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WELCOME TO HELL: Santorini, where the smell beyond the grave is pleasant , and the taste is unforgettable

Welcome. Today we leave for the island of Thera, because that was the name the ancient Greeks gave to Santorini, the largest of the Cyclades archipelago. Even from a distance, when our ferry will approach to the volcanic island painted in gray, you will spot well  the upstream Prophitis Illas, but you must not forget that this is a volcano, …

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ELISABETH & ELISABETH: The Love, in the silence of the woods, when he is with me

ELISABETH SIDDAL-ROSSETTI 1829/1862 > From 1862, for the desire of the husband, the only copy of his poems of love was in the tomb of Elisbeth, a woman who was a model and artist, wife and poet. He was an Italian named Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but seven years later – for economic reasons – he obtained permission to open the …

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GREECE, AT HOME OF ARTEMIS AND APOLLO: The wonder in your eyes, the emotion in your heart

For your overnight stay, I recommend the small hotel Zorsis (www.zorzishotel.com), where you can sleep in beds Louis XV style, but I advise you to ask about one of its 10 rooms, one on the back, because it is from the terrace of that room you can admire the sky of your night on Mykonos. As you know, tomorrow we …

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TASTE OF GREECE: Léna Skrivanou at home, waiting for the moment of donuts with honey and ice cream.

Windmills and beaches, whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches. Today, you’re with Meeting Benches in an airport greek archipelago of the Cyclades, but we will not have the time to talk about all the 56 islands (of which 24 are inhabited), and our curiosity will stop only at Mykonos, the island cosmopolitan and tolerant, one that welcomes thousands of visitors all …

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THE HOUSE IN THE HEART, THE HEART IN A HOUSE: Traveling with Meeting Benches, to see places and houses to return to.

Does anyone think that the house it is a place and a material structure, and others that it is a place of the mind. In both cases, however, we can agree that “the house” it is a container. Travelling the lands of the Italian Renaissance or in Andalusia, in an archipelago of Greece or in the heart of Australia, it …

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PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA: The Italian Renaissance with his eyes

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MY SPAIN: Let yourself be caressed by her charm, let us embrace by memories

Yes, it’s impossible not to love Spain. Sure, it’s highly unlikely that you do not notice that at the center of the Iberian Peninsula summers are very hot (and the winters are just as cold). For this reason, there is a remedy: I advise you to do, now, with me, the “Grand Tour of my Spain ” what I have …

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PAUL VERLAINE – À MADAME X: EN LUI ENVOYANT UNE PENSÉE

À MADAME X:  EN LUI ENVOYANT UNE PENSÉE Au temps où vous m’aimiez (bien sûr ?), Vous m’envoyâtes, fraîche éclose, Une chère petite rose, Frais emblème, message pur.   Elle disait en son langage Les « serments du premier amour » : Votre cœur à moi pour toujours Et toutes les choses d’usage.   Trois ans sont passés. Nous voilà …

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NOVELS WITHOUT WORDS: Paul Verlaine, Arlette forgotten

I BELIEVE, THROUGH A WHISPERING This is languorous ecstasy, This is the love fatigue, This is all the thrills of wood Among the embrace breezes, This is, to the gray branches, The chorus of little voices. O frail and fresh murmur! This twitters and whispers, It looks like the soft cry The rough grass expires … You say under water …

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OUZO, CAFFE ‘GREEK AND LIQUOR KUMQUAT: Looking a treasure chest of valuable islands, on a cobalt blue sea

Among olive groves and cypress trees, a small archipelago in the Mediterranean has collected over the centuries – as well as in a mosaic – the memory of ancient Greece, Rome and Venice, but it also keeps fingerprints discussing France and England. Paxos and Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkada and Corfu, these are the names of its most precious gems. Inside the …

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