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Aug
16

Some of the world’s best places to see outside the USA are listed below.
First Australia is the global tourist’s favorite for its beautiful beaches, cosmopolitan cities, Great Barrier Reef, vast outback countryside, adventure sports and unique wildlife. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth are Australia’s largest cities, where most holiday makers arrive. In Australia, you can go scuba diving in the Indian or Pacific Oceans, watch cricket, play beach volleyball or go bungee jumping. Experience the wildlife of Australia like koalas and the ubiquitous kangaroo. On a trip to Australia you can learn about the native Aborigine people.

China is not be missed. Sights worth seeing are the historic palaces of the Forbidden City in Beijing, modern cities of Shanghai and Hong Kong, the sandy expanses of the Gobi Desert, the Terracotta Warriors of Xian and the Great Wall of China. Don’t miss the rare Giant Pandas in the forest, try delicious Chinese cuisine, and bargain for traditional Chinese silks, which were transported by camel caravan along the famous Silk Route from ancient India. Travel to Tibet, the rooftop of the world. [URL="http://www.etravelforum.com"]Travel Forum[/URL]

Thailand is one of the most visited tourist destinations in South Asia. Famous for its tropical beaches, pleasant climate, Buddhist pagodas, and friendly people, Thailand is a popular destination for honeymooners, surfers, and backpackers in search of an exotic holiday. The vibrant city of Bangkok, the beaches at Phuket, Pattaya and Ko Samui and the temples at Ayuthaya and Chiang Mai, are popular tourist destinations in Thailand. Thai Cuisine is another delicious attraction that draws tourists to this beach country.

Italy is famous for its art and architecture, its museums and historic cities, sunny Mediterranean climate and Italian food and wine. Italy has many attractions these include Vatican City; the Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, churches, museums, cafes and restaurants in Rome; the canals and Piazza San Marco in Venice; the Renaissance art and architecture of Florence and Naples; the historic cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum; the fashion capital of Milan, and the scenic Amalfi coastline. Rome is a destination with many attractions for lovers of art, culture and beauty.

Argentina is a beautiful country in South America, with graceful colonial buildings, the rolling pampas grasslands, pleasant climate and warm people. Attractions of Argentina include the cobbled streets, restaurants and café’s of Buenos Aires, the colonial architecture of Cordoba, the beaches at Mar del Plata, the expansive pampas grasslands and the stunning Iguazu Waterfall surrounded by tropical rainforest.

The spectacular scenery of New Zealand includes lovely beaches, thick forest, rolling hills, steep fiords, bubbling geysers and volcanic mountain peaks. New Zealand’s unique wildlife such as the Kiwi, the native Maori culture and the opportunities for adventure sports makes New Zealand one of the world’s best travel destinations.

Kenya is located in East Africa, at the base of the horn of Africa. Its capital is Nairobi. It is known as the birthplace of humanity, Kenya is famous for its magnificent wildlife sanctuaries, ancient Swahili culture, beaches and coral reefs. Amboseli, Masai Mara, Tsavo and Mt Kenya National Parks are worth seeing on your trip to Kenya. The busy city of Nairobi, the Rift Valley landscape and Lake Magadi are a must on your travel itinerary. http://www.etravelforum.com

Aug
15

It is very difficult to name the top ten cities that a person should visit because there are many beautiful cities to choose from and everyone’s tastes can vary. But here is my list:

1)Paris

2)London

3)Prague

4)Vienna

5)Florence

6)Venice

7)Rome

8)Rio de Janeiro

9)New York

10)San Francisco

Paris is a city of amazing architecture, culture and cuisine.

London is a city with outstanding museums and parks.

Prague offers beautiful churches, bridges and palaces.

Vienna can be called the music capital of the world.

Florence is a city of art and history.

Venice is a city of canals, beautiful churches and museums.

Rome is a city of incredible art and history and the gateway to the Vatican.

Rio de Janeiro is the city of the world’s most famous carnival.

New York is one of the financial capitals of the world and an international city.

San Francisco is a city with beautiful nature and excellent examples of modern architecture.

Aug
12

Top Ten Cities to Visit – Here is my list, and why! This is no particular order, and I’ll try to explain what’s amazing about each city.

