Monterosso al Mare, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy

Monterosso al Mare is an Italian town of the province of La Spezia in Liguria, in the center of a small natural gulf, protected by a small artificial reef and is therefore the most western part of the Cinque Terre. To the west of the original village is the village of Fegina, natural expansion and characterized by a relatively modern tourist resort facility compared to the old town which is accessible by a tunnel of a few tens of meters. Unfortunately in October 2011 a violent disturbance has affected the eastern Liguria with flooding, damage, dead and missing at various locations of Liguria and Tuscany. To see: the statue of Neptune or the Giant (leaning against a rock); Villa Montale; Aurora Tower; the parish of St. John the Baptist; among others. The local economy is based mainly on tourism.

Tips

If you go by car, take the provincial road 38 to reach the center of Monterosso al Mare from Levanto or Vernazza. If you want to go by train, which is recommended for difficult parking, the station is located in Fegina.
If you like a nice walk, from Punta Mesco to Levanto at around 1h15, you can reach the so-called “traffic light”, an old abandoned lighthouse where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the sea. You can also visit the ruins of the hermitage of San Antonio of Mesco.

Bradley Beach, New Jersey, United States

Bradley Beach is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. It took the name from James A. Bradley, the developer responsible for the creation of the place. It has a population of a little more than 4.000 inhabitants but in summer it can reach 30.000. There is a boardwalk with only a few places to buy something for drink or eat but you can have good restaurants in town. The beach is clean and the water is crystal. There are lifeguards and while they’re in service, there’s only a place where you can surf. You must pay to park along the boardwalk but you can park for free among the houses in town and walk a little bit. You have to pay the entrance to the beach too.

Tips

It’s a little bit crowded in weekends so if you go by car, try to go early cause later will be hard to find a place to park near the beach.
New Jersey Transit offers rail service connecting Bradley Beach to Hoboken Terminal, Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station on the North Jersey Coast Line. They also offer a bus service that connect the borough and Philadelphia.

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The Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

The Wailing Wall, or Western Wall or HaKotel and El-Burak, is a retaining wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem located in the Jewish quarter of the old city dating from I century BC and since the seventh century, it incorporates the walls of the Temple Mount, very close to the Holy of Holies (located on the Temple Mount) so that the Jews consider the holiest place for prayer. The pan (57 m long) is just a part of the western wall (497 m long). The rest of the wall is used as a fourth wall by the adjoining houses in the Arab neighborhood; the rest is underground. The Wailing Wall is an Israeli national symbol as well as a Muslim one because it supports the esplanade where are built the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque (the third holiest place in Islam). You enter the square in front of the wall with a door wall, the door Mughrabi or Garbage, where police has strict controls. The esplanade has 3 parts; one that is open to the public, the other two, separated by a partition, are for people who want to approach the wall, one for men and one for women. There are holy arches in underground rooms that line the men’s section where we find the Torah scrolls that are used during prayer services that take place throughout the day.

Tips

If you want to approach the wall, or put small pieces of paper with wishes or prayers in the cracks and crevices, either to pray or put your hand on the wall, you must enter the section that suits you by walking on your front to the wall and to leave the place, walking slowly backwards because you can not give your back to the wall.

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