Columbus Day

452-columbus-dayChristopher Columbus is credited with the discovery of America in 1492. His voyages were sponsored with the money and treasures which Queen Isabella found in Alhambra. According to some gossips, the Queen gave one of her most valuable and precious necklaces which she liked most, to the Italian dreamer from Genoa so he could equip his fleet and rumours say that there was a love affair between them.

Thus in 1492 Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find out the Indies and started his first voyage from Palos de la Frontera in Southern Spain to the new and unknown lands about which he never got to know that they were part of the New World. Owing to his unlimited adventurous spirit the Old Continent and especially Spain, could bring their culture and traditions, languages and architecture to the new continents from where in return they obtained brand new and exotic materials and goods like cocoa, vanillachocolate, potatoes, etc..

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Just Run

449-just-runOne gazelle woke up at sunrise every morning in Africa and it had to run faster and faster so that it avoided being eaten by King Lion. King Lion had to wake up at sunrise every morning in Africa and it had to run faster and faster so that it didn’t die from hunger. The most important thing for you is to start running at sunrise every morning in Africa no matter you are a gazelle or King Lion.

(William Shakespeare)

The Beauty of the Romantic Eternity

Edelweiss is a very beautiful flower that grows at places which are almost inaccessible. After a long climb, people enjoy its beauty up there in the mountain. Maybe most of you have asked yourselves why this flower “has chosen to grow” there. Well, there’s not a certain reply to this question but there’s definitely one very nice legend which goes like this …

Once upon a time there lived a sister and brother whose were named Edel and Weiss, respectively. They loved spending time in wild nature. One day while they were sitting in one meadow and staring at and admiring the surrounding beauty, Weiss’s attention was attracted by a white colour unknown to him. It was up there on the high rocks. He showed his sister his discovery. She proposed that they should climb up there and pick up the flower and then to bestow it to their presents. Continue reading

I Am Going to be Alive Again Very, Very Soon …

Are you simply a tourist or a traveller by heart? Hmmmm …. It’s a difficult question as everybody who travels considers themselves an adventurer. But in my opinion, there’s a very huge gap between people when they are on the road and there’s a great difference between the ways they spend their time while on a trip. And what do I mean?

Tourists usually visit very popular and well-known places. They don’t dare travel alone but prefer group trips which are safer and quieter. They’re always passive during a vacation. They expect interesting and thrilling things to happen to them because they’ve already paid a pile of money for them. And when they come back home other tourists will ask them: Continue reading

Happy Feast of the Assumption

435-happy-feast-of-the-assumptionThe most awaited summer holiday by Catholic folks is the Feast of the Assumption. It has origins that date back to Ancient Rome and after that it was incorporated in the Catholic traditions.

The name of Ferragosto comes from the Latin feriae Augusti (Augustus’ rest, literally translated) in the name of the first Roman Emperor – Caesar Augustus, who gave the name to the month of August. That period was instituted as the month of feasts by the Emperor himself in the 18th century Before Christ. That nth holiday in question comes, actually, from the traditions connected with i Consualia (Consuales Ludi). These were the celebrations that marked the end of the agricultural and harvest activities and were dedicated to Consus (the Roman God of harvest and fertility). Continue reading

The City of Hermes

The Island of Syros is a relatively small Cycladic Island  in the Aegean Sea which is only 78 nautical miles far away from Athens. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it became part of the Byzantine Empire till 1204 when it was conquered by the Venetian Republic. It was included into the Ottoman Republic in the 16th century. The island entered the newly liberated country after the War of Independence of 1821. Since then it’s been part of Hellas. Continue reading

Io prendo te, tu prendi me (The Declaration of Consent)

I have no experience with marriage (simply because I am against it) but I have watched a great number of films and I have also attended lots of marriage ceremonies when the plot goes like this … “Will you have one another to be a husband and wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love each other, comfort and support, honor and keep one another, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, be faithful as long as you both shall live?” …  And then the answers are always (almost always 😉 ) “I will”.

This Declaration of Consent is always proven by wedding and engagement rings, a visible symbol of  spouses’ devotion, love and spiritual union till the end of their life, on the fourth finger of the left hand where vena amoris is. And do you know how Sardinian faith is declared? Well, in the same way but their faith is called fedesarda and there is a nice legend related to the island’s mythology. Continue reading