Minorca's Stones

Minorcan prehistory was written with stones, medium sized blocks lined up one upon other forming burial structures in inverted vessel shape and cyclopean stones supporting others in a characteristic megalithic structure only in the world. They all make up what has been called the Balearic talaiotic culture.  Read more See the pictures

A Palace beside the River

When the King of Siam Phrabat Somdet Phra, also known as Rama I the Great, decided to move the kingdom capital from Thonburi to neighbour Krung Thep must have thought in a place which don’t lack of any of the charms the King Sun got at Versailles. He built beside the Chao Phraya River Bangkok’s Royal Grand Palace, Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang. Read more See the pictures

Cotentin, West of Normandy

At bird's eye view, would seem a huge breakwater, and there’s something about this. Contains Atlantic waters fury before becoming the marine currents that runs throughout the Channel. It is an extension of the Armorican Massif and has seen since the Roman legions to American paratroopers. Read more  See the pictures

The Valley of the Kings

The ancient Egyptians called Ta-sekhet-ma'at, the Great Field, to the valley the sun burns under Meretseger, the Hill which loves the silence. The silence that for centuries has accompanied hundreds of outstanding graves excavated in the rock, hidden beneath the sands of the Valley of the Kings. Read more  See the pictures

Mediterranean Alphabets

Four thousand years before our era one of the earliest known writing systems begun to be developed in Egypt. To hieroglyphic followed simplified alphabets and in a neighbouring world, the Phoenician, its writing subsequently lead to the most widespread alphabets in the Mediterranean area: Greek and Latin.  Read more  See the pictures

E la Nave Va

Venice historic centre urban grid has a well known peculiar features, common streets mixed with canals and waterways requiring to use marine navigation even for the most common public transport. Here, instead bus, they call it vaporetto.  Read more  See the pictures

Van Gogh in Arles

Dutch painter's relationship with Arles was peculiar and productive. Essentially productive. Only in the period he spent in Arles concluded about three hundred canvases, sketches and drawings. It was the most prolific and highest quality in his short career. In Provence he sought light and he found it. Read more  See the pictures

Tarifa, in the Year of Landing

Al-Walid ibn Abd al-Malik, sixth Umayyad caliph, was playing with his son in the large room, next to an ablutions pond in his Damascus palace when two messengers simultaneously brought him news from the bounds of his kingdom. The first announced the conquest of Transoxiana, in Central Asia, the second the success in the Strait crossing in the West. The Umayyad Caliphate had just set foot on the land of the Vandals, Al Andalus.  Read more  See the pictures

Tariq's Mountain

Berber Tariq ibn Ziyat al Layti, under the Yemeni commandment of General Musa Ibn Nusair, could not even imagine that at the point where the waters narrow, where the first Arab troops crossed in the conquest of a new world that would call Al Andalus, more than a millennium later would appear strange red booths where people could communicate over distance and that those panned fish cooked in oil that ate would be sold on brown paper under the name of fish'n'chips. Read more  See the pictures

Αθήνα, Athens!

Oh Solon, Solon! You the Greeks are always children, there is no a Greek old man. These words were said by an old priest of the city of Sais, in the Nile delta, to one of the Greece Seven Sages six centuries before Christ. Twenty six centuries later, in the maelstrom of modern Greek capital, almost nobody remember Solon and even less the one of Sais. Read more See the pictures

The Gates of Hell

In early twentieth century the controversial Irish author George Bernard Shaw spent a few days around Tikitere, near Rotorua and the namesake lake. Like his character Pygmalion, transforming Eliza Doolittle, Shaw transformed the place renaming it. After his visit Tikitere became Hell's Gate. Although an atheist, this was the impression that the writer took from the place. Read more  See the pictures

Baron Taylor's Litographs

For nearly sixty years Baron Taylor led a large team of writers, artists and engravers who produced a vast inventory of historical and monumental French heritage published in twenty four volumes. Read more See the pictures

Ulster's Best

He was called the fifth Beatle, but he wasn’t a musician. He played the balls, but generally only did so with the feet. And they say that, according his name, he was the best soccer player world had ever seen. On the other hand he was the only idol of the sixties shared by both Catholic and Protestant Ulster.  Read more

Temples in the Jungle

From the shrine highest terrace, the morning sun warms the rough surface of the stony bells covering the Bodhisattva statues. One after another in a never ending succession. In the distance the top of Mount Merapi smokes above the clouds that hide its slopes. Looks like a majestic apsara, a heavenly nymph, suspended in the air. Borobudur awakes. Read more  See the pictures

Sideways

Willingly or not the city of Logroño is linked to the wine produced in one of the Spanish best-known appellations of origin. It also belongs to the pilgrimage route that leads, on the French way, the pilgrims to Santiago. A stop over that can be quietly passed between fine Rioja wines. Read more See the pictures

