Angkor Wat the City of Temples

The 8th Wonder of the world, Angkor Wat is a part of the Angkor ruins that stretch over more than 248 square miles (400 square kilometers). Angkor Wat was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Mid Day Angkor Wat, Siem Reap main temples.

The Upper Level center tower of Angkor Wat

Mid Day Angkor Wat, Siem Reap main temples.

standing at the Library just after sunset Angkor Wat.


The old world meets the new world, New Dehli, India

Upon arrival in New Delhi, it isn’t long before you notice the complexity of this city. The warm climate attracts a mass of people into the area with a population recorded in 2011 of 22 million inhabitants which makes it the second most populated city in the world. Imagine yourself here arriving by plane or train among hordes of people from all over the world. The fast pace growth of the city has also given way to the growth of street food vendors (Dhabas). One must take note Delhi is where Mughlai cuisine originated you’ll need to sample a few dishes or even take a cooking class.
All the riches in the world can be found here, ranging from luxurious Hotels and business condos to majestic temples and landscapes thousands of years old. Be sure to hire an auto rickshaw taxi by the hour or negotiate a price for an all day to visit places such as Connaught Place, Lotus temple, Akshardham temple (the largest Hindu temple complex in the world), and of course India Gate. But don’t miss out on these Unesco World Heritage Sites: Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort Delhi where you can find number of affordable accommodations for any budget. Anything you want can be found in Delhi.

Roaming around Rome, Italy

night-rome-Italy-drewmanity Rome Italy Colosseum at night summer 2011
night-rome-Italy-drewmanity Rome Italy Colosseum at night  summer 2011

Rome Italy Colosseum

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so it can’t be toured in a day either. The city is a monstrous museum of epic proportion. If you’re finding that you will need more time to see it all, stand at the elegant Trevi Fountain and flip a coin over your shoulder and make the wish!

My second time around I spent double the amount of days as my first trip to enjoy the historic sites such as the Coliseum and the Pantheon, open air markets, and piazzas rich in color and flavors. Be sure to take a pit stop at an open-air café for a wood fire roasted artichoke, cappers, and smoky three cheese pizza.

One would be silly to miss out on a stroll across the cobblestones to visit the Sistine Chapel. Grab a map from your hotel or download one online and pop in and out of shops and museums dotted throughout the inner city walkways as the sun sets and the city illuminates in an orange hue. A picturesque Vatican City and all its allure is best enjoyed in the early morning or at sunset as the day winds to an end.

After the long day of weaving around the city, you’ll need to take a seat and people watch with a mouth watering dessert of thick Gelato or warm cappuccino. The nights are unbelievable as the city illuminates and the volume turns up a notch. Grab your buds and taste the night life, head out for a dance at the discos and sample the adult libations. There is something for everyone in the city of Rome.