Posts Tagged With: History

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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Photo of the Month: Illuminations

I will always love this photo I took of the Pantheon in central Rome. During the day the piazza is hot and crowded. But when the sun goes down the city vibe makes Rome even more magical. 

The Pantheon is one of the most visited buildings  in the city and it does tend to fill up with people quickly.  So get there early and you can enjoy a relatively still and peaceful visit.

Rome is fast becoming one of my favourite cities. The culture, language, food – and of course the people. Italians are quirky but intense at the same time.  A volatile but vibrant combination.

I loved the feeling of walking around Rome in the early summer evening. Not only was the temperature more pleasant, but the people were not in a hurry anymore. Everyone was relaxed, happy and out to enjoy this gorgeous illuminated city.

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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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Photo of the Month: Paris Time Machine

It’s not everyday that a time machine passes you by on the trendy streets of Paris.  Yet that is what happened as I was taking a walk through the Marais district.  The Marais district is a historic part of Paris home to many old, aristocratic style buildings rich in architecture.  It also houses a number of smaller, quaint museums including the popular Musee Picasso.

Quirky and interesting characters are what adds colour to any travel destination.  Quite often you remember them more than some of the most popular attractions you just visited.  This guy certainly attracted some attention and became the most photographed “object” of the hour.

Paris Time Machine

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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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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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Where Beauty and Tragedy Meet

For a natural and unspoiled beach head south of Adelaide to Port Willunga.  Golden white, soft sand that meets cool, blue sea lapping gently against the shore.  A stretch of beach somewhat hidden away from the crowds is popular with families in summer.  However, the beach is not the only drawcard.  Perched on top of the hill is the Star of Greece restaurant, its name from the grain ship that tragically ran aground 200 metres off the coast. 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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How to Halloween at Home

Halloween – that American tradition Australia pretend to celebrate.  Only a small percentage of people like to participate so trick or treating on the neighbours presents somewhat of a challenge.  But for those who do want to join in on the American spooky spirit, there are  alternatives around Adelaide. Ghost tours in the city are a popular choice for that unique Halloween experience. 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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