16. Favourites – Hotels, Rail journeys, Resorts etc

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

MY 10 TOP PLACES TO VISIT

MY TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT

    1. Machu Picchu.
    2. The Greek islands – Santorini, Mykonos
    3. Egypt and Nile Cruise
    4. Africa – Kenya, Serengeti
    5. Alaska – Anchorage Fairbanks and cruise
    6. Ionian Islands of Greece – Kefalonia, Corfu
    7. Yosemite National Park * (see photo above)
    8. INDIA
    9. Lord Howe Island
    10. Hawaii

MY 14 TOP HOTELS TO STAY IN AROUND THE WORLD

(They may not be 5 star but they have the wow factor for a memorable holiday)

  1. TAJ RAMAGH PALACE JAIPUR   see below
  2. THE IMPERIAL NEW DELHI
  3. Katikies Oia, Santorini
  4. Cairo Marriott
  5. Waldorf Astoria New York
  6. Banff Springs Hotel  Canada
  7. Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana
  8. Hotel Principi, Venice
  9. Petassos Beach Mykonos
  10. Sheraton Great Wall
  11. J.W Marriott, HongKong
  12. Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu
  13. Grand Bretagne Athens
  14. Prince of Wales Hotel Grassmere
  15. Monasterio Hotel Cuzco, Peru
  16. Sheraton Waikiki, Hawaii
Rambagh Palace courtyard lovely gardens with pigeon chasing man
Rambagh Palace courtyard lovely gardens with pigeon chasing man

My favourite CATHEDRALS in the world (all personally visited)

LIST WENT FROM 10 TO 27

  1. St. Anthony’s Padua Italy
  2. Notre Dame Cathedral Paris
  3. St. John the Divine (still being built) New York
  4. Santa Crocè Florence
  5. St. Peter’s Basilica Vatican city
  6. Duomo Florence (outside not inside)
  7. Milano Cathedral
  8. Zaragoza Spain ‘Our Lady of the Pillar’
  9. St. Paul’s Cathedral London
  10. Hagia Sophia Istanbul (Orthodox)
  11. Westminster Abbey, London
  12. Seville Cathedral
  13. San Carlos de Bariloche Cathedral, Argentina
  14. Jeronimos Monastery Lisbon Portugal
  15. Ravenna Basilica of San Vitale(famous for its mosaic art)
  16. Washington National Cathedral (Episcopalian)
  17. St. Stephens Vienna Austria
  18. Cuzco Cathedral of Santo Domingo (with the black Christ statue)
  19. Cologne Cathedral
  20. York Cathedral
  21. Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (beautifully ornate with Giotti frescoes.
  22. St. Peter’s Cathedral Adelaide (my Adelaide Anglican church)
  23. St. Mark’s Venice
  24. Sacrè Coeur Paris
  25. St. Patrick’s National Cathedral & Collegiate church of Dublin (Anglican)
  26. Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta San Gimignano
  27. Sangria Familia Barcelona
MILANO CATHEDRAL INTERIOR
MILANO CATHEDRAL INTERIOR
SANGRIA FAMILIA From top tower looking down at cenre of church
SANGRIA FAMILIA From top tower looking down at cenre of church

 

Santa Domingo Church Cuzco
Santa Domingo Church Cuzco
BASILICA BASILICA DI S.APOLLINARE IN CLASE MOSAICS
BASILICA BASILICA DI S.APOLLINARE IN CLASE MOSAICS
OCTAGONAL BASILICA SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE VENICE they build a bridge to here once a year for one day
OCTAGONAL BASILICA SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE VENICE they build a bridge to here once a year for one day
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI BASILICA UPPER AND LOWER
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI BASILICA UPPER AND LOWER

MY FAVOURITE RAIL JOURNEYS

  1. Cuzco to Lake Titicaca, Peru
  2. KURANDA RAIL QUEENSLAND – NEW JUST CAME BACK WONDERFUL *
  3. White Pass Yukon to Skagway – Alaska
  4. North Vancouver to Whistler – Canada
  5. Bullet train Osaka to Tokyo – Japan
  6. Rocky Mountaineer – Canadian Rockies
  7. Amtrak New York to Boston first class
  8. Denali Express – Anchorage to Denali NP
  9. Strahan Railway – Tasmania
  10. Steam train Cowra with the grand kids.
  11. Eurail Vienna  to Salzburg
  12. Eurail Lausanne to Lake Como
  13. Rail around Spain
  14. Landsborough to Brisbane with a friend
Kuranda rail Qld
Kuranda rail Qld

 

 

Strahan West Coast Wilderness Railway
Strahan West Coast Wilderness Railway
ON THE WHITEHORSE TO SKAGWAY TRAIN a very enjoyable journey
ON THE WHITEHORSE TO SKAGWAY TRAIN a very enjoyable journey

MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO

  1. Seeing my kids and grand children and family
  2. Meeting up with old friends
  3. Going to church on Sundays and singing my heart out
  4. Travelling to new places
  5. Being on the beach, walking, swimming
  6. Shopping (except for groceries)
  7. Painting
  8. Getting into a good book

MY 15 BEST THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS

  1. Acropolis to see the Parthenon and Erechthion
  2. Acropolis Museum – housing the artefacts found on site belonging to the Parthenon.  These are restored in the museum as best to show how the Parthenon originally looked.  We know that many of the carvings and statues were taken by Lord Elgin back to London where they sit in the British Museum.  This museum was built in the hope that one day they would return to Athens.
  3. The Plaka – this is the very old district of Athens at the foot of the Acropolis, with very colourful streets and shops and is a very lively area at night.
  4. Cape Sounion to see the Temple of Poseidon.
  5. Panathenaic stadium where the modern day Olympic Games were held
  6. Lycabettus Hill, catch the funicular car from Kolonaki to reach the top and see magnificent views of Athens and visit 19th century Chapel of St. George
  7. Take a day cruise to the islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina
  8. National Archaeological Museum a very important museum, largest in Greece devoted to Ancient Greek art.
  9. Walk through Hadrian’s Arch to see the Temple of Olympia Zeus
  10. Benaki Museum – the oldest museum in Athens housing over 40,000 pieces of Greek art dating back to antiquity.
  11. See changing of the pom-pom guard at Hellenic Parliament House and Syntagma square
  12. Go down into the Metro system to see the artefacts dug up during building of the rail system housed behind glass like a museum.
  13.  Visit Ancient Agora – the longest standing classical building in Athens
  14. Monastiraki Flea Markets
  15. Dinner and traditional Greek dancing at Geros Tou Moria in the old Plaka area at base of Acropolis.  A must to do.

 

 

 

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