Archive for July, 2012

July 24, 2012

Things to Do in Florence, Italy by Aziza Kendrick

The capital of the Italian region of Tuscany, Florence is a beautiful, flourishing city with a great deal of history and lots of exciting attractions for visitors. Here is a list of some of my favorite sites:

The Piazza of Santa Maria Novella: Created in 1287, the piazza, or city square, is a picturesque place, featuring marble, bronze turtles, and beautiful stone columns.

The Uffizi Gallery: One of the most popular museums in Italy, this art gallery features incredible works by Botticelli, Titian, and Filippino Lippi. Not only does the building include art work, it is itself a work of art.

Ponte Vecchio: A gorgeous old bridge spanning the Arno river, Ponte Vecchio was originally built in 996. After its destruction in 1345 by a flood, it was rebuilt and has stood strong ever since. The bridge also features a private corridor to the Uffizi Gallery originally designed in 1565 for the then-ruling class, the Medici.

I hope this list has piqued your interest in Florence. There are many more attractions to see, as well as a wide range of accommodations to serve your needs. Explore for more information.

About the Author:
When she is not working as a Legal Assistant at a Houston law firm, Aziza Kendrick enjoys traveling and has a goal to visit 60% of the world’s countries in her lifetime.

July 21, 2012

Travel Spotlight: Croatia

By Aziza Kendrick

Nestled between the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea and such bordering countries as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovenia, and Serbia, Croatia boasts a unique culture and utterly beautiful landscapes. With more than 1,778 kilometers of coastline and 1,185 islands, the Eastern European jewel includes rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. Croatia’s largest island, Hvar, features a tranquil countryside where pine trees, rosemary, and sage grow wild amid the cultivated grapes, olive trees, and lavender fields. Also home to several national parks, the country showcases its inland lakes and mountainous coastline in its protected areas.

While taking in Croatia’s natural beauty, tourists should not miss Dubrovnik, the so-called “pearl of the Adriatic.” An ancient walled city on Croatia’s southernmost tip, Dubrovnik features marble streets, red-tiled roofs, and a distinctive old world charm. A common sailing destination, the area offers tourists such high-adrenaline activities as rock climbing, scuba diving, and sea kayaking.

About the author: An avid traveler, Aziza Kendrick hopes to make the journey to Croatia over the next several years. Currently a legal assistant at Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas, LLP, Aziza Kendrick plans to graduate from the University of St. Thomas with a BBA/MBA in December 2012.