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Aug
11

What is a Cuttlefish?

My wife and I returned from our two week trip to Italy not too long ago. We had an amazing time. We visited Rome, Tuscany, Florence and Venice. The art was stunning, as I stood in awe before a Michelangelo sculpture and asked myself how he could create such life and movement out of marble. The views from the Tuscan hill towns of the vineyards and rolling hills were amazing. And then there was the food. The freshest mozzarella, perfectly ripe, red tomatoes, and gelato in every flavor including grapefruit, pistachio and stracciatella (chocolate chip). And then there was the cuttlefish.

One evening in Venice, I felt like a change of pace from pasta and I wanted fish. I saw an item on the menu listed as cuttlefish. So I said to the waitress, whose English was not very good: “What is cuttlefish?” She said: “It’s cuttlefish.” And I said: “What is cuttlefish?” And she said: “It’s just cuttlefish.” Not getting anywhere, I decided to be adventurous and I went ahead and ordered it. A few minutes later a plate arrived with many black pieces of squid on it.

Now this was a big problem because I follow the Jewish dietary rule which prohibits eating shellfish of any kind. I tried to explain to the waitress that I am Jewish and do not eat shellfish. She had no idea what I was talking about. So I sent it back, ordered the sea bass, which was terrific, and I ended up paying for two meals.

What did I learn from my culinary adventure in Venice? I realized that not everything labeled as a fish has fins and scales. But I also learned another lesson about mishaps and mistakes. When I think back on our Italy trip, I will remember the times when everything went well. But I will also think of my cuttlefish story and others stories that I do not have time to share, like how we got lost in Tuscany and almost had to sleep in the car.

I suspect that we all have these kind of travel stories. Times when we reserved the dirtiest hotel room ever that looked great on the internet. Or when the rental car broke down in the middle of nowhere. At the time, we might say to ourselves: This is terrible, what a disaster. But then something funny happens. We get back from the trip. We look at each other and we smile and laugh about the problem. And we tell the story for years to come.

So I asked myself: Why is it that the best travel stories are not about the perfect view or the amazing piece of art, but the time when you

Aug
08

The sleeping city in Italy is called Venice.

It is divided into six zones namely San Marco, San Polo, Cannaregio, Dorsoduro, Castello and Santa Croce. The zones do not really have strict divisions, but they are characterized in different ways. San Marco has the Basilica and Piazza. San Polo is a down to earth area where the locals live and hang out. Cannaregio is home to the historic. Dursoduro contains students and the cities university. Castello has the beautiful Giardini and the Venice Arts Festival. Santa Croce is next to the station.

Venice is the only European city and one of the few in the world to have its public transport located entirely on the water. Run by Actv Company, the timetable constantly changes, depending on the tide. The main waterway in Venice is shaped like an S. This means that if you want to travel from San Marco to Rialto by boat, it will take you twice as long as it would to walk. The Grand Canal has only three bridges, but at certain points along the canal you can hire a gondola to cross the stretch of water; this often saves a great deal of time.

If you prefer taxis, the water cabs have very different charges to the more generally found land taxi. You should always tell the driver your destination and find out the price before stepping aboard. Gondolas are also subject to additional charges. They will charge you for an hour even if your trip only lasts fifty minutes.

When you compare Venice to other major cities of the world it is rather quiet. There are several reasons for this. The first is the high average age of its citizens probably the highest in Italy. The second is the relative difficulty there is to get around. This is not a place for cars and other private means of transport and a boat ride is not really ideal for an evening out. Finally, there is a lack of space in Venice, so everything is very cramped.

By nature Venetians enjoy entertaining friends in the privacy of their own homes. As a consequence, there are very few restaurants which stay open until late. Campo Santa Margherita in the summer is an exception to this rule. The presence of hundreds of students on their summer holidays transforms the square into a pleasure pavilion, with restaurants, live music and extemporaneous art exhibitions.

In comparison with other Italian cities hospitality in Venice doesnt come cheap, this may be due to the romantic environment.

Jul
22

History of Venice says that Venice was founded on April 25 in 421 AD. It was the village of Torcello and not Venice that was very important during that time as it was the refugee ground for many people who fled from the barbarian invasions. Slowly Venice was built on a number of islands of a lagoon. They were connected by bridges.

