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UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Wonder of Machu Picchu

The wonder of Machu Picchu has been on the bucket list for so many of us. We can’t blame these travelers – the photos we see online and on social media are just stunning, and we want to be there! Of course, I’m one of those travelers who plead guilty.

Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka

The Christ Church and Stadthuys in Melaka (or Malacca) in Malaysia are just a spit away from each other. The area where they stand is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical importance. The moment I got out of the taxi, I could see why the place should be

Inside Florence Duomo Isn’t as Grand as Its Facade

Inside Florence Duomo isn’t as grand as its facade. I was a bit disappointed. The cathedral is almost bare inside. Unlike other cathedrals, this one doesn’t allow visitors to sit on one of the few pews inside. Its Gothic design inside gives a vast impression of the cathedral that also

The Gates of Paradise at Florence Baptistry

The Gates of Paradise at Florence Baptistry are closed to the public, but, perhaps, open to the men of God. Sadly, I’m not one of the righteous ones. The baptistry is an octagonal monument with three doors with lavish ornaments of religious themes. These doors are perfect examples of the

Basilica di San Marco Glitters in Gold

In Venice, Basilica di San Marco glitters in gold. No, you won’t be able to see gold on its facade but wait until you see its interior. I’m not sure if they intended to have the interior a bit dark. Perhaps, it’s to emphasize the beaming gold that you’d see

Venice: The Mosaics of San Marco Basilica

These mosaics of San Marco Basilica are from the 11th century but they never lose their luster. They’re our windows to Byzantine art. Be warned: you can’t take photos inside St. Mark’s Basilica. While there’s no entrance fee, the number of visitors allowed to get inside is controlled and limited.

Inside Avila Cathedral – The First Gothic Cathedral in Spain

Catedral de Avila, or Avila Cathedral, is Spain’s first Gothic cathedral. Going inside was the first thing I did when I arrived in this city known for its ancient fortress. Instead of joining a tour, I opted to do it alone because, as you can guess, I abhor being rushed. And

Time Stands Still at Seville Real Alcazar

Seville Real Alcazar will never fail to enchant you. The palace is magnificent, from its roof to the walls to the ground and to the gardens. The tile works, the designs, and the architectural delicateness of arches and carvings will blow your mind away. The rooms are even more stunning

Inside Catedral de Sevilla – The World’s Largest Gothic Cathedral

Catedral de Sevilla boggles the mind. Not only incredibly huge but also unbelievably magnificent inside! It’s the most stunning cathedral I’ve ever been to so far. Everything is incredibly gorgeous, from the dome ceilings to the columns and marble floors! I honestly had goosebumps as soon as I got in

Light and Sound Show at the Pyramids

I watched the Light and Sound Show at the Pyramids from the rooftop of my guest house. It’s free, of course. But, if you’re staying somewhere with no view of the Pyramids, then, you’ve got to shell out $10 to see it at night. Related: Spectacular Sunset at the Pyramids

Photos: Al Diwan at Madain Saleh

I was supposed to post these photos of Al Diwan at Madain Saleh long ago, but I got so busy at work. And I also had to do some research on my trip to Bahrain and UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Al Ain). Now that I’m back, I just realized that

Qasr Al Saneh – A Nabatean Architectural Wonder

When visiting Madain Saleh (in Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk Province), Qasr Al Saneh would be a good place to start learning about the Nabatean architecture which is richly obvious in the carved tombs you’ll see everywhere around the area. If you’ve been to Petra in Jordan, the architectural wonder you’ll find in
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