Museo Borghese, Roma: 100 percent Concentration of Beauty

 

Apollo and Daphne by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Museo Borghese, Roma, Italy.

Apollo and Daphne by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Museo Borghese, Roma, Italy.

“Startling concentration of beauty.” A very bright phrase. I heard it in one of the series of Michael Portillo’s “Great Continental Railway Journeys.” He used it in his description of a famous city. Guess which one? Of course, it was Venice, the city with a startling concentration of beauty. However, I should add, “but only from a distance.” When you immerse yourself into Venice, you start to find some flaws in its beauty: dilapidated houses, peeling facades, street sweepings…. What can we do? This is a city with a very complicated fate.

Do places with flawless 100 percent concentration of beauty exist anywhere in the world? Of course. We found one such place in the city of Rome, Italy, with the help of Saga Travel. This is the Museo Borghese which is housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. When you pass the ground floor, buy tickets, and go up to the first floor, you find yourself in the kingdom of good taste, luxury, and incredible beauty. Everything is beautiful here: floors, walls, ceilings, paintings, and, of course, sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. I have already been to many museums of the world; this one was the smallest, but the most beautiful I can remember.

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Undeground Cities of Cappadocia

 
Landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey.

What could be better than relaxing by the sea? Only relaxing by another sea. The Turkish coast is washed by four seas, and the choice of all-inclusive hotels on the Mediterranean, Aegean, Marmara, and the Black Sea is just enormous. But for me, one of the most memorable experiences of the past year was a balloon flight over Turkish Cappadocia. I even feel sorry for those who know this country only by beach holiday or vain Istanbul. That means you have not seen the most important places in Turkey. Yes, this country is not small, and many of its attractions are hard to reach, but that, precisely, is the real challenge!

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The Best Coral Reef Locations: the Maldives or the Great Barrier Reef?

 

Coral Reef of the island of Funamadua, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the Maldives.

Coral Reef of the island of Funamadua, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the Maldives.

The underwater map of the world has few great snorkeling locations. We constantly look for new places, learning about the Seychelles, Belize, or the Bahamas, but every time, we return to the Maldives.

It seems like snorkeling does not require special training and expensive equipment: just buy a mask and fins, and you can admire underwater life as long as you want or can. However, the incredibly beautiful and extremely fragile global coral reef ecosystem is threatened with extinction, so for a healthy coral reef, you will have to search. Unfortunately, in most cases, it will not be located near your home.

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