Dubrovnik is a city in Eastern Europe whose popularity has been increasing greatly in the past few years. As of July 1, 2013 Croatia is now a member of the EU perhaps making it now even more popular destination for travelers. The city is most popular for an area known as the Old Town, which is fortified by defensive stonewalls which are known as some of the largest and most complete in Europe.
Entering an old city is to me always fascinating. I can’t help to picture how it would have looked like in the old days. The wall was enormous, high and mighty. The city was clean, welcoming, delightful and full of bright stone built houses nicely renovated, there were nice shops everywhere and what stroke me was, that it opposite the old city area of Mostar, Dubrovnik was an ordinary city with butcher, bakery and so on, not just tourist traps like bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.
I walked around in the old town before I decided to mount the city wall which was supposed to be an intriguing walk. The view was stunning and the height of the highest point I found breathtaking, everywhere that I walked I was surrounded by beauty because the city was wonderful with its white clean house walls and orange roofs, but also the sea to one side and the mountain to the other made it all fantastically picturesque.
Centro Historico: A labyrinth of history built in several layers of one period over the other and Naples prime tourist attraction. With excellent pizzerias, barouque churches, underground greco-roman ruins, famous streets like Spaccanapoli with shops selling traditional Neapolitan nativity figures, mozzarella, costumes and souvenirs and a vibrant night-life and atmosphere makes this free-of-charge living museum a must see among the must sees of Naples. (wikitravel)
Wonderful narrow streets with lots of souvenir and other shops, small cafes and trattorias, small piazzas and architectural wonders all around, that’s Spaccanapoli. The cleanliness is not an attribute one can give to Naples in general, but if you have already been around the city, it’s tolerable.
Galleria Umberto A shopping passage from the 19th Century. Dating from around 1890 and designed by engineer Paolo Boubee, the Gallleria Umberto was originally the meeting point of the Neapolitan aristocracy. The structure is French inspired with beautifully decorated facades and is a triumph of iron and glass nearly 60 meters high from the dome seemingly supported by copper angles to the delicate colored marbled inlayed floor.
Pizza comes from Naples. Look for pizza margherita, the original one, with nothing more than fresh tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and a little olive oil. Eating a pizza in Florence or in Rome is not the same as eating it in Naples! Here the dough is thicker (than in Rome, for example) and is a little chewy.
Venice is a beautiful city by anyone’s standards, with palazzos and churches resembling illustrations cut from a book of fairy tales, the city is such an enigma wrapped in a mystery that to have someone who knows the way around can open it up like no guidebook or, heaven help me, map. I have never in my life seen so many people gazing in complete incomprehension at maps, even turning them upside down doesn’t help. Venice resists easy navigation it’s part of its beauty and charm. To get immersed in the city, one has to get lost in its labyrinthine streets.
This Valentine’s Day we traveled 3 hours from Roma to Venice via train. I have been to Venice before and it has never failed to amaze me in so many ways. The food, the architecture, the tiny alleyways and the arts.
We stayed at a hostel in Campo Santa Margherita, a block where most locals live and fairly nearby everywhere, the Venice Backpackers House, a very basic hostel and you can get a private room for 20EUR per person. It was chilly when we arrived. The rooms doesn’t have heaters but there are lots of thick blankets provided. Since we arrived early, we decided to explore around the nearby areas.