1 – Sydney – The Weather, The Water, The City, The Culture, the Perfect Balance! I admit, I’m a little biased as this is my home town, but Sydney has a little bit of everything for anyone. Beaches, Bars, Music, Art, Food… You’re going to love it!

2 – Prague – A medieval city that still looks medieval! Prague has spent much of the last couple of centuries being occupied by various empires, and this mighty medieval city never got the chance to sacrifice it’s history for progress.

3 – San Francisco – History, Culture and THAT Bridge. I really loved how connected to it’s amazing history SanFran was, and how visible it all was. As for it’s recent history and place in the counter-culture, it’s got a cool vibe to soak up.

4 – Berlin – Progress and History! Berlin has gone the opposite way to Prague, because when the wall fell, development went wild, and there are some amazing new buildings flying up everywhere. Nazis, Soviets, Bismarck… being in the centre of Europe has meant that so much has revolved around this city.

5 – Paris – Crowning Jewel of Europe. Iconic of modern Europe, with it’s royal and revolutionary history, this funny old town seems to draw all the greatest human achievers into itself and honour and incorporate them into itself. Maybe you could call it a giant museum of humanity… Maybe I’m getting carried away.

6 – Venice – If you have an imagination, Venice is the city for you. Completely different to anywhere else in the world, this city could enthral and amaze me if I lived there for a decade.

7 – Edinburgh – Something about the Scottish capital keeps springing to my mind. It’s like a mini city, from the top of Edinburgh Castle you can see the city limits, and the city centre is so small, but just the right size to be intimate.

8 – New York – Sadly, this is one I have never been to [yet!] but so many artists, writers and musicians that I love have come from there, and they’ve conveyed a sense of the city to me, and I have an overpowering urge to see it.

9 – Tokyo – Technology Extreme! The lights, the gizmos, the isolation, something about the culture of the iconic asian mega-city really appeals to me…

10 – Constantinople – The History! This city was a hinge of Western civilisation for 1,000 years, and it’s all there. So many different cultures are represented here, it’s a city to just soak up!

Aug
10

Saving money is not hard to do while traveling in Europe. For my husband and I, the thing to do is to have your own car so we always rent one to travel. What you want is a mid-size or small car, depending on your needs, and it should be standard for it is better for saving gasoline, and I believe renting an automatic costs more also. Also, if you fly into Frankfurt, Germany the cost of a rental car drops by about 25-30% of what you would rent one for in France. Paris, France by the way, is only a five or six hour drive from Frankfurt by car.

Stay off the toll roads in France and Italy.

For sleeping accommodations, we almost always stay at a pension or gasthaus (bed and breakfast). They are always very nice and inexpensive, starting around 30-40 Euros a night double occupancy including breakfast. The breakfasts are always very good, consisting of a variety of meats, rolls, jams, cereal, fruit, and milk, coffee, and tea or juice(plus you can take an apple or banana with you for a snack). These places are always clean and the people are friendly. So there is your breakfast taken care of right there.

For lunch, we stop at a local grocery store and get salami, rolls, cheese, and juice, and when we are out traveling we find a place along the side of the road and eat. We carry a basket with our things in it and eat from the trunk of the car. We also carry two fold up stools, and the car usually has a let down from the back seat where you can put your meal. You see all kinds of activity, there are hardly any bugs to speak of, and the open air is very nice.

For your dinner meal there is always a restaurant in one of the larger towns to stop and eat at for a hot meal. Never anything expensive.

A lot of attractions are free in Europe: some museums, the open-air museums, castles, windmills. Very rarely is any money asked to view some of these things. There is so much history out in the open: castle ruins, old churches, beautiful villages, rivers, bridges, street markets, seasonal markets; we once came up on a tank trap from World War II when we stopped at a service station; we were in a cemetery once looking at the names and we got locked in and had to crawl over the fence; also a cemetery with a jewish area in it; all sorts of things to see without spending money.

To save money on hotels in cities like say Venice, stay out in a surrounding town or village, take the train in (we did and the train trip cost us about 6 Euros), spend the day and come back to your room later in the afternoon. Our room cost about 50 Euros there. And there was a nice restaurant at the hotel.

