I came to Padua to see Giotto’s masterpiece, the Scrovegni Chapel, but I discovered a really amazing place. I found a charming city with lovely streets, elegant architecture, fun sights, and locals out enjoying a pleasant fall weekend in the numerous parks and piazzas. While Venice, its neighbor in the Veneto region, gets mobs of tourists, I realized that Padua definitely deserves a few days to explore and rewards its visitors with an unforgettable experience.
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Touring the Peloponnese is a lot of work. Don’t get me wrong, the towns and countryside are gorgeous. Its just that you just have to cover a lot of ground and move from hotel to hotel. That’s why I’m glad I tweaked my planning a little bit to spent a few days in Nafplio. Its close to several major archaeological sites for day-tripping and is a fantastic, relaxing sea-side escape in its own right. Nafplio is the kind of place you look for when traveling!
A list went out earlier this week of “100 Museums to See Before You Die” which got me thinking about my next trip. While this particular list of museums is in no way exhaustive (no Egyptian Museum, no Chicago Art Institute, etc, etc!), it made me realize there are huge clusters of amazing museums I’ve never seen because there are many major international cities I still haven’t visited. I’m itching for an easy to plan “Spring Break” and what better way to spend a potentially rainy week in March than in museums! My only problem is deciding where to go….
Our first full day in Istanbul we hit the big sights: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. I’ll get to those things soon, but I am still stuck on our amazing fish dinner the first night! As the sun began to set, we wandered over the Galata Bridge, watching the ferries come and go and observing the local fishermen. Standing almost shoulder to shoulder along the bridge, there were actually catching fish, albeit tiny finger-sized ones.