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 >>
PONTE VECCHIO QUICK FACTS Location: Florence, Italy River: Arno Built: circa 1345 Length: 84 metres Style: Segmental Arch BridgeOne of the most famous bridges in the world, Ponte Vecchio was initially lined with butchers shops but now houses overpriced shops such as jewellers, art dealers and trinket sellers to attract tourists. Its unusual backshops were added later but it has always ....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 >>
by Ginnie RichardsHolidays are always enjoyable, but even more so when you don’t have to worry about the money you’re spending. Whether you’re heading off to a romantic European city for a weekend, are jetting off to the Caribbean for a fortnight or are trekking in the Amazon, it’s worth spending some time planning your finances before you leave to make sure your trip is more enjoyable.Here, ....Continue Reading >>
In my home country of Australia, spring has arrived greeted by an outbreak of new growth and colourful flowers. Though trickier to find in the wild now, the spectacular New South Wales state floral emblem of the waratah is a welcome, iridescence red flower. ....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 >>
by Carly MorsonThere is no finer city in the world to spend the Christmas holidays in than New York where you’ll find a city which embraces the festivities like no other. Captured in iconic films such as Home Alone II and Miracle on 34th Street, New York manages to make everyone feel like a child again when it comes to Christmas. Even if it’s far away from home, there are many ways of sharing ....Continue Reading >>
Since Roman times, folks have been bathing and enjoying the uplifting mineral spa waters that flow from the Black Forest hills of Baden-Baden. The city has two superb Roman baths to choose from (Friedrichsbad and Caracella-Therme) but almost as relaxing is the elegant Trinkhalle (Pump Room) which houses an enticing cafe, offers free glasses of the magical mineral-rich waters and a superb long verandah ....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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