With 1441 rooms and spawning across 500+ acres, Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence. It's one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria and the spot where Mozart gave his first concert, when we was just six. This is the view from its massive gardens which even include a maze that took 40 years (!) to build. Doesn't it look like a painting? 🙌
One of the most unspoiled islands in the Philippines, Siquijor is a delight in terms of people, beaches and other natural landscapes. To get to this restaurant in the middle of the ocean we need to pass through a mangrove forest.
Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, the City of Arts and Sciences is one of the largest scientific and cultural complexes in Europe. The futuristic design is the common denominator across the buildings which are linked by this bright turquoise pool. And you can even explore the "city" in transparent kayaks 😎
One of the most relaxing islands in the Andaman coast of Thailand, Koh Lanta is a paradise for beach bum. When I was there my only item on my daily agenda was to watch the sunset - and I can safely say I never got disappointed!
With over 9 million pieces of art spread out over 1,400 rooms and chapels, the Vatican Museum is one of the largest art collections in the world. In one of the ends of the museum, lies this spiral staircase which is in fact two staircases separating people coming up from the ones coming down.
Encircled in a 2-mile border with Italy, Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world. It's just 1/8 of NYC's Central Park! Interestingly and despite its tiny size, what happens within Vatican impacts the lives of billions of people in the planet.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a homage to Italy's unity since it was built during a turbulent time in the country. One of the oldest shopping "malls" in the planet, window-shopping here in the many upscale shops is a must-do for travellers in Milan. Have to confess I felt underdressed the entire time, you can't compete with the Italian style!
Set against the foothills of the Alps, Lake Como is Italy's third largest lake. In the Roman Empire it served as a retreat for some of the wealthiest leaders; today still many Hollywood stars and public figures come here for their luxury peaceful getaway. Definitely can understand why ✨
Shakespeare chose Verona for the setting of Romeo and Juliet for a good reason: it's a city that breathes love in every corner. Doesn't it look like an old painting? Ps: did you know that the Romeo&Juliet is in fact an old italian tale that Shakespeare just reinvented?