Quite Unusual and Very Beautiful Places You Should Consider Visiting – Today : Tropea in Italy

Walk up to the Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola in Tropea, Italy

Are you up for a secret getaway? Like literally, a secret getaway. Then pack your bags and head to Tropea, Italy.  Get a good view of this 12th century Norman cathedral Franciscan monastery.  This place is a best kept secret of Italians where they all go to for vacations. (Apologies to the Italians for sharing it with the world!)

Not a lot of travellers know about this place yet. Not only do you get the scenic view of the castle but you can also enjoy an afternoon dip in its warm, turquoise clear water. How can you resist a dramatic coastal cliff view while you’re sunbathing?

Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola

The history of Tropea begins in Roman times. Legend says that it was Hercules ho, returning from Spain (Pillars of Hercules) stood on the Coast of the Gods and made Tropea one of his ports. Today it is considered the pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Tropea – eyebird view

Please remember that the Church on top of the cliff is worth the climb, visiting and enjoy the breathtaking view. The rock on which the church stands today was probably inhabited around the 7th century by Greek hermit monks. These, isolating themselves from the world, devoted themselves to a contemplative and ascetic life. Built before the 9th century, the church belonged, at first, to the Basilian monks. In the 11th century, after the arrival of the Normans, it was passed on to the Benedictines, who still own it today.

The Cathedral

In the cathedral there is a picture of Virgin Mary of Romania, of Byzantine origin, dating from around 1330.

Over the centuries, due to the violent earthquakes from 1783 and 1905, the complex has undergone various restorations and renovations, little of the original structure of the sanctuary being preserved until today.

The staircase that runs to the top was built around 1810. The current facade of the church was built after the earthquake of 1905. The last restoration took place in 2010-2011.

This super place on earth would make a good choice for a wonderful vacation in Europe!

Take care and stay safe!

Cristina David

5 Surprising Spots to See the Northern Lights in the U.S.

The Best Time to See the Northern Lights

If you haven’t had an opportunity to see nature’s exhilarating, captivating northern lights (also known as Aurora Borealis), make sure you add it to your bucket list. The northern lights occur when charged particles from the sun enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gaseous particles. The collisions create stunning light shows in a variety of colors 50 to 400 miles above the earth’s surface. Waves of vibrant green and pink are the most common sights, although you’ll occasionally see violet, red, blue, and yellow waves.

Northern Lights – Maine

The best time to view the northern lights is between October and April when the skies are darkest and clearest. Fall can be a little cloudy in the north, so December through April tends to be the best time to catch the spectacle. You can also see similar light shows called the Aurora Australis in the far southern hemisphere from April through October. The optimum time to see the lights is between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. local time. Shows can last from 15 minutes to several hours. Avoid days when the moon is full or near full since a dark sky makes the lights more visible.

Northern Lights over Lake Michigan

The best places for viewing nature’s light show are the northern parts of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Siberia. The good news is you don’t have to venture to far-flung locations. You can see them from several places in the U.S. without traveling to Alaska. Here are five surprising spots to see the northern lights.

Hope these wondrous images of the rarely seen Northern Lights will make you take soon a decision to be some of the few lucky persons to see them LIVE.

Have a super day tomorrow!

Cristina David

A Pearl under the Sun

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Let’s travel to the heart of the tropical paradise that is Hawaii, the famous and ever beautiful Big Island. The island is one of the most biologically diverse and unique ecosystems on the entire planet, and it is home to a multitude of scenic beaches, picturesque drives, and historical locations. Soak in the sun and marvel at the gorgeous scenery of the most iconic travel destinations on Big Island.

The Hawaii Island, also known as “The Big Island,” is the largest of the island chain. As self-explanatory as it is stunning, the Big Island boasts some of Hawaii’s most varying landscape. Unique in its encompassing 12 separate climate zones, visitors here will marvel at the dramatically different temperatures and scenic beauty that span across each distinct area, ranging from the warmth found amid balmy coastal jungles in Puna to the snowcapped peaks dotting the slopes of Mauna Kea. Beach goers get their fill of sunshine and sand at any of the five star resorts located along the Big Island’s Kona coast and within the resort area of Waikoloa, while those seeking a more quiet, casual experience will adore Hilo, a sleepy little bayside town speckled with small mom-and-pop shops. The must-do on Hawaii Island is a visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

sources : ba-bamail.com and hawaii.com

Cristina David