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Travel hotspots in Northern Italy

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Legends, Are They Born or Made?

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Postcard #12 – Venetian Las Vegas

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Vancouver Surprise

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History | Travel Plans

Kefalonia (Cephalonia)

By on August 6, 2011

At home we do not have cables or regular TV programs for the reason that we prefer Japanese and English movies. We’re not often at home too. We get to watch around  5 or 6 at night and later. And though not recommended as a practice, we watch animes while eating dinner.

Coming to Germany, to mom-in-law, means watching a lot of German tv shows and news. One of the headlines is about Hiroshima. Today is March 6, the 66th year that the city of Hiroshima was destroyed by a nuclear weapon when the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped an atomic bomb on it at 8:15 A.M. – near the end of World War II. That’s just one of the many terrible occurences of war that we heard and know of…I take it as Japan allied with Germany that they’re covering the commemoration events there or I’m just naive that the whole world has been broadcasting about it. (Arrgghhh …disadvantages of staying too much in front of the PC without reading the And hey, we were on a 5-hour trip to Nürnberg…)

Another noteworthy to recall would be from the side of the Germans…it is of the mass execution of the men of the Italian 33rd Acqui Infantry Division by the Germans on the island of Kefalonia, Greece, in September 1943. About 5000 soldiers were massacred and others drowned or otherwise murdered. It was one of the largest prisoner of war massacres of the war, along with the Katyn massacre of 22,000 Poles, and one of the largest-scale German atrocities to be committed by Wehrmacht troops.

Kefalonia (Cephalonia in English) is the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece. Beautiful as are other neighbouring islets. Despite the not-so-fond…oh — terrible history surrounding the island, flights to Kefalonia is as often and in demand as any other tourist destination.  For a history buff like me, museums and other commemorative events for such is an additional attraction. On a hopeful note, I sincerely wouldn’t want another war destroying a lovely island as this:

(photo from Wikipedia)

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Featured | Greece | Travel Plans

Remembering Dad’s Travels

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Theseus Temple, Vienna

My late dad, a well-traveled seaman during his days, made me interested about the countries he visited through his stories. If you’ve been to my other blogs then you know that already or you might have read it here, on the about page. 🙂

Dad’s work as a seaman made him able to land on and visit different European cities and towns. His favorite among those would be Greece…full of mythology and architecture older than Jesus Christ. He sent us a lot of photos when he visited Athens…I was in the 4th grade then – 10-years-old. (Your memory gets sharper when you’re older and when the people a memory is connected to is dead…well, that’s just an observation I have of myself though I’ve always have a good memory to begin with hihi.) I clearly remember those photos because he personally wrote notes for me. His photos during Netherland visits were addressed mostly to my older sister.

When I went with my younger son to the Volksgarten during a last-year-excursion I was nostalgic and teary-eyed seeing the Theseus Temple. Though newly renovated and all clean and white, it truly resembles the temples of Athens. It made me want to buy one of those cheap flights to Paphos advertisements I see on my sidebar often and hop on the next available flight.

Greece is still one of the country on my bucket list. I don’t know how far or how many years more should I wait to see the temples myself but I surely will and in memory of my beloved Father.


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When Packing gets boring

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Well, it has always been boring for me. 😀 I am not the type to organize things very well so whenever we travel, the day before is so stressful for me. I’m in that predicament now. We’ve planned on going somewhere near than to visit the Philippines. The travel distance that takes about 14 hours is just too much, not to mention the plane fare for 5 people isn’t really cheap. Comparing the budget, the plane fare alone would be enough for a 5-day-stay at any Tuscany Villas.

So our target will be Fürth and Nürnberg again. We’ll be leaving a few hours from now and I’m still awake…trying to figure out how to pack our luggage…

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France | Paris


By on August 4, 2011

There was a time when I was so fascinated with all kinds of lamps, I’d take photos of them wherever we are. These are some I took while at the Disneyland Resort Paris. The top on an early morning as we were on line to enter Disney Studios. Below is while waiting for the fireworks display to commemorate 15 years of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Paris….










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Austria | Vienna

City Quest

By on July 25, 2011


This is one of our many round-abouts in the city. We would stroll around going nowhere, simply letting our feet take us wherever without an exact destination.

It was the beginning of spring. I might have used some of these photos on my other blog but that’s a different story…ended up with a not so lovely moment at all. Scratching that, we would always have good times going about and discovering lovely streets with little stores selling trinkets, flowers, antiques, bears and books.


In the middle of  the city we would get lost. We would be amazed by street performers, we would take photos of window displays, flowers, horse-drawn carriages and whatever piques our curiosities. We will meet different kinds of people, different kinds of dogs.


It’s finally summer and we’d be doing a lot of walking again. Stay tuned and see more of our daily walks.


