Travel Challenge Day 10. Reveal.

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This photo is the Collescium in Rome. We visited in May 2015.

We walked  miles  and  saw  so  much! The  weather  was  brilliant  and  we had  also  had  some  wonderful  food  and wine!

We  stayed  at   an hotel  that  was  in the  grounds  of  a  monastery  it  was  set  in  beautiful  gardens  and  there  was  a seminary and  a church. There  were lots of  Nuns  and Priests  there  on  business  and  holiday, there  were  two  groups  of  young  people  on  Lecture  Tours  one  group  from the US, there  were families  and  couples  and  of  course us! It  was  quite  a  mix. It  was a lovely  hotel  and  the staff  were  excellent , polite  cheerful  and happy  to help.

We had  not picked the hotel  because it was  Catholic,  we  picked  it for it’s  location , a two minute  walk  from the  Metro  and  really  good restaurants.  We visited  The  Pantheon, The  Colosseum, The  Forum, The  Spanish Steps, The Borgesie Park,The Vatican, Sistine Chapel, The Vatican Museum  and  the  Trevi Fountain .  St Paul’s Basilica  and  St Paul’s  Square, Argentina Square, Circus Maximus and Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (  which  the  locals  call  either  the Typewriter  or  The  Wedding cake) and  more!! PHEW!!

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Travel Challenge Day 9. Reveal.

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This beautiful view is Mexico, Riviera Maya. We have been there twice it is a beautiful place. The Riviera Maya is a stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula. It’s known for its numerous all-inclusive resorts, such as those in the town of Playa del Carmen, and its long beaches. To the south, Tulum is home to yoga retreats and the preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city.

Reveal Travel Challenge: Day 7

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We visited Antigua in 2017, here is a Nonet I wrote about it at the time I hope it gives you the feel for we while there.

ANTIGUA

Hot sun, hot sand and warm azure sea

Friendly  smiles, hosts kind as can be .

So relax and have some fun

Calm, quiet no need to  run

At night count the stars

Reggae music Bars

Memories

Antigua

Joy

Reveal Travel Challenge: Day 6

Mende a beautiful town in Lozere France. There is so much to see. We got a circular, information leaflet that took us on an historic tour of the old town! Boy it was old! There is evidence that there have been people living in the town since 200BC. Read about it here it is very interesting. 

This is the narrowest street the ancient town of Mende.

 We followed the map and found it very interesting. We visited the Cathedral , It was Pope Urban V  who started work on  the cathedral (1368), for a completion in 1467.

As you can see the two towers are completely different, one was destroyed during the religious wars. I am totally miffed as to why they did not replicate the old one? 

Here they are restoring part of the old ramparts of the town. This time unlike their predecessors they are honouring what was there before.

This is the the oldest water pump in town apparently it is the best water in the Town!! 

This spectacular moment in time  is painted on the side of a house in the old town it looks as if the guy with the flag is about to step on to the street! The scene in the painting actually depicts a scene from Voltarra an Italian town that Mende is twinned with . We have visited Voltarra too. 

Well that is all the photos the internet here will allow me to upload right now . 

Reveal Travel Challenge: Day 5

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Day five’s photo comes from our Florida Holiday some years back. We flew into Miami stayed the night at an airport hotel and then picked up our car and set off . Our first couple of days stop was at Fort Lauderdale. While we were there we took a paddle steamer trip around the local section of the intercastal waterway.

Long disparaged as Miami’s lesser northern neighbour, Fort Lauderdale has recently come into its own with a renovated waterfront, a burgeoning culinary scene, and beaches worthy of palm-swept daydreams bringing rightful attention to the Venice of America. Stretching 3,000 miles (4,800 km) between the United States’ Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the city’s Intracoastal Waterway provides easy access to maritime activities and on-shore attractions along the 300 miles of inland canals that wind through south Florida’s unmistakable sky-high resorts and Everglades ecosystem. The Basics Aside from serving as a means of transportation, the Intracoastal Waterway offers countless opportunities for recreation, especially in Fort Lauderdale’s year-round sunshine. From classy dinner and sightseeing cruises to riverfront gondola tours, visitors can enjoy the water in whatever fashion floats their boat as they travel past forested coasts at Port Everglades.

May I say that was just the start of a wonderful holiday. With visits to Cocoa beach, Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, Jacksonville and Miami .

Reveal , Travel Challenge: Day 4

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The above is Lord Nelson’s Ship the Victory at Portsmouth Naval Docks, We have visited there many times and there is so much to see. This particular time we visited there we had glorious weather. Sadly closed at the moment due to covid.

Details here

Travel Challenge Reveal Day 3

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We visited Canada September 2019. We started off in Chalgary and traveled by coach and the Rocky Mountaineer train up to Vancouver, we visited many places, not least, Banff, Lake Louise,and many other places, we had three days in Vancouver including a day trip to Vancouver Island. Then we hired a car and drove up to Whistler. We had three days there and found some fantastic walks, this shot was taken on one such walk.

Travel Challenge Reveal: Day 2.

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Another holiday that I have not blogged about. A beautiful day in France, a quiet village, between rain storms. We stopped for a picnic and fell in love with this house or its reflection.

Reveal for Travel Challenge Day 1.

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It’s is a long way down.

This photo was taken over 15years ago. We visited Portugal, it was a lovely and quiet. It was before my blogging days so sadly I have no written memories of it.

Travel Challenge: Day 10.

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I was nominated by my friend Geoff Lepard to one favourite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation, then to nominate someone else to participate. That’s 10 days, 10 travel pictures, and 10 nominations. Now I nominate Lisa Coleman of Our Eyes Open   Please link to me so I know you have participated. If you are not interested, no problem. If you want to guess where this is, feel free. I might even let you know if you are right.

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