 

According to the ancient history of Venice, the government formed was known as Doge government with the first doge being Orso Ipato in 726 AD. Commercialization began after 1000 AD when it was successful in defeating the pirates of the Adriatic Sea. It took part in the Crusades for a free Jerusalem.

 

The historical journey from Venice to China of the Venetian merchant Marco Polo took place during the Middle Ages (1271-95 AD). Venice was successful in gaining the position of a leader among the four sea powers of the Mediterranean Sea in 1348 AD. It conquered the island of Cyprus in 1489 AD.

 

Ghetto was founded for the first time in Venice in 1516 AD. In 1630 AD, Venice was attacked by a great plague. In 1790 AD, the Teatro La Fenice was founded and after 7 years in 1797 AD, the Venetian Republic called Repubblica Serenissima di Venezia got defeated in the hands of Napoleon.

 

With its defeat, Venice was incorporated into the Hapsburg Empire of Austria. A state of decline started after that as several palaces and buildings went into despair. In 1848 AD, the Venetians attempted to get Venice free from the Hapsburg Empire. Ultimately, in 1866 AD, Venice became a part of Italy.

 

The Second World War could not damage the city of Venice but a flood occurred in 1966 and made a heavy damage to the city. Today, it is one of the major tourist places of the world with well developed transport system like buses, water buses, car hire Venice service, etc.

 

Jul
14

We board our train in Milan on Tuesday afternoon at 1:55 pm (Italian time means that it was more like 2:20 pm) on our way to Venice on a clear bright September day. We entered the first class car from the rear. Be sure to purchase the reasonably priced upgrade to first class in the station before you board, it is well worth it.

Our trip to Venice is comfortable as we chat with a couple from Argentina (it’s their 10th anniversary) and a young man from Padua on his way home (it’s about 2 thirds the way to Venice). There is this almost surreal feeling as we glide across the Adriatic to the station in Venice. We gaze across the sea and the city is a vision, it appears to float with grace in a timeless fashion. There is the feeling that you’ve been here before as you leave the station and cross the piazza (plaza or square) toward the Grand Canal. We booked our hotel in Venice at www.skoosh.com and were pleased with the rates and availability.


Our hotel is 5 bridges “that way” as the man in the sandwich shop instructed us. The room is rather small but very well furnished and comfortable. You can take the boat taxi, waterbus or walk as there are no other means of transportation in Venice. At one time the gondola was the main transport but now it is more of a tourist attraction. We opt to walk and we’re on another adventure. As you walk through the cobblestone avenues (or alleys as the only passages in Venice are alleys and canals) you are reminded that Marco Polo and Giacomo Casanova walked these same paths. We dine at a small restaurant along the way to Piazza San Marcos. Dinner normally is around 20 to 25 EUROS for 2 with wine and spaghetti in the small but very quaint restaurants that are plentiful throughout Venice. The best way to see Venice (if you have the time) is on foot. As you wander the 118 islands that make up this wonderful city you will meet the inhabitants and shop in the little shops that are everywhere. Getting lost is part of the fun as you wind up in places that you never would have found on a tour. On one of our adventures we found ourselves in an open area near an academy of music and standing in the center we could hear someone in an upper room playing a violin, another singing opera and in another room ground level the piano was serenading us. We stood there for 20 minutes eating our favorite Italian treat Gelato!

Jul
13

Rajasthan – the land of kings – is the largest state of India. It has global distinction for its wealth of tourism and rich culture and tradition. The state is rich in its culture and tradition. People are generous and ready to help guests. Colorful costumes of people delights tourists. Exotic cuisine smacks your lips. Fairs and festivals of the state give you a cultural insight. Forts and palaces enchant visitors with their unique and superb architecture.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks provide you delightful, trilling and sensational experience of Rajasthan Tour. Camel safari provides you wonderful opportunity to see the charisma of rippling sand dunes. At sand dunes you can watch one of the world’s best sun set views. Heritage and palace hotels provide your royal and luxurious experience. In fact, entire Rajasthan and each and every destinations of the state are worth visiting, worth exploring and worth praising.

There are several destinations in Rajasthan known for their delightful charm. Below is information about top seven destinations of the state. Surly exploring these destinations will be delightful experience of Rajasthan tours India.

