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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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
When visiting European cathedrals, visitors are often extolled to look up to observe the detailed architecture, sweeping arches, glorious frescoes and glittering stained glass windows. The elegant Gothic exterior of Siena Cathedral in striking black and white stripes gives cause for an impressive cathedral visit but doesn’t remotely prepare a visitor for the staggeringly beautiful interior. This ....Continue Reading >>
The tiny village of Bagno Vignoni has attracted people since Etruscan and Roman times with its medicinal waters from underground volcanic aquifers. Located in the Val d'Orcia Natural Park, the central Sources Square, the size of an Olympic swimming pool, remains virtually unchanged since medieval times (and was a favourite pilgrimmage stopover). While bathing is no longer permitted in the central square, ....Continue Reading >>
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Welcome to Travel Wonders

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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