Vigezzo Valley, Italy

We spent our last Sunday there, the Vigezzo Valley, is located in the extreme north-east of Piedmont, a few kilometers from the Swiss border. It is also known as the valley of painters. The Valley is absolutely beautiful, we spent our day walking and walking along the valley up and down – it was a tiring day for me but I was so happy and excited to go.

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Well, I can say that it’s my first time walking on the mountain. I was so excited to see the valley – the lakes are also beautiful as well.

It was one of my dreams to see the flowers on the mountain and took picture like this. It might be funny but I feel so happy :D

The return ticket of funicular costs 12€ per person. It took us around 5-7 minutes to arrive on the mountain.

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These photos below taken at Malesco, a village nearby.

 

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The Walls of Avila, Spain

Avila, a World Heritage monument, is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Spain. It is just nearby Madrid – sometimes it is called the City of Saints and Stones. You might not believe how amazing it is!!! You can see all around the town, the view is beautiful and it’s also a great place to take pictures. It’s too hot while we were walking on the way around but it’s definitely worth it to buy the 4.50€ ticket and spend some time up on the wall.

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I was in front of the entrance

The building of this surrounding walls of the city started in 1090- there are 82 semicircular towers and 9 gates.

We didn’t access some part as the walls as they were closed for being rebuilt but it was well worth taking a walk around them – they’re very impressive.

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The Cambodian Coast

Every-time we go to visit Cambodia, my birthplace, we always spend our time staying at the beach in Kep and Sihanoukville more than in the city. Especially we always go to the island near by Sihanoukville.

1. Kep beach 

You can go by bus, Giant Ibis, costs US$9.00 / person for one way – when you arrive their office in Kep, you need to go by tuk tuk or motor taxi or taxi more to get around the beach. Since Kep beach, not many tourists as Sihanoukville so the frequency of transportation is lower. From Phnom Penh to Kep city will take around 2 – 3 hours. For us, we rent a bus for going to Kep because we want to stop to see Bokor Mountail, just a long the way to Kep. There is the place for fresh seafood.

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Crab market 

Kep Beach 

 2. Sihanoukville 

The beaches at Sihanoukville are clean and more tourists – normally I go to Serendipity beach because there are many more restaurants and we can spend our time for dinner along the beach until late night while other beaches there are less tourists so we prefer to go somewhere which have more people during night time..  We go there by bus, Mekong Express – VIP van, costs US$12.00 / person for one way (they have free pick-up and drop off service).  It’s around 3 – 4 hours to get Sihanouville.

Koh Rong Samloem Island 

We spend only one night on Koh Rong Samloem – quite and beautiful island. We go with Party Boat – round trip ticket is US$15 / person including breakfast and buffet lunch.

Koh Rong Island 

It’s one hour and half more from Koh Rong Samloem, there is a pub place. Many bars, pubs and more tourists. The boat ticket for this island is US$20. They have many kinds of boat ticket price. I go with this one because I like a big boat. But after I went there, I have just found that they have now also have a mixed boat ticket for one day tour like that which costs around the same US$15 -20 including buffet lunch.

 

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Angkor City, Cambodia

Well, all countries always have their own historical temple, castle or other places which have been well-known. So also my country Cambodia, we have many amazing historical temples – I am going to post the most well-known temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia. You can reach Siem Reap by bus or plane from Phnom Penh (The Capital City now). It will take you around 5 hours to arrive Siem Reap if you go by bus.

It’s free for Cambodian but for foreigners, you need to buy Angkor Pass: One Day Angkor Pass costs US$20, Three days visit per one week validity costs US$40, Seven days visit per one month validity costs US$60. With Angkor Pass, you will be available to use with all the Angkor temples and monuments in Siem Reap area. You can ask hotel where you can buy the pass.

In Cambodia, our currency is Khmer Riel but US$ will be accepted everywhere.

I just share the photos and the place – so for more info or the history of Angkor Wat, you can go to this Link.

1. Angkor Wat Temple

It’s one of many ancient temples in Cambodia and this temple also appears inside our country flag. The initial design and construction of the temple took place in the first half of the 12th century, during the reign of Suryavarman II (ruled 1113 – c. 1150). Dedicated to Vishnu, it was built as the king’s state temple and capital city.

Angkor Wat during day

Angkor Wat during day

2. Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple was built in the late 12th or early 13th century by King Jayavarman VII.

