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Charming Ravello, Italy on the Amalfi Coast

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in Destinations, Italy, Ravello, Small Town Explorer | 4 comments

 Ravello, Italy

Charming Ravello, Italy on the Amalfi Coast, by travel blogger Barbara Wagner, is the third small town featured in our  Small Town Explorer Series The villages and towns we visit in our travels are often the hidden gems of a country or region. This series introduces readers to small towns and centers around the globe, featuring their uniqueness, their history, what to see and do, where to stay and where to dine. Come along as Barbara introduces us to the charms of Ravello, Italy. In case you missed the first two towns in the series:

Bourtange

Sanzhi 

Ravello, Italy

View of Salerno Bay

Ravello, Italy is located on the Amalfi Coast in the Southern Italian commune of Salerno. It is a peaceful Mediterranean town with a population of about 2500 people and built on Monte Torello, which is 350 m tall. The town is one of the most charming small towns in Italy with stunning views of the Mediterranean. In the 12-13th century, the city flourished under the rule of the Rufolo family. At the time, the city had 25,000 inhabitants. The family created the cathedral in the main square and many other religious buildings around the town. The home of the family, Villa Rufolo is the most visited tourist site in the town. You can enjoy a beautiful view of Salerno Bay from its gardens.

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Seoul Sky Observatory: Lotte Tower, Seoul

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 10 comments

Seoul Sky

This week we’re visiting the Seoul Sky Observatory located in Seoul’s Lotte Tower. Welcome to week 342 of (8/31/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. I’ve been back in Canada 23 days and Nova Scotia for nine; so far so good. My visit to the Seoul Sky Observatory was my last sight-seeing adventure in Korea, and I loved every moment. Now I also have a good reason to visit Seoul again sometime. I want to experience the awesome night view. Enjoy the photo tour.

There were lineups, but I was amazed at how quickly things moved. I was there at the height of the season and wait time for getting a ticket and the Sky Shuttle (elevator) to the 117 floor was a mere 15 minutes. Whoever is in charge is an expert in crowd control.

You enter Seoul Sky through the Lotte World Mall, which is easily accessible via Jamsil Subway Station (Line 2 or 8 Exit 2). Follow the signs and you won’t get lost.

Seoul Sky

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A Canadian Sunrise Welcome

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Travel Photo Thursday | 10 comments

Canadian Sunrise

This past Tuesday we headed across to Nova Scotia and were welcomed with a stunning Canadian sunrise. Welcome to week 341 (8/24/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Since arriving I have been spending time with my Dad and running around trying to buy a car and running into snags with the insurance. I know this will all get sorted out and hopefully sooner rather than later. This week’s Travel Photo Thursday is short and sweet. I hope things will be back to normal next week.

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I’m not sure of our exact location over Canada when the sun began to peek over the horizon. However, it was lovely to be welcomed by this beautiful scene as we winged our way towards Montreal and then onto Halifax. (A cleaner window would have been nice!)

Canadian Sunrise

 

Our time in Montreal was too brief to even exit the airplane. The cleaning crew did a quick clean-up, passengers boarded and we were in the air again in no time. From all indications, it seemed that our welcoming sunrise had also ushered in nice weather for the Montreal area. However, by evening there was a dramatic turn of events. Winds whipped to hurricane levels, and in one area close to Montreal a tornado touched down. Ottawa was also in the path of this freak weather system. I was relieved that we had gotten in and out long before this weather system reared its ugly head. Although, winds were high and unrelenting in Halifax the next day.

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