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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 Stephanie BartupOne of the most exciting - and completely daunting - aspects of travelling is undoubtedly the ability to have that drop-everything attitude when you decide you want to move on.Last minute holiday plans can be made at the drop of a hat, and the world is your oyster once again.South East Asia is without doubt one of the best places a traveller can find themselves wondering ....Continue Reading >>
SZÉCHENYI CHAIN BRIDGE QUICK FACTS Location: Budapest, Hungary River: Danube Built: 1849 Length: 375 metres Main Span: 202 metres Style: Suspension BridgeBuilt immediately after the Hungarian Revolution, Budapest's elegant Széchenyi (Chain) Bridge arches gracefully connecting the left bank of Buda with its spectacular castle (Várhegy) and stunning hillsides to Pest and its gracious Parliament ....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 >>
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 >>
Visiting the hillside city of Perugia starts with a grand unforgettable entrance through the foundations of the original castle up a giant escalator emerging in the central area of the city. With sweeping views over the Umbrian town, the Gothic Palazzo dei Priori stands in its crenellated glory. With most of its history as the seat of municipal power, it housed the impressively titled Keepers of Ecclesiastical ....Continue Reading >>
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 >>
by Oliver HarperIndustry has been at the heart of the North West of England since time immemorial. Even in prehistoric times, local craftsmen were fashioning tools from the region’s rock and then, during the first half of the first millennium, the Romans mined the area for salt, copper, iron and lead. The biggest impact of industrialisation occurred during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries ....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 >>
by Katie BauerLet’s avoid the big crowds!  Why not veer off the main path towards lesser-frequented shores?  St. Thomas’ Magens Bay is quite beautiful, but that’s no secret – which means you’ll be sharing its views with thousands of cruise ship passengers.  Take advantage of a charter yacht captain’s deft maneuvering to work your way into the Virgin Islands’ smaller coves that ....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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