On Valentine's Day, February 14, 2018, we'll embark upon our next odyssey, a 78-day-journey to Taormina in Sicily (14 days); Sorrento on the Amalfi coast of Italy (13 days); Vienna, Austria (11 days); Bruges, Belgium (10 days); Tours, in the châteaux country of the Loire Valley in France (14 days); and last but not least, London, England (14 days).
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”
― Hans Christian Andersen, "The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography"
"Our lives are not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments and places that take our breath away." ― Anonymous
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Taormina, SicilyTaormina is a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily. It sits near Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails leading to the summit. The town is known for the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-Roman theater still used today. Near the theater, cliffs drop to the sea forming coves with sandy beaches.
Mt. Etna viewed from TaorminaMount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily between the cities of Messina and Catania. It lies approximately 30 miles from Taormina, and is the tallest active volcano in Europe outside the Caucasus. It is currently 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high.
Vienna, AustriaVienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence.
Bruges, BelgiumBruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. The Markt square features a 13th-century belfry with a 47-bell carillon and 83m tower with panoramic views.
Loire Valley, FranceThe Loire Valley, spanning some 170 miles, is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France. This fertile and green valley is dotted with many world-famous châteaux.
London, EnglandLondon, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its center stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations.