Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a place of unique beauty in the iconic “Red Centre” of Australia, inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List for both its cultural and natural values. The massive rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta act as a refuge for both plants and animals, and are the focal point of this desert landscape. Continue reading Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
The Meteora are rock formations shaped as a result of the erosion of wind and rain over time creating separate pillars of various height and width. Centuries ago, monks seeking quiet solitude for their devotions created small places of prayer by making cells inside caves that had eroded from the side of the rocks, and the area came to be known as a holy place. Amazingly, around the 14th Century, many Meteora monasteries started to be built at the very top of the rock pillars, access being gained only by removable ladders and winch systems used to haul up baskets and nets – for goods and people!!. Continue reading Meteora Monasteries in Greece
This elegant chateau we see today spanning the Cher River in France, was built between the years 1515 – 1559, starting first with a residence on the river accessed by a bridge. Later, an arched bridge on the other side was constructed, reaching all the way to the opposite bank. The bridge would eventually include a grand gallery and a floor of rooms above that. The entire Chateau is built across the middle of the river, with access walkways to reach the banks of the river at either end. Throughout history the women who have inhabited this chateau have influenced its design, as well as the gardens by which it is surrounded, and this is the reason it is often described as “the ladies chateau”.
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In the Loire Valley of France, you will find many marvellous chateaux surrounded by beautiful gardens. Having visited a healthy number of these chateaux, I can say that the gardens at Chateau de Villandry were the most impressive that I have seen. An easy 9 mile car trip from Tours will drop you at the castle car park, which is free. Entry to the gardens will cost € 7, or for a look in the fully restored chateau as well as the gardens you pay €11. Continue reading Villandry – Chateaux of the Loire
Crowning the terraced cliffs above the oceanfront town of Amalfi, you will find the refined old village of Ravello. A centrally located piazza sits peacefully skirted by the Duomo di Ravello, along with several cafes. Continue reading Ravello & Villa Cimbrone