images of the Eiffel ....Continue Reading >>
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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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