SS Peter and Paul

The Orthodox and Catholic churches observe the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29. They are both considered two of the most important figures in the very early Christian church especially in terms of the spread of Christianity in Europe and numerous Middle East countries.

St Peter’s original name was Simon. Jesus changed it to Peter (which means a rock). He was one of his 12 disciples and apostles who had a great contribution for spreading Christianity throughout the world. Continue reading

Тhe Place of Mysteries and Magic in the Heart of Puglia

420-castel-del-monteCastel del Monte (Castídde d’u Monte in Barese and the Castle of the Mountain in English) is an old 13th century edifice commissioned by imperatore Federico II (Emperor Frederick II of Swabia) and it has turned into a symbol of Puglia through the centuries. It is a place of mysteries and magic in the heart of Apulia. It’s situated more precisely in the commune of Andria, on one of the hills of the western Altopiano delle Murge (this is a karst topographic rectangular plateau in Italy, to the South, in Puglia, in particular).

The castle was officially commissioned on January 29, 1240 when the emperor said that he would provide everything needed for its construction, even though lots of scholars were against his idea and disagreed with it. Continue reading

Love and Treasure, Secrets and Betrayal

419-love-and-treasure-secrets-and-betrayalLove and Treasure …. Secrets and Betrayal … This is briefly the plot of “The Villa” by Rosanna Ley. The author has chosen Sicily as a set for her book because the island has always been “shadowed” and mysterious and its locals always hide deep secrets and are very sensitive to betrayals. On the other hand, islanders of Sicily fall in love and love strongly till the end of their life. After this short introduction, you might want to know what the book is about. Okay, then…. Continue reading

The City of Saint Nicholas

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Bari is the capital city of the region of Apulia. It is situated on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Its location is almost in the centre of the coast of Puglia (although a little bit to the north). The city has always been a very important commercial centre and that’s why it’s the second significant commercial hub of Southern Italy after Naples. The most vivid economic sectors developed in Bari are food, petrochemical and mechanical industries plus agriculture (grape, olives and almonds, in particular). It’s also a major port and university city.

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In the Middle of the Sky

417-in-the-middle-of-the-sky-0The most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Hellas, i.e. Meteora, are located to the North and more precisely near the town of Kalabaka and the village of Kastraki. These two settlements are blessed to be situated in an extremely beautiful area where the first morning sun beams light up their scant greenery as well as the nearby huge rocks resembling giants. Some folklore tales say that once upon a time the latter were really old earth-born giants that turned into stone. At the early hour of the day, simandrons (the Orthdox call to prayer) and church bells call the monks of the monasteries to matins (services of morning prayers) while ordinary villagers get ready for the daily work in the fields under the echoes that are heard across the valley and the giant ravines.  Continue reading

Bucchi di Bunifaziu

416-bucchi-di-bunifaziu-0Bucchi di Bunifaziu in Corsican (or le Bocche di Bonifacio in Italian) is simply the strait between the Islands of French Corsica and Italian Sardinia. The Strait of Bonifacio was named after the French island town and it is 11km wide separating the Tyrrhenian Sea from the Western outskirts of the Mediterranean Sea. No matter how tiny the strait is, it’s well known among sailors and mariners for its constantly changing weather, currents, tides and other natural and sea obstacles. Continue reading

A Vertical Expression of a Horizontal Desire

415-a-vertical-expression-of-a-horizontal-desire“¡Ay que peligroso!” (“Wooow, it’s dangerous!”), people will exclaim when you tell them you wanna visit La Boca (the Mouth) – one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires in Argentina. The tiny barrio (neighbourhood) has always had a bad reputation, especially when visited from dusk till dawn, but at the same time it is a very popular tourist stop in the capital of the country. Why is it so attractive?

Well, La Boca is located near the Old Port and it attracts thousands of tourists annually with La Bombonera (or Estadio Alberto J. Armando – one of the primary stadiums) and Diego Maradona, with its multi-coloured houses as well as with the bunch of bohemian vibes. The golden days in Boca looked like a never-ending party. Continue reading