Sunday, December 7, 2014


Sorrento (NeapolitanSurriento) is a town and comune in Campania, southern Italy, with some 16,500 inhabitants. It is a popular tourist destination which can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii, as it lies at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line. The town overlooks the Bay of Naples as the key place of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and many viewpoints allow sight of Naples itself, Vesuvius, and the Isle of Capri.
The Amalfi Drive (connecting Sorrento and Amalfi) is a narrow road that threads along the high cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Ferry boats and hydrofoils provide services to NaplesAmalfiPositanoCapri and Ischia. Sorrento's sea cliffs and luxury hotels have attracted notable people, including Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti.
Sorrento is famous for the production of limoncello, a digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. Other agricultural production includes citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives. Wood craftsmanship is also developed.
We stayed at Tasso Suttes.



Praiano is a picturesque common between Positano and Conca dei Marini summer residence of the Doges of Amalfi at the time of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, Considered the heart of the Amalfi coast.
The houses of Praiano develop at the base of Mount Tre Pizzi Emerged and stretching down to the beach of Marina di Praia. Nestled between rocky ridges this natural port, used since ancient Paganism (ancient name of Praiano), is monitored from above by Torre a Mare, a medieval lookout tower.
Immersed in the fauna typical of the Mediterranean between the picturesque cliffs That stand out in the sea, in Additions to the scenic beauty and monumental, Praiano offers excellent tourist services and catering.
On the way to Priano we stopped at Hotel SaracenaTower.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ouro Preto - Black Gold : World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO

Finally me and my wife decided to visit our family in Brazil.
We started from Belo Horizonte the modern capital of Minas Gerais state ( Minas Gerais is General Mines in English).
Minas Gerais territory is larger than France and Germany and is very rich by its minerals: iron, gold, silver, and beautiful stones.
Our family adviced us to visit Ouro Preto former capital of Minas Gerais.
Ouro Preto founded in 1698 during Gold Rush Period and was second capital of Minas Gerais  after Mariana, founded in 1696- first capital of the captaincy of Minas Gerais for a short time.
Ouro Preto is a a masterpiece of Brazilian colonial architecture and is considered the cradle of the Brazilien nation because it was the principal focus of late eighteen century Independence movement inspired by Enlightenment ideas and the American revolution.
* Chuch of St.Francis of Assisi, designed by Aleijadinho, with wood and soap stone sculptures.
* Casa dos Cantos - impressive house of taxes collector
* Museum of the school of mines: a complete mineralogical view in Brazil
* Opera Theater first Opera Theater in the New World functional till today
* Church of Our Lady of the Pilar: a church that marked the culmination ogf Golden Age architecture, with carved works painted entirely in gold.
Before Ouro Preto we visit Mina da Passegem, the largest open to visit mine of gold in the world that keeps secrets and mysteries that enchant everyone.A trolley drives us to the underground galleries, which reach 315 meters in lenght and 120 meters in depth and which temperature varies between 17 to 20 C.The natural lake
( with crystal water with the same temperature opened for diving) inside the mine impresses everyone who sees it.
Since it foundation in the beginning of eighteen century approximately 35 tons of gold ( measured  by authorities without smuggling ) have been extracted till 1985.
My advice is to stay in Belo Horizonte: Royal Savassi Boutigue Hotel
and use a local guide.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tips from Christmas week in Rome

My youngest son and his girlfriend spent a week in Rome around Christmas, and here are their tips:

  • Cinema Metropoline near Piazza del Popolo has shut down.
  • Warner Brothers Village Cinema at Piazza della Repubblica has reopened under a different name and ownership. It no longer screens films in their original version, unless it's Italian.
  • We highly recommend the 'Risotto con radice' (Risotto with root vegetables) at Nonna Betta Restaurant. It's perfect: Al dente, juicy and the precise consistency.
  • The official guided tours of the Vatican Museums worth more than the 5 Euros they cost. Make sure you reserve them at the real Vatican website, and don't fall for any fake site, let alone the "guides" hanging around the entrance. Aim for the afternoon hours (14:30) as it's emptier then. At the end of the guided tour in the Museums, you can continue directly to San Peter's Basilica, thereby bypassing its security lines.
  • Avoid the guided tours and audioguides sold at San Peter's Basilica. The first is long and expensive, while the other is annoying.
  • Paba Hotel (Via Cavour 266) is well situated next to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Its owner, Alberta, is very friendly, helpful and considerate. The rooms are large and quiet (our window faced an internal yard but we were fine with that). If you don't like stiff pillows, the soft ones are in the closet.
  • MAXXI museum is just splendid. They host several large exhibitions in their five galleries and three hours may not be time enough to cover all of them. Don't miss it despite its distance from the city center, just fetch the tram or take a cab. Entrance costs 11 Euros, or 9 EUR for students.
  • MACRO costs 11 Euros and it didn't have as much to offer as MAXXI, but perhaps that was because they were setting up some new exhibitions.
  • Don't miss the ice cream Giolloto, to the north of the Pantheon. Especially the pine nut flavour (pinoli).
  • Some of the artifacts at the Roman Forum are difficult to find. You know they're there, but you're not sure exactly where. Consider taking a human guide, or at least photos of the things you're looking for. The Eyewitness Guide could do the job for this one.
  • Porta Portese market is huge and you could basically find there cheaper prices for every piece of tourist crap sold elsewhere, as long as you're willing to bargain. Keep your cash deep in your inner pockets as pick pockets are numerous.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Netanya and Eilat most beautiful cities in Israel

Congratulations to Netanya and Eilat, big winners of the 2011 annual competition of the Council for a Beautiful Israel.

Netanya (Big cities competition winner) and Eilat (Medium-sized cities competition winner) were crowned as the most beautiful cities in Israel yesterday.

Netanya mayor welcomed the win and said that over the last decade Netanya invested tens of millions of dollars developing the world's most impressive Mediterranean Sea  side promenades sequence.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Top 10 most visited cities by international tourist arrivals in 2010

I want to share with you interesting statistics regarding tourist arrivals in 2010, that I found in Wikipedia:

Top 10 most visited cities by estimated number of international visitors by selected year
Paris France15.12010 (Excluding extra-muros visitors) 
London United Kingdom14.62010 
New York City United States9.72010 
Antalya Turkey9.22010 
Singapore Singapore9.22010
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia8.92010 
Hong Kong Hong Kong8.42010 (Excluding Mainland Chinese visitors) 
Dubai United Arab Emirates8.32010
Bangkok Thailand7.22010 
Istanbul Turkey6.92010 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Due to the Thailand flood Japanese investors may shift to Vietnam and Indonesia

Following my previous post on Thailand floods impact on the Hi-Tech Industry World Wide,
Japanese investors may shift to Vietnam and Indonesia. 
Japanese firms are Thailand's biggest foreign investors and the recent trend of accelerating investment into Thailand will slow down even though the country is an ideal destination for investors, the report said. Japanese companies may shift their investments from Thailand to Vietnam and Indonesia due to the Thailand flood, according to a Bloomberg report. The recent flooding, the worst the country has experienced in 70 years, has disrupted global production and supply chains.
The report also said the tragedy has rippled through the supply chains of Japanese auto and electronics makers, as parts shortages affected operations across the globe.
Takahiro Sekido, Credit Agricole's chief economist for Japan, was quoted saying "Executives recognize the concentration risk after the floods."
Tokyo's Dai-ichi Life Research Institute economist Tohru Nishihama said that Thailand's neighboring countries, specifically Vietnam and Indonesia, are set to attract more Japanese investments. The two countries attracted more foreign direct investment than Thailand last year.
Thailand enjoyed steady growth from 2000 to 2008, averaging more than 4 percent CAGR per year, due to its well-developed infrastructure, a free-enterprise economy, generally pro-investment policies and strong export industries. The country exports mostly machinery and electronic components, agricultural commodities and jewelry. These sectors continue to drive the economy, accounting for as much as three-quarters of Thailand's GDP.
Vietnam, on the other hand, is also a magnet for foreign direct investment, the report said. The success of doing business in Vietnam is greatly facilitated by the ability to put through effective corporate structure and financial management system to deal with foreign investment laws, taxation, accounting and foreign exchange issues in Vietnam.
The investment registration process and tax management in Vietnam is decentralized, with the municipal and provincial authorities having significant discretions on how businesses are established and managed from a tax and accounting angle. Having a good local partner, experienced staff and localized professional support would greatly assist in the initial startup stage.