Two hours exploring the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii


Two hours exploring the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii | Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, Italy | Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples, in the Campania region of Italy. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the most visited atractions of Italy. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading Two hours exploring the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii

Things you must DO and SEE when in San Miguel de Allende

IMG_3973Things you must do and see when in San Miguel de Allende  |  San Miguel de Allende, Mexico  |  After my recent visit to San Miguel de Allende, here is my list of must DO and SEE things, which hopefully will help you plan your trip and maximize your time there. I was there for three nights. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit Guanajuato, but if you can, you should add extra time to your journey to do so. San Miguel de Allende is a city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is arguably the prettiest town in Mexico.

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Postcards of San Miguel de Allende

> Panoramic view of San Miguel de Allende from Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada
> Panoramic view of San Miguel de Allende from Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

Postcards of San Miguel de Allende  |  San Miguel de Allende, Mexico  | Here a few reasons why, you should visit UNESCO World Heritage San Miguel de Allende. An image speaks for a million words, and here over a dozen postcards photographed by me. Check also my posts on Where to Stay and Where to Eat when in San Miguel de Allende. You may see my full Photo Album at #GPSCarlosMeliaSANMIGUELDEALLENDE. Enjoy your journey.  Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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Haifa & the Bahá’í World Centre

Haifa and the Bahá’í World Centre Haifa & the Bahá’í World Centre  |  Haifa. Israel  |  Haifa is the third largest city in Israel, located to the North of Tel Aviv, approximately 1 hour away. t is also home to the Bahá’í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa.  Continue reading Haifa & the Bahá’í World Centre

Herod the Great Fortress & Palace of Masada

Photo Nov 27, 8 57 10 AMHerod the Great Fortress & Palace of Masada  |  Judaean Desert, Israel  |  The biblical Masada – modern Hebrew for fortress –  an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on cliff top of an isolated rock plateau on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Located approximately two hours from Tel Aviv, Masada by King Herods the Great, was one of top highlights of my recent journey through IsraelContinue reading Herod the Great Fortress & Palace of Masada

Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu

Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu  |  Machu Picchu, Peru  |  Two of the main vestiges of the Inca Empire, located twenty five minutes away from the town of Aguas Calientes by approximately four hours away from Cusco. I came to Machu Picchu with lots of expectations, and to be honest not with much knowledge, and I must say that all expectations were fully surpassed by its beauty, mysticism and advance knowledge of architecture, hydraulics and astronomy of the Incas at that time. I got from Porhoy Train Station, close to Cusco to Aguas Calientes, on board of the luxury train by Belmond, the Hiram Bingham, named after the American historian that discovered the sacred city in 1911. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu

Mini Trekking Perito Moreno Glacier

Mini Trekking Perito Moreno Glacier |  El Calafate, Argentina |  Literally an unique experience. Walk over ancient ice, over the Perito Moreno Glacier. No previous skills needed. Vibrant colors, waterfalls, and peaks. Icy shapes, cracks, and lakes. Caves, bridges, and walls. And the opportunity to be in direct contact with the glacier during a trek guided by experts.  Continue reading Mini Trekking Perito Moreno Glacier

Colonia del Sacramento by The New York Times

Colonia del Sacramento by The New York Times |  Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay |  As many of you know by reading my regular posts in my blog, Colonia del Sacramento is one of my favorite spots in the world to escape and get away from the hussle and bussle of the city when I am in Argentina. Well, it seems I am not that wrong since on the Sunday Travel section of this week of the The New York Times has been voted and ranked number 31 out of the 41 places recommended and MUST visit during this 2011.

The article was titled The 41 Places to go in 2011 and Colonia del Sacramento was featured in number 31 as The ranches beyond a historic village offer a dose of rural chic. On this short but interesting contribution by Paola Singer, they highlight two brand new boutique ranches that have recently opened La Vigna and Estancia Tierra Santa. I would add to this expert recommendation, two of my favorite hotels/guest houses in the entire world Casa los Jazmines and La Casa de los Limoneros. Both I would dare to say my own personal choice for relaxation, gourmet experience and outdoors adventure (beach, horseback ridding, wine tasting, biking, among many others) only 50 minutes away from the city of Buenos Aires.
History, beach and something else. Colonia de Sacramento, (Uruguay) capital of the county of Colonia, bathed by the waters of de Rio de la Plata, only (1hs) from the city of Buenos Aires.Listed as “World Heritage“ by the UNESCO (6-XII-1995), for its cultural and natural value.
The main points of interest are located in Historical District (or casco viejo).  Followi this propossed route, it will allow you to enjoy all the highlights you can’t miss: Puerta de Campo / Calle de los Suspiros / Museo Portugués / Convento de San Francisco / Museo Municipal / Casa de Nacarello / Casa del Virrey / Archivo Regional / Museo Indígena / Casa Portuguesa / Museo Español / Bastión del Carmen / Iglesia Matriz. Also minutes away is the Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos, the Museo Paleontológico, the Arenisca and El Calabres beaches. On sunny spring or summer days, is a must walking by the promenade “Rambla Costanera” and enjoy the sights and sunsets.

If interested on reading more on Colonia del Sacramento and following my travel post on this charming destination, please check the following links: Colonia del Sacramento / BUQUEBUS Speed Ferry / La Casa de los Limoneros / Casa los Jazmines. Also check my PHOTO Album on Colonia del Sacramento.
(*) Colonia del Sacramento. For bookings or inquiries do not hesitate to contact me. carlos@carlosmelia.com | 347.944.0026 | 212.399.6161 | Toll Free US. 800.729.7472 ext 205. CM