1. Jaipur – the Pink City
Popularly described as the Pink City of India, Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan. It is one of the worth visiting destinations of the state. It is 260 km away from national capital Delhi and 240 km away from Agra – the home of India’s star attraction Taj Mahal. Delhi Jaipur and Agra tours form one of the most tours of India, known asGolden Triangle Tour. The major attractions of the city are City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Birla Temple, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Gaitore, Statue Circle, and Colorful & Bustling Bazaars laden with exquisite handicrafts. Jaipur is one of the well planned cities of India and presents unique synthesis of culture, tradition and modernization.

2. Udaipur – the White City
Udaipur is one of the most beautiful cities of the state. It is popularly described as several nicknames like “the City of Lakes”, “the City of Palaces”, “the City of Sunrise”, and “the Venice of the East”. It is one of the most visited and preferred travel destinations of the state. Major attractions of the city are City Palace Complex, Lake Palace now a world famous Heritage Hotel, Pichola Lake, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Jag Mandir, Nehru Park, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, Fateh Prakash Palace, Sajjan Garh Palace with excellent views of surrounding hills, lakes, and snow-white palaces, Gulab Bagh, etc. Lake Palace is one of the most popular attractions of city. It is situated on Jag Niwas Island in the middle of picturesque Pichola Lake. It is finest example of architectural and cultural explosion. Udaipur is considered as one of the most romantic cities in the world.

3. Jodhpur – the Blue City
Popularly described as the Blue City of India, Jodhpur is one of the most preferred travel destinations of the state. It is also described as the Sun City because it enjoys sunny weather all year around. Dotted with magnificent monuments, terrific temples, royal cenotaphs and ruins the Blue City of Jodhpur offers you the ultimate experience of royal Rajasthan tour. The major attractions of Jodhpur city are the mammoth Mehrangarh Fort, the elegant Umaid Bhawan Palace & Museum, the royal cenotaph of Jaswant Thada, etc. There are several beautiful palaces inside the Mehrangarh Fort complex like Phool Mahal (the Palace of Flowers), Sheesh Mahal (the Palace of Mirrors), Moti Mahal (the Palace of Pearls), Daulat Khana, and Sileh Khana. Truly Jodhpur is worth visiting, worth exploring and delightful tour experience.

4. Jaisalmer – the Golden City
Popularly described as the Golden City of India, Jaisalmer has several fascinating and enchanting attractions to offer its visitors from all over the world. The city provides wonderful opportunity to see magnificent forts, stunning havelis, ancient Jain temples, and rippling sand dunes. The city also provides delightful experience of camel rides to the nearby villages and rippling sand dunes. The prime attractions of the city are Sonar Kila (also known as Jaisalmer Fort and Golden Fort), Desert National Park, Havelis, Jain Temples inside the Fort Complex, and Sam Sand Dunes. Truly a must visit destination of the state.

5. Ajmer – A Sacred Medieval Town
Ajmer is holy place famous among both Hindus and Muslims. It is one of the most important Muslim pilgrimage centers in India. The prime attractions of the town are Dargarh Sharif, Adhai-Din-Ka-Johpra, Nasiyan Jain Temple, Ana Sagar Lake, Taragarh Fort, Government Museum, etc. Dargarh Sharif is the most popular attraction of the city. It is predominately a Muslim pilgrimage destination but it is revered by people of both faiths – Muslim and Hindus.

6. Pushkar – the Sacred City
Pushkar is a small but beautiful city of Rajasthan. It is one of the most scared cities of India. The city is so sacred that no meats, eggs, and alcohols are allowed within the city. It is home to Lord Brahma Temple, the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. Other major attractions of the city are Pushkar Lake, Savitri Temple, Varah Temple, Mahadeo Temple, Ramvaikunth Temple, Holy Ghats, etc. Pushkar is also globally known for annual Pushkar Fair & Festival. Exploring the attractions of Pushkar is truly a spiritual experience.

7. Mount Abu – the Only Hill Station of Rajasthan
Mount Abu is the only hill station of the state. It is known for cool and delightful ambiance. Nature has blessed this city uniquely. Beautiful landscapes delight you. Due to pleasant whether and beautiful landscapes the city is very popular among honeymoon couples. Besides exceptional nature beauty the city is also famous for ancient Hindu and Jain Temples. The prime attractions of Mount Abu are Dilwara Jain Temple, scenic Nakki Lake, Adhar Devi Temple dedicated to goddess Durga, Sunset Point, Honeymooner Point, Guru Shikhar offering panoramic views of hills, and Mount Abu Wild Sanctuary rich in its flora and fauna. Truly a must visit destination of Rajasthan.
There are several tours packages in Rajasthan available to explore these prime destinations of the state. Some of travel agents or tour operators also provide car rental services that make enable you to explore these destinations in more and more convenient ways. Well get ready to experience the ultimate charm of Rajasthan tourism by exploring above mentioned prime travel destinations of the state.

Jul
07

Cyprus holidays are the best holidays in the world. Then again I am bound to say that because we (Julie and myself) have fallen in love with this beautiful Mediterranean Island. Every since our first holiday there in 1996 we have been well and truly hooked on Cyprus holidays. So much in fact that we have bought a Cyprus holiday home of our own which we share with our family and friends. I could wax lyrical for hours (and probably will) about the virtues of Cyprus holidays.

Situated close to Turkey and Egypt Cyprus has a beautiful climate boasting over 320 days of sunshine every year. The beautiful clear blue Mediterranean Ocean stays warm right through till the end of November and the short Cyprus winter only last from around the end of December until around the end of March. That’s when it rains and boy does it rain! The Cyprus landscape is dry and barren for 10 months of the year then wham! all the rain in one go so to to speak. The reservoirs get topped up and the ground soaks up all that life giving water. When it rains in Cyprus you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in Venice. The roads become rivers and vast tracts of low laying land become lakes.

But hey! we don’t take our Cyprus holidays for the rain we take them for all that glorious Mediterranean sunshine and there is always plenty of that from March right up to the end of November. Even in December you can go for walks on the beach in shorts and tee shirt although the evenings are cooler. Like I said the sea stays warm well into the year and in fact bathing in the sea is probably warmer in October than swimming in the pools. The reason for this is that the sun heats the sea throughout the long hot summer and it takes a long time to cool down again.

There are some fantastic holiday resorts in Cyprus and they are all easily accessible from one of the Islands airports at either Paphos or Larnaca. There is a modern coastal motorway linking all the main resorts and towns so getting around is a cinch. The Cypriots drive on the left same as the U.K. which is a throwback to the days of British rule that ended in the 1960s. The road signs too are in both Greek and English another legacy of the English occupation of the Island. In fact some people love Cyprus so much that they retire there. They say that Cyprus is like England with the sun but without the rip off taxes.

I won’t go on about the cheap cost of living in Cyprus apart from saying that it makes me question what the British government is actually spending all my taxes on. With so much to do and see in Cyprus you will be coming back year after year (like we do) to get round to seeing everything. You will never tire of this beautiful Mediterranean paradise with it’s friendly people and warm sunny climate. Who knows you may even come to love the place as much as we do and buy yourself a beautiful Cyprus holiday villa or apartment.

Jul
05

The winding waterways of London offer a wealth of attractions and sights worth seeing. Whether you want to walk, cycle or sail, be sure to stop off at one of the riverside cafes where you can top off a day out in England with cream teas and satisfying views.

Open air venues on the waterside offer a great range of alfresco dining options; from simple cafes to bars, brassieres and terraces such as those found in the Oxo Tower where the eighth floor location affords great views across the city. If enjoying a leisurely drink by the riverside sounds good then how about sipping summertime refreshments on the river? Tattershall Castle is a pub-cum-boat where drinks can be enjoyed on deck whilst overlooking the South Bank and the landmark London Eye.

For those feeling more active a selection of riverside leisure and sports are available. To the Northwest of the city on the Welsh Harp Reservoir you can find one of London’s largest sailing clubs where both sailing and windsurfing are popular choices. If spectatorship sounds more like your idea of fun, the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat race may be of interest. A tradition which was born in 1829 the race is now a major international sporting occasion which draws millions of viewers from around the world with around 250,000 spectators gathering on the banks of the Thames to witness the action.

If walking is the way you want to get around you will feel spoiled-for-choice when considering the many canal and river paths on offer. Heading west along the towpath brings you to the mooring of Cumberland Basin. A short stretch further will have you at Regents Park which you can walk through to get to Little Venice, an area scattered with waterside cafes, bars and a floating art gallery which are nestled amongst the colourful moored narrow boats.

