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World Travels 2023 - 2024, 11 June 2024, Tenerife, Canary Islands to 20 June 2024, Ravenna, Italy.

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Ravenna City of Mosaics - 20 June 2024


As a seasoned world traveler with a deep appreciation for history and art, my exploration of Ravenna, Italy, was a journey filled with wonder and discovery.


Ravenna's reputation as a city of mosaics dating back to ancient times preceded my visit, and I was eager to immerse myself in its rich cultural tapestry.


The Basilica of San Vitale, a jewel of Byzantine architecture, greeted me with its majestic presence as I stepped inside.


The harmonious blend of geometric patterns and intricate figures in the choir and wall mosaics captivated my senses, each tile telling a story of faith and creativity from centuries past.


The soft glow of sunlight filtering through the stained-glass windows added a mystical aura to the sacred space, enhancing the beauty of the mosaics and inviting contemplation.


Adjacent to the basilica, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia beckoned me with its unassuming exterior, belying the breathtaking mosaics that adorned its interior walls and dome.


As I gazed up at the starry night sky depicted in shimmering tiles, I marveled at the skill of the artisans who had crafted these intricate scenes of celestial beauty.


The fusion of classical motifs with Christian symbolism created a sense of timelessness that transcended the boundaries of history and culture.


Turning my steps towards the tomb of Dante Alighieri, I paid homage to the famed poet whose words had inspired generations with their profound insights into the human condition.


The serene atmosphere surrounding his final resting place evoked a sense of reverence and gratitude for his enduring legacy, a reminder of the power of literature to transcend time and place.


My journey continued to the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, where I found myself surrounded by a symphony of colors and patterns in the largest collection of mosaics in Ravenna.

The intricate details of the mosaic panels depicting biblical scenes, saints, and martyrs revealed a glimpse into the religious fervor and artistic sophistication of the sixth century.


Each mosaic seemed to whisper a story of devotion and craftsmanship, inviting me to ponder the mysteries of faith and creativity that had shaped Ravenna's cultural

Guided Orientation Tour of Venice - 19 June 2024


Venice, the floating city of my dreams, welcomed me with open arms as I embarked on a guided orientation tour that would forever leave a mark on my heart.


The journey began with a picturesque boat ride that brought me closer to the heart of this enchanting city, where history and beauty intertwine in a mesmerizing dance.


Boat Ride to Venice, Italy

Stepping onto the pier in the city center, I was greeted by my guide, a fountain of knowledge and passion for all things Venetian.


Together, we navigated the bustling streets and made our way to the iconic Piazza San Marco, a place that seemed to pulse with the heartbeat of Venice itself.

Entering Venice via our water taxi

The sights and sounds of this historic square enveloped me, from the grand Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana to the majestic bell tower that stood tall against the sky.

As we continued our exploration, I found myself in awe of the architectural wonders that surrounded me.


The Palazzo Ducale, with its intricate Gothic façade and rich history, spoke volumes about the opulence and power of Venice's past rulers.


The Ponte dei Sospiri, shrouded in mystery and legend, beckoned me to imagine the stories of those who once crossed its threshold from palace to prison.


After bidding farewell to my guide, I set off to wander the narrow streets and winding canals of Venice on my own.


Each corner turned revealed a new surprise, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.


I found myself lost in the magic of the city, savoring the sights, sounds, and tastes that surrounded me.


A quiet café by the water, a quaint shop selling handmade treasures – each moment was a brushstroke in the masterpiece that is Venice.


As I boarded the boat back to the port, my heart heavy with the weight of leaving this beloved city behind, I knew that Venice had woven its spell around me.


The guided orientation tour had not only introduced me to the landmarks and history of this unique place but had also allowed me to forge a personal connection with its soul.


Venice, with its timeless beauty and hidden wonders, had become a part of me, a memory to cherish and revisit in the depths of my wanderlust-filled dreams.

White Ostuni & Olive Oil Tradition - 18 June 2024


As a world traveler with a thirst for authentic experiences, my recent journey to Ostuni, known as the ‘White City’ of Puglia, was a captivating blend of culture, tradition, and natural beauty.


Map of the Port of Bari.

My day began with a visit to Ostuni's Baroque-style palaces, nestled amidst clusters of whitewashed little houses that gleamed under the Mediterranean sun.

I set off to explore the magical ‘white city’ of Ostuni.

The charm of this picturesque town was palpable, each cobblestone street whispering tales of centuries past.

As I wandered through the labyrinthine alleys, I felt a sense of timelessness enveloping me, a connection to the rich history and heritage of this enchanting place.

The white-washed streets and picturesque piazzas exuded a sense of serenity, while the Aragonese towers rising out of the rock added a touch of historic grandeur.


From the city walls, I beheld sweeping views of the olive tree-dotted plains stretching towards the shimmering Adriatic Sea, a vista that took my breath away.


Walking through the labyrinthine alleys of Ostuni with our knowledgeable guide was a journey into the lifestyle of Southern Italy.


The flower-box adorned streets, the striking white walls against the clear blue sky - each detail painted a vivid picture of a region steeped in tradition and charm.

Ostuni's (White City) Streets.


Next, I embarked on a journey into the heart of Puglia’s ‘Green Gold’ - olive oil. The 17th-century farmhouse I visited was a testament to the region's deep-rooted connection to olive oil production.


Here, I learned about the ancient olive trees that have stood for over a thousand years, their gnarled branches bearing witness to the passage of time.


The olive oil produced on this family-owned estate was a labor of love, a tradition passed down through generations with unwavering passion.


Tasting the fresh, delicious olive oil made right on the farm was a sensory delight, each drop a symphony of flavors that spoke of the land and the people who tended to it.


The experience went beyond a simple tasting; it was a glimpse into the soul of Puglia, a celebration of its natural beauty, its traditions, and its people.


As I bid farewell to Ostuni, my heart was full of memories and my soul enriched by the beauty and warmth of Puglia.


This experience had not only tantalized my senses but also deepened my connection to the land, its people, and its timeless traditions.


Italy had once again captured my heart, leaving me yearning for more adventures in this land of endless wonders.


Ambelonas Winery & Old Town of Corfu - 17 June 2024


As a seasoned world traveler, my recent adventure in Greece was a captivating blend of cultural immersion and culinary delights, starting with a wine tasting at the enchanting Ambelonas Winery and a stroll through the historic Old Town of Corfu.


My journey began with a scenic drive to Ambelonas Winery, where I was greeted by sweeping views of the island from the vineyard.


The rustic charm of the establishment was complemented by an olive press, adding to the authentic atmosphere.

I indulged in a wine tasting experience, savoring the local wines paired with artisanal bread, cheese, olives, and olive oil. The flavors danced on my palate, each sip a celebration of Greek craftsmanship.

Enjoying wine and farm fresh food.


After exploring the winery and browsing the shop for farm products, I ventured into the heart of Corfu.


Passing by the Old Venetian Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I joined a knowledgeable guide for a leisurely stroll through the historic town center.


The maze of narrow, cobblestone streets whispered tales of centuries past, inviting me to step back in time and unravel the secrets of this ancient city.