In fair Verona when we lay our scene

Sunday, December 1, 2013

"In fair Verona, when we lay our scene"....this is a part of the famous Romeo and Juliet's prologue from Shakespeare that I most remind. Verona is one of the most beautiful cities and top travel destinations in Italy and also is part of the Unesco sites. And I'm proud to say that this Veneto:my land! :-)
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This post is more an image gallery rather than a trip report. However, you can see here the most interesting landmarks here:

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Sunday, November 17, 2013

This is an old post and a brief presentation I wrote in the past about Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in Spain. Enjoy it! :-)
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Source: www.iberostar.com

Trip reports: USA East Coast Road Trip

Monday, November 11, 2013

More than 3,000 km or 2,000 miles, 8 cities and 8 days are the main figures of this great USA East Coast Road Trip. If you are not afraid to drive along the Eastern Coast and you don't mind even to drive for more than 500 miles or 800 km, this is an ideal trip itinerary you could consider.

If you want to combine nature, nightlife, relax long hours drive, beaches, parks, this is the right place for you.
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Travel highlights: tips for an European traveling to the USA

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Are you planning your first trip to the U.S.? Great! This is not your first trip to the U.S? No problem: this post can be useful for you too.
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This is what you could expect there...

Travel highlights: American & Caribbean food

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As already mentioned in the French food post, a significant part of a travel is also represented by the food. In this travel highlights post, I will show you some of the courses we ate in the US during our USA East Coast Road Trip.

American Food is similar to the food you eat in the Central - Northern Europe, as if it were a natural heritage of the first Europeans that came to this land and then created the USA. You eat meat, sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and vegetables in a unique course.

Let's start from a triple meat course with fries :-)
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Travel highlights: National Mall quotes

Thursday, October 24, 2013

As usual every trip has its own travel highlights: the first one of the fabulous USA East Coast Road Trip is represented by the National Mall quotes, in Washington DC.

Ex - US presidents left us some of the most inspiring quotes. Clearly they were pronunciated during different epoques, such as the World War II (the ones of Roosevelt) or during the 60s (Martin Luther King), when some rights weren't achieved. I have selected some of them: I hope you can read and think about them.

Let's start from the first one, regarding freedom ( Franklin Delano Roosevelt).
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My Stay at the C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, USA

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Today I'm pleased to publish a post of Bob Mauer, owner and editor of the blog Traveling Tripster, regarding his stay at the C Lazy U Ranch, in Granby, Colorado, USA: 3 days of amazing and diverse outdoor activities that make this Ranch a place to go for outdoor lovers!
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Source: www.top50ranches.com

From Miami to Key West...and back!

Monday, October 21, 2013

When you think about Key, you think about a tool to open a door, but not an island. Anyway, Keys are the name of the Florida Islands and the Florida Keys, in particular, are the exposed portion of an ancient coral reef.

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After the visit to Key Biscayne and to Miami, this time I'm going to tell you the travel story from Miami to Key West: another ride over the Atlantic Ocean! Ready to start?

Escape from Miami? Key Biscayne, USA

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Do you want to leave for a while the noise and the chaos of Miami and have a break? That's great! You can go off the beaten tracks and get to Key Biscayne, at few miles or km from the Florida's most famous destination.
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Trip reports: three days in Miami

Saturday, October 5, 2013

If you want to have a small guide on what to do in Miami in 3 days, this is the right place! 

The "essential" Miami will guide you through all the posts written regarding one of the top travel destinations you could visit, live, explore and experience.
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The sleepless Miami Beach: the nightlife

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The exploration of North America can involve also a city's nightlife and the one of Miami is particularly attractive. Well today I'm going to show you in particular the Miami Beach nightlife, as part of the Miami nightlife.

You are now approaching to the sleepless Miami Beach
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Miami Beach: Lincoln Road and main attractions

Friday, September 20, 2013

Have you ever seen an opened-air mall? Well in the not far from Miami Beach with South Beach and Art Deco District there's this great idea, developed along Lincoln Road and its road: the Miami Lincoln Road Mall.
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Travel trends in 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It's always interesting to know how people take their decisions regarding travels and it's also interesting how in the last 6 years the number of people changed because of the global economic crisis, what they spend, when and where they travel, if they book online or via a travel agency.

