Amalfi Coast Journals

Days Ashore In The Med Part Three

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A September 2003 trip to Amalfi Coast by hagnel2

Bardo Museum Photo, Tunis, Tunisia More Photos
Quote: Continuing my review of port stops in this beautiful part of the world. On this trip, I visited the Amalfi coast, lovely Menorca, and Malta. All the ports are easily explored independently, except for the Amalfi drive.

Bardo Museum

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Attraction | "Simply Sumptuous: Bardo Museum"

Bardo Museum Photo, Tunis, Tunisia
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This museum, set in a magnificent 17th-century palace, houses one of the richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world, and also a large collection of archeological artifacts from Punic/Roman sites. The outside appearance is unimpressive. As we approached the entry, I thought we would be hard-pressed to spend an hour here. I should have remembered that many Muslim buildings are deceiving; there is always an inner courtyard enabling the occupant’s perfect privacy. That proved to be the case here. Once we entered the palace itself, it was a time of oohing and ahhing - it was simply sumptuous. The artifacts are housed in a series of rooms that begin on the ground floor, comprise three fl...Read More

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Bardo Museum
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Tunis, Tunisia

Ancient Site Of Carthage

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 Arena Carthage Photo, Tunis, Tunisia
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Carthage was the most powerful nation in the western Mediterranean. It remained supreme for five hundred years until it was drawn into conflict with Rome. In the second and first centuries, BC Carthage and Rome fought three wars. After an epic siege, Carthage was captured and the city destroyed. A century after the Romans had leveled the city, they built Roman Carthage (the granary of Rome) so that for another six hundred years, Carthage remained the chief city of Africa. Arabs used Carthage as a source of building materials for Islamic buildings, and many artifacts from this site can be viewed in the Bardo museum. Present-day Carthage is an upscale suburb of Tunis. Ancient sites are ...Read More

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Valletta: Marvelous Malta

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 Valletta's Grand Harbour Photo, Valletta, Malta
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Malta is an archipelago of three islands situated in the eastern Mediterranean; its location between Sicily and the African coast has made it a strategically important territory for centuries. The islands were once part of the Roman Empire and St Paul is said to have converted its inhabitants while shipwrecked here. In 1530, the King of Spain gave Malta to the Knights- Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, a religio – military order that cared for pilgrims in that city from the 11th century. They had their headquarters in Rhodes but were ousted from there by an ottoman invasion in the year 1522. In 1565, Knights of St John withstood another siege by the Turks but this time th...Read More

Mahon Menorca: Tranquility Place

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 Abundance Steps Mahon Photo, Menorca, Spain
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Menorca is regarded as the most tranquil of the Balearic isles and having visited all of them, I do agree. It is the second largest of the isles but that isn’t saying much as you can drive one end of the isle from east to west in just over an hour. The island is aprox, 32 miles long and 9 miles wide. {From the Center} This is the place with a true island feel of "getting away from it all". With one caveat, Calan Forcat west of Ciutadella is a touristy flashy area, for anyone who has read my entry on Magluf {Mallorca journal} I will say it is marginally above that but it is a place where you will find water parks, Fish and chips, and bars. Menorca’s attractions were enough to catch ...Read More

AAA : Amazing, Alluring Amalfi

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 Garden Fountain Amalfi Photo, Amalfi Coast, Italy
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Ah, Italy, a vibrant nation of passionate, expressive people with a unique charm. It is renowned for its pasta and pizza; its emotive operas and wonderful works of art; and its sense of style, magnificent cities, and scenery. For me the Amalfi Coast epitomizes the best of this scenery.Naples is one of the ports that is easily explored independently, but the ships tours are well worth the money, except for Capri, which you can do alone because the ferry is a few minutes’ walk from the port. We had visited this port previously and took ships tours to Pompeii and Herculaneum. We have also visited Naples, and so we opted for a full-day tour of the jaw dropping scenery of the Amalfi Coast. We left the ...Read More