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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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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Night Fishing in the Maldives

I was living in the Maldives some years ago during the whole Winter (I wrote about it here in a previous post). In Summer Island once per week the tourists could go on a Night fishing excursion. It wasn’t deep sea fishing (some islands offer that too), it was a normal sitting-for-hours-long fishing.

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Summer Island

IMG_0683I am sure each Maldivian hotel Island offers such tour(s), what we could do on Summer Island looked like this:

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Jungle trekking in Cambodia – Kbal Spean, the Valley of a 1000 Lingas

During my last visit in 2010 I hadn’t even heard anything about Kbal Spean, but preparing for my second trip to Cambodia I was looking for some such excitement like what the Beng Mealea temple – the Indiana-Jones-jungle-temple – had given me last time.

img_0469Kbal Spean is set deep in the jungle 50 kilometers northeast of Angkor. It took for us for about 50 minutes to go there by tuk-tuk. There is no separate ticket, you can use your Angkor Park ticket to enter.

It wouldn’t be so difficult to hike it, it is just 1500 meters, but it goes uphill and there are a lot of obstacles like stones and roots on the ground and the humidity is really high, that is why it was tiring. It was a big challenge for my mother (who is over 70) and for me too but it is not a Mount Everest, so I guess everyone, who doesn’t have serious medical problems can do it.

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Visiting the Jardin de Cactus – Cactus Garden – in Lanzarote

The Cactus Garden (in Spanish Jardin de Cactus) is located at the town of Guatiza. It was designed by César Manrique, the island’s most influential artist.

There are more than 7,200 cactus plants with more than 1,100 different species even from countries like Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco or Peru. You can find here many different shapes, sizes, colours, in my opinion it is a photographers’ paradise to come here and spend some time taking pictures of huge 2-meter-tall ones to more unusual species.

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A heart shaped cactus 🙂

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