Noto Sicily’s Valley of Baroque

Noto is another Sicilian town revered for spectacular Baroque architecture. I visited on Saturday. The Mediterranean has been stormy and weather was overcast and windy – not great for photography. Everything in the complex has unique symbolism and historical significance, so I hoped to hire a local guide. Knowing the history and culture of countries…

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Modica Sicily

I’m relaxing in Pozzallo, content with long walks on the beach, uninspired to post on my travel blog or chase Sicilian attractions. Daylight hours are long (6:30 am – 8:30 pm) and April weather is mild. Like most Mediterranean coastal areas, Pozzallo’s wind is fierce and unpredictable with temperatures changing quickly. We’ve had a few…

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Central Belgrade Serbia

After catching my breath, I’ve continued exploring Belgrade. It’s an impressive European city influenced by Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian, Russian, and Austro-Hungarian empires. One of the oldest cities in Europe, it’s the only capital built at the confluence of two rivers – the Danube and Sava. Complex history, language, and names make writing about Belgrade…

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Baroque Masterpieces Charlottenburg Palace Berlin

Last night I enjoyed a concert at Charlottenburg Palace. Dressed in period costumes, the Berlin Residence Orchestra performed Baroque masterpieces by Vivaldi, Händel, Bach, and others. Before the concert, some savored a three-course “themed candlelight dinner”. Years ago, I experienced a similar but disappointing dinner in Salzburg, so I opted for the concert only. The…

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Český Krumlov

The medieval town of Český Krumlov was one of the first places in the Czech Republic listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mesmerizing architecture of the castle complex and the medieval town is a mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. Český Krumlov is in a valley surrounded by the Vltava River with the…

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