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Old 10th March 2010, 01:32   #1
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This year I am planned to visit lot of world heritage sites. To start with, I am uploading the photos from different world heritage sites. Below are the photos from 4 different places. Let me know if you can guess the places, travelog will come tomorrow. 4th pic is a bit difficult to guess, but if you guess the 3rd pic, the 4th one is near to that place.
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Old 10th March 2010, 09:10   #2
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1. Vatican?
2. Colosseum?
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1. Vatican?
2. Colosseum?
Agree with the first two.
Third one: Santorini Greece ?
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3 & 4 definitely "looks" like Greece or maybe Crete?
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1 and 2 are correct but 3 and 4 are not greece. Below in the 2nd image are the houses from 1964. In 2nd image, the houses are built into caves and they are from 3rd century and are founded by Romans.
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A month back I planned and bought a train ticket for rome. I Got a ticket from Munich to Rome and back for 400 EUR for 3 of us.

I started from the Munich to Rome on 4th-March by night train at 9 PM. It was my first experience in travelling sleeper coach in German trains.

German trains are too good to travel. Sleepar coach are devided in small cabins. There are two category of cabin, a cabin with 6 bads and 3 bads. It is possible to book the complete cabin whether you are travelling alone are with 2,3, 6 person in a cabin. Bads are broad enough to sleep in any position. They provide clean white bad sheet, blanket and cushion.

Reached Rome on 5th at 9 AM. Weather was bad, black cloudes all over the rome.

I was searching for ticket counter to buy a day ticket for public transport. I saw a long queue at the Tabaco shop. I was surprised, and thinking that because inside train smocking is not allowed so after getting down people might want to smoke and thats why the queue.

Went to the ticket counter to buy a day ticket for Rome public transport. But got to know that the public transport ticket are not sold at ticket counter, it will be available at Tobaco shop. Now I was clear why the queue at Tobaco shop.

Reached hotel, it was nice 4 start hotel. After taking bath and lunch, considering the weather, imidiatly I headed towards vatican city. As soon as I went inside Vatican, rain started heavily. So it is the time to take photographs and explore the Vatican.
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1 and 2 are correct but 3 and 4 are not greece. Below in the 2nd image are the houses from 1964. In 2nd image, the houses are built into caves and they are from 3rd century and are founded by Romans.
3 - Trulli style houses in southern Italian villages. Not sure which one, Alberobello?
4 - Matera in southern Italy.
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3 - Trulli style houses in southern Italian villages. Not sure which one, Alberobello?
4 - Matera in southern Italy.
Yes, both the places you guessed is correct.

Its Alberobello, first time I saw this place in a song "Khuda jaane" from "Bachana Ae Haseeno" from that time I was thinking of visiting this place. And 4th is Matera.
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6-Mar-2010

Next day it was the time for Rome's most wanted place. Colosseum - The Gladiator.
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After Colosseum Rome, I have to catch night train to Bari, south of Italy. I reach Bari on 7-Mar-2010 early morning. FSE a private company runs the train service and buses from Bari to nearby cities. I was aware there is no train service on Sunday, only buses. And bus to Bari runs after every 3 hour.

After come out of railway station, I was searching for Bus stop. There was no sign indicating the bus stop. My bus was at 9 am. I had enough time to search bus stop. One taxi driver comes to me and he told me that there is no bus today for Alberobello. But I was aware of Italy Taxi drivers, so I ignored him. I saw a hotel nearby, I went to enquire about the bus stop, and find out that the hotel nothing but the ticket counter for the bus. This information was missing onto the internet. Anyway bought a ticket to Alberobello.

Checked-in to hotel in Alberobello in morning 10:00 AM. Today my plan was to go to Matera which is 70 KM from Alberobello. Hotel staff was very helpful, they arrange me a taxi for 110 EUR which includes site seeing and drop back to hotel.

I stayed in Trulli in Alberobello which was built in somewhere year 1650. Below is my Trulli hotel.
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Hi Pawan,
Your travelogue revived my memories of the trip to Italy in 2006. Good to see that you visited places which are not so popular and touristy.

Looking forward to read the rest of the travelogue.
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Hi Pawan,
Your travelogue revived my memories of the trip to Italy in 2006. Good to see that you visited places which are not so popular and touristy.

Looking forward to read the rest of the travelogue.
I was bored with sceneries in Europe and wanted to explore something different. So I did lot of googling and found that UNESCO website is the best source to know about such places. More to come soon.
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Default 7-March-2010 Sassi di Matera

Here comes the best part of my trip - Sassi di Matera

I hired taxi, from Alberobello to Matera. The distance between Alberobello and Matera is 70 KM. The place is knows as Sassi di Matera (Means Stones of Matera)

We reach Matera at 2:30 PM. Old city can only be walk on foot, No vehicles are allowed inside old town neither possible to drive.

Matera was founded by Romans in 300 BC. Here houses are build inside the rocks. Houses inside looks like caves. Dig the rock and give it a shape of house from outside, thats it.
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Here comes the pic of Sassi di Matera
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The funny part of this city were the streets, which are going on someone's house's rooftop.
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