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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
by Paul JacksonThinking of travelling to Italy this autumn but don’t know what to do or where to go for fun while you’re there? Italy is a truly wonderful country. It is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has many spectacular tourist attractions. As a result, there are literally hundreds of things you can do and places you can see in Italy. But we have managed ....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 >>
by Jonny BlairAs an avid fan of backpacking round the world to off the beaten track places, it's time for a post on China. China houses more people than any other country, but it's the landscapes and world heritage sites that do it for me. My recent adventures in China have taken me to 12 of the country's 29 provinces and I've picked out my top 5 off the wall World Heritage Sites for you to check ....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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