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Travel Whoas and Woes

I apologize for the inactivity of this blog. And my inactivity to read blogs on my part. I can’t promise to boost it up, but I will, eventually, get to my posts and your blog in time.

I wanna thank everyone who has given recognitions especially from the last couple days. I truly appreciate all the acknowledgements.

I cannot possibly list all of it. I also thought of including the best this and that or the worst this and that, but it’s just too much for me to handle. So… Here are just some of my travel whoa’s and woes that are most apparent amongst all the places I’ve been to.


WOE: When we were visited Neuschwantein Castle, there’s a 2-hour wait to get in. So, booking is a must!
WHOA: This real-world fairytale castle is truly magnificent. Plenty of photo-op just outside it. Germany? In one word, BEER. –

Notable WHOA when it comes to waiting in line: Sistine Chapel – plenty of tourists who want to see it. The line is always long but it considerably is always moving.


WHOA: Venice Beach is one of a sure-fire top California travel recommendation of mine.
WOE: I paid over $50 after getting a parking ticket. California parking is awful. Venice Beach is the worst. Like I said before, bring dollar bills, mind your parking time limit, or paying set high price parking lot space is better than getting a ticket. –

Notable WHOA for parking: Research exactly where. Santa Monica – 90 min. free. Beverly Hills (Rodeo Dr.) – Free.


WHOA: Monterey Bay is, not an iota of doubt, one of the best aquariums in the world.
WOE: I did a little research. I found out that it really has an expensive admission in the world, if not the most considering the size and number of sea animals compared to other aquariums. A whopping $37 total with tax.


NOTABLE WHOA: Baluarte Zoo in Philippines

WHOA: People always say about travel destinations that “there’s plenty of things to see and do. Las Vegas multiplies that statement. The Strip is a no holds barred entertainment, adventure and sightseeing getaway street. WOE: Being less restricted, public intoxication, prostitution, illegal drugs and such are observed but undisturbed by law.

Las Vegas

Notable WHOA: Balboa Park is huge for someone to not have anything to do. Get there, and you’ll be guaranteed to find something that suits your interest.

WHOA: Why then did Survivor choose Caramoan as their set location?


WOE: It’s so hard to get there! Plus, you pay a lot of unexpected additional fees.

NOTABLE WOE when it comes to worst transport experience: Driving in snow is dangerous. When we had our drive to Roccarasso, Italy, cars were slipping and sliding. Some cars had to completely stop at the side of the road. We were doing great with ours but it was still nerve-wracking. I was afraid our van would slip or get hit by the other cars.


NOTABLE WHOA when it comes to roadside views: California

NOTABLE WHOA for the water: Sorry Coastal California, this down here is the best … Virgin Island in Bohol, Philippines …


WOE: There’s plenty of complains and negative feedback about Naples. They have a never-ending issue on garbage disposal. Scams, pick-pockets and thefts, house and car break-ins is a matter of course. Traffic is horrible. Parking is tight. Italians drive like they always have pizza in the oven to attend to. The whole Neapolitan social behavior and attitude and way of living are just not the most pleasant and are distasteful according to some other cities and Italian folks who despise it.

Mt. Vesuvius

WHOA: You can sight in a good view of my beloved, iconic Mt. Vesuvius from Naples. Also, Pizza Margherita is the original pizza and is home to Naples.

NOTABLE WOE: Leaning Tower of Pisa – I just think it’s overrated. But, it’s so nice to know that you’ve traveled it if you did see it.

Last Call…

NOTABLE WHOA for the best city: ROME



Travel whoas and woes?


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This is actually such a sweet release naming my greatest whoas and woes. What about you? Give me one, two or more of your memorable whoas and woes.

By the way, this idea was supposedly my 100th post. My 100th Award Post was tasking but back then this post was evenly overwhelming so I dismissed composing it.


  1. Claire says:

    Great post, a notable whoa has got to be climbing the Franz Joseph glacier in New Zealand’s its just immense, and a massive woe had to be Karnack Temple in Egypt, sure it’s great to see but, the hassle, heat and crowds make it almost unbearable.

  2. LuAnn says:

    Your photos are always spectacular Rommel. You have been to some amazing places and have shown them to us in a very intimate way. Thanks! :)

    • rommel says:

      :D Doing recaps, though very tasking, is really good, fun to compose and rewarding.

