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Yet Another Day In Florence

Florence is one of my favorite cities in Italy.  During my most recent visit, I finally got to see the Uffizi Gallery.  The Gallery hosts a magnificent collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings, including some universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.  Reserving tickets in advance was quite simple at the museum website.

While in Florence, I enjoyed some beautiful October weather…blue skies and warm temperatures; perfect for alfresco dining.  What more could a girl ask for?

I thought I would share some photos from my visit. 

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Busan, South Korea’s Flavorful City

Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city after Seoul, and probably it’s largest seaport.  During my visit to Busan, what impressed me most was the cosmopolitan nature of the city; adding a nice mix of scenic coastal areas, green mountainous regions and beautiful beaches.  Located on the southeast tip of the Korean Peninsula, Busan is famous for it’s seafood markets, which I suppose is expected from a city that thrives on the sea but was a fact that piqued my interest. Read more…

Haedong Yonggung Temple

This being my first trip to Asia and South Korea being one of the first places visited during this trip, I couldn’t wait to visit the Haedong Yonggung Temple. Read more…

The Great Wall of China

Various lists depicting the wonders of the world have been created throughout the ages, dating back from ancient times until today.  The one thing they all have in common is that they list both natural and man-made wonders.  I know that somewhere, on one of those lists, is the Great Wall of China. Read more…

Notre-Dame Cathedral

The Notre-Dame Cathedral is a wonderful place to view artwork, admire architecture, or to spend some quality time reflecting and meditating.  I visited the  Cathedral a few times over the years; however, during my last visit, I wanted to get there early and snap some photos without throngs of tourists.  I suppose many others shared my idea because I arrived to find the entrance at the west façade filled with tourists; after all, this was Paris in July. Oh well, with my original plan squashed, I decided it was just another reason to return to this fabulous city. View Full Article

From the Perch of the Swallow’s Nest

Swallow's Nest

The Swallow’s Nest is one of the most visited and photographed sites on the Crimean Peninsula; located in the extreme southern part of Ukraine and jutting out into the Black Sea.  The castle is featured in the film version of Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians.  Many tourists visit the Swallow’s Nest from Yalta, a frequent port of call during Black Sea cruises.  Yalta itself holds historical significance, being the site of the Yalta Conference.  During the conference in 1945, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin met at the “Great White Hall” within the Livadia Palace, to decide the fate of post-war Europe. View Full Article

A PhotoTour of La Alhambra

Washington Irving (1783-1859) wrote “Tales of the Alhambra.”  The series of essays and short stories published in 1832, depicted his journey from Seville to Granada and chronicled his days at the Alhambra Palace.  In a recent visit to Spain, I traversed the path of Washington Irving through Andalusia from Seville to Granada, in route to the Alhambra. View Full Article

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