The website Best Hospitality Degrees performed this incredible research and designed an infographic based on U.S. people. So I'm proud to host this guest post with this detailed infographic that shows the travel industry trends 2013 and the relationship between work and holiday.

The beach holidays are still the most requested, then at the second spot we find the romantic retreats and then the city holidays.

Taking Off: Travel Trends in 2013 
 For more info please visit the website Best Hospitality Degrees.

Miami Beach with South Beach and Art Deco District, USA

Sunday, September 15, 2013


"Miami, uh, uh Southbeach, bringin the heat, uh" - I heard so many times these lyrics and finally I was there! After Little Havana and Calle OchoCoral Gables and the Downtown, it's time to explore finally Miami Beach with South Beach and the Art Deco District.

Miami and Miami Beach are divided by the Biscayne Bay and connected by four bridges. Along the Julia Tattle Causeway, you can see the Miami Downtown.

Miami Coral Gables and the Downtown, USA

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

After the Latin Miami Little Havana, I'm going to show you two completely different faces of this fantastic city that you can easily see: the luxurious Coral Gables and the Downtown.

Let's start from Miami Coral Gables

Located near Little Havana, this is the luxurious district of the city.
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Venetian Pool in Coral Gables Miami

Miami Little Havana and Calle Ocho, USA

Friday, August 30, 2013

"Here I am in the place where I come let go - Miami". This is the beginning of the Will Smith's song, "Miami", and this is the new stop of the USA East Coast Road Trip: the wonderful Miami, the capital of Florida, one of my top travel destinations and best seaside places for sure.

These song lyrics were in my mind so I was curious to discover this city: for sure it could have been a great place to visit or a great disappointment. For sure it was not a disappointment, but a city that I loved!

The city is really multicultural and multiform with different districts that make Miami like an agglomerate of different cities. This was something that impressed me much and for this reason I will start writing about its districts.

The first one is Miami Little Havana, whose most representative street is the 8th Street, best known as Calle Ocho.
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Things to do in Daytona Beach, USA

Thursday, August 15, 2013

If you think about Daytona Beach, the first things that comes into your mind is the Daytona Speedway International, place of the famous Nascar car races. However, it's not only this: it's a great place and one of the top seaside places of the entire area. This is the reason why it's definitely in my list of top travel destinations.

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Let's start from the Daytona International Speedway, the famous Nascar race track, which is also the top attraction of Daytona Beach and one of the reasons why the city is famous in the entire world. Don't you remember the videogames in the 80s?

Fernandina Beach, Florida - USA

Saturday, August 10, 2013

And now we are in the Florida! What a fantastic USA East Coast Road Trip
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer The first place you can find is the city of Fernandina Beach: one of the seaside places we have visited during this road trip.

Hotel reports: Thunderbird Inn in Savannah, USA

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"The Hippest Hotel in Savannah", it says the business card of this incredible motel: this is the Thunderbird Inn in Savannah, for sure one of the coolest motels even seen, at least different from the standard ones.
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Savannah, USA

Monday, August 5, 2013

After a long drive from Kitty Hawk and the Outer Banks we got to Savannah, in Georgia in the evening.

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Exploring the Outer Banks and Kitty Hawk, USA

Thursday, July 25, 2013

After having visited Washington, we decided to deviate from the Route 95 in order to drive along the Outer Banks, a 200 mile or 320 km long string of narrow barrier islands off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina and Virginia.
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It's like a ride in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and our stop was Kitty Hawk, also place where the Wright Brothers had attempted for 4 years in a row to flight for the first time. 

The First Year of Diaries of an Explorer

Monday, July 22, 2013

The 21st of July of 2012 I published the 1st post of Diaries of an explorer and I'm really proud that this blog has grown and also has registered a good level of interaction: 60 posts, almost 23,000 pages visited and more than 10,000 visitors in this year are some of the figures registered.

To celebrate the first birthday, I launched the DoE's Itinerary Planner Service in order to meet the needs of the people that want to get customized trip itineraries or template trip itineraries. As planning a trip can be really stressful, I can help you with this so you can get your dream trip.

