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Pirates of Mykonos

The narrow twists and turns of Mykonos’ streets were designed in a way to confuse the pirates who roamed the high seas of the Mediterranean centuries ago.

Today, these streets are full of unique boutique shops and galleries. First time visitors to the popular Greek island tend to find themselves wandering aimlessly in circles as they navigate the complex maze of cobbled streets.

However, it is good to let yourself get lost at least once during your visit. It is a great way to discover the different shops and maybe find yourself something different as a souvenir. But be sure to  buy that unique item when you see it because you may not find your way back to the exact store later on.

Eventually you will find yourself exiting the complex maze of streets into Little Venice  Your big day of exploration will be rewarded with stunning views of the famous windmills. 

The cove of Luttle Venice, where buildings perch precariously on the water’s edge, were rumoured to be used by smugglers. They would row in at night to store their precious (maybe black market) cargo in the basement of these buildings.

These days Little Venice is the place to be to witness the best show in Mykonos. Take up a prime position at one of the terrace bars, cocktail in hand, and settle in for the evening.  A Mykonos sunset is unlike others you may have seen around the world.  Once you watch the golden sun melt slowly on the horizon, you will never see another sunset to top it.

 

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Strategic Dawn

Dawn was not only the start of a brand new day, but it was a strategic defensive tactic employed by the military. The early morning light, as the sun slowly rose slowly over the horizon, played tricks on the eyes. In war, it was the perfect time to take advantage of your enemy.

And so was born the Anzac Day Dawn Service. Continue reading

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Barbie’s First Paris Trip

It’s no surprise that Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world.  Paris is  famous for its food, wine and of course fashion.  But it took until early 2016 for the most fashionable icon in the world to make a visit to the City of Light…….. Continue reading

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In the Sewers

Beneath the streets of Paris is a whole new sinister world to explore.  One of these places is the Paris Sewer System.  It doesn’t sound to attractive, but once you are down there one cannot help but be fascinated.  The sewer system is not an attraction that immediately springs to mind.  However, if you love visiting off the beaten track places, Des Egouts De Paris will give a unique and different perspective to the City of Light. Continue reading

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Parisian Jewel

Looking for a special night out in Paris, then Le Lido is the place to go.  Located on the famous shopping strip, the Champs-Elysees, you are treated to an evening of magical entertainment and the best of Parisian cabaret. Continue reading

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An Irish Beauty Pageant

Only in Ireland would a goat be crowned king.  The oldest known festival in Ireland, the Puck Fair, is held in Killorglin each year on 10, 11 and 12 August.  It is a glorious three day celebration where a mountain goat is crowned king and honoured on the banks of the Laune River. So how does this all work? Continue reading

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Frozen in Time

Little is still known about the origins of Pompeii prior to the city being covered in ash and rock back in 79 AD.  Pompeii covers an area of 66 hectares, but so far only 48 of those has been carefully excavated to reveal what is seen today.  Yet as you walk the ancient streets you will continue to see remains of further excavation activities. Continue reading

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Delos Uncovered

Delos has magical powers.  Those who have been confirm it.  A magic pulls you towards the island on a spiritual journey.  What is this magic? That depends on what you are looking for – everyone takes away something different.  For some it is spiritual or in the ancient times – a pilgrimage. Continue reading

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Spirit of the ANZACs

ANZAC day has different meanings to everyone and will bring back both good and bad memories. The bad are outweighed by the friends and mateship of those who were involved in the war.  Many soldiers were young boys who lied about their age to go fight.  They were driven by pride and honor to fight for the country they loved.

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Realeza Española

With stunning architecture, beautifully crafted gardens, a visit to Sevilla in the south of Spain is not complete without a royal palace tour.  Real Alcázar, is the oldest royal residential complex in Europe.  Walking through the grounds it is easy to see how the palace is the most beautiful with a mix of Muslim, Arabic, Gothic and Spanish architectural influences and design.

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