When Karen from MiniTravellers invited me to join in with 10 Random Travel Facts, I really didn’t know where to begin. Eventually, the cogs started turning and it occurred to me that it would probably be much more interesting relating them to some of the wonderful places I have visited over the years.

So here goes…

Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world, with 8,000 buildings having more than 14 floors, almost double that of New York . One of my most favourite things to do there whenever I go is to catch the Star Ferry across from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island and I never ever tire of looking across the water at Hong Kong’s famous skyline. My parents were born there, so I’ve been lots of times, and Hong Kong never ceases to amaze me.SONY DSC• In 1938, famous Hollywood starlet Greta Garbo hid out in Ravello in Italy at Villa Cimbrone with her lover, the conductor Leopold Stokowski. When you go to Villa Cimbrone you can understand why… the views across the Amalfi Coast from its famous Infinity Balcony are breathtaking. In fact, everything about Ravello is pretty spectacular, which is why we chose to get married there.CimbronePhoto• Dead jellyfish can still sting you… as we found out on our holiday to Tenerife. Monkey was fascinated by all of them that had washed up on the shore at Fanabe Beach. Unfortunately, the tide came in quickly and tentacles wrapped around all of our feet. It stung like hell! But luckily, the pain subsided pretty quickly and we awarded Monkey’s bravery with an ice-cream.IMG_2116.JPG

• There were several highlights on my trip around China and one of them was visiting the Terra Cotta Army in Xian. Each soldier has distinct and different facial features and it is estimated there are over 8,000 soldiers – the craftsmen who carved them had their work cut out!DSC00251• The Vatican Museums in Rome contain one of the largest art collections in the world, with over nine miles of pieces. The splendour of the artwork is awe-inspiring, as is the Italian city itself. Rome is one of my favourite places in the world, and I love everything about it from its rich history to the food.DSC00080• If you’ve ever visited Wales, then you’ll no doubt have come across Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour. When we holidayed in the Mumbles, we couldn’t resist their secret Italian recipe which has remained untouched since founder Luigi Cascarini came over to Swansea from the Abruzzi Mountains in Italy in 1898.rp_misc2012-027.jpg• There are 32,000 windows with UV and solar radiation steel in both Petrona Towers in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia. It takes two months to clean them all! There was no need for us to pay to go up them as we managed to book ourselves into The Mandarin Oriental and look out at them for free!DSC00449• Alcohol is strictly forbidden outside the resorts in the Maldives as its a muslim country, which we found out to our detriment along with hundreds of other honeymooners. What was amazing was that at the airport, even though all your booze is confiscated, you get it back on your return home.DSC01260

•The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the World’s Largest steel arch bridge and it took 1,400 men eight years to build it. When I lived there back in 2003, it was a stunning sight to behold whenever I went to work each morning on the train out of the city.

Sydney• The unofficial name for Bermudians is Onion. Why? I have no idea. But that’s pretty funny don’t you think? Bermuda has the most beautiful beaches, some with pink sand. We are lucky enough to have good friends who live near Elbow Beach. It only took us five minutes and we were dipping our toes into the sea. Bliss.Bermuda2010 040Do you have any random travel facts that you know off the top of your head? I’d love to hear them.

I would also like to invite a few of my favourite bloggers to take part if they have the time…

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