"The dream came true..." Diana75's Profile
And the nominees are:
Italy (Milan, Vicenza, Treviso, Torino, Genova, Sicily)
France (Paris and Saint-Denis)
World Travel Awards
voted by… me:
a paradise on earth for all those who admire natural beauty, architecture, history and tradition
And who would ever thought that the peaceful Malta can be also an adventure trip destination: our terrible sea trip to Comino Island was followed by an explosive come back.
It is true that we were on the footsteps of St Paul, but when the boat's engine almost exploded, we all thought that the shipwreck was not in the program. At least not in ours....
But, special destinies are only meant for unique persons, thus we arrived to shore and managed to enjoy other Malta's attractions: Bugibba - Qawra summer resorts, Dingli famous cliffs, Azure Window & Fungus Rock, Ggantija megalithic temples, Ta' Pinu Pilgrimage Church or Marsaxlokk fishing village.
A business trip turned into a perfect comeback to some Italian cities I really love, the perfect occasion to discover new attractions.
Milan – Italy's largest city, fashion capital and one of the world's major commercial and financial centers.
Vicenza – the city of Palladio's outstanding palaces and villas and home of tasteful Baccala alla Vicentina
Treviso – as the Italians say: "if you see it you fall in love with it"
Genova – with its second largest aquarium in the world and Via Garibaldi, listed by the World Heritage in 2006.
Padova –St Anthony's town, with the small Scrovegni Chapel, whose inner walls are entirely covered with paintings by Giotto.
a place like no other; a fantastic day spent between Catania, Taormina and the Etna volcano, the tallest and most active in Europe.
Paris and Saint-Denis
fabulous destinations for a perfect birthday spent in… Tour Eiffel.
2005 World Leading Destination
a journey back in time to discover the ancient civilization with some of the world's most important monuments, including the Giza Pyramids and Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, walk on the footsteps of the Holy Family in Bilbays, Mostorod and Al-Matariyah, climb Mt. Sinai, visit Aswan's High Dam and the Egyptian's Pearl of the Mediterranean Alexandria
Antwerp, Mechelen, Leuven, Brussels, Banneux
Mauthausen and Linz
we took our clogs and walk along the Amsterdam's canals, admire the famous Dom Tower of Utrecht, enjoy the tasteful Gouda cheese, visit the "international city of peace and justice" - Den Haag and watch the ships in largest habour in Europe, Rotterdam.
XX World Youth Day in Cologne
perfect occasion to meet hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world, sing, pray and celebrate together with the Holy Father Benedikt XVI and subsequently discover other fantastic German cities: Frankfurt am Main, Aachen, and the surprisingly beautiful sanctuary of Kevelaer.
a journey back to "The City of the Seven Hills" (the coin thrown in the Trevi Fountain really works!) and a fantastic plus: Venice, Ravenna, Lucca, and Genoa.
Other Places I love
Norway – the country "where sea meets mountain, where nature creates art".
The impressive statues in Oslo's Frogner Park, Lillehammer's Olympic ski slope, Ringebu and Gol 's amazing stave churches, Loen with its sad story and the great blue Kjenndal glacier and the stunning fjords in Stryn and Geiranger or the dramatic trip on Trollstigen, all of them are part of one of the most wonderful trips I had so far.
Sweden - another Scandinavian jewel, and its capital, Stockholm with the stunning Gamla Stan organized according to a medieval street system, my second favorite town ever, Vadstena and Alvastra - the cities of St Brigitta, Europe's Patron Saint and the wonderful Cathedral in Linkoping.
Denmark - one of the oldest monarchies in the world with its capital, Copenhagen, considered one of the world's best cities in which to live; Roskilde, one of Denmark's oldest cities with its famous Cathedral, the burial place for the Danish royal family and the small town of Hillerod with the most beautiful castle I've seen so far, Frederiksborg.
