Tips and Photos from The Palatine in Rome

The Palatine (Hill), along with the Roman Forum and the Colosseum is one of the top sites in Rome. Imperial palaces have been built on this spot, since Augustus built one back in 27BC. So much so, that this is where the word Palace originates from. Partial ruins of Augustus, Tiberius and Domitians’ palaces can […]

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Carp Fishing Lake Bled Slovenia

A walk around Lake Bled in north-west Slovenia, offers breathtaking scenery of Mount Triglav and Bled Island with it’s romantic church of the Assumption of Mary. We both like exploring on foot and with a couple of hours up our sleeve, the 6.7km easy track made an offer too good to refuse. Here is an […]

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Charming Ljubljana with her River and Bridges

Ljubljana, Slovenia, is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, but what it lacks in size, is made up for by an abundance of Charm. Stately baroque buildings, an ancient hilltop Castle, leafy green Tivoli City Park and gorgeous spring weather provide a winning combination. Charming is a word that describes an awful lot […]

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Peaceful arcades at Mirogoj Cemetery Zagreb

One of the most beautiful final resting places in Europe is situated in the leafy foothills of Mount Medvednica in the Croatian captial of Zagreb. Mirogoj Cemetery. Commenced in 1879 by architect Herman Bollé, the walls, arcades, pavilions and morgue took half a century to complete. The powerful brick wall of the Cemetery, topped by […]

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Stumers Creek Dog Friendly Beach at Coolum Australia

There are more than 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia with 39% of households owning one. Aussies love their beach-time and want to share it with their four legged friends. Just walking the dog for half an hour daily is said to improve fitness, lower blood pressure, build stronger muscles/bones, lower stress levels and give […]

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Trapani in Photos

Being closer to Africa than the Italian mainland, the Sicilian fishing port of Trapani is an interesting place to walk around and photograph. Although it seems to be off the beaten path, Trapani is actually well connected by bus and train to the capital of Palermo, by air (Ryan Air and others) to the rest […]

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Palermo or Ziz

The Phoenicians founded Palermo back in 734BC naming it Flower, aka Ziz. It seems fair that Modern Day Palermo, known for it’s onerous traffic, glorious art, still active Mafia and challenging piles of garbage should own such a name. Marty, a firm believer in visiting Capital Cities, says you can’t gauge a country without visiting theirs. […]

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Escape to Cefalu

When the streets of Sicily’s Capital, Palermo, get a little too hot and gritty, it’s time to escape to Cefalu for some cool seaside relaxation. It’s true that in Summer you’ll be far from alone in your admiration of Cefalu’s long beach and cute streets, but at other times of year it has a more […]

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Lan Ha Bay Vietnam rival for Halong Bay

Cat Bay Island in Vietnam is a stepping off point to beautiful Lan Ha Bay. Karst islands litter Lan Ha Bay, like stepping stones in a giant playground meant for outdoor pursuits like climbing and kayaking. The quieter, more pristine waters of Lan Ha, rival and many say surpass, those of the descending dragon or Halong […]

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What to see and do in Vietnam plus Itinerary

Vietnam is an exciting country to visit. The people are friendly and inquisitive (especially in the south) the food is packed with flavour and there are some beautiful natural sights to be found. Food is very affordable, even in restaurants and decent accommodation is cheap. Although it can be said that travelling independently in Vietnam […]

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