We visited a beautiful town north and west of Venice named Asolo. We walked all around, saw all sorts of historical and beautiful sites and we got to park close to everything and it did not cost a thing. Robert Browning lived in this village at one time. We had our lunch with us.

If you will be taking pictures and who wouldn’t, your digital camera is the one to take with you. You will need an adaptor, battery charger and extra batteries, but if you have some of these things already, it is the cheaper way to go. And if you are carrying your laptop with you anyway, you get to see what photos you have taken. Just think of the cost of film and developing. (However, my Minolta always comes with me, nothing can replace my Minolta for beautiful pictures).

Have fun saving money and enjoying yourself.

Aug
02

Cooking school tours in Italy and around the world have multiplied like zucchinis in a summer garden.

This article tells you how to sift through the overwhelming choice of Italian cooking tours and find the right one for you, so you experience a feast for your senses, heart, mind and soul, a trip of a lifetime and avoid disappointments.

A cooking holiday in Italy can add up to a big investment of time and money.

Maybe you’ve been dreaming for years about a cooking school tour in Italy. Maybe it’s a special trip to celebrate a 40th, 50, 60th birthday or a big anniversary with family and friends you love.

How to choose an Italian cooking school tour that gives you the joy and value you expect? How to protect your investment in your trip?

Ask yourself these 10 questions.

1. What is important to me in my Italian cooking tour?

List what’s important to you in your cooking tour. Read tour itineraries critically with the mind of a detective. If an itinerary seems vague, ask the tour operator detailed questions.

Here are some examples of what may be important to you and what to look for in tour itineraries.

A. Lots of cooking lessons? How many lessons are in the itinerary?

B. Lots of wine visits? How many winery visits and wine tastings are in the itinerary? Where do they take place? In wineries with the producer? In wine shops with a knowledgeable staff member?

C. Lots of stimulating food visits? What kind? Cheese and olive oil producers? Truffle hunting? Make sure the itinerary has visits that make YOUR mouth water.

D. Immersing yourself in Italian life? How many different local people do you meet and how many different towns or locations do you visit?

What kind of Italian cultural experiences delight you? Meeting an artist in his ceramic studio? Cooking in a family’s home and dining with the family? Are these events in your tour?

2. What is my budget?

Prices for a six day Italian cooking tour package vary from about $2000 to 5100 Cdn or $1900 to $4800 U.S. Four day tours go from about $1200 to 3400 Cdn or $1100 to $3200 U.S. at current exchange rates.

3. What kind of accommodation is best for me?

Some people are happy in simple, clean rooms in B & Bs with minimal decor because they’re hardly ever in the room. They prefer to put their money towards special food and wine experiences. Is this you?

Others want beautiful, four star hotels or country properties with magnificent views and rooms oozing with historical charm and designer decor. Is this you?

4. What kind of excursions do I want?

Is this your first time in this particular region so you prefer sightseeing? Are you a foodie hungering for gastronomic adventures or a wine lover thirsting for winery tours? If you’d like a bit of it all, how much sightseeing and how many food and wine visits do you want?

Often cheaper tours offer mostly sightseeing where you explore and shop in medieval towns and admire beautiful country panoramas.

More expensive tours give you exclusive gastronomic visits where you watch artisan producers making cheese or tour wineries with owners who tell you all you ever wanted to know about their wines and give you special tastings.

5. When do I want to travel in Italy?

Are you keen on the wine harvest? Food lovers swarm to Italy for the wine harvest in September and October when you have a large number of cooking tour choices so reserve early.

Is warm weather important? Generally in most parts of Italy, mid May to mid October are warm to hot. July and August in some parts of Italy may be too hot for you.

Would you like a quieter time when chefs and winery owners can give you more personal attention? You’ll find a good choice of cooking tours in May and June.

In steaming mid August most Italian businesses shut for annual summer holidays. Cities empty out. Masses flock to the mountains or beaches, leaving cities like Florence to the tourists. You’ll find less cooking school choice in August.

6. How many people in my cooking class?

Six or eight? You’ll get to prepare the whole lunch or dinner menu.