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Weekend Blog Follower Caravan #19

By on July 24, 2011

It’s WBFC once again. The meme that maximizes following, subscription,  page likes and yes, I like this meme a lot! For today we’ll be hitting two birds with one stone. Page liking and gfcs.So I’m throwing this supposed family travel blog of mine.

I have a combined Facebook page for my blogs, Mirage Blogs. (I can’t seem to make the like button work.) Or kindly look on my sidebar – my GFC box is there too.

If you like to join, kindly click the above badge!

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Basketball Camps somewhere else

By on July 20, 2011

Traveling, aside from going from places to places has another meaning. It is related to sports – particularly mine and hubbys’ favorite. It is a violation of the rules that occurs when a player holding the ball illegally moves one or both of his feet. Most commonly, a player travels by illegally moving his pivot foot or taking too many steps without dribbling the ball.

Back in college I signed one of Physical Education class under basketball because I do love this game. I remember how good our trainer was because she used to play for the National team.

Basketball is not as famous and prevalent in Austria like football is so it’s rare that there are basketball camps around like PGC basketball. PGC is not your typical basketball camp.It’s much much more than a basketball camp—it’s a university. Courses are designed to teach basketball players to play the game intelligently, to train purposefully, to be ‘coaches on the court,’ and to be leaders in practice, in games, during the off-season, and in everyday life. I told hubby to try and see for himself what they have to offer come October. That’s when he’ll fly to the US for a tour. Perhaps, he could spend a day or two to try out and have fun.

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Philippines | Tagaytay

Painted Clouds

By on July 14, 2011

That’s what my kids call nimbus clouds. They think that clouds when painted are the most beautiful when they’re puffy and white like cottons.

Imagine their delight during our stay at home where the skies are almost always puffy. Save for the rainy days, I have fond memories of cloudy days back when I was a kid…this includes our trip to the neighboring city, Tagaytay.

Tagaytay has totally evolved from a humble, unassuming town to a now well-known tourist spot. Back then we would have almost taken for granted its beauty, as it is a common sight to us, the Picnic Grove, the Taal Vista Lodge (now Taal Vista Hotel), the Taal Lake, the Palace in the Sky and the most famous Mushroom Burger branch…back then there’s no Antonio’s or Leslie’s or any other famous restaurants – there were a lot of trees. Well, I guess that’s what evolution is about – places evolve from being rural to urban, from being unassuming to beautiful, from being just a piece of unadulterated land to being a land where you can live on and build your home upon.

(That’s my older brother with my daughter and my older son.)


my share to:

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Google Doodle | Kiev

Google Doodle – St. Basil’s Church

By on July 12, 2011


Russia’s St. Basil’s Cathedral had its official groundbreaking ceremony in 1555, but because it wasn’t completed until July 12, 1561, Google waited until today to celebrate the church’s 450th anniversary with a special Google Doodle.

The church stands in Moscow’s Red Square and, with intricate, colorful domes and numerous spires it surely stands out from the rest. This is reminiscent of other churches in Ukraine, with both having Eastern Orthodox Christianity as the dominant  religion. This has heavily influenced Ukrainian architecture, literature and music.

(St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kiev, Ukraine)


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Italy | Lignano | Roomorama

Lignano Beach

By on July 4, 2011

It’s summer once again. Where are you headed? “To the beach,” I think, would be the dominant answer. My kids certainly would say that too. I personally am not a beach person…I practically grew up going to beaches but having brown for a skin color would mean a much darker complexion after spending an hour under the sun…

It’s a good thing my kids didn’t have that thinking. They love the beach, they love water. I once heard my son ask his dad, “Can we just live here so we can play all day in the water? Or can we have a house with a pool?” lol. If it doesn’t cost that much I would personally say yes.

Oh, these photos were taken at Lignano, a town in Norther Italy, about 7 hours away from Vienna. The travel itself is really interesting—I get to take drive by photos of the country scenery and I get to sleep an hour or two. lol. We stayed at an apartment for short-term accommodations – transient – which I wrote about here.

Since it’s indeed summer, it’s time again to go and explore the beaches, if not then we plan on staying in Germany for a week or two. My mom-in-law lives in Nürnberg so we can stay there like before and explore the enchanting city. Hubby and I would also like to have some “us” time so I’ve been scouting online for short-term rentals in Berlin. We plan to take down what remains of the wall. Kidding aside, we plan on going about the city and of course see the historical wall.

I have been to many websites – I can say that each are the same until I stumbled on Roomorama. I like the photos they provided on the website – up to date and just by looking you’ll know they are scouring for the best rooms, apartments for their customers. I was so impressed at how La Carmina reviewed the place they stayed at once which was booked via Roomorama. There were pictures – flat screen TV, DVD Player and a cabinet that seems to fit a lot of stuff! I suggest you see for yourself what she posted and I’m sure you’d be convinced to book your next apartment rental at Roomorama.

Check out this vid I got from their site.

Untitled from Roomorama on Vimeo.

Well, how about a really neat apartment by the beach, with a view of a romantic sunset from the window?



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