To celebrate this b-day, you can request an itinerary with a 30% discount: just insert the coupon BIRTHDAY and you will get a 30% discount. Hurry up! This coupon will expire in 15 days!

Coming soon, a free e-book will be released: its title will be "How to plan a trip to Europe", an useful guide with some resources, tips and tricks to save money and travel smarter, faster and better.

In order to provide the best content, tips, advices and tricks I will also open new categories, as exploring the world means also sharing with you all that a place can offer you, from the most interesting attractions to the hidden places, from its culture to the food, from the cathedrals to the nightlife.

However, I won't stop sharing all the feelings, emotions and travel stories about the world and why everyone should try to travel through it in order to understand the differences and contrasts.

One day in Ravenna, Italy

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The last stop of the International Blog Tour was Ravenna, city that I've never visited before and part of the Unesco sites list. This is a city you cannot miss, one of the top travel destinations that should be inserted in the bucket list of each traveller.

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Added as "Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna" because of its "unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments", Ravenna displays also other interesting attractions to visit.

Heartstorming art expo in Treviso, Italy

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

If you have the opportunity to visit Venice and the precious and closer city Treviso, just 30 km far from the more famous city, I would recommend you also to go to the Spazio Paraggi, located in Via Pescatori 23, a room and hall dedicated to art expos, conferences, music performances with also a library.

From the 21st of June to the 9th of July, there's an interesting art expo called Heartstorming of a young and talented painter, Roberta Battaglia. If you are in Treviso, I would strongly recommend to not miss it this nice art expo.

I loved this exposition as the paintings are full of colors and really expressive, and the constrast between the black and all the bright and warm colors reminded me something about the famous Catalan painter Joan Mirò.

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Cesenatico: the city symbols

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

After the post regarding the "hidden" part of the city, now it's time to explore the main attractions of Cesenatico. There's not only the heritage of the 20th Century: the most important part is for sure the historical centre.
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Hidden Cesenatico: the heritage of the 20th Century

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The first post regarding Cesenatico is about the heritage of the 20th Century and I called it the "hidden" Cesenatico. It's really interesting what happened here: buildings and attractions reflect the history of Italy during the 20th Century.
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Although that historical period wasn't that happy, as Italy was dominated by the fascist regime, the dictator Benito Mussolini decided to make Cesenatico a touristic destination accessible also to the middle class.

Hotel reports: Hotel Tiffany & Resort - Cesenatico, Italy

Monday, June 3, 2013

The first post of this experience is dedicated to the Hotel Tiffany & Resort, my "base" of the International Blog Tour in Cesenatico, Italy.
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The hotel is based in the nearby district of Valverde of Cesenatico, approximately 3-4 km far from the historical centre of Cesenatico, easily reachable in 10 minutes by bike. The hotel is just 300 meters far from the beach and Valverde has all the facilities needed for a pleasant holiday.

The experience was absolutely great and honestly I've never been treated so well here! If you are going to spend an holiday in the Riviera Romagnola or around Cesenatico this is a great hotel where to stay!

The International Blog Tour in Cesenatico, Italy

Friday, May 31, 2013

Honestly when I opened this travel blog, I would have never thought about the existence of blog tours or blog meetings or about the possibility to spend a weekend or couple of days with some other international bloggers.

It's something completely unexpected and unknown that makes life absolutely exciting and thrilling.

Last weekend I joined my first International Blog Tour in Cesenatico, Italy, with other 30 international bloggers, organized by Alessandria Catania and the consortium Cesenatico Bella Vita, a great chance to meet some "virtual" colleagues and visit in deep one of the most famous seaside places in the Riviera Romagnola.
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Source: Cesenatico Bellavita.it
My hotel was the fantastic Hotel Tiffany & Resort, located in the closer district called Valverde, absolutely recommended for its hospitality and super-kind staff: I've never been treated so well in my life so I will dedicate an exclusive post about it!

This International Blog Tour was a great experience as I could visit and explore Cesenatico in deep, know something more about its history, its ancient and maritime traditions, its cuisine and the great hospitality of the local people, something already experienced in a previous holiday. Let's say it's one of the good places where to try the real Taste of Italy.

So fasten your seat belts and get ready for another fantastic travel and exploration!