Ten or more? You’ll join the “eggplant” or “tiramisu” team and not learn how to make the other dishes. But the more the merrier! A larger class also may give you demonstration style, not hands-on lessons. Which do you prefer?

7. What level of cooking teacher and class do I need?

You can savour once in a lifetime experiences with great home cooks on their farms. If you’re a gourmet cook, you may prefer more professional level cooking lessons with restaurant chefs. Check cooking teachers’ qualifications.

Ask about class level. Most classes are geared to food loving tourists, ranging from gourmet cooks to rank beginners. If the thought of cooking with people who can’t separate eggs gives you nightmares, gather your own group of good cooks together for a private cooking tour or classes.

8. What kind of cooking lessons do I like?

Hands-on lessons where you put your hands in the flour, or demonstration style classes where you watch the chef’s expert moves and ask lots of questions?

Many demonstration classes tend to be large from 10 to even 20 people. Julia Childs reportedly had 40 disciples watching her in classes at the five star Hotel Cipriani in Venice and following her in a long line through the Rialto market.

9. Where do I eat on my cooking tour?

Do you want to eat in a variety of local restaurants, so you get a real flavour of different cooking styles and towns and countryside in Italy?

Or do you prefer quieter meals at your country villa or estate, where the chef feels like an Italian family member?

Less expensive cooking tours feature most meals at home, while more expensive ones take you to more restaurants.

10. What is included and not included in the price of my cooking tour?

Some tour itineraries don’t make it crystal clear what’s included. Some say “optional” excursions or lunch “on your own” which mean you pay extra. Some say “evening at leisure” which means free time and dining on your own.

11. Ask for references

If you want to feel reassured you’ve chosen the right Italian cooking tour, ask the tour operator for names of past tour clients and their e-mails. Contact them to find out first hand if the itinerary delivers on what you want to experience.

For many food and wine lovers, taking a cooking tour in Italy means a long time dream is coming true and represents a big investment of time and money.

Make sure your dream becomes a fabulous real experience. When you have a short list of tours that appeal to you, read the itineraries critically and ask yourself these 10 questions.

Buon viaggio! Buon appetito!

Aug
01

Most areas of travel have ‘hot spots’ that people tend to always migrate to. Try to stay away from the tourist areas and explore the less traveled areas. For example: My wife and I recently traveled to Venice and then Florence during what was considered medium season and it was just a sea of people and price gouging everywhere we went. There was a three block long queue of people just to get into the Accademia to see the statue of David in Florence.

We hopped a train and just went into the interior of Italy to little towns no-one had ever heard of and had so much fun, we didn’t want to go home. No lie! We thought the language might cause difficulties but that turned out to be half the fun and we wound up spending just as much money those first three days in Venice and Florence as we did the rest of the two weeks. Think about it.

Aug
01

Suzhou is one of the most beautiful cities of China. Its the motherland of silk and one of the oldest traditional forms of Chinese opera – Kunqu, listed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO).

The city is located in the south of the province of Jiangsu and enjoys mild climate and beautiful nature. Marco Polo called Suzhou, this city of canals and gardens 85 km west of Shanghai, the “eastern Venice”. One Chinese proverb even says “There is heaven in the sky, and Suzhou on earth”. Its gardens appeared 2500 years ago and are still the best place to come to and enjoy the world as it is seen by Chinese poets, artists and men of wisdom. But for this they have to arrive there in advance, before crowds of people deprive the gardens of their calm charm. The city had about 250 gardens during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Nowadays there are about a hudred of them left, and only a few are opened for visitors.

Far from a distance the city impresses with its magnificent walls and gates, its ancient pagoda produces a fantastic impression as well. In the old times Suzhou was renowned as “the land of fish and rice”, and this patriarchal appearance is still characteristic for the city. The hubbub and laugh produced by local people is a typical Chinese “song”. There are several attractions not to be missed while staying in Suzhou.

Blue Wave Pavilion (Canglang Ting) is the only garden part of which is not fenced. Moreover, this is the oldest garden in Suzhou. It is filled with the atmosphere of wilderness, decorated with stone hillocks, artificial mounds and bamboo groves. The name of the garden derives from the name of the pavilion built here in 1044.