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3. Ta Prohm Temple 

Ta Prohm Temple was also built during the reign of Jayavarman VII from the middle 12th to early 13th century.

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4. Bonteay Srey Temple 

Bonteay Srey Temple was made by red sandstone, the construction was began in AD 967.

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Last day in Rome

These photos were the last day of our visit in Rome at least for this year. It was our busiest day during our trip in Rome since we really wanted to see all the places, anyway, we still couldn’t manage to see all. We hope to visit again next time.

1. The Vittorio Emanuele II Monument (also called The Vittoriano). It rises from the foot of the Capitol Hill and it’s the heart of the city. You will be able to take all beautiful photos when you buy the ticket to the top. It’s a free entrance in case you wish to see the view on the top of monument – the ticket is 7€, you will go up with the elevator. It will be opened at 9.30am and will be closed at 6.30pm (Mon – Fri) and closed at 7.30pm (Sat-Sun).

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2. The Pantheon – the glory of Rome which is the city’s only architecturally intact monument from classical times. It was built in 27 B.C. by Agrippa and dedicated to the gods of Julian family. It’s a free entrance.

The Pantheon, is in the middle of Rotonda Square

The Pantheon, is in the middle of Rotonda Square

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3. The Mouth of Truth and Round Temple or The Temple of Vesta

The mouth of Truth is located in the church of Santa Maria. Long time ago, it was believed that if one told a lie with one’s hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. It’s a free entrance.

The mouth of truth was a manhole cover of the famous Cloaca Massima.

The mouth of truth was a manhole cover of the famous Cloaca Massima.

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The Round Temple or the Temple of Vesta or the Temple of Hercules Victor. It was built in 2nd century B.C, the oldest Roman temple built of marble.

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The Round Temple

 

4. The Rose Garden

Well, this one is the favorite place of many girls including me. They have many kinds of roses, around 1,400 kinds. They could make me gain back my power after walking many hours. It’s a free entrance.

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5. Squares / Piazza, roads, Fountains around the city

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Ostia Antica (The Old Habour City of Ancient Rome)

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We took almost the whole day to visit Ostia Antica, the old habour city of ancient rome, since it was a large archeological site – we arrived there at 10am and we left at 4pm. They have a restaurant inside – half way through from the entrance till the end of town.  It is around 17 km from Rome and the entrance fee is 10€.

The castle of Julius II is just in front of the Ostia Antica’s entrance.  It was built in the late 15th century, remains the most striking feature of modern Ostia. The castle was abandoned after a flood in 1587 flooded its moat and turned the surrounding area into a marsh. The castle and the town were restored again in the 20th century.

Source: Ostia Antica

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The Castle of Julius II

The Road inside the town

The Road inside the town

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Inside the theater

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The mask theater

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Inside the town

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Inside the town

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The baths

The restaurant

The restaurant

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The fish store

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The Vatican City and Castel Sant’Angelo

The Vatican City

Many tourists came to visit this place and it took us 1 hour standing in the line – well one hour was really priceless since we could see the beautiful basilica with its magnificent architectures.  It’s a free entrance but in case you wish to skip the line – you can contact a guide there for helping you to get in fast but I don’t know how much they will charge you. For us, we went in the morning around 9.00 am but actually many people were waiting there already. Well, I missed a chance to visit their amazing museum because I was in rush.

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Panorama of St. Peter Square

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St. Peter’s Basilica

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St. Peter’s Basilica and a beautiful Egyptian Obelisk column

 

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The Polychrome figure of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove

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The Chair of St. Peter

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The Statue of St. Peter

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The central nave of St. Peter’s Basilica

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Michelangelo’s Pietà

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I was so amazed to be able to visit

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Swiss Guards in their traditional uniform

 

The Castel Sant’ Angelo (Castle St. Angel)

The Castel Sant’Angelo is near to the Basilica of St. Peter so it’s a good to visit all these places. From the top of the castle, you can also be able to take many beautiful photos and the entrance ticket is 7 €.

The castel was built during in 123-139 A.D. and the bridge was built in 130 A.D.

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Ponte Sant’Angelo and Castel Sant’Angelo

Well, beside the stairs – they also had this one too. I felt amazed with this walking way.

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It looked beautiful for me

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Castel Sant’Angelo viewed from the other side of the river.

