The Pyramids of Giza and the Legend of the Sphinx

When I visited the Pyramids in Giza some years ago, while working the whole winter in Egypt, one of my dreams came true. It is majestic, phenomenal, colossal in every sense. Standing there I expected to feel the thousands-year-old history and to see and understand the ancient civilisations and culture. That didn’t happen because the constant nagging, wanting to sell a postcard or some 5ç souvenir for 10$ rather destroyed the atmosphere. If it doesn’t disturb you (who wouldn’t be disturbed by such an annoyance) or you can switch off your mind, you won’t have a bitter feeling after this. I honestly had at that time, but now looking back by looking at my pictures I don’t feel it. I just feel lucky I could see it too.
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The obligatory Godfather Tour in Sicily

I have already written in a previous post that ‘When in Sicily do as the Sicilians do…’. (I wrote about our Sicilian cooking class here). The first thing that comes to everyone’s mind about Sicily is the Mafia, then Corleone, then the Godfather movies. You can visit near Taormina 2 iconic spots connected to this famous movie and imagine to be a bit ‘Sicilian’.
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BUCKET LIST for a Holiday to New York City – Fort Lauderdale – Playa del Carmen – Havana

I wrote here about the things I had planned to do while being on holiday in November 2016. => How to get as much information as possible before travelling to countries you have never been to?

I was planning it for 2 months, completed it in 1 month. I like to plan in advance what I would like to see, because the more information I gather, the more detailed the plan is, the more likely I don’t miss a famous/delicious/amazing/exciting sight/food/activity.

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The Road Full of Rebel Monkeys and Pilgrims in Jaipur, India

There is a temple near Jaipur called Monkey Temple (Galta Ji), because of the dozens of wild monkeys living in that area. It is a Hindu pilgrimage site, about 10 kilometes from Jaipur. When we spent in India some years ago about 20 days visiting Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mumbai and Varanasi, I thought it was a great idea to see this sight too, not because of its beauty (it is nothing compared to the Taj Mahal or to the Jaipur Castle) but because we have never seen so many monkeys living in the streets, following you for food, playing in front of you with their babies.

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Strawberry Festival in Malta

I was living on Malta many years ago for a long time. It is a tiny little island (actually 3 islands: Malta Gozo and Comino) but there are a lot to see and do. Valletta the capital, the Blue Lagoon, the silent city Mdina and the Azure Window, which sadly disappeared some weeks ago (I wrote about it here). There are also a lot of traditional festivals there like the Strawberry Festival (Festa Frawli) every year in April.
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In the Streets of Szentendre, Hungary

Szentendre is a charming little town on the Danube River in Hungary, about 19 kilometres from Budapest.
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The town has centuries long Serbian past, Serbs settled here after the Turkish Occupation in the late 17th century. Szentendre became the religious, cultural and political centre of the Serbs in Hungary. Nowadays the connection with the Serb culture has disappeared, it is better known being the centre for artists and small galleries.

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