Bellissimo Sicilian Wedding in The Hill Town of Polina… next to Cefalu

Stefania & Sergio… A Sicilian Wedding, belíssima  Sicilian experience in Villagio & Camping Rais Gerbi… Run by The Cherrito Family! The beautiful Sicilian wedding of Sergio &amp…

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POLLINA, Sicily … Secret love legend of Donna Pulina

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Today 1st of May I said goodbye to our friends Ali & Elfi from Switzerland and went to visit Pollina and its Castello of a secret legend of love & poem.
“I can feel it as if the story is written on the rocks and in the sea.” Jude Janett poet and writer.
There are many versions of their legend but I choose to tell you the one the old lady I met called Giulia, said its the most romantic one.

Giulia told me that Pollina would be the modern heir of the Greek city of Apollonia, consecrated to the God of light, of poetry and divination, but that there are no documents or archaeological finds that may reinforce that view.
In popular tradition the Foundation of Pollina is a gesture of love: Donna Pollina, Norman princess, falled in love with a Prince of vizier, Arabic Ayub; their love is…

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Take your breath away…Bay of Naples and The Amalfi Coast

20140420-105411.jpgHead’s up! This is the heart of Italy…Naples! Your life will never be The Same after a trip here! É bonita , É bonita e É bonita! To resume it all its not an easy task so I got help from my friend below, he got it in words but you need to come here…. After that you will believe that THERE is a GOD!

Described by Rick Steves

Naples Bay rounds out any trip to Italy with an antipasto misto of travel thrills. Serene Sorrento, an hour south of Naples’ urban intensity, is a great home base and the gateway to the much-drooled-over Amalfi Coast. From the jet-setting island of Capri to the stunning Amalfi towns, from ancient Pompeii to even more ancient Paestum, this is Italy’s coast with the most. Naples is Italy in the extreme — its best (birthplace of pizza and Sophia Loren) and its worst (home of the Camorra, Naples’ “family” of organized crime).

On a quick trip, give the entire area — including Sorrento and Naples — a minimum of three days. With Sorrento as your sunny springboard, spend a day in Naples, a day exploring the Amalfi Coast, and a day split between Pompeii and the town of Sorrento. While Paestum (Greek temples), Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum (an ancient Roman site like Pompeii), and the island of Capri are decent options, they are worthwhile only if you give the area more time.

For a blitz tour from Rome, you could have breakfast on the early Rome–Naples express train (about 7:00–9:00), do Naples and Pompeii in a day, and be back in Rome in time for Letterman. That’s exhausting, but more memorable than a fourth day in Rome.

In the afternoon, Naples’ street life slows and many sights close as the temperature soars. The city comes back to life in the early evening.

Sorrento, wedged on a ledge between the mountains and the Mediterranean, is an attractive resort of 20,000 residents and — in the summer — as many tourists. It’s as well-located for regional sightseeing as it is a pleasant place to stay and stroll. The Sorrentines have gone out of their way to create a completely safe and relaxed place for tourists to spend money. Everyone seems to speak fluent English and work for the Chamber of Commerce. Spritzed by lemon and olive groves, this gateway to the Amalfi Coast has an unspoiled old quarter, a lively main shopping street, a spectacular cliffside setting, and easy public transportation.

The Amalfi Coast offers one of the world’s great bus rides: The coastal trip from Sorrento to Salerno will leave your mouth open and your film exposed. You’ll gain respect for the Italian engineers who built the road — and even more respect for the bus drivers who drive it. As you hyperventilate, notice how the Mediterranean, a sheer 500-foot drop below, twinkles.

Cantilevered garages, hotels, and villas cling to the vertical terrain. Beautiful sandy coves tease from far below and out of reach. Gasp from the right side of the bus as you head toward Salerno, and the left on the way back to Sorrento. Traffic is so heavy that in the summer local cars are allowed to drive only every other day: even-numbered license plates one day, odd the next. (Buses and tourists foolish enough to drive here are exempt from this system.)

The Amalfi Coast towns are pretty but generally touristy, congested, overpriced, and a long hike above tiny beaches. The real Amalfi thrill is the scenic drive.

If you need a destination, consider Positano, an easy day trip from Sorrento. Specializing in scenery and sand, the town of Positano hangs halfway between Sorrento and Amalfi town on the most spectacular stretch of the coast. A three-star sight from a distance, Positano is a pleasant (if expensive) gathering of women’s clothing stores and cafés, with a good but pebbly beach. There’s little to do here but enjoy the beach and views and window-shop.

