Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Alaska 2016: The Voyager Hotel - Great place to stay in Anchorage

Anchorage is a main gate to Alaska and and excellent starting point to explore Alaska.
The Voyager Hotel in Anchorage, located just 500 metres from the Ocean's Promenade and  Denaina Convention Center, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi. A daily hot breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, oatmeal, coffee and juice is included.
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts is 400 metres away. Ted Stevens Airport is 6 km away from The Voyager Hotel.
This property is also rated for the best value in Anchorage! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
But the main advantage of The Voyager Hotel is its very friendly staff that help you with advices and solve promptly any problem.

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