The Ruins of the Ancient City Kamiros, Rhodes Island, Greece

In prehistoric times the Mylantian gods, who taught mankind milling and kneading, were worshipped here; a Mycenaean necropolis have been excavated at Kalavarda, west of Kamiros. Findings from the Geometric period (8th c. BC) testify the existence of a temple dedicated to Athena on the Acropolis. It is known that the earthquake of 226 BC destroyed the Classical city and probably the Classical temple of Athena Kameiras. http://discover-rhodes.com/explore/places-to-visit/ancient-kamiros/

It was in 2012 that I visited this place, and I had only a digital instamatic camera held in hand. We did not know about this place until we asked the hotel owner at where we stayed of interesting places we could visit in the island. As instructed we, we took the public bus from Rodes town and head off to this place.

 

See Naples and Die

The Phrase ‘See Naples and die’ or in Italian Vedi Napoli e poi Muori was a reference that the city is so beautiful there is nothing to top it and therefore no reason to go on living, as in ‘You’ve seen it all.’ Here are some facts that I have gathered about this beautiful city:

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Naples has a total of 448 historical churches (1000 in total), making it one of the most Catholic cities in the world in terms of the number of places of worship.IMG_6235

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Naples was the most-bombed Italian city during World War II.

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Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The Phlegraean Fields around Naples has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. The earliest Greek settlements were established in the Naples area in the second millennium BC.

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Naples’ historic city centre is the largest in Europe, covering 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) and enclosing 27 centuries of history, and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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Naples is traditionally credited as the home of pizza. This originated as a meal of the poor, but under Ferdinand IV it became popular among the upper classes: famously, the Margherita pizza was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy after her visit to the city.

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Naples is the Italian city with the highest number of accredited stars from the Michelin Guide.

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Naples and its surroundings also gave birth to many of Italian directors and actors such as Sophia Loren, the academy award winner who was born in the Pozzuoli area of Naples.

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Naples hosts what is thought to be the oldest state university in the world, in the form of the University of Naples Federico II, which was founded by Frederick II in 1224.

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Murano Island in Venice, Italy

The island of Murano is renowned for its long tradition of glass-making. It is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. If you are to buy your authentic Murano glass or chandelier, this is the place to get them.

 

 

 

 

Valencia. Horchata and Farton. A must try.

It looks and taste like milk but it is not milk, it taste sweet but it has no sugar, it’s contrary to what is written about it on the internet but it is what we were told while on a tour. A traditional refreshing healthy white drink that is popular in the mediteranean diet and originated in Valencia.

It is made of Chufa (Tigernut).
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Horchateria El Collado-The first place where we tried horchata. This shop prides itself in making horchata for 125 years!
The health benefits of horchata: It has no cholesterol. It helps to reduce the cholesterol and the triglicerids due to its composition in greasy acids similar to the olive oil. It provides essential amino acids (arginina is important). It possesses a big energy value (ideal for children and sportsmen). It presents excellent digestive properties for its content in soluble fiber, amino acids and starch. It contains iron, zinc, copper and the same quantity of magnesium as the milk of a cow or goat. It is diuretic for its high content in water. It does not contain gluten, lactose not fructosa. The horchata without sugar can be drunk by diabetic people. It is ideal for hypertense people due to its low content in sodium and absence of caffeine. It is advisable for the prevention of the arteriosclerosis and the renal insufficiencies.
Horchata is usually drank with this Farton on the side and the tradional way to eat this bread is to dip it in your horchata before puting it into your mouth.
This is the second place where we tried our horchata. It reminds me of Pasties de Belem shop in Lisbon.

Tip! If you go to Valencia never miss to try this drink, and it is best to have them after a long walk. Refreshing and naturally healthy!