Back to the Real World

I’ve been back home for a couple of days now, and the post-vacation depressive state is starting to fade, so I thought this would be a good time to update the blog. I digged through the dozens of photos I took on the trip, and selected a few to make a sort of review. This has nothing to do with books, so feel free to skip it if you’re not interested in Mediterranean sights.

Be aware that I chose the most “touristy” photos I took to post here (the others will probably make it on one of my other, more photographically related sites) and that these are straight from camera. I spent two weeks traveling, and these are the places I went to:

Monaco / Monte Carlo

I was actually a bit weary of going to Monaco – I was told that the place’s main attractions were the expensive boats and cars of rich people, and I had zero interest in traveling to see those. The cars are indeed there – but thankfully, there is much more to Monaco than just that. It’s a beautiful place, with amazing seascapes and interesting things to see. I’m not sure I’ll be going back, but I’m happy that I got to see it.

Florence (Italy)

Beautiful city, but unfortunately we didn’t spend nearly as much time as we should have there. The city is packed with art and museums, and it’s a must-go-back-there-to-explore-it for me.

Rome (Italy)

Amazing city! I really can’t say enough good things about it. It blew away my expectations, and I was expecting a good thing. It’s one of those places where I would love to live. There’s monuments and art everywhere, every building is gorgeous and the atmosphere is great – you can just feel a great vibe throughout, as if the city itself was breathing and aware of its thousands of years of history. A must-see!

Santorini (Greece)

You’ve probably seen this place before in movies or photos – its white houses hanging on the edge of the cliffs are immediately recognizable. It’s truly an amazing place. The islands are the remains of a gigantic volcano that collapsed with an immense eruption, and the crater is now filled with water. Truly incredible!

Kusadasi -> Ephesus (Turkey)

Ephesus is an ancient city that is in remarkably good shape. It used to be an important port but the sea has receded and nowadays is very far away from it. The city’s library was one of the biggest in the ancient world and the facade, which is still standing, is breathtaking. Very much worth the visit! I didn’t like Kusadasi as much. We spent only a couple of hours there. The salesman are far too intrusive for my taste, you literally couldn’t take a step without having at least two of them trying to pull you into a store and make you buy something. I left feeling very annoyed. I’d still go back to Turkey to see the rest of the country, though.

Athens (Greece)

This was the biggest disappointment of the trip. My apologies to the Greeks, but… I found the city to be a bit ugly. Granted, the Acropolis and a few monuments are beautiful, but I went there expecting something closer to Rome and it couldn’t be farther from it. I’m happy that I got to visit it, but probably won’t go back.

Pompeii (Italy)

I’m sure everyone knows the story of Pompeii, so I won’t go into detail here. I was looking forward to this visit and it didn’t disappoint. You really feel like you are walking in a city, not just ruins. There are frescoes and signs from two thousand years back (down to political propaganda in the walls!) and streets lined with former shops and restaurants. The Mount Vesuvius is looming in the background. Quite breathtaking and lovely.

Barcelona (Spain)

This was my fourth time in Barcelona, and having stayed for a long time and explored the city quite thoroughly on foot, I didn’t see anything new, but I love that place so much that I didn’t mind at all. If you haven’t been there, make sure you go. It’s one of my favourite cities in the world. Just beautiful in every aspect.

So this is my little review of the places I visited. Soon the blog will be back to business as usual, with a review of the book I was reading during the trip.

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2 thoughts on “Back to the Real World

  1. Ed B says:

    Great ‘touristy’ pictures … especially the ones of Ephesus .. sure hope I get to go there one day !!
    Ed

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