Humble Administrator’s Garden (Zhuozheng Yuan) is one of the largest and the most beautiful Chinese gardens. Its a magnificent ensemble, with water as its focus: the areas next to its ponds are covered with ornaments of summerhouses and pavilions, the ponds themselves are covered with islets, which can be reached by refined bridges and narrow stone dykes.

Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) is dominated with a high rock, pavilions are rather big, and its main landmarks are the Yuanyang (mandarin duck) Hall and the luxurious Wufengxian Hall. The garden’s attractions are connected with a corridor 700 meters long. Hundreds of windows with patterned guards are overlooking the rocks, plants and water.

Master of the Nets Garden (Wang Shi Yuan) is Suzhou’s smallest garden. However, its small size is compensated with its elegant layout, which set a good example for other Chinese gardens. Names like the Hall of Captured Grace will help you get inspired with the atmosphere of calm contemplation which former owners created here. In summertime the garden is opened till late. It is illuminated with lanterns while musicians and dancers entertain visitors.

The nine-storied North Temple Pagoda (Beisi) was built in the end of the X century, then reconstructed several times. Visit the pagoda for unforgettable views over the city suburbs. Another city landmark – the leaning Yunyan Pagoda – can be found on the Tiger Hill (Huqiu). It is in fact taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Xuanmiao Guan, or the “Temple of Mystery” is thought to be one of the best local Taoist temples. Built in 276 AD, it was later demolished and rebuilt again.
And, finally, a spot not to be missed is the Suzhou Market street, covered with restaurants, shops,
stalls, theatres, snack bars, silk stores and confectioner’s.

Jul
21

The Russian Federation or simply Russia for short is a vast transcontinental country straddling the continents of Asia and Europe with Moscow as its capital city. With a massive territory covering 6,592,800 sq miles (17,075,400 sq km), Russia is the largest country in the world spanning across eleven time zones and covering more than one eighth of the world’s land area.

For a country so vast, Russia has a population of only about 142 million people as at 2007. The country’s history and culture went back a long way and because of this, although the Russian landscape is so beautiful and diverse, its main tourist attractions are its historical monuments and sites of majestic buildings, cathedrals, ancient cities and museums.

Nevertheless, nature loving tourist to Russia will always marvel at the largest freshwater lake in the world, stunning raging rivers and alpine forests teeming with fish and wildlife, majestic volcanoes, and towering mountains.

Herebelow are some of the more popular tourist attractions in Russia.

Moscow – Since Moscow is the capital of Russia, it is also the main gateway to the country and its provinces and tourist will usually start their sight-seeing tours here exploring Russia from this ancient city. Moscow itself is also home to several tourist attractions such as the Kremlin and the Red Square amongst many others.

Moscow is one of the biggest cities in the world and occupies an area of about 400 sq miles (1035 sq km) with a population of about 9 million people. This is not counting the more than three million tourists and visitors to the city yearly.

Moscow buildings are rather unique because its architectural style combines the features of Eastern as well as Western cultures and features. The Vysantium styles are mixed with architectural styles of Britain, Italy and other West-European countries.

A visit to some of Moscow’s 80 museums are indeed eye openers as these museums preserve invaluable treasures ranging from rich collections of Russian and foreign art and culture. The Kremlin, the symbol of Russian might and power stands proudly towering over the left bank of the Moskva river. It is the oldest part of the city and is its political, historic and cultural center and the seat of Russia’s legislative power. It is also the site of several museums.

Another tourist attraction in Moscow is the famous The Red Square which is the main square in Moscow and Russia not unlike what Tian An Men square is to China.

St. Petersburg – St Petersburg is another well known city in Russia popular with tourists because it is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe and affectionately called Venice of the North. St Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia after Moscow and has a population of about 5 million people. The city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and was the capital of the Russian Empire for about 2 centuries from 1712 to 1918. This historical city was the scene of the February and October revolutions in 1917 and was a besieged and fiercely defended city during the last world war.

St.Petersburg is an impressive display of remarkable architectures which can be seen from the cathedral of the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Summer Palace, the Winter Palace, the Smolny Convent, the Vorontsov and Strogonov palaces, the Kazan and St.Isaacs Cathedrals. It is also the soul of Russian fine arts in its rich world class music, ballet, and theatre performances.