Capri, made famous as the vacation hideaway of Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius, is today a world-class tourist trap where gawky tourists search for the rich and famous but find only their prices. A quick boat ride from Sorrento, this four-mile-by-two-mile “Island of Dreams” is a zoo in July and August. Other times of year it provides a relaxing and scenic break from the cultural gauntlet of Italy. While Capri has some Roman ruins and an interesting 14th-century Carthusian monastery, its chief attraction is its famous Blue Grotto and its best activity is a scenic hike.

Pompeii, stopped in its tracks by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, offers the best look anywhere at what life in Rome must have been like 2,000 years ago. An entire city of well-preserved ruins is yours to explore. Once a thriving commercial port of 20,000, Pompeii grew from Greek and Etruscan roots to become an important Roman city. Then Pompeii was buried under 30 feet of hot mud and volcanic ash. For archaeologists this was a shake-and-bake windfall, teaching them volumes about daily Roman life.

When touring Pompeii, remember this was a booming trading city. Most streets would have been lined with stalls and jammed with customers from sunup to sundown. Chariots vied for street space with shoppers, and many streets were off-limits to chariots during shopping hours (you’ll still see street signs with pictures of men carrying vases — this meant pedestrians only). Pompeii’s best art is in the Naples Archaeological Museum.

Herculaneum — smaller, less ruined, and less crowded than its famous sister, Pompeii — offers a closer look at ancient Roman life. Caked and baked by the same eruption in A.D. 79, Herculaneum is a small community of intact buildings with plenty of surviving detail.

Vesuvius, mainland Europe’s only active volcano, has been sleeping restlessly since 1944. Complete your Pompeii or Herculaneum experience by scaling the volcano that made them famous. The 4,000-foot summit of Vesuvius is accessible by car, bus, or taxi. From the bus and car park, it’s a steep, often cold and windy 30-minute hike to the top for a sweeping view of the Bay of Naples. Up here, it’s desolate and lunar-like. The rocks are hot. Walk the entire crater lip for the most interesting views; the far end overlooks Pompeii. Be still and alone to hear the wind and tumbling rocks in the crater. Any steam? Vesuvius is closed when erupting.

Paestum is one of the best collections of Greek temples anywhere — and certainly the most accessible to Western Europe. Serenely situated, it’s surrounded by fields and wildflowers and a modest commercial strip. Founded by the Greeks in the sixth century B.C., it was a key stop on an important trade route. It was conquered first by Romans in the third century B.C. and later by malaria-carrying mosquitoes that kept the site wonderfully desolate for nearly a thousand years. Rediscovered in the 18th century, Paestum today offers the only well-preserved Greek ruins north of Sicily.

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Naples or Neapolis (“new city”) was a thriving Greek commercial center. Two centuries ago, it was the capital of its own kingdom — a “Paris of the south.” Then, locals lament, after it joined the newly united Italy, its riches were swallowed up by the new country. As Naples’ wealth was used to fund the industrial expansion in the north, it lost its status and glamour. Nevertheless, it remains southern Italy’s leading city, offering a fascinating collection of museums, churches, and eclectic architecture.

Overcome your fear of being run down or ripped off long enough to talk with people: Enjoy a few smiles and jokes with the man running the neighborhood tripe shop or the woman taking her day-care class on a walk through the traffic. Ask a local about the New Year’s Eve tradition of tossing chipped dinner plates off of balconies into the streets. For a quick visit, start with the Archaeological Museum, explore a few streets, and celebrate your survival with pizza.

Naples’ Archaeological Museum offers the closest possible peek into the artistic jewelry boxes of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The actual sights, while impressive, are barren. The best frescoes and mosaics ended up here. The Secret Room displays R-rated Roman “bedroom” art. A museum highlight is the Farnese Collection — a giant hall of huge, bright, and wonderfully restored statues excavated from Rome’s Baths of Caracalla. You can almost hear the Toro Farnese snorting. This largest intact statue from antiquity (a third-century copy of a Hellenistic original) was carved out of one piece of marble and restored by Michelangelo.

Marble lovers chisel out time for the Cappella Sansevero, six blocks southeast of the Archaeological Museum. This small chapel — the personal chapel of Raimondo de Sangro, an eccentric Freemason — is a Baroque explosion. The central work, Veiled Christ, depicts him lying on a soft pillow under an incredibly realistic veil, all carved out of marble (by Giuseppe Sammartino, 1753). Other astonishing statues adorn the altar. Despair struggles with a marble rope net (by Francesco Queirolo, 1759) while Modesty poses coyly under her full-length marble veil (by Antonio Corradini, 1752). For your inner ghoul, descend into the crypt for a creepy look at two 200-year-old studies in varicose veins. Was one decapitated? Was one pregnant?

