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Europe's Lesser Known UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Well, well, is the raining coming down like crazy this morning! Wet and soggy is all I can say. But, I got my girlies off to school just fine and now me and Punkin are diving into some rainy day writing.
As I write this, it is 8:30 and I'm quite proud of how much I have gotten accomplished thus far today. Made the beds, collected the laundry, fed my fur baby, emptied the dishwasher, cooked the girls breakfast, cleaned up the morning dishes, emptied the trash and got on the road to drive both kids to their respective schools.
Then, straight home; made a big pot of lentil soup, straightened up the kitchen and here I am in front of my laptop with my morning hot lemon water!
So, before I go onto travel talk, I want to tell you one more thing. Me and my daughters have been trying hard to eat more healthy - more veggies throughout the day - including breakfast. So, thank goodness Gianna is a great eater because it makes it so much easier to make her healthy meals.
Like this morning -- I had made a mixture of sautéed vegetables last night for dinner and there was a lot left over. Gianna actually asked me if I could mixed them in with some eggs and (vegan) cheese this morning. I feel so good when my girls eat a big, hearty breakfast to start the day.
But, my point is, see if you can recycle your leftovers for dinner into a healthy breakfast for you and your family. Not only does it insure that everyone starts the day off healthy with more than just some cereal or a sugary muffin, for example, but it also allows you to use up those valuable leftovers.
Well, moving right along...
You guys know how much me and Tanya LOVE visiting UNESCO Sites.
Well, some good news for us and those of you who enjoy visiting these sites as well!
Most of us are all to familiar with the high profile and well known UNESCO Sites around the world, and specifically in Europe.
But, how often are the lesser known UNESCO sites on the average tourist's radar when traveling?
Well, according to an article by Sarah Buder, published in Afar Magazine last week, light is being shed on these lesser known and spectacular sites!!
The article states that "on September 15, UNESCO launched World Heritage Journeys Europe, an interactive website that seeks to spotlight the lesser-known UNESCO sites in Europe—and also make it easier for travelers to visit them in real life."
Currently, there are 350 sites designated on UNESCO’s World Heritage List throughout the countries that make up the European Union. I'm guessing most of us could only name a handful. But, now with the new website, it's easy to search for those sites that are either in the area you are planning to travel OR the sites might inspire you to plan a trip to a destination, not previously considered because of what that area holds in terms of UNESCO sites.
One of these "lesser known" sites include
San Gimignano, the 13th Century Medieval hilltop town in Tuscany,
which I visited in August of 2014!!
After a great deal of research prior to my trip, I wanted to combine the beauty of Tuscany with history during my one-week visit and San Gimignano seemed like the perfect
place to stay.
I chose an absolutely lovely and family-friendly location in Il Borghetto Tuscan Holidays only 4 km from the small, walled, medieval hill town of San Gimignano, and is surrounded by vineyards, cypress and olive trees, with a breathtaking view of the magnificent countryside.
Here are some photos of this memorable trip:
What's more, Buder continues,
"The new website features 34 heritage sites across 19 European countries divided into four categories: Ancient Europe, Romantic Europe, Royal Europe, and Underground Europe.
As users click through photos and descriptions of the featured World Heritage sites, they’re provided with information about how and when to visit each. The platform also contains suggested itineraries—such as a train trip with Eurail through France, Portugal, and Spain—that outline how travelers can explore a range of the featured UNESCO sites within one journey."
Ok guys - I think I know which website is going to be frequently visited by me and my cuz!!!
For the full article, click the link...
Europe’s Lesser-Visited UNESCO Sites Are Easier Than Ever to Explore
Have to get some writing done! More tomorrow!
Last Day in Maui...for now
Aloha and Greetings from the island of Maui!
Hello everyone. My niece (who is leaving today) just walked to me and said "you've been gone for 12 days!" Yep we have been enjoying these Hawaiian Islands of paradise for 12 days now - not too shabby!
First things first - I'm so sorry to have missed you yesterday.
Click here for my late posting
It was a really crazy, rather disappointing day and I had to keep reminding myself that I'm on Maui and that I shouldn't be focused on the negativity that was coming at me.
I don't know how well that worked. I guess it worked better than not being here. But I was still very glum and sad.
If you are wondering what brought me to this saddened state of mind - it was that Dave informed me that he is pulling out (cancelling a highly anticipated upcoming trip that was btw originally suppose to be for my Birthday).
Well you know how I am with traveling and how I am with commitment and flakiness and CANCELLING. I simply don't cancel when it is entirely up to me.
But when I am kinda sort of depending on another individual to travel with and they cancel, then it leaves me stuck.
So you can maybe have a slight idea as to how I was yesterday...
Definitely in no mood to jump on here and spread my sadness.
Of course I am still sad, but I'm also still here on Maui and trying to make the best of our last day on the island.
Jet, Andrew and Chaplin depart today and head back home to good ol' Cali.
We'll be joining them tomorrow... And I'm still trying to figure out how we are getting home from the San Diego airport. UGH
Then once we get home, we'll greet the fam bam, share stories of our trip, laughs and gifts.
But then the kids, Dave and I will be out the door once again and off to the Hollywood Bowl for the Florence and the Machine High as Hope concert!
Whew. Between today and tomorrow and the time zone changes we just might be a wee bit pooped! LOL
Now let's take a look at some pics from yesterday. Monday on Maui:
More sight seeing today!
See ya soon,