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Continuing from Part One - Verona: Beyond Romeo and JulietFrom Verona's elegant castle, head back through Porta Borsari (maybe the best of the surviving Roman gates) towards Piazza Signori. Nearby, a tiny laneway is packed with people all crowding around number 23 – Juliet’s house (Casa di Giuletta). Lovestruck folks note their names onto the house’s walls (fastened by bluetack or gum) and ....Continue Reading >>
Sandwiched between the overwhelmingly popular Venice and Lake Garda, Verona is remarkably missed by many visitors to Italy. Best known as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona has much to offer beyond a playwright’s account of the Capulet’s and Montague’s tragic love-story.While little of the Romeo and Juliet story actually took place and Shakespeare never wandered ....Continue Reading >>
Shaped like a teardrop, the hilltop town of Vézelay has received hordes of visitors for nearly a thousand years. Even today, backpack-laden pilgrims (often carrying a scallop shell), package tourists and curious visitors crawl the steep cobbled spine of Vézelay to enjoy the UNESCO Heritage-listed architectural wonder of Saint Mary Magdalene Basilica (or Vézelay Benedictine Abbey). As it ....Continue Reading >>
Named after a heroic British nurse who aided prisoners-of-war escape Belgium, the craggy beauty of Mt Edith Cavell (3,363 metres) stands proudly overlooking Jasper. Sadly a German spy tricked her into assisting him where Cavell was promptly arrested and sentenced to death for treason.Today a bumpy, precarious 14 kilometre road leads from the main highway and around 45 minutes later ....Continue Reading >>
The delightful arrow shaped town of Jasper is surrounded by glacial lakes. A meandering road through the rolling hills leads to two of the prettiest – Patricia and Pyramid Lakes. With a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, surrounded by thickets of Douglas fir and with crystal clear waters, today the two lakes make for idyllic picnic locations with panoramic vistas but during World War II, ....Continue Reading >>
Wandering the northern climes of Canada, visitors may be greeted by mysterious stone figures or inukshuk. Recently a symbol of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games (2010) and used by the Inuit people for many hundreds of years, many temporary ones are seen around scenic areas as an acknowledgement of the beauty of nature. Each inukshuk feels like it has its own character with the shape, colour and style ....Continue Reading >>
Two hundred years ago a small troop of men led by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth stood joyously surveying this scene of wide open plains from Mount York, west of Sydney, having found a passage through the Blue Mountains. This land ensured the survival of the fledging Australian colony with excellent farmlands and forests.Several had tried before but several key elements to their approach saw success. ....Continue Reading >>
A video portraying a string of reactions of international travel journalists to Australia’s Red Centre prompted me to relive my journey there late last year. Evocative images of the spiritual Uluru (Ayers Rock), wondrous rock formations, crimson red sunsets, remote sparse wilderness and cultural indigenous history dating back to the dawn of mankind quickly leapt to mind. Yet the vast majority of ....Continue Reading >>
On the northern coastline of France, the Alabaster Coast, chalky pockmarked and crevices cliffs (falaises), sweeping crescent beaches and an iridescent ocean have inspired great French writers and painters for centuries. Visitors walk the chalky cliffs to discover three yawning arches– natural bridges to the sea. With centuries of erosion, enamel white columns of rock elegantly lean into ....Continue Reading >>
Seeking clear days to visit mountains can be one of the most frustrating travel experiences. Souvenir shops are lined with alluring photographs and postcards of the mountain in all its glory yet annoying clouds cover the peak on your visit.Just west of Jasper National Park, Mount Robson towers almost 4,000 metres, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Peering across a grassy meadow ....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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