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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 >>
by Katie BelleRenowned as the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Paphos, in the south west of Cyprus, is a history lover’s dream. Having been inhabited 2,300 years, it’s no wonder the ancient city of Paphos was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO back in 1981 and that Paphos has now been named European Capital of Culture for 2017.But there’s no need to wait until 2017 to ....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 >>
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 >>
PONTE PIETRA QUICK FACTSLocation: Verona, Italy River: Adige Built: 100 BC Length: 120 metres Style: Arch (Brick) Verona's Ponte Pietra (Stone Bridge) is the first in a monthly series presenting iconic bridges around the world. Main bridges are typically centred around the culture of a city, often historically connecting different aspects of a city or town.Built by the Romans in 100 ....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 >>
by Rosa CroftSince its inception in 1945, UNESCO has contributed substantially to helping maintain and keep safe some of planet earth’s most important sights. Of course, there’s no denying the fact that they’re also incredibly useful in helping travellers pick out their next destination: if you choose to go to a sight that’s UNESCO-protected, you can be sure that you’re heading somewhere ....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 >>
With the announcements and sounds of an airport (the trips are called flights) and an informative commentary from the conductor (pilot?), it is only a seven minute journey on Canada’s longest and highest guided aerial tramway for superb vistas of Jasper. From the top station (or is that arrival lounge?), passengers are treated to panoramic views of Jasper’s numerous lakes, six mountain ranges, ....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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