Cycling is another popular choice with Londoners and tourists alike, offering a quick and easy way of getting around. The well known Wandle Trail is a tranquil 20 kilometre route which follows the path of the Wandle River and is an active and fun way to spend your day.

Whether you choose to walk or cycle you shouldn’t miss the historic waterway of the Grand Union Canal which finally leaves the River Thames at Brentford, headed toward the Chiltern Hills and finally destined for Birmingham, constituting the longest single canal in Britain.

Cruising down the river is a tempting attraction, where you can opt for a straightforward boat trip or you can combine fine dining with river views and go on a lunch or dinner cruise.

You also have plenty of choice when looking for hotels in London and if you’re lucky you might even find one on the waterside!

Jun
30

Cyprus holidays are the best holidays in the world. Then again I am bound to say that because we (Julie and myself) have fallen in love with this beautiful Mediterranean Island. Every since our first holiday there in 1996 we have been well and truly hooked on Cyprus holidays. So much in fact that we have bought a Cyprus holiday home of our own which we share with our family and friends. I could wax lyrical for hours (and probably will) about the virtues of Cyprus holidays.

Situated close to Turkey and Egypt Cyprus has a beautiful climate boasting over 320 days of sunshine every year. The beautiful clear blue Mediterranean Ocean stays warm right through till the end of November and the short Cyprus winter only last from around the end of December until around the end of March. That’s when it rains and boy does it rain! The Cyprus landscape is dry and barren for 10 months of the year then wham! all the rain in one go so to to speak. The reservoirs get topped up and the ground soaks up all that life giving water. When it rains in Cyprus you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in Venice. The roads become rivers and vast tracts of low laying land become lakes.

But hey! we don’t take our Cyprus holidays for the rain we take them for all that glorious Mediterranean sunshine and there is always plenty of that from March right up to the end of November. Even in December you can go for walks on the beach in shorts and tee shirt although the evenings are cooler. Like I said the sea stays warm well into the year and in fact bathing in the sea is probably warmer in October than swimming in the pools. The reason for this is that the sun heats the sea throughout the long hot summer and it takes a long time to cool down again.

There are some fantastic holiday resorts in Cyprus and they are all easily accessible from one of the Islands airports at either Paphos or Larnaca. There is a modern coastal motorway linking all the main resorts and towns so getting around is a cinch. The Cypriots drive on the left same as the U.K. which is a throwback to the days of British rule that ended in the 1960s. The road signs too are in both Greek and English another legacy of the English occupation of the Island. In fact some people love Cyprus so much that they retire there. They say that Cyprus is like England with the sun but without the rip off taxes.

I won’t go on about the cheap cost of living in Cyprus apart from saying that it makes me question what the British government is actually spending all my taxes on. With so much to do and see in Cyprus you will be coming back year after year (like we do) to get round to seeing everything. You will never tire of this beautiful Mediterranean paradise with it’s friendly people and warm sunny climate. Who knows you may even come to love the place as much as we do and buy yourself a beautiful Cyprus holiday villa or apartment.

Jun
25

Shopping In Italy

Italy’s hottest shopping draw is of course fashion. Milan is home of the country’s fashion industry, but Rome is the main Italian bazaar where the threads are put on the market. Here you can find the ultra chic garments of celebrated designers numbering in the hundreds. Quality is very high and the range of materials includes leather, cotton, silk and wool.

Other than garments, Italy is pre-eminent in the production of quality glassware, furniture, jewellery and porcelain goods.

Shopping In Rome

While Rome is overrun with international fashion boutiques, shopping in the Eternal City can still offer its own very Roman flavour. For the ultimate in windows shopping, the area around via Condotti at the foot of the Spanish Steps is the place to go. You can gaze at the creations of Armani, Prada, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci and the other grand names in the elegant windows under the baroque or neoclassical facades. But remember that rents in Rome are sky high and so are the prices.

For antiques, head to Via dei Coronari. It’s a narrow pedestrianised street near Piazza Navona. The 500-meter long thoroughfare is lined with antique stores and galleries.

For the true Roman experience, you have to visit one of the city’s many markets. The Sunday morning flea market at Porta Portese is an overcrowded event where you can buy almost anything. It’s held on via Portuense south of the Porta Portese gate. Beware of pickpockets.