Turkey - between Asia and Europe, cradle for several civilizations with its 10,000 year-old heritage that can be still discovered in Bergama - the city of the "parchment paper" (Pergamene Kaste) with its wonderful Aesclepion and Acropolis; Selcuk - with the ruins of St. John Basilica and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World; Priene (Gullubahce) – with the high cliff of Mt. Mycale, the silent participant to the transformation of the Temple of Athena and the Bulenterion; Miletus (Balat) - homeland of Thales; Tarsus – St Paul’s birthplace; Kale (Myra, Kekova and Simena) - with the spectacular sunken city and the old tombs, the natural wonder - Pamukkale, the cyan waters beach in Kalkan (Patara and Kaputas) and the wonderful discoveries Datca and Knidos with its harbor on two seas.
Dream travels that came or will come true… soon
2005 was definitely my best travel year so far: a comeback to Rome after 5 years plus other new parts of Italy discovered, the participation to the World Youth Day in Cologne with a series of German cities visited along the way plus a week extension to explore Netherlands and Belgium and the top of the tops: Egypt in September.
Following the trace, I have started the New Year 2006 with a week in Paris (the perfect occasion to celebrate my birthday), continued with 10 days to explore the northern part of Italy in May and the fabulous trip to Malta and Sicily at the end of August.
For not loosing my good habits I closed the 2006 season with a week between Austria and Germany at the end of September.
Thanks to a new budget flight to Rome, I have spent another wonderful birthday. A week in the Eternal City is not enough. Was just the occassion to fall in love again... with Rome.
January: Rome, ITALY
March: Milano and Torino, ITALY
June: Budapest, HUNGARY
July: Torino, ITALY
August: HUNGARY – CROATIA – SLOVENIA – BOSNIA – ITALY - AUSTRIA
Budapesta – Zagreb – Ljubljana – Postojna Caves – Opatija – Rijeka – Plitvicke National Park – Split – Trogir – Medjugorje – Dubrovnik – Bari – Monte Sant'Angelo - San Giovanni Rotondo – Foggia – Pompei – Napoli – Capri Island – Cascia – Assisi – Loreto – Padova – Venice - Graz
September: Munich, GERMANY
October: Milan, ITALY
November: Torino, ITALY
January: Vienna, AUSTRIA
February: Rome, ITALY
March: Torino and Milan, ITALY
Sydney - Blue Mountains - Canberra - Melbourne - Great Ocean Road - Mt. Gambier - Adelaide - Cairns - Frankland Islands - Port Douglas - Mossman Gorge - Innisfail - Airlie Beach - Whitsunday Islands - Brisbane - Beerwah - Mooloolaba - Gold Coast - Surfers Paradise - Byron Bay - Coffs Harbour - Newcastle
August: Sardinia, ITALY: Sassari, Cagliari, Tempio Pausania, Castelsardo, Alghero, Grotta di Nettuno, Monte Limbara, Ardara, Villanova Monteleone, Isola Rossa
2008 Planned trips:
September: Vienna, AUSTRIA
October: Golden Sands, BULGARIA
A hobby to go along with VT and a prize
I love to take pictures.
From my trip to Scandinavia I came back home with more than 5,000 pictures; from Egypt I have 3,500, while Malta left me with another 4,040 plus 900 from the 1-day trip to Sicily all ready for being renamed, arranged and put on VT.
Three of the pictures I took during my trips participated to a contest and proudly made me win a camera.
The family conflict related to the right person to use the camera was finally solved and a new domestic competition is now in place: "who takes the best picture".
When I was in school I used to be good in writing, but when you spend most of your time plunged into figures you certainly lose this ability.
I don't usually have enough time to do what I like, but visiting Egypt in September 2005 was such a great experience for me that I've decided to share my feelings about the time spent there with other persons.
So I've started to write my VT pages about Egypt and when I finished this job, I found myself so addicted to this that I couldn't stop.
As I said, I'm working with figures, statistics are my "life", but I will not make any top of "my favourite country, monument, people, etc..." because I realized that in every place I visited I found something interesting, new, good, favorite.
I love Italy with the great squares and monuments, but I also love Turkey or Egypt where you can touch the history with your own hand, Norway with the stunning fjords and the stave churches, Sweden that I've always wanted to visit, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Malta...
Which one is on the first place?
All of them...
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