      • LuAnn says:

        Hey Rommel, how do I get in touch with you? I seem to be having some scheduling problems and this Sunday looks to be a problem for me. I am going to have to work. We will be in the area through January. Is it possible that I may be able to take a raincheck? Sorry to give you such short notice. :(

  3. This is quite an interesting post of whoa and woes…funny and engaging. And of course the photography.

  4. Mike Limon says:

    Hi Rommel. It amazes me how many cities that you have visited. Where do you get the time? Thanks for sharing your adventures, stories, and pictures with us. I also know how hard it is to maintain a blog. It seems that we lead such busy lives that we don’t always have time to write. We have to discipline ourselves to just sit down and do it. We owe it to our readers and to ourselves. Take care my friend.

  5. Thank you again, rommel, for the shout out to Travel. Garden. Eat.! Ahhh, Rome . . . *sigh* . . . there is something magical about that city!! ~ Kat

  6. South Korea
    Woe: Traffic is one of the worst.
    Woah: Food is one the world’s greatest

    I love that first photo! Does the wicked stepmother live there? lol! The window panel even adds to the splendor of the photo.

  7. Debra Kolkka says:

    Nice to see my favourite photo back.

    • rommel says:

      Ahihihi… I’ve been doing special posts so your favorite picture was an inevitable reappearance… and will show again soon. Thanksfor always supporting, Debra.

  8. Angelia Sims says:

    Whoa: Seeing the Eiffel Tower in person at 16yrs of age
    Woe: Choosing to shop for souvenirs instead of going to the top.

    Whoa: Skiing the Alps!
    Woe: Not being a good skier and missing out on the gorgeous views in my tumbles.

    Heh. That is freeing! Funny, my mom liked Rome the least and Venice the best. I want to go to Italy. I swear I will get there. Thanks for the lovely photos! So nice to see the world through your eyes. :-)

    • rommel says:

      Yikes on your woes!!! Very nice inputs. Thanks for that. That Roccarasso pic, not one was a skier…. Just those boards. Very fun to play in snow.

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Bohol and Caramoan have to be top of the whoas! I think i’ve just put the Philippines high up my bucket list!

  10. eof737 says:

    I’m glad you shared honestly about the woes so folk can be attentive when they do visit these places… I think all cities have their woes and while we visit and enjoy the good they offer, it can be helpful to be aware of the down side. Where did you take that picture of Neuschwantein Castle from? Just curious because of the angle. I have to admit that when I visited it a few years back, there were no lines and I had a great time with my friends. ;-)

    • rommel says:

      I think it’s from the bridge. I remember my group are already way ahead walking. I went back to take this picture. BWAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh the reason why I always get lost from the group. bwahhahahaha. The woes, sometimes, make the travel adventurous. ;)

      • eof737 says:

        The BRIDGE!!!! Oh wow! I must remember that next time… and yes, the woes make for some wonderful or even hairy adventure. You take such awesome pictures… Gosh! I’d love to travel again… :-)

        • eof737 says:

          OMG! I’m an idiot! I went back and looked at my photos from Germany and I have a picture like this one that I took of the castle from the bridge but without the barrier showing… I completely forgot. I need a vacation! :lol:

  11. Loved the Bohol seaside scenic shot — Very colorful and inviting. Nice job all around. Pizza Margherita was created in the colors of the Italian flag and named in honor of Regina Margherita. Red tomato sauce, Green basil and White mozzarella.

  12. free penny press says:

    Whoa, I used to live in Monterey and yes, the aquarium is great (thank goodness when I lived there the cost was much lower)

    Great post, woe’s and all :-)

  13. tokyohamster says:

    Parking around Venice Beach in California is the WORST! And even worse? The more you get tickets, the more expensive they get! A definite ‘whoa’ regarding your photo of from Bohol. All of your photos are beautiful, but that one really stole my breath.

    • rommel says:

      That is really a double WOE! It makes me not wanna go back there ever again. :( Really, I know I’m not alone on this one. The parking ticket issue has been in travel reviews all over the web too.

