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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Along with its magnificent cathedral and marble inlaid floor, Siena's Il Campo is a stirring, vibrant central square enticingly shaped like a scallop shell. The summer heat pushes groups to the shaded edges, the shadows of the dominant Palazzo Publico and 100 metre bell tower (Torre del Mangia) offering welcome relief. Il Campo is the location of the famed and wild Il Palio horse race (conducted ....Continue Reading >>
Opposite Palazzo Publico at the highest point of Siena's main piazza sits Font Gaia (fountain of joy). It continues to be fed by a water system in place since its unveiling in 1348. Some of the Tuscan hotel rooms appear to rely on plumbing of a similar vintage!!While fenced from the public, the enticing cooling waters are an attraction on a warm Tuscan summer's day. The superb marble panels were ....Continue Reading >>
Visiting the hillside city of Perugia starts with a grand unforgettable entrance through the foundations of the original castle up a giant escalator emerging in the central area of the city. With sweeping views over the Umbrian town, the Gothic Palazzo dei Priori stands in its crenellated glory. With most of its history as the seat of municipal power, it housed the impressively titled Keepers of Ecclesiastical ....Continue Reading >>
In my home country of Australia, spring has arrived greeted by an outbreak of new growth and colourful flowers. Though trickier to find in the wild now, the spectacular New South Wales state floral emblem of the waratah is a welcome, iridescence red flower. ....Continue Reading >>
Since Roman times, folks have been bathing and enjoying the uplifting mineral spa waters that flow from the Black Forest hills of Baden-Baden. The city has two superb Roman baths to choose from (Friedrichsbad and Caracella-Therme) but almost as relaxing is the elegant Trinkhalle (Pump Room) which houses an enticing cafe, offers free glasses of the magical mineral-rich waters and a superb long verandah ....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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