marți, 7 noiembrie 2017

Remembering Cyprus

9000 years of constant invasion... crusader castles... ancient vineyards... Roman mosaic floors... This is history. But how does Cyprus look today? Go and see!

marți, 31 octombrie 2017


Sunset... End of day... Time for dreams, revelation and conclusions. Seaside, mountain top, home... Lot of nice place to enjoy... At 10000 meters, the perspective is totally other.

marți, 24 octombrie 2017

Remembering Cyprus: December 2001

After 9 days of heavy rains, sun is smiling again. (Two days before rains end, they say that this was the biggest rainfall in Cyprus in the latest 16 years!)

The Limassol promenade, usually crowed by tourist and local people, looks now like a muddy place. BUT wait! Is seems that all the people are on old port see wall: a forest of fishing line, an ocean of fishing guys and a lot of fish. What happened? Fortune for some, unlucky for other (unfortunately, this is life!): the nets from several fish see-farm were destroyed by storm. Fish are free and ... hungry.

luni, 16 octombrie 2017

Remembering Cyprus: "Nabucco" Castle

Cyprus is a small island so you’ll not find here local theater, opera or ballet bands. But, if you want to see a great spectacle, it is not a problem: many big theaters come for fantastic performances. There isn’t a big theater building, so medieval or ancient sites create interesting open-air stage.

In September 2001, Verdi's "Nabucco" was the fourth opera to be staged in Kato Paphos with the Mediaeval fort as a giant backdrop. After "Othello" and "Aida", it is also the third Verdi masterpiece, and coincides with the centenary of the composer's death. In Cyprus "Nabucco" was being staged by the Polish National Opera Company.

“Nabucco" is a love story based in Jerusalem and Babylon of nearly 2600 years ago, full of love, intrigues and tragedies. The Hebrew chorus of