Washington DC - things to do in one day

Friday, May 17, 2013

The day after the flight and left the motel, finally we reached the city centre of Washington DC. The adventure and the exploration of North America was really starting!

As we spent one day there, I'm going to show you the things to do in Washington DC in one day!

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From Venice to Washington: the travel story

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sometimes also the travel to a destination, even it's just a flight, can be something that you can tell later on. 

Well the flight approximately costed approximately 600 Euros (around 780$) from Venice to Baltimore and then from Miami to Venice and the flight company was US Arways. I booked the flight through Lastminute.com.
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Presentation of the USA East Coast Road Trip

Sunday, May 5, 2013

From the exploration of Europe to the exploration of North America, from the stunning landscapes and seaside places of the Cote d'Azur travel to the Route 95, Diaries of an explorer presents the next incredible road trip, the USA East Coast Road Trip.

Why this choice? Well there was no particular decision about this, my friends had already done the USA West Coast, so this time we decided to travel along the Eastern side.

This is the trip itinerary: as usual I did it using the site Scribblemaps.com
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As you can see, the starting point was Baltimore and the last city was Miami, with day trips and adventures also in Key Biscaine and Key West, the southern point of Florida, at just 90 miles far from Cuba. 

The flight was from Venice, Italy to Philadelphia, and then from Philly to Baltimore. Then we rented a car via Alamo rental service, strongly recommended if you travel in the U.S., and we chose a Chevrolet Traverse, really big and comfortable and extremely easy to drive.
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Obviously, due to the lack of time ( in fact the journey lasted only 8 days), we came back to Italy by plane, from Miami to Philadelphia first and then from Philly to Venice.

Despite a recommendation to follow the route of the Appalachian Mountains we decided to follow the Route 95, using the Lonely Planet Guides as reference point to chose day by day what to do. The two guides we used were: Lonely Planet USA's Best Trips (Regional Travel Guide) and Lonely Planet Eastern USA (Regional Guide).

The road trip was similar to the Road Trip July 2012, as we slept in different locations and in the cheap US motels! It wasn't even necessary to book in advance and this is a real road trip!

So fasten your seat belt and get ready to travel with Diaries of an explorer through the USA East Coast and the Route 95! Let's start here!

11 Things to do in Naples in one day

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Are you going to Naples? Do you just have one day or 24 hours to visit the biggest city of Southern Italy? Do you wanna enjoy the real Taste of Italy?
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In this post I will show you a possible one-day trip itinerary and the top 11 things to do in Naples in one day.

Royal Palace of Venaria Reale, Italy

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Royal Palace of Venaria Reale, in Italian "Reggia di Venaria Reale", belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage List, as part of the Residences of Royal House of Savoy, located near Turin, in Italy.
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Travel essentials: Moleskine notebooks

Monday, April 15, 2013

Many travelers love writing their feelings, emotions, travel tricks or tips somewhere, but clearly if you bring with you a big notebook maybe you will miss the opportunity to write them down and maybe use them when you work on your photo collection or if you want to make a cd-rom of your travels.

In the previous travel essentials article, I chose a high quality compact photo camera because I think it's best to carry light gadgets with you: you travel faster, reduce the theft-risk and lose less time than big and heavy gadget.

The perfect match is for sure the Moleskine Notebooks, a small paper notebook that becomes a fantastic travel gadget: it allows you to report everything wherever and whenever you want.

Are you on the top of the highest mountains where the temperature could waste your electronic devices?

Are you in a museum or somewhere where the smartphone or tablet is not allowed?

Nobody or nothing can stop you from taking your Moleskine notebook and write down your thoughts. You just need this and a pen and you could save this. 

It is even more important if you are a travel blogger: you know that the quality or your article depends also on some particular things you can describe or show to your audience.

Personally I prefer the red version, but you can find many colors. But why Moleskine? well its design, really anonymous, simple and also its history, used by Van Gogh, Picasso, Heminghway or Chatwin, but most of all practical: this its elastic and little pocket inside you can even keep important documents without losing them.

Another factor that helped its growth was its re-birth: in fact in 1997 an editorial company from Milan, Italy, relaunched the famous notebook and since that time it's been living a second and lucky life!

