travel wonders

Page 2 of 3212345Last »
Made famous by Frances Mayes’ book (and movie) Under the Tuscan Sun, Cortona’s medieval stonework soaks the sun’s rays reflecting a bronzed honey hue. Roosting on the side of a hill encrusted in olive groves, Cortona offers sweeping panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside with shimmering Lake Trasimeno (where Hannibal surprised the Romans) in the distance. Its petite town centre surrounded ....Continue Reading >>
While the centrepiece of the Australian Navy centenary were naval vessels from around the world (see a photojournal of the naval ships), the grace of a flotilla of wooden tall ships reminded everyone of the golden age of sea travel. While wooden ships sailed from as far afield as Canada and the Netherlands, popular locally are the Endeavour, a replica ship to that sailed by Captain Cook on his ....Continue Reading >>
One hundred years ago in early October, Australia's first seven Navy ships triumphantly entered Sydney Harbour marking a significant stride in Australia's youthful history. With a sense of foreboding, within a year, these vessels were shipping young men to savage war fronts in Europe.To celebrate the centenary, seven Australian naval ships led by HMAS Sydney entered a glittering Sydney Harbour ....Continue Reading >>
Assisi Part One can be found here.While St Francis dominates the mood of Assisi, Roman history is strongly in evidence as well. Walking east from St Francis Basilica, Piazza del Comune was once the Roman forum with the superb colonnades of Temple of Minerva looking out onto the square. Some of the neighbouring shops have basements that you can sneak into to view remains of Roman buildings. Indeed, ....Continue Reading >>
Despite the crowds, the hilltop town of Assisi has a tranquil feel suited to its pious history. Except for electricity wires and the whir of cameras, it is easy to assume that you could stroll past the introspective brown-robed figure of St Francis shuffling the medieval cobbled laneways of Assisi. The Catholic pilgrimagetown includes a rich Roman history and fine medieval fortress making for a ....Continue Reading >>
Read Part One to start the tour of Regensburg Evidence of Roman occupation can be seen at Porta Praetoria which dates back to the second century. The Roman’s certainly built things to last! The Roman name, Castra Regina (Roman Fortress by the Regen River or Regensburg)  gives the city its name today.Today, the old town hall is a fine museum (tour only) including fine decorated rooms of state ....Continue Reading >>
The alluring smoky aroma of grilled sausages cooked over a wood fire wafts through the narrow cobbled streets of Regensburg. By the Danube, the tiny green brick and stone Historische Wurstküchl (literally historic sausage kitchen) has been in business for so long it served similar delectable sausages to the builders of Regensberg’s Stone Bridge (Steinerne Brücke) and cathedral over 850 years ....Continue Reading >>
Today the picturesque northern Italian town of Cividale del Fruili is an ideal place to meander among the narrow cobbled streets and wander the peaceful banks of the sparkling Natisone River. This relaxed ambiance masks a town rich in history and importance dating from settlement in Julius Caesar’s time (with evidence of earlier Celtic habitation) and a number of fascinating tales and mysteries ....Continue Reading >>
Written in shorthand Latin (after all writing material were expensive in those days) on vellum, the Magna Carta (Great Charter) is one of the world's most important legal documents influencing the constitutions of many countries (including Australia, Canada and USA). Initially issued in 1215 by King John, this version is from 1297 (under King Edward 1) and is one of only 17 existing copies of this ....Continue Reading >>
Bulging from the meandering Rhine, Lake Constance (Bodensee) is a scenic central European marine tri-border between Germany, Switzerland and Austria. With a shoreline littered with castles and churches and historic towns, the lake is rich in cultural pickings.More palatial than religious in appearance, Birnau Basilica stands majestically on an isolated headland overlooking the lake. Regally ....Continue Reading >>
Page 2 of 3212345Last »

Follow Travel Wonders

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.

Awards and Affiliations