Take time to explore Naples. This living medieval city is its own best sight. Couples artfully canoodle on Vespas, while surrounded by more fights and smiles per cobblestone here than anywhere else in Italy. Paint a picture with these thoughts: Naples has the most intact ancient Roman street plan anywhere. Imagine life here in the days of Caesar (retain these images as you visit Pompeii) with streetside shop fronts that close up to form private homes after dark. Today is just one more page in a 2,000-year-old story of city activity: all kinds of meetings, beatings, and cheatings; kisses, near misses, and little-boy pisses.

The only thing predictable about this Neapolitan tide pool is the friendliness of its shopkeepers and the boldness of its mopeds. Concerned locals will tug on their lower eyelid, warning you to be wary. Pop into a grocery shop and ask the man to make you his best ham-and-mozzarella sandwich.

You name it, it occurs right on the streets today, as it has since ancient times. People ooze from crusty corners. Black-and-white death announcements add to the clutter on the walls. Widows sell cigarettes from buckets. For a peek behind the scenes in the shade of wet laundry, venture down a few side streets. Buy two carrots as a gift for the woman on the fifth floor if she’ll lower her bucket to pick them up. The neighborhood action seems best around 18:00.

The pulse of Italy throbs in Naples. This tangled mess — the closest thing to “reality travel” you’ll find in western Europe — still somehow manages to breathe, laugh, and sing…with a captivating Italian accent.

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Vamos passear? 20 dicas de passeios em Natal para a Semana Santa

20 things you must do at Natal, Brazil

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Se você é natalense ou turista e está na Cidade do Sol, o nosso perfil selecionou algumas dicas fantásticas para aproveitar a nossa cidade ao máximo. Vamos lá!

1) Trilhas no Parque das Dunas: R$ 2

O “Bosque dos Namorados”, área de uso público do Parque das Dunas, ocupa uma área aproximada de sete hectares, com mais de mil e trezentas árvores nativas da Mata Atlântica. Sobre as trilhas, existem três: Perobinha, Peroba e Ubaia Doce. O visitante que participa das trilhas tem com a ajuda de guias especializados e do policial ambiental, oportunidade de conhecer de perto toda a grandiosidade do ecossistema dunar, sua geologia, a fauna e a flora do parque. trilhas abertas ao público são as seguintes:

Trilha Peroba: Recomendada para adolescentes e adultos. O portão de entrada dessa trilha está localizado no Bosque dos Namorados, e o percurso se estende até o mirante. Extensão: 2.400 m…

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24 tipos de comida que só existem no Brasil

24 types of food typical from Brazil

Viver Natal

O Portal BuzzFeed mostrou 24 tipos de comida que só existem no Brasil. Coxinhas, brigadeiros, feijão tropeiro aparecem na lista e o #ViverNatal acrescenta a Ginga com Tapioca e ainda te faz a pergunta: “Você conseguiria morar longe de nosso país?”.

Veja a lista completa:

1. Coxinhas

Coxinhas

2. Brigadeiro

Brigadeiro

3. Pão de Queijo

Pão de Queijo

4. Farofa

Farofa

5. Feijão Tropeiro

Feijão Tropeiro

6. Açaí

Açaí

7. Pastéis

Pastéis

8. Mousse de Maracujá

Mousse de Maracujá

9. Feijoada

Feijoada

10. Bolinho de Chuva

Bolinho de Chuva

11. Moqueca de Camarão

Moqueca de Camarão

12. Beijinho de Coco

Beijinho de Coco

13. Vatapá

Vatapá

15. Créme De Papaya

Créme De Papaya

16. Acarajé

Acarajé

17. Romeu e Julieta

Romeu e Julieta

18. Misto Quente

Misto Quente

19. Requeijão

Requeijão

20. Mandioca Frita

Mandioca Frita

21. Salpicão

Salpicão

22. Pavé

23. Empadão

24. Quindim

25. Ginga com Tapioca:

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Nimbin- Australia

Pensamentos, sonhos e experiência. Welcome.

Welcome to Nimbin!

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Bom, depois de contar um pouco como foi minha chegada aqui na Austrália , eu vou falar do primeiro lugar que conheci por aqui: Nimbin.  Eu cheguei no apartamento em que eu moro no sábado à noite e o pessoal já estava se organizando para ir para Nimbin no domingo, isso porque no domingo ia acontecer um festival anual lá. O festival é basicamente um evento a favor da  legalização da maconha que envolve desfile e competições.

Em Nimbin,  a venda e o consumo de maconha já são parte da cultura da cidade. Lá, tudo gira em torno da maconha, produtos, lojas e tem até mesmo um museu relacionado ao assunto e também a cultura alternativa. A cidade- alias, acho que é mais um vilarejo que uma cidade-  em si é bem pequena, cercada por morros, mas tem diversos alojamentos, lugares para comer,um lindo gramado verde e uma pista de…

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Brisbane, The Little Big City

I had no idea what to expect in Brisbane!
I could not care less…all I came to Brisbane for was for geographic reasons … It was the closest international airport to Byron Bay, where our son Thomas lives.

