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Fascio Architecture

02/07/2021 09:07
In the years when the Dodecanese was administered by Italy, two architects landed on the island of Leros with the task of developing a new city to house the personnel and services of the naval base. Those were the heydays of rationalist architecture and Art Deco. But also those of Mussolini...

Il Cagalibri (The Bookshiter)

13/06/2021 10:50
Niccolò Tommasèo was a linguist, journalist and essayist, forerunner of the irredentist movement that advocated the incorporation of the eastern Adriatic territories to the 19th century Italy unification process. His featured work was the making of a comprehensive Italian dictionary. His nickname...

Frenchs in Akaroa

07/05/2021 09:41
Few kilometres south Christchurch, almost in its outskirts, stands a large volcanic crater open to the sea in its south side. Kai Tahu for Maori, Banks, in recognition of Joseph Banks, naturalist aboard James Cook’s Endeavour, who in February 1770 was wrong to believe that it was an island rather...

The Island of God Bes

03/04/2021 11:24
Ybshm or Iboshim was the name given by the Phoenicians to Ibiza. It means the Island of God Bes, a dwarf and paunchy god that was imported from the East, from the Egyptian pantheon. Bes was a benevolent and protective god associated with good luck, which seem to adore the new idol worshipers who,...

Jordaan

05/03/2021 09:40
This neighbourhood located to the west of the Dutch city has gone from being an inhospitable slum to a desired residential area exempt of the tourist massification of the urban centre along a slow process of gentrification. At the moment Jordaan belongs to the district Amsterdam-Centrum and forms...

Haiku Masters

29/01/2021 10:50
Poets, sensitive writers, haiku composers… they are countless in Japan. These are just a few, although the most relevant, among those who cultivated this brief genre, even before it existed as such. Yamazaki Sōkan (山崎 宗 鑑) (1465–1553), whose real name was Shina Norishige, was a calligrapher in the...

The Last Dogaressa

18/12/2020 10:36
Venier dei Leoni palace overlooks the Grand Canal waters between Da Mula Morosini mansion and the damn Ca Dario. It does not stand out precisely for its height, it is the only one on one floor among its neighbours, however, it houses an outstanding collection of contemporary art, that of Peggy...

A Cup of Tea close to the Heaven

06/11/2020 11:42
It could be said Nuwara Eliya is an unusual place in the heart of Sri Lanka and in the warm southern Asia. That’s why is one of the few towns on the island where to buy a raincoat or a sweater, and, moreover, it must be used. Nuwara Eliya is almost six thousand feet high above sea level. It's...

Black Gold

02/10/2020 10:14
Each time I look at her silently I have the same sentence in my thoughts: my Goodness, she’s so good! Before I have been watching quietly, catching every small detail, with the certain imminent hedonistic pleasure, with the same calm with which she becomes full, and knowing the subtle and deep...

Molokai

28/08/2020 09:20
- Who? Jack ... who?? - London, Jack London. And the man turned his back and not even bothering to say goodbye or look back he opened the door and left away. As briefly as he came. The man  was a local, half Hawaiian, half Caucasian, but wore a semblance that would not have disdained any old...
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