After spending a week in Cape Town and along the southern coastline, I headed further inland to where one of my best friends is from and experienced my first South African Safari adventure on a game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.
As I sit here in Milan, freezing my little butt off, I can’t help but think fondly on glorious sunny trips of mine to warmer places around the world: in this case, Exuma Bahamas. If you’re a beach lover like myself, check out a couple other recent posts: “Sorrento, Italia” and “Cape Town Coast, South Africa“.
Sorrento, situated at the northern end of the Amalfi Coast, is one of my favorite places to visit when we head to the south over the summer. Stunning, isn’t it?
Images from my visit to South Africa a few years ago. The Cape Town coast was absolutely beautiful and the view from Table Mountain was amazing.
The island of Capri: One of the many stunning places to see while in Italy. Located off the southern coast, the gorgeous island is just a boat ride away from Naples or Sorrento and makes for a beautiful day trip or weekend getaway. (Photos taken this past August when my husband and I visited with some friends).
Thinking of escaping cold winter blues anyone? Considering a trip to Thailand in the near future? You’re in luck because I just returned from a fabulous 3-week trip and have lots of info and thoughts to share with you!
It’s pretty chilly outside (-3C/25F) and this cold Milan weather has me reminiscing about one of my previous trips to Australia. In 2012, I spent two months traveling up the West Coast of Australia (mostly visiting friends along the way), starting in Melbourne and working my way through Sydney, Coffs Harbor, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Noosa and up to the Whitsunday Islands which make up part of the Great Barrier Reef.
In southern Italy, just south of Rome we visited a beautiful ‘city on a hill’ with small maze-like side streets made of gorgeous cobblestone. It was like taking a trip back in time. I just love the look of the old architecture and design. (Unfortunately, the name of the city escapes me, but it was in the region of Latina, about an hour outside of Rome, and it was located on a mountain top).
“Remember it’s always better to look up” 🙂
“Minimalism is not the lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.” –Nicholas Burroughs
If you get the chance to go to South Africa, you won’t want to miss visiting the majestic looking Table Mountain, located in Cape Town. Its flat-topped mountain peaks (which resemble a ‘table,’ hence the name) reach over 1,000 meters above sea level. It’s quite an amazing view from the top – and considered one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature (in the world). For the adventurous ones, you can actually spend the day hiking up the mountain, but if you’re like me (somewhat adventurous but not interested in spending an entire day hiking up a mountain), there’s a tram 🙂
“Phra Nakhon Khiri” or “Khao Wang” is an old summer palace located in the province of Phetchaburi, Thailand that was built under the reign of King Rama IV (the famous King from the movie The King and I or the modern version Anna and the King). The beautiful structure and decor is a combination of Thai, Chinese and European styles and the final construction was finished in 1858.
Milan is definitely starting to feel festive around this time of the year and it’s great. We ventured out for a little walk around the center yesterday evening and saw this amazing candy cane tram for the first time … it reminded me of the CandyLand board game I used to play with my brothers and sisters as a child… anyone else remember that?? I imagine that anyone who wasn’t feeling the holiday cheer would have to smile at the sight of it. I’m loving the creativity of this city 🙂
Simply gorgeous. No matter how many times I walk by the Duomo in Milan, I can’t help but admire the cathedral’s intricate details. It took almost six centuries to complete, is the 5th largest in the world (the largest in Italy), and is considered a work of late Gothic style.
Sacred Heart, located in one of my favorite Parisian districts, Montmartre.