I did not feel any special Energy Vibes whatsover… quite the opposite, After such a long flight from UK with a stop over in Singapore my emotions did shake me a bit as memories overwhelmed me. Singapore was my first country of residence, after leaving Brazil, and the biggest challenge ever as a young woman trying to learn English, to be a mum and a wife all together finding out that I was pregnant again!

Our son Andrew was born in Singapore and no, I don’t know how I did manage my life there with so much on my hands … Nothing prepared me for our life in that amazing small Asian Paradise that as far as I was concerned it was just too much of too many things that happened so fast that I still to this day don’t know how I managed those days! … Martin and I had so much energy that we did not think about anything we just went with the flow and God helped us… We arrived in Singapore so innocent young couple with one baby and left it with two gorgeous babies , no jobs, no prospect in mind… Just a huge bag of HOPE and FAITH for a better life… England!

Now in Brisbane I suddenly think who would say that 31 yrs later Martin & I would fly to Singapore only interested to get to Brisbane to visit our youngest son Thomas in Byron Bay? Life has thrown so much unexpected adventures that at this point and time we just got used to uncertainty and the unexpected … No wonder we are called Gooda’s …

Well, I arrived certain that I would convince Thomas to get out of here and come back to Europe or even Brazil his second home. I just thought Australia & Byron Bay is just too far … However Martin always had a dream to visit Australia one day… So here we are in Brisbane getting a hotel in front of the Brisbane River getting to know what Brisbane is all about it…

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The Girls from FLoRI ( As meninas da FLoRI)

The Girls from FLoRI ( As meninas da FLoRI).

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The Brazilian Family survives divorce & challenges of this crazy world

Family in Brazil is ...everythingToday many Brazilian households have two working spouses, and the number of single-parent households has increased. Family is still valued highly, but divorce and marital separation are much more common. Many women are now the head of their household and the dynamics of the family often include children from more than one marriage or other union. While such changes in the social makeup of fami

This photo is part of our large family in a happy moment with three generations together. We do love and enjoy each other company!

This photo is part of our large family in a happy moment with three generations together. We do love and enjoy each other company!

ly are accepted, the importance of family has remained unchanged.

In Brazil is still natural to see all The Family out and about together

In Brazil is still natural to see all The Family out and about together

Some of these changes are attributed to a changing political climate. In an effort to build a sense of citizenship and democracy, political changes influenced women to desire more freedom and to enjoy a new level of independence. A problem women face that directly relates to the foundational family values instilled in them their whole lives is that of balancing work and home responsibilities. While women enjoy working and bringing home a paycheck, many of them are overwhelmed and stressed because they still feel responsible for household duties, caring for the children and other traditional mother-role tasks on the home front. It is not unusual to hire a nanny or housekeeper to help alleviate this stress.

Today’s Family Values
With the societal changes that have touched Brazilian culture, the family structure has somewhat changed, but the values that encourage close family ties remain. Even today it is not unusual to have three generations living in the same house. Other important family values in Brazil that have withstood cultural changes include:

When children marry, they often live near the parents.
Children are considered part of the family and are included in most adult activities.
Children are expected to contribute as part of the family unit.
Grandparents and the elderly are seldom put in a nursing home; instead they most often live with their children.
Family relationships still play a key role in social and business interactions.
The Value of Family
While modern family makeup may differ from the traditional Brazilian family structure, in some instances, Brazilian family values have survived the changes. Family is valued in Brazil and close-knit relationships still provide a network of support. The main challenge to this closeness today deals with children who graduate from college and live elsewhere and family members who relocate for work and no longer live near their extended families.

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Siracusa, The Ancient Greek jewel in Sicily’s Crown

Siracusa is really a Must to visit while in Sicily
I reblogged this article to share with you guys while I am enjoying Rio de Janeiro!

The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife

We had a holiday in Siracusa this summer, over on the south eastern corner of the island.

That side of Sicily has a lot of Baroque architecture. Sicilian baroque is a distinctive style developed under Spanish and Bourbon rule (17th century).

Here’s Siracusa cathedral:

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The Museum of Archaeology in Siracusa is wonderful. Since my degree is in Classical Antiquities, I have made it my business to visit a great many such museums: the collection of Greek vases and architectural sculpture surprised me with its outstandingly high quality and interest. Its quality makes it one of the most important museums of antiquity in the Mediterranean region.

The numismatics section down in the basement is, to my knowledge, unique in scope and size. The absolutely charming curator of that part of the museum gives her visitors a guided tour, which was so fascinating and entertaining that it was the highlight of my…

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