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Bronze statue of Michael the Archangel, standing on top of the Castel Sant’Angelo

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Viewed from the top of the Castel Sant’Angelo

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The Treasury Rome

 

 

 

 

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The Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla)

We were recommended to visit this place, the baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla) and I could say that it’s an awesome place during that time.They were begun by Septimius Severus in 206 and opened in 217 by Caracalla and were completed by their successors. There were three kinds of baths – cold, warm and hot water which could accommodate 1,600 at a time. They were the second largest Roman public baths. The entrance ticket is 6€ but it’s also included in the Roma Pass if you buy it. Well, I liked it so much – I have found that not many tourists visited this place. You can reach them by Line B on the metro system, from both Circo Massimo and Piramide stations.

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The view of the Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla)

The surrounding wall of the baths of Caracalla. The bath complex covered approximately 25 hectares. The bath building was 228 metres (750 ft) long, 116 metres (380 ft) wide and 38.5 metres (125 ft).

For more info go to this link

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Taken from outside

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Inside the Baths of Caracalla

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The remaining mosaics

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Inside the Baths of Caracalla

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My husband and I

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The Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

The Roman Forum (Foro Romano) is near by the Colloseum. It was an important place during an imperial period and even now after many years and was damaged but it looked still amazing. We spent 3 hours and half to visit this amazing Roman Forum. It’s really big for me to walk :) Just because I needed time for taking photos.

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The Roman Forum

The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina was built in 141 A.D. after the loss of Faustina since her husband, the Emperor Antoninus, wanted to deify her in her honor with this magnificent temple.

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The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

The Temple of Castor and Pollux or the Temple of the Dioscuri was built in 484 B.C to the victory of Anlus Postumius.

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The Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Corinthian columns.

The complex and beautiful arch of Septimius Severus was for the coming decline of Roman art.

The Arch of Septimius Severus

The Arch of Septimius Severus

The Temple of Saturn was used as the public treasury and also for a repository for the standards of the legions and the decrees of the senate. It was built on 17th December, B.C.

The Temple of Saturn

The Temple of Saturn

The three columns of the Temple of Vespasian (Right) was built by the son of Domitian in 94 A.D.

The Temple of Saturn (Left) and the three columns of the Temple of Vespasian (Right)

The Temple of Saturn (Left) and the three columns of the Temple of Vespasian (Right)

Courtyard of the Domus Augustana

Courtyard of the Domus Augustana

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The Circus of Domitian

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The Circus of Domitian

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The Imperial Palace, viewed from another side of the Circus Maximus

It was me on another historic Roman hill, the Palatine.

It was me on another historic Roman hill, the Palatine.

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The Colloseum, Rome, Italy

I went to Rome last week with my husband – it was my first time to be in Rome, I am sure that there will be many more beautiful places to visit but we didn’t have enough time to visit all of those because we had only 3 nights for our trip there. So we have organized a very busy schedule for visiting around 10 places. Well, I will write other places in next post.

First of all, I would like to suggest you to buy the Roma Pass so you can save a lots of times – it costs 36€ for 3 days (With the Roma Pass you can use all the metro, bus and tram – enter the Colloseum and the Roman Forum faster by skipping the long line. The pass is also included with the entrance of the Terme di Caracalla – which I will write in detail in next post. Well, I was with the pass but it also took me around 10 mins to enter the Colloseum.

Second, if you go by plane and you should go to center of Rome by bus because the cost is cheaper than the train. We took bus from airport to the center of Rome which costed 4€. (But with your Roma Pass you can get more discount by showing them your pass.) I didn’t buy the round trip tickets so when I came back to airport – I spent 6€ so I suggest you to buy the round trip ticket at airport in case you would like to save some €…just my idea :)

Third, with the restaurants – you have to be careful with the price since I have experienced that. In Italy, some restaurants, coffee bars – they might charge you more when you sit on the table so be aware how to pay them. I and my husband were charged 16€ for two cups of cappuccino.

We found one restaurant, Ristorante Trattoria Pizzeria, Il Condor, near the Termini train station in via Daniele Manin which was really cheap and the foods were good for us with the menu 10€ – you can have 2 selected dishes, cake and a bottle of water. It’s just so closed to the Colloseum.

Our first day visit was at the Colloseum since we arrived around midday already. I was really excited to see it through my eyes. It’s just so so much amazing.

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The Colloseum

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Inside the Colloseum

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The Colloseum by night – captured from the bridge

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May 28, 2015 · 2:55 pm