The Vatican holds within it a history lesson on European history, art, and architecture and the relationships of power dating to the time of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty (27 BC - AD 69) and all Roman, Medieval European and Italian history since that time.
There are volumes written in tour books on the works in the Basilica, the Museum and the Sistine Chapel. But, surprisingly, you must search long and hard to compile the story on the Roman links to the Vatican Hill, and the layout of
We just returned from Guatemala and Belize. It was different than our normal "beach" vacations. It was fantastic.
We flew from the East Coast to Guatemala City where a driver took us to the colonial town of Antigua. What a beautiful spot. We stayed at the Casa Encantada; a small boutique property with about 15 rooms. To get to our room, we walked through a lily pond on HUGE stepping stones. In the evenings, candles lit the stepping stones so
Where is the Yarra? The Yarra Valley is an easy one hour drive from Melbourne. And although it is pretty difficult to pull yourself away from Melbourne, which is one of the great tourist cities in the world, Melbourne is a great jumping off point to some of the finest wineries and festivals in Australia. Victoria (the state) offers so much. Its just one of those places that you have to visit.
Yarra Valley is so named because of the Yarra River that runs through the valley, and makes
Wine Travels in Australia -- The Barossa Valley, South Australia -- To visit the Barossa is to taste the good life in all its forms. This, according to the Barossa Tourism office. And theyre right!
When a wine thinker hears the word Barossa, taste memories travel at the speed of light to beefy, robust, peppery Shiraz. In the 1840s, South Australia opened up to settlement. And the Barossa was born. Originally named Barrosa, after the site of an English victory in the Spanish
Clare Valley, South Australia, Food, Wine, Pioneering History and relaxing countryside.
Recent travels to South Australia from Canberra illustrated just how diverse and vast Australia is. And South Australia is only a small piece of Australia a very small piece. Clare is an hour and a half drive north of Adelaide. Easy.
For us, we started in Canberra. The 13 hour drive (yes, 13 hours, on the motorway) was exhausting. Outside the temperature soared to 44 Celsius. It was
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