This red Moleskine notebook is the one used by me during the Road Trip July 2012 and the Cote d'Azur travel and will be used in the next road trips and explorations!

To find other interesting travel essentials and gears, please check the page Travel Resources and Books page.

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Trip reports: Cote d'Azur travel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

700 km, 7 cities, 5 days are just some figures of this wonderful road trip.

If you want to combine nature, nightlife, relax, tasty food and beaches, the Cote d'Azur is the ideal place for you.
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Travel highlights: French food

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Cote d'Azur travel was a great opportunity to taste some delicious French food, from the traditional you could find in the entire France to the regional of Provence and Cote d'Azur.

This "travel highlights" post will show you a collection of recommended dishes you should really try. An exploration of Europe means not only discovering cities but also its culture and its food. In this case it was really influenced by the Mediterranean cuisine. This is a list, not a chart...

Ratatouille: one of the most famous dishes of Cote d'Azur, created in Nice, is prepared with peppers, courgettes, aubergines, tomatoes and onions, cooked with olive oil and Provence herbs.
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Source: Frontierenews.it

Monte Carlo by night, Monaco

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Another destination of the Cote d'Azur travel was Monte Carlo. Famous in the world to be the city of the most famous Formula 1 Gran Prix, for its casino, luxury port and residence of many millionaires, Monte Carlo, capital of the small country Monaco, has its own charm and attracts healthy people from all around the world.

Foto di Monte-Carlo
                                                                                                      Source:TripAdvisor.

Saint Paul de Vence, France

Thursday, March 7, 2013

After the wonderful stay Cannes, the next stop of the Cote d'Azur travel was Saint Paul de Vence which is one of the top travel destinations in France with more than 2 million of visitors.

Just imagine an old medieval town perfectly conserved, a place where time has stopped by and a private atmosphere: this is Saint Paul de Vence
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Things to do in Cannes, France

Thursday, February 28, 2013

After the visit to Porquerolles and the dinner in Saint Tropez, places with the best Cote d'Azur beaches, the next following day we visit better Cannes.
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For this reason Diaries of an Explorer is going to tell you the things to do in Cannes, France: please keep in mind that it's not a chart, but a list!


A walk along the Boulevard de la Croisette, with its beach clubs, discos and luxury hotels. Enjoy the charming atmosphere of the city during the night, meet models, see fast cars running. If you want to walk and relax or party until the morning light Cannes is the perfect place for both. 

Porquerolles Island, France

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


If you are in Provence and Cote d’Azur and you want a quiet place with stunning nature and wonderful sea, this is for sure Porquerolles island, not far from Toulon.

From Cannes it takes approximately 1h 15 minutes by car to get there. You cross places mentioned in the 10 wonders of Provece and Cote d’Azur like the Colorado of Provence and finally you get to Hyeres, city where to take the boat to reach the Porquerolles island.

The price is not that cheap: 18 Euros per person for less than 30 minutes of travel. You can take it close to the Tour Fondue, old fortress, built to fight the pirates in the past.
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Carnival of Venice: Venetian Masks History

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Carnival of Venice, Italy, is one the biggest and most famous carnivals in the world: maybe everything has been written about it so Diaries of an Explorer is going to talk about the Venetian Masks and most of all about the Venetian Masks History.
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This is one the pics I took yesterday in Piazza San Marco, San Mark's Square, but now let's go through the history of this tradition.

Cap d'Antibes and the medieval Antibes, France

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

If you want to combine great beaches, culture, history and good food Cap d'Antibes and Antibes represent the perfect match for your needs.
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Part of the list of 10 wonders of Provence and Cote d'Azur, the next destination was Cap d'Antibes first, as following the travel guides there should have been some of the best or most famous Cote d'Azur beaches.

Ultimate Summer Activities for the Outdoor Enthusiasts

Monday, January 21, 2013

Although there is still time to grab a last minute bargain for the winter ski season, many of us are looking ahead and planning our summer sojourn, and rightly so. You can grab some incredible deals online, giving you the chance to enjoy the offerings of faraway shores, without breaking the bank.
 
Where many escape the humdrum of everyday life in the hope of finding relaxation and serenity, others wish to test their limits and enjoy the outdoors to the max. Here are some top summer activities for those of you who want a little more thrill and to feel the adrenaline pumping. 

Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike holidays are popular all over the world, particularly in the foothills of the European mountains. Wherever there is craggy terrain and downhill thrills to be had, you’ll see mountain bike enthusiasts appreciating it. Resorts in Greece are incredibly popular for such a sojourn, including Lemnos and Halkidiki, while the Alps prove to be an excellent choice once the winter snow season has subsided. Austria offers multi-activity weeks in its Alps, including in the vicinity of Hinterglemm in the Glemm valley. 
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Cannes & Ile Sainte-Marguerite

Saturday, January 19, 2013

After the "luxury" walk along the Boulevard de la Croisette and having felt like a movie star, the real exploration of the Provence and Cote d'Azur started the following day.

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We decided to go to the Lerins Islands, a group of four islands not far from Cannes, and in particular to Ile Sainte-Marguerite.


Caribbean Cruises: The Perfect Holiday?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

If you wanted to sum up the perfect holiday, a Caribbean cruise would probably come pretty close - especially when you travel with the likes of Royal Caribbean International.

Let's face it, what could be better than waking up to a new destination every morning - one of cloudless blue skies, gently swaying palms and sparkling blue seas, not to mention the bubbly vibe of Caribbean cities and the rugged mountains and steamy jungles of the interior. It's like finding a new paradise every day. And when you're not exploring colonial cities or discovering the true meaning of relaxation on a deserted stretch of golden coastline, you'll be living it up in style onboard the ship - enjoying fine cuisine, first-rate facilities and thrilling entertainment.

There are plenty of top-notch Caribbean cruise operators out there, but for sheer innovation and a never-ending list of things to do, Royal Caribbean International never fails to disappoint. Whichever ship you choose - whether you opt for Oasis of the Seas or book Independence Of The Seas cruises, you'll be treated to a stunning range of entertainment options. From the zip-wires, rock-climbing walls and surf simulators that the RCI fleet has become famous for, to the huge choice of restaurants and high-octane evening entertainment on offer, part of you will be tempted to stay on the ship rather than getting off to explore each new destination.

And one of the other great things about a cruise is that there's always a great deal to be had. You'll find plenty of offers on Royal Caribbean cruises, from last-minute bargains departing within the next few weeks, to early bird deals on next summer's itineraries and cheeky discounts on cabin upgrades. As if a Caribbean cruise isn’t perfect enough, grabbing a great deal is certainly the icing on the cake.

Cannes by night, France

Monday, January 7, 2013

Even it was not included in the 10 wonders of Provence and Cote d'Azur list, Cannes is for sure one of the top travel destinations and seaside places of the entire Cote d'Azur and of the Mediterranean sea, and also the location of one of most important film festivals in the world, the Cannes Film Festival.
We chose Cannes for its appeal and position, ideal to visit the other places of the Cote d'Azur travel: the hotel booked was the Etap Hotel (the future Ibis Budget Hotel), located at 10 km far from Cannes, in Mouans- Sartoux: 4 nights at 260 Euros.

The first day we arrived there in the late afternoon so we could only see Cannes by night. And by night you can enjoy mostly the Croisette Boulevard with its  luxury and magnificient hotels, the beach and of course the Palais of Festivals, the place of the Film Festival.

Left the car at Le Pantiero parking place the first thing you can see is the Suquet, the old medieval district, with fantastic color lights, with its castle:
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Picasso art expo in Milan

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Do you want to discover life, adventures, paintings and sculptures of the great Pablo Picasso?

Here we are, Diaries of an explorer is going to show you this: a journey through the incredible art of the Spanish painter.

The Picasso art expo in Milan, Italy, is still open to the public but until the 6th of January. I was lucky as my visit was booked at the beginning of October and I could go there just at the end of December...unless if you would have to face long and long queues as individual.

The Picasso art expo is located at the Palazzo Reale ( Royal Palace) close to the famous Piazza Duomo ( Dom Square)

As probably this expo would deserve many posts about it I'm going to show you just one painting or sculpture per period or art style. 
  • Blue Period: in this period Picasso was used to paint needy people like Celestine that had a cancer on her eye
 From Studentepercaso.com 
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