In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below             - In Flanders Field (John McCrae) The red poppy, one of the few flowers that continued to grow in the war-ravaged Western Front, emerged soon after The Great War to help remember ....Continue Reading >>
In the deep south of Tasmania (and Dover is Australia's most southerly town with a population of 1,000 or more), mother nature dominates. Cool temperature rainforests dominate inland while unspoiled azure blue seas lap the coastline.Meantime seagulls rest on the rickety character-filled old wharf that bears witness to Dover's dynamic fishing industry. Farming of salmon, trout, mussels and oysters ....Continue Reading >>
I needed a break from blogging and there is no better time than Australian spring to give the energy pep needed to get back to publishing Travel Wonders.Below are a handful of beautiful springtime blooms photographed recently in Sydney's magnificent cool climate Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where rhododendrons, waratahs (the NSW state flower) and a broad variety of other flowers are celebrating spring's ....Continue Reading >>
by James BrewerThe stunning beach resort of Benidorm can be found in the Costa Blanca region of Spain. Benidorm holidays are perfect for tourists who want to experience spectacular sunsets, fantastic beaches, thriving nightlife and so much more. Read on to discover why Benidorm is one of the most popular destinations in the whole of Spain.Beautiful beachesBenidorm boasts a total of five ....Continue Reading >>
"You are about to embark upon a great crusade... The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you..." - Gen Dwight Eisenhower, June 6, 1944.Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day when around 160,000 Allied troops (mostly in their 20s) along with 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft landed on five beaches of Normandy in the coordinated invasion ....Continue Reading >>
The Sydney Harbour Bridge paints the water in rainbow colours as part of the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney. Celebrating light and art with sculptures and giant projections onto major buildings, Vivid greets winter with after-hours dazzling illuminated displays. ....Continue Reading >>
by James BrewerBeautiful Turkey is one of the world's top-ten most visited countries, being ahead of other highly popular holiday destinations such as Greece, Mexico, or Thailand. A holiday in Turkey is a unique and fun-filled experience that you won’t forget, especially if you visit its hidden gems. If you are in need of some inspiration, continue reading to find out more about Turkey's best ....Continue Reading >>
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 >>
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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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