Armenians in Venice

Armenian people relationship with Venice comes from long ago, almost since the first days of the city when the ties with Constantinople were tighter. They had their own neighbourhood, later their own church and their island where an active community of monks dedicated to the books was established. Byron was an exemplary user. Read more See the pictures

Via Domitia

Driving along A9 motorway through French Languedoc region, occasionally a sign reminds that we are running on the ancient Via Domitia, a Roman road that linked the province of Tarraco in Hispania with Cisalpine Gaul, from the Pyrenees to the Alps. Read more  See more pictures

The Island of Madeira

Madeira is an extremely mountainous island with peaks almost reaching 6,500 feet above sea level and then dropping sharply over valleys, gorges and cliffs, to the point that one could say the airport is literally upon the sea waves because there’s no place anywhere else to be build. That’s no fully true but is neither a lie. Read more  See the pictures

 

The Medina of Tunis

Its narrow alleys combined with mosques courtyards’ breadth and madrasas, their Ottoman minarets and ancient souks earned in 1979 to the medina of Tunis joining the Heritage of UNESCO. Read more  See the pictures

Bremen, Museums & Musicians

The city joined intermittently to the trade federation known as Hanseatic League, from its harbour sailed thousands of migrants bound for the new world and there came to shelter the famous musicians heroes of Brothers Grimm tale. Today, not far to being a city-state, is along its port, Federal Republic of Germany smallest Länder.  Read more See more pictures

The Tower Bridge

Neither the latest nor the greatest, but it is certainly the best recognized by the structure of the two neo-Gothic towers that support it. Its the silhouette contained in some famous Brit comedies logo. Tower Bridge is crossed daily by over forty thousand people and is a consolidated icon of the identity of the City of London. Read more   See the pictures 

Carmen and the Chocolate Hills

Looks like a children’s tale name and practically it is. Once upon a time there was an island surrounded by more islands where two angry giants start to fight throwing stones each other. Such was their displeasure that the fight lasted for days and days until finally both realizing that will be no possible winner then became friends. Leaving the scene of their fight they left behind a huge mess of loose stones that in human eyes seem like hills. Read more  See the pictures

Florence from the Campanile

Visitor is warned. There’s no lift. Nothing else than 414 steps leading inexorably to Giotto’s bell tower top, 270 feet above the ground. Following one after another, passing through narrow windows that provide an idea about the view that will extend below once breath is recovered.  Read more  See the pictures

Exhausting Saint Sulpice

George Perec, the inimitable writer born in Paris, in his effort to describe things that are not worth telling, that what happens when nothing happens, tried to take a census and list about whatever existed or happened in Saint Sulpice Square. All this ended embodied in the publication, in 1975, An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris.  Read more  See the pictures

From New Amsterdam to New York

Dutch attempts to settle in the New World were not crowned with overwhelming success. Apart from a territory in the Amazon South America, Surinam, retained until 1975 and some Caribbean islands in the Lesser Antilles, others were various adventures and curious anecdotes. Some with consequences. Read more  See the pictures

From Machado to Brassens

The Pyrenean border witnessed the passage of tens of thousands of people fleeing the totalitarian barbarism. Massively northwards after the fall of Barcelona. Occasionally southwards when that same barbarism swept most of Europe. Read more  See the pictures

The Lord of the Forest

One of the first books I remember have read is The Secret of the Old Forest, by the writer of Belluno, in the Veneto, Dino Buzzati. In his tale, Buzzati, told about an ancient forest, where trees were inhabited by spirits, goblins and winds who had names and the gift of speech. Read more  See the pictures

The Book of Kells

Kells is a small town in County Meath which has about five thousand inhabitants. It’s so far as tewnty four miles from Dublin. The M3 motorway has approached considerably the capital reducing travel time and making it an easy alternative to dwell. Twelve hundred years before there was yet to build the monastery. The Vikings had sacked Iona in the Scottish Hebrides, expelling the monks of St. Columba and killing sixty-eight. They sought refuge in Ireland. Read more  See the pictures

A Batak Wand

It is the main Batak sorcerer’s tool. With it they call the rain, the welfare and protection for the community, keep enemies away, is the panacea for almost everything. They call it tunggal panaluan or tunggal malek or malehat. It’s the priest's magic wand. Read more  See the pictures

Juliet's Boob

Verona was an important Roman city wrapped in the waters of the river Adige; in the Middle Ages it joined the Lombard League and successive Lordships  turned it into a thriving market town that remained when joined the Republic of Venice. However, it is primarily known for the sad story of two unfortunate lovers. Read more  See the pictures