“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen
Ischia is a volcanic island in the Bay of Naples, Italy.
It is known for its naturally mineral-rich thermal water and spa hotels. The medieval Aragonese Castle and gardens continue to be home to three families.
"Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us."
Étretat is a farming and fishing village on the northwestern coast of Normandy France.
The extraordinary and monumental appearance of its white chalk cliffs, greyish pebble beaches and charismatic sea have made it one of the world's most stunning destinations.
"Smell the sea, and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly"
~ Van Morrison
Mont Saint Odile
Region Grand Est, France,
The mountain, named after Saint Odile, has a monastery/convent at its top called Hohenburg Abbey. It also is known for its stone fortifications called "the Pagan Wall."
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
~ William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Ghent is a port city East Flanders, northwest Belgium.
It lies at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. During the Middle Ages it was a prominent city-state. Today it offers a picturesque and unique experience of trendy modern urbanism and university life.
"A great city is not to be confused with a populous one."
~Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Monterosso, Italy is the largest, liveliest and perhaps the most hospitable of the five villages of Cinque Terre on the Ligurian sea.
Hiking trails add an additional element to well-being, along with the seafront relaxation, dining and shopping selections.
"Even stones have a love, a love that seeks the ground."
~ Meister Eckhart (1260 - 1327)
Portofino on Italian Rivera, is home to Castello Brown, located high above the harbour of Portofino. The site is well suited for harbour defence which appears to have been the purpose of the 15th century.
Several sections were restored by an English couple who then sold it to the city of Portofino in 1961. It is now a museum, and an interesting day-tour activity.
"Even while a thing is coming into existence, some part of it has already ceased to be."
~ Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 AD)
Mergozzo, a small village 2,200 in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Italian region Piedmont.
In the mountains above Lago Maggiore, with its own Lago di Mergozzo, it is home base to the multiple directions including the hiking trail to Montorfano:
"The mountain with the heart made out of granite.“
"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."
~Francis Bacon (1909 -1992)
in the Piedmont Region of Italy first appeared named in documents in AD 998. In the 15th century, it grew into a fishing community and later came under the control of the Borromeo family.
Author Ernest Hemingway visited the town, and had set part of his 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms in the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees.
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
~ Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961)
Portofino on the Italian Rivera southeast of Genoa City is known for its picturesque Yacht harbour.
Yet also a Regional Park providing secluded inlets that invite serenity. The Portofino Promontory is a paradise of Mediterranean vegetation rich in biodiversity. It can be explored via an extensive network of trails.
"We Learn from experience that not everything which is incredible is untrue."
~ Cardinal de Retz (1613 - 1679)
Lago Maggiore is the second-largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland.
The 212.5km² lake is located on the southside of the Alps where the shoreline and lake divide the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy, and the Swiss canton of Ticino.
"Justice to others is charity for ourselves."
~Montesquieu (1689 -1755)
ParcNational des Calanques
The Mediterranean fishing port Cassis in southern France provides marine access to 'des Calanques'-narrow inlets framed by steep, limestone cliffs.
The Calanques National Park comprises Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat. It is the tenth French National Park and the first European peri-urban park both terrestrial and marine. It includes one of the richest underwater canyons in the world.
"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list"
~ Susan Sontag (1933 - 2004)