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Pompeii – Phenomenal Ruins of Southern Italy

In the realm of archeological sites, the mention of Pompeii is highly recognized around the world as the ancient city destroyed by a volcanic eruption. It is a thrill to be at the entrance, and to tick off yet another famed site from our bucket list! The scope of Pompeii is mindboggling. The ruins spread over 66 hectares, 49 of which have been excavated (for a comparative gauge – an international rugby field is close to one hectare in size)! The Forum greets us, as it once welcomed everyone who came to this sophisticated Roman city in its heyday. I stand riveted, surrounded by the remains of monumental buildings with great pillars, envisioning the once bustling activity in this key area for commercial, religious, economic, political and social events. During the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD that literally blew off the top of the mountain, the city…

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Magical Mystical Myanmar (Burma)

Also Published in Inspired Magazine. The most sacred Buddhist site to the Burmese lies in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar. Gigantic legendary half-lion, half-griffin figures guard the entrance. Respectfully we remove our footwear and climb the covered stairway to the expansive Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda). My husband Rick and I are awed by the ageless splendour…

Lively Taipei Taiwan

Taipei is dramatic – animated crowds, wild traffic, vivid signs that leap out from every angle along the streets of Jhongjheng District where our Taipei M Hotel is situated! Around each corner are eatery selections galore, convenience stores, a short walk to some of the city’s fine sites and to the main metro station. Each…