30 July 2011

Roman Colosseum - A guided tour through a Roman wonder of the world!

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Opening in A.D. 80, the Roman Colosseum has been standing for nearly 2,000 years – a testament to the tenacity and engineering prowess of the denizens of ancient Rome. This must-see on everyone’s Rome itinerary captures the imagination and one can’t help but be awe-struck by its sheer size, not to mention the fact that it’s been standing here for two millenniums! Are you ready to journey back to the age of the gladiator, back to be among the 80,000 spectators who attended any number of the public events to watch gladiators battle to the death, to witness public executions or to seek the thrill of the hunt? Come along on this guided tour of the Roman Colosseum.

24 July 2011

Discovering the Hidden Treasures of Rome, Italy

San Giovanni de Laterano or Saint John's in Lateran, Rome, Italy.  
On my last journey through Rome, I was determined not only to revisit the most celebrated sights like the Vatican, Colosseum, Roman Forum, etc., but also discover hidden treasures throughout the eternal city that I have read about, and that most visitors overlook because they’re off the beaten path. So, I embarked on a research mission to uncover some of these sights of historic and religious significance and plotted them on my Roman crusade to explore these often overlooked and forgotten places.  Despite the fact that my camera batteries died during this journey which is the reason for three borrowed and credited images below, I had a fascinating time nonetheless.  I invite you to come along on this journey through Rome and I hope you too, discover something new and wondrous for your next trip.

10 July 2011

Ponte Vecchio – One of Florence, Italy's Greatest Treasures

Completed in 1345, the Ponte Vecchio or "Old Bridge" is truly one of Florence's greatest treasures.  Not only is it one of the most visited places in Florence because of its treasure of gold and silver merchants, it's the only medieval bridge to survive WWII because of its historical significance.  Once home to butchers, tanners and blacksmiths who used the river as their waste disposal and were later evicted in 1593,  the bridge welcomed gold and silver smiths who continue to live and operate quaint little shops along this "treasured" landmark.

02 July 2011

The Magnificent Loire Valley Chateaux Enchant All Who Visit on This Full-day Tour from Paris!

The Magnificent Chateau de Chambord. 
Ready to embark with me on an unforgettable journey to the enchanted chateaux of the Loire Valley in France? Located in eastern-central France along the banks of the River Loire, this "Garden of France" comprises an area of roughly 300 square miles and is renowned for its magnificent fairy tale castles, French-provincial villages, impeccable gardens, abundance of vineyards, and of course, some of the most scenic landscapes in all of France. After I spent day touring this alluring French countryside dotted with more than 1,000 of these majestic fortresses, wanderlust surged and now I am determined to visit every one of them in my lifetime! To stand in the shadows of these imposing chateaux is quite humbling and awe-inspiring – imagine castles dating back to Classical, Renaissance and even medieval times having survived hundreds of years preserving intact their magnificent architecture. But it’s not only the castles, for surrounding them are the most exquisitely manicured gardens and scenic vistas adding even more elegance to the splendor of the Loire canvas. If you’re planning a holiday to France, make sure you spend a day or two or perhaps three roaming through the glorious Loire Valley!

"These wonderful estates all conjure up in our minds glamorous visions of fleeting glory and remind us how short-lived man's good fortune can be.  Yet they have triumphed over the perpetual flow of life and constitute today a prestigious legacy." Baron Armel de Wismes