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E la Nave Va

12/09/2016 19:29
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. The ship approaches and seems ramming the floating dock that...

Van Gogh in Arles

01/09/2016 10:40
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...

Tarifa, in the Year of Landing

11/08/2016 17:58
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...

Tariq's Mountain

29/07/2016 09:03
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...

The Gates of Hell

16/06/2016 18:09
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....

Baron Taylor's Litographs

03/06/2016 09:10
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. Isidore Justin Severin Taylor, born in Brussels in August 1789 and Baron since he was named as such by...

Ulster's Best

20/05/2016 18:07
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...

Temples in the Jungle

06/05/2016 18:20
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...

Sideways

21/04/2016 08:11
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. Winemaking...

Armenians in Venice

08/04/2016 17:26
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....
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