31 July 2009

Great Experience At Sycamore Lodge RV Resort

Very interesting place to visit for everybody who loves to camp is rv park nc, Sycamore Lodge, a private RV campground. It owes it's name to sycamore trees planted near the campgrounds to shade them. And there is great variety of trees in the park populated with many birds. Among them the rare red-cockaded woodpecker. The campgrounds are big enough for big RV-s too. And you can enjoy this park even if you do not have a RV. There are eccelent accomodations for everybody here. You will find many beautiful features in the rooms and in the kitchen. All this and many other characteristics make so that Sycamora Lodge is one of the best luxury resorts in NC.

Sycamore Lodge is unique among the nc rv parks not only for the beauty of the place where it is situated. There is great number of amenities for everybody here. You will surely appreciate beautiful lake and beach, the possibilities to practice water sports, a swimming pool and jacuzzi complex and playgrounds for your children. Not the least in the modern society is the possibility to use wireless internet.

This rv park north Carolina is situated not far from the nation's legendary and historic golf communities. You need only some minutes to reach Pinehurst Golf Courses.Other interesting offer of this family are event weekends, about 40 all year round, when the visitors can celebrate different feasts in this unforgettable form.

30 July 2009

Life In The Paradise

Амальфитанское Побережье

Looking on this photo you probably think I'll tell you now many words in superlative about the beauty of these places? You are wrong. Contrary, I want to say: dear friends, can you imagne the terrible and solitary life that have the persons living in this paradise? Even with the modern vehicles is difficult to reach the next village -I don't say you about the next city. Seems, it is so near -if you are able to fly maybe. But if you have to use the very narrow one-car roads and these roads have nothing other as turns...

Амальфитанское Побережье

...you sit in your paradise looking on the other side of the valley one day...
you sit there second day, third day...
Than, in the evening, you turn on your TV and watch the LIFE somewhere there...

Амальфитанское Побережье

And now think a moment that you have to make all that road EVERY day -with rain or sun- to reach the next city (Salerno or Naples) where you found job...

What is the difference between the Paradise and the Hell?

Importance Of Heraldry

In some texts I read about Robert Guiscard, Norman conqueror of Italy, were mentioned his heraldric signs. So, was said, the lion was one of them.(Arms of Hautville family)
Than they told about the band used by the knights to put their swords on it. It was said, all the Normans have this band in their arms. All the Normans.

In Ravello I've seen arms with a lion and a band over him. I thought, it is of the family of Robert Guiscard. Asked the guides and they could not say anything about it. They said it's of Pope. But it's not true. I found a site with many arms of different Popes. All they have a mitre like this (Wikipedia):

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The only sure Norman family I know lived in this zone, was the family of Princes of Salerno Sanseverino and here I found their arms in Wikipedia.
As you see, there is really a band on these arms. Nothing except it.

Where are other heraldryc signs? Like that lion of Robert Guiscard -I don't know.

Unfortunatelly I know nothing about this interesting science, Heraldry, but as it's possible to see, it is important to know it sometimes to understand ways of history.



Tell Intarsia About Arabs?

On these 2 photos you see the 2 sides of the portico of the cathedral of Salerno.

If you listen to a guide or to anybody who can tell you some words about this building you will surely hear this sentence that I copied from Wikipedia:
"The entrance has a portico with 28 antique columns whose pointed arches, with lava rock intarsia, show influence of Arab art,"

архитектурные украшения

архитектурные украшения

I was sure it's the truth and told it to the persons too. Till I visited Pompei a month ago. There I made this photo:

архитектурные украшения

The cathedral of Salerno was built in about 1080-1084 by Norman conqueror of the town Robert Guiscard. Normans could be perfectly influenced by Arabs called Saracens in Italy because those had the use to plundert coasts of Italy at least from V-VI centuries.

The Romans could not avoid contacts with Arabs in all their history, it's clear. Even if the first documented contacts go back to the II-III centuries. Pompei was burried in 79, I century.

Now I think about it: could it be really Arabic influence?

26 July 2009

Cheap International Flights

Finally the period of the vacations began and many of us look for cheap international flights to visit all the points on the Earth that we dream all the year round. I have friends that think about the vacations from the moment they turn home. They are travel-fans. My husband begins to look for the ticket to visit his mother in Argentine about 8 months befor the date of vacation to find best offers. If you visit Travel.com.au, you can find not only "regular" one way and return offers, there are even "round the world" and "multistop" possibilities. Interesting, no?

Travel.com.au presents different destinations and airfares. One of them is qantas that is Australias largest airline and offers flights to any part of the world. And -imagine!- it's the second oldest in the world. I'm sure you did not know about it. This company offers so many and excellent services that it is one of the best in the world in this sense too. And if you are frequent flyer you can earn free flights or other benefits including deals with hotels and car hire.

An other reliable air service offers singapore airlines. Among other interesting proposals this company has two longest non-stop flights. All the classes of tickets are comfortable and the entertaining system during the flights includes more than 450 options. Your flight even if very long will never be boring. The company offers discounts for frequent flyers and special holiday packages for those who loves adventures.