If you are in St Petersburg, then you must not miss visiting The Hermitage Museum. This is one of the biggest museums in the world which was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764. Here is a treasure trove of famous works of luminary greats such as the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Velazques, Murillo, Rubens, Van Dyke, Hals, Poussin, Watteau, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, Michelangelo and Rodin, just to name a few.

Velikiy Novgorod – Velikiy Novgorod is located on the banks of the river Volkhov River which is about 120 miles (about 190 km) south of St.Petersburg. This amazing ancient city was founded more than 11 centuries ago and is a popular tourist attraction today.

Velikiy Novgorod suffered severe damage from German bombing runs in the Second World. The good news is that many of the historical monuments are now restored to its former splendor and glory.

Murmansk – The town of Murmansk is located in northwestern Russia and has a population of almost half a million people. This town is now an important fishing port and is home to one of the largest its fish-processing plant in Europe.

The best time to visit Murmansk is during the Festival of the North, which is celebrated in the last week of March with a ski marathon and reindeer races.

Sochi – After touring some of Russia’s city and towns, let’s take a look at Sochi, Russia’s favorite resort by the Black Sea with towering Caucasus Mountains serving as the beautiful resort’s backdrop.

What makes Sochi such a popular resort in Russia is because of its cool subtropical climate, warm blue sea and the modern resort complexes. This resort also attracts dignitaries like local and foreign head of states and movie stars as its guests.

To cater to the demands of tourists, you can find dozens of hotels and campsites with more than 50 sanatoriums. There are also natural beauties to enjoy such as picturesque waterfalls, wonderful hilltop views, mineral springs spas and alpine vistas to stroll in.

Vladivostok – This is also another important Russian town that is worth visiting. Vladivostok is an important seaport and administrative center of Primorsky Kray region, in southeastern Russia and is extremely rich in Russian military history.

The town was founded in 1860 and is now the chief educational and cultural centre of the Russian Far East. The city is famous for its performing art theatres and its philharmonic symphony orchestra.

Vladivostok is surrounded by the Ussuri Nature Reserve and the Far East Maritime Reserve. Nature lovers can find bumbling black and brown bears, Siberian boars, majestic Ussuri tigers, the rare Amur leopard and colorful migratory birds in these reserves.

The Trans-Siberian Railway – The best way for tourists to discover and tour the vast expanse of Russia is by The Trans-Siberian Railway. The rail trip on the train from Moscow to Nakhodka takes about eight fascinating days, passing through forests of birch and pine, quaint Russian villages and beautiful steppes.

The train will also rumble past Siberia’s Lake Baikal which is as big as Belgium and is home to the world’s only freshwater seal. Other tourist attractions along the journey are the multicultural town of Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude city which is Russia’s center of Buddhism.

Visiting Russia soon? Then do not missed out the tourist attactions featured in this article.

Jul
20

2008 has been the most challenging year of the recent decades in economy. Almost all the countries in the world witnessed economic crisis. Stock markets were tottering up and down. Most of the job outsourcings had to be stopped. Many had to face job loss and layoffs. The U. S. dollar was alarmingly decreasing in value. Money was tight and everywhere there had been depression and tension.

But still people wanted to relax. They sought for vacation destinations to forget their oppressing situations. Though with tight purses, they did visit places where they could breathe the breeze of solace provided by Mother Nature.

FLORIDA, THE BEST VACATION DESTINATION OF 2008

Though strangled by the economic crisis, Florida managed to be the best vacation destination of 2008. With various attractive schemes suitable to the stringent pockets, Florida maintained the flow of tourists throughout the year. Even after the devastation of two massive hurricane seasons, Florida regained the top spot in vacation destinations. With the myriad of attractive destinations available for vacations, both expensive and inexpensive, Florida has been commanding the top spot for travelers around the country.

FLORIDA, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF THE WORLD

Conjuring vivid mental pictures, the very word Florida’ brings before our eyes a whimsical paradise! Swaying palms, sandy beaches and piercing sunlight reflecting off the surface of the surrounding waters fill our mind and body with heavenly comfort.

