Luxor, Egypt

Luxor is a city located on the right bank of the Nile, in high-Egypt, located about 700 km south of Cairo and approximately 300 km north of Aswan. The site is visited by lots of visitors per year and is one of the most touristic places of the Egypt and constitutes the southern part of Ancient Thebes. The temple of Luxor, linked to Karnak by a dromos with a long line of Sphinxes, was erected in the 14th century BC during the reign of Amenhotep III. Ramses II changed it after adding six monumental statues and two obelisks, one of them is at the ‘Place de la Concorde’ in Paris (it was offered to France in 1831). The inhabitants of Luxor live directly or indirectly from tourism. To see: the temple of Luxor, Karnak, the colossi of Memnon, the temple of Hatshepsut, the Ramesseum, Medinet Habu (famous for the burial of Ramesses III temple) and the Valley of the kings, queens, nobles, and craftsmen.

Tips

If you prefer to go directly to the site without any excursion, you can go by ‘calèche’ or taxi. Do not forget to fix the price before going on.
A great way to explore the region is ballooning. You can do it early in the morning.
If you prefer, you can also do a camel ride in the fields bordering the Nile.
Go out in the evening, a nice walk throughout the Nile is very nice; you will find bars and restaurants to spend a relaxed evening.
If you like shopping, there is a market just down the street from the station, the first part is for tourists but if you continue a little further, you’ll find the real Egyptian market.

Pastry Roberto, Taormina, Sicily

Pastry Roberto is known as the best place to eat cannoli in Taormina filled at the tmoment. The store is managed by Roberto Chemi and son and it is visited by tourists from around the world. When you ask a resident of Taormina where to find this local delicious product, you will always get that answer first: With Roberto. The place is not on a main road and it gives it even more charm to find because you should walk through the narrow streets to get there. Once you get there, you will not know where to look and what to try, there is not just cannoli but also delicious little pastries made with almond paste stuffed with various fine fruits; marzipan, nougat, etc. All products are made on site and you can eat them there or take them out. I visited the place at 3 different times and the production does not stop, customers go in and out at any time and Roberto and his son give their best at every moment. I found smiling people proud of their profession, very kind, I saw the production of goods and I have tasted many. I loved it and I arecommend to visit this place which has become a must in Taormina. The place is also very, very clean.

Tips

The shop is open from early morning until 22:00. If you want to take the confections as a souvenir for your loved ones, they will enjoy them a lot. Remember that the cannoli can not be taken away because they are stuffed with ricotta prepared and filled at the moment but you can eat all that you want during your stay in town.

The Breakers, Newport, Vermont, United States

The Breakers is the grandest of Newport’s summer cottages and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence. Cornelius Vanderbilt II bought a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport in 1885, some years later he asked architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa and replace the framed house which had been destoyed by fire a year before. He built a 70 room house, in Renaissance Italian style inspired in 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. He had important collaborators from different countries. Gladys, the youngest daughter of the family inherited the house. She opened the house to the public in 1948 to raise funds for The Preservation Society of Newport County, in 1972 the association bought the house and designed it as a National Historic Landmark. We also found a stable and carriage house about half a mile from the house.
Tips
You can buy the tickets on line before your visit; you’ll find different combinations to save many if you take more than a visit for different houses.
You can have an audio guided visit too.
There’s also a shop to buy souvenirs.