  14. Paula says:

    Look at this … we have a common love in Mt. Vesuvius :) I posted it in CBBH blue challenge :D. You have seen some amazing places. I have been thinking of going to Neuschwantein Castle for years. Did you like the interior? I have an impression that the exterior and the view from Marienbruck is the real attraction….. Inspiring post, Rommel!

    • rommel says:

      We did not push on for the interior due to time restrictions. We were only in Germany for two days with more plans to go to. I wanted to marry Mt. Vesuvius. Hehehehe Joke, that;s an overstatement. Seriously, we divorced only two months ago. :D

  15. poppytump says:

    Great match up of photos, tips, and good humour Rommel ! Comprehensive posts do take time – but hey look you can see how many of us appreciate it !!
    I have to ‘fess up I haven’t been to any of your places mentioned apart from a schoolgirl visit to one of your ‘Woes’ Pisa – when I was more interested in the suede fringed bags in the market opposite more than the Tower itself .. Hmmm does that age me or what ;-)
    Just as an aside *Thanks* to me reading your post about the and Walt Disney Concert Hall I was able to shout out PDQ the right answer watching the quiz Mastermind we have here on BBC TV in UK !! Cheers Rommel .

    • rommel says:

      OH I love the market there. Much the one in Florence! :D I purchased a good number of tapestries there. Lol @ your TV answer. Glad to have imparted knowledge. :D

  16. Amy says:

    The shot of Bohol was and still is my favorite, and Caramoan is so beautiful. Thank you for taking us there, Rommel! I won’t ask how much time spent on putting this awesome post together…

    • rommel says:

      Ima own this own. This really is a very overwhelming post to compose. I think part of the reason why I only have one post week (GRRRR) is because of this post. I had plenty of options on how I was going to do this. I had plenty of choices on how I was going to expand or shorten it. It just such a hassle. But yeah, the last ten posts are my special posts. I think after all the wear and tear, it’s all satisfying in the end.

    • rommel says:

      Ow, Thanks for the question. I awarded you the 7 Super Shots by the way. AND YOU BETTER RESPOND TO IT!!!! I WON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!

  17. Sunshine says:

    Whoa: Fabulous tour by Rommel…I especially want to see Virgin Island one day!
    Woes: The fab tour ended to quickly…
    ah, but I am grateful! ;)

  18. aekshots says:

    Love the castle shot…and the usual captivating post. Nice work.

  19. Jude says:

    Your blog just gives me itchy feet! There’s so much world to see and not enough years to see it in. Your shared travels have shown me places that I’ll probably never get to – but I still dream. Keep up the good work Rommel! :)

  20. adinparadise says:

    Fabulous photos, Rommel. Not being allowed to take photos in the Sistine Chapel, was disappointing. :( My most amazing “Whoa!” was Machu Picchu. :)

    • rommel says:

      ??? People are allowed to take pictures. Aren’t we? I see them with their cameras and with their arms raised snapping pictures. And I am one of them senseless people. Well, given I shoot and shoot and shoot and that I go there A LOT!, I actually only have a little bit of images from Sistine Chapel, less than 10. So I’m not that all bad. :)

  21. Whoa ! the people and culture of Sapa Viet Nam
    Woe .. the night train ride to get there!

  22. Rommel no need for apologies! We’re all busy with life, work, other things, we all totally understand. Great photos, especially of the beach in Bohol!

    New York City
    Woe: almost-everything
    haha! It’s a city people either love or hate!

  23. Wonderful photos, and a great way to highlight where you’ve been. It’s always wonderful to see your name in the mix, Rommel, but life is busy and we all disappear now and again. I think you do well. You are a generous blogger who gives a lot of support. This was an interesting way to tell a story!

  24. Silving says:

    Excelent post ,Rommel!
    And hey, don’t apologize for inactivity, it is your house,we just pass by.But you do as you feel inside it. Besides,we all have moments when we would rather do something else than blogging.At least, I do :D

  25. Paulina says:

    your image of the castle through the gate is breathtaking!

  26. If only I can travel to 1/4 of these amazing places , I will be happy. Thanks for living our dreams and vision for us. Beautiful. Wishing you and your family all the joys, love and peace of the holidays.

  27. Madhu says:

    The Bohol and Caramoan shots are just stunning! Philipines never figured on my bucket list till I started blogging……now it does and very high :-)

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