We can envision the emerald green waters that caress the Gulf beaches at Pensacola. Or the sharks’ teeth sprinkled across the sand in beautiful Venice. Or imagine the colorful varieties of seashells blanketing the coast on the islands of Captiva and Sanibel. Or even the rolling waves lapping at the sugary shore of unforgettable Ponce Inlet.

No doubt, there can be no such beautiful spots elsewhere as Florida’s spectacular seascapes!

KEY ATTRACTIONS OF FLORIDA

Beauty blossoms everywhere in Florida. Besides natural beauty, Florida’s most notable man-made enticements also cannot be overlooked. Images of lush inland landscapes are just as plentiful in Florida. Some of the key attractions of Florida are given below.

1) SANDY BEACHES

Sun and fun can be found in abundance entertaining every heart that walks along the expansive coast. Florida boasts as a place of stunning extremes where the sun shines brighter, the water runs bluer and the sands feel softer. There is no wonder that Miami Beach, supposed to

Jul
18

Winter approaches but Italy has always had a summer atmosphere, something similar to Greece and Spain. That’s what the cultures in the Mediterranean area offer, defined basically in two words: sun & beach. On the other hand, as you might agree with me, possibly this is not the best season to think about sun and beach in Europe. In this case, I highly recommend Italy between their Mediterranean competitors, as I think its offer of culture with its ever-lasting cities is almost impossible to beat.

To begin with, an advice: Italians were never told how to drive. Somebody gave them a car as a birthday present and they have fun driving it. I hope daddy pays the repair shop fees. Seriously, if your plan is to take a ride on a rental car in the proximity of any big city, I would strongly discourage you from going ahead, unless you want to make use of your car insurance payment.

When you take the car away from them, they can be extremely nice people, open mind, and always ready to meet new people and have fun. Girls should be aware that nobody can flirt better than an Italian, so take care if you left your boyfriend/husband back at home, as they will really don’t care. They love to share! And talking about the things they share, what about some of the most important buildings that have made this country famous for?

Of course if you travel from Europe maybe you will begin at another place, but if you come from the outside, I would start the route in Rome. Rome is such a chaos of city that everybody asks themselves how those old buildings are still standing up. And that is true, highly trained hands and minds built those ancient structures that look to the sky, to eternity. Vatican City is a must see and the thousand of churches you will find when walking on the narrow streets of the old town will impress you, specially because you will find them all different from each other, being an entity by themselves, no pure repetitive work.

When lunch time arrives, tourist targeted actors will appear on the scene, promoting there terribly good slices of pizza in restaurants where you will be charged for using the fork, for the water they need to use to clean the dishes and possibly a thousand details more that will make your bill look astronomic. Keep away from those guys or you will spend all your budget with them. And remember that pizza in Italy is good everywhere, if Mr. Scaramucci does not cook it for you, Mr. Caballo will do. Simply, they do it good, it’s their life, so don’t try to eat the best pizza in the world.

Finishing your stay in Rome, I would emphasize in visiting Florence, specially to look at the cathedral and, if you can and your knees allow you, go upstairs to the very top of the building. The sights are really promising.

Another visit you can’t avoid is to the famous town of Pisa. And famous not because of it’s size, but for the tower that receives this name, that one day or another will finally smash a tourist when falling down. The degrees of inclination are going higher, so take the opportunity to visit it now that it is still there standing. Possibly Italians have the situation controlled but… oh, you really never know, they are Italians.

After this visit to the falling tower, I think you simply can’t avoid visiting Venice. Romantic destination together with Paris, Venice can be very tough to live in during the year, but I must admit it has a very strong appeal to tourists to get a “gondola” and surf the the “canale” at night-time. Hotels in the city can be very expensive, so my recommendation is to book one in Mestre, just at the outskirts of Venice, where you only need to take a 3 minutes ride to the city of water.

Finally, if time allows you, and also as it has a good intercontinental airport, finishing your trip in Milan to see the Cathedral could be a nice final strike to this Italian trip.

Sincerely, I hope you enjoy this trip as much as I have enjoyed my trips to Italy. Just remember to take care with Italians. They are not dangerous, but persuasive and good at drama.