From Monday to Saturday, the morning market is in via Sannio, just outside the Roman walls by San Giovanni in Laterano. Here you can browse huge volumes of cheap clothes.

Shopping In Venice

Venice has long been a place of trade and remains a busy retail center. Though the big name fashion houses are well-represented, the joy of shopping in Venice lies in hunting down those local novelty items that evoke the spirit of La Serenissima.

However if it’s brand name fashions you’re after, Venice won’t disappoint. The island’s busiest shopping strip is the Merceri. It runs all the ways from the Piazza to the Rialto Bridge and almost all the celebrated Italian labels have boutiques here.

For other items, Calle della Mandola is the place to browse books and glass beads. And Campo Santo Stefano is the square for antique hunting. However, you can’t leave Venice without getting a souvenir carnival mask.

Carnival is the great event held every February but the masks are manufactured as souvenirs all year-round in Venice’s small workshops. You can get everything from full size porcelain masks with a hefty price tag to inexpensive ornaments such as silver earrings in the shape of carnival masks.

The other great specialty of Venice is glassware from the island of Murano. These include such items as vases, clocks and wine bottle caps. And you can also get decorative items such as rings, bracelets or pendants made out of the delightful colored glass. These can be very inexpensive and make great souvenirs of Venice. Other delights special to Venice include porcelain dolls and Burano lace work.

There is wide selection of hotels in Italy . Check out the internet for hotels in Rome or Venice hotels.

Jun
22

There is so much history associated with Europe along with amazing architecture and breathtaking scenery. Certainly there are dozens of places in Europe one absolutely must see at least once in their lifetime, but here is a list of the top ten.

1. London: The hustle and bustle of London is fascinating to someone who has never been there. There are so many things to see in this busy city such as Buckingham Palace and the tower of London. The underground mode of transportation is quite an experience, taking you any place you want to go. But save some of your energy for the awesome nightlife.

2. Iceland: This amazing Island dubbed The City of Ice and Fire, is full of volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls. It is truly an amazing sight and one of the top ten must see destinations of many travelers.

3. Rome: Otherwise known as the Eternal City, Rome is jam-packed with historical sights. This ancient Italian capital, once the center of the great Roman Empire, is among the top ten tourist destinations, listed by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site. There is a lot of history associated with Rome and their museums are absolutely fascinating.

4. Amsterdam- The flowing canals and bridges amid the charming 17th century architecture makes Amsterdam the very core of Holland. The fragrant floating flower markets along with the resplendent museums and quaint locals, makes Amsterdam one of the ten best places in Europe to visit.

5. Dublin: The Irish have a quaint and charming attitude and the small island near the UK is a pleasant and beautiful place to visit, especially if you like to drink. Dublin boasts some very famous drinking establishments. You’ll find the locals to be friendly and very welcoming.

6. Paris – There is never a dull moment in Paris! With so much to see and do, it is impossible to get it all in 7 days. The awesome city is filled with museums along with the huge Louvre and the looming Eiffel Tower. And of course, the gargoyles of Notre Dame is a must see.

7. Venice: One of the most popular cities in Italy, Venice is a haven for honeymooners. The mode of transportation in this romantic city is by foot or by water. Filled with beautiful art, shopping and excellent food, it is a wonderful place to simply get lost and take it all in. Take your sweetheart to Venice, or go alone. Perhaps your sweetheart awaits you there.

8. Florence: Famous for its art, wine and architecture, this Renaissance city is full of history and culture. Beautiful churches and museums bring many tourists to this spectacular city year after year. The famous art galleries house masterpieces such as Michelangelo and DaVinci.

9. The Greek Islands: White homes cling to the cliffs along the beaches of the Greek Islands with blue-domed churches and breathtaking scenery. The Greek Islands are relatively inexpensive to visit and the atmosphere is calm and relaxed.

10. Athens: Almost all Greeks consider Athens their home. Athens is said to be home to the Greek gods and the ancient city is filled with history. One of the top ten tourist stops, Athens is a great place to visit for the history buff.

These awe-inspiring travel destinations will exhilarate anyone who visits them. Their magnificent beauty, history and culture, staggers the mind. If you haven’t been to any of these places, you have no idea what you’re missing. Plan a trip for Europe. You’ll be glad you did.