Boking your flight with Travel.com.au as you see can help you to discover infinite possibilities to have a special vacation.

25 July 2009

Plants Growing In The Crater Of Solfatara

Left the zone of hot air and soil (Healing Qualities Of Volcano Solfatara ) I crossed the cratere using special paths.

Солфатара

This area is similar to a botanic garden because there are inscriptions near every plant (wekll, not "every"...) and big tables with explanations here.

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I just wrote about the trees growing in that zone of Solfatara in my post How Some Trees Can Grow. Those were eucalipts and here is Myrthus. It is not far from that place. The plants can grow really in any condition. Look here: this is not "normal" soil where you would plant something, true?

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Some meters later -and we can see great explosion of life...

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By the way, I don't know what are these "weeds".
Other 10-15 metrrs and you can see many campers and persons that live there.

Therapeutic Mud And Steam In Solfatara

We continue our walk in the cratere of Solfatara, the sleeping volcano in Pozzuoli. Here are the previous posts about it:
How Some Trees Can Grow
Two Volcanoes Of Campania/ Italy
Healing Qualities Of Volcano Solfatara
Plants Growing In The Crater Of Solfatara

Now we will visit central part of cratere, the mud "pool" and the steam sauna.

As I said you before, there were much more places with mud and steam when I was here 13 years ago. And the soil was not so solid as today. Probably, the sysmic activity become not so dangerous. This place is made for pleasant walks today.

The central part is a not very big pool of boiling mud. There is the not very pleasant taste of sulphur in the mouth, the air is full of it. I began to have headaches.

Вулкан Солфатара

After it you can go to the only place where the steam goes out today. It's temperature is very high, about 160°C. The place is situated near the bord of the crater. All the soil and air are too hot from here till the sauna. But you don't feel the taste of sulphur in the mouth more.

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Солфатара

Вулкан Солфатара

Sauna was built in the Roman times. They thought, these are the entrances in the Hell. But you have not to believe them. Those Romans had many entrances in the Hell in this zone. Virgilius wrote about the lake of Averna that is not too far from there. Do you believe that there are so many entrances in one hell? I think, it's not possible. The entrance has to be only one, I think.

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Healing Qualities Of Volcano Solfatara

In my precedent posts I began to tell you ab out Solfatara, a sleeping volcano in Pozzuoli, not far from Naples.Read and watch Two Volcanoes Of Campania/ Italy. In that post we began our walk in the cratere and could look at it from a high point called Belvedere, "beautiful view".

Solfatara is famous from the first times humans found it. I meen, from Greeks and before them. There is therapeutic mud, steam and water here. Today I want to show you, how healing water was extracted in Middle Ages.

From the place where we were last time we could see a little tower on the right side, near the corner of the map. And it's the black point ON the map too, right side in the bottom.

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There are little windows and it's possible to look inside to understand the process.

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Солфатара

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There were infinite places where it was possible to cure different parts of the body in the old times. And I read about it in the historical texts. Many springs were public and free. I wanted to know if there ar free places today. I asked about them my friends that live in that zone. But they have never heard about them. They know that there are 2-3 terms with healing bathes etc but they are all paid.

I remembered the termal springs in Caucasus where I lived some years. They were public. Everybody could drink that water. I thought, it has to be similar here too... But...

Read more:
How Some Trees Can Grow
Two Volcanoes Of Campania/ Italy
Therapeutic Mud And Steam In Solfatara

Cheap Calls Service

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The other possibility to earn free international calls and credits is to write a review in your blog about your experience with Call2Abroad. It's a new service and the company is happy to have many testimonials. And the service is really easy to use. Purchase your credit online. There is a possibility to begin with the little amounts like euro 5 and pay with Paypal too. After you receive the confirm mail, you can make the access number (or FREE access number if you have free international calls) and than the number you call. It is possible to memorize your access number so you have not to enter it every time you call.

The other interesting peculiarity of Call2Abroad is that you can sign-up for their affiliate program. You can earn money promoting these cheap calls. When affiliate software will register that the user comes from your site or blog or mail etc you will receive you will receive a commission for sales made. Certainly, you can control all the sales and traffic your banners earned for you.

Lupanaro -The Way Through The Underworld

Lupanaro

We did not find the map to buy when we were in the excavations in Pompei, so we walked through the streets trusted in my memory. I remembered more or less the most frequented places but was not very sure because I did not visit these excavations from '96.

In one of the sidestreets, we noticed great quantity of persons that were intended to enter one of the houses. When we came nearer we saw, it was lupanaro, one of the places that attract more attention of all who wants to visit Pompei.

We had to wait to enter inside this very little house.

Lupanaro

And it's role was clearly explained on the pictures just making the first steps in the house.

Lupanaro

The word "Lupanaro" is build from "lupo", wolf. Wolves represented creatures of the darkness, hell, underworld for antique persons. So, visit of this house and "lupe", it's "employees", was a sort of initiation, the capacity of a young man to pass through the underworld and to go out from it.

If you look how were the rooms and conditions there, you will surely agree with this theory (it's not MY interpretation). This is one of the rooms and there were about 10 on 2 levels in this house.
By the way, the beds and the pillows are stones.

Lupanaro

;0))) They really needed all the pictures to understand how is possible to do something in such a place. Poor "lupe" that had to stay their working life there!

Lupanaro

Lupanaro

The only light room that was there was this:

Lupanaro

Lupanaro

Sincerely, I felt very happy when I went out of this house on the street.

Lupanaro

24 July 2009

Roman Roads And Sidewalks

Римские улицы

When you visit Roman towns and roads you surely notice the geat tear and wear of the stones of the roadway covering. First you think, there was so great movement of the cars in that period. Than, Pompei was not so much time Roman colony to ruin these stones so... But than you notice some interesting peculiarities. Look at these next photos.

Римские улицы

Римские улицы

Римские улицы


Years ago the guide said me, the big stones are to cross the way when it rains. But if you see attentively, the ruts are in "special" places. And the stones are placed so that the car HAD to pass VERY slowly and ONLY this rut! :0)))

Finally, it wants to meen that all the cars had to have equal sizes! Distance between the wheels, height till the case...

And this meens that the high sidewalks were useful not only to avoid high water when rains but to protect persons from the road
hooligans.
Mmmm?

Read more:
Pictures On The Walls In Herculaneum/ Ercolano
How Is Changed The Life From Antiquity Till Today
Decorate Your House With Bás-Reliefs And Sculpture...
Floors If The Roman Houses
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21 July 2009

Two Volcanoes Of Campania/ Italy

Well, this year I write much about volcanoes of this zone. There are 2 of them here: Vesuvius and Solfatara.
These posts are about Vesuvius
And this is the first posts about Solfatara How Some Trees Can Grow and В Кратере Вулкана

In this post I want to show you the way to this volacano. It's interesting, you can even not imagine you can find a crater of a "half-asleep" volcano here. You can not see it from the way like Vesuvius for example, but the residents feel it. Not only the sulfure that it breathes out sometimes in big enough quantities but mostly because it moves it's "breast" -all the soil of the zone- when it breathes. They go up-down, up-down. The Greek town is under the sea today and you can see it if you take a boot.

Follows in the next posts.

14 July 2009

Incredible Myrtle Beach

What a beautiful place is Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Resort! Splendid sand and ocean waves that pamper your skin, your senses and emotions! Are you dreaming about special vacations? Don't look for something other! It's maximum! The amazing views from the windows and relaxing song of ocean waves, the nicest rooms and great customer service. By the way, it's very simple to book your accomodation directly online choosing between different Myrtle Beach Resorts this very special one that has special online pricing. Not only accomodations are thought for every taste, the amenities will surprise you -so excellent they are.

Myrtle beach is not only about the strand. You will find here different attractions. There are many parks for those who likes greenery and walking among the trees- If you prefere to visit museums, you will find different of them and I'm sure you've never visited "Believe It or Not" museum! Do you like concerts and songs? Many top-drawer shows with discounted tickets will really fill your heart with joy. And there are different amusements and packages for golf lovers.

All the Myrtle Beach Resort is situated on the seaside. Different types of accomodations for singles, families groups of friends -everything is possible here. Oversized balconies, inner pools -and incredible panoramic views of northern Atlantic Ocean. Surely it will be your best vacation!

13 July 2009

Dead In The Eruption Of Vesuvio

Maybe you will remember this sculpture of the head on the way to the crater of Vesuvius that I repeat and repeat in my posts. Here are 2 of them to remember This photo made great impression on me from the first sight. And the photos I want to show you this time are so that this photo is right to repeat once more. To think again.

Везувий и Эрколано

As said, I was so fortunate to have different groups of relatives and friends here in our zone this year. After many years I visited all the most important places of Campania, the region where I live actually. My friends wanted to visit Pompei, not the modern town but excavations.

In this post I want to show you the photos of the victims of the eruption of the year 79. When the first explorers began to find empty places in the lava, they understood that those are the only "rests" of the dead persons. Somebody wanted to fill these empty places with plaster and...

Гипсовые фигуры погибших в Помпеях

Гипсовые фигуры погибших в Помпеях

Гипсовые фигуры погибших в Помпеях

Гипсовые фигуры погибших в Помпеях

Гипсовые фигуры погибших в Помпеях

01 July 2009

First Time Naples

When I was in Naples last time I was so fortunate to find New Castel opened for visitors and took some photos that you can see here

Chapels Of The New Castel, Naples
Shopping In Naples

and in other posts. Here I want to show you some general photos of that city.

This is the very first view on Naples from the expressway Salerno-Napoli

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This is the Directional Center of the city. I worked once one month there. It's a great quantity of buildings for offices. Only offices and shops and bars that persons of that offices can need for their job.

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I think you will admire this photo on the Naples

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Finally this completly surrealistic view on the touristic port from New Castel. I add the address of the original big photo to allow you to have the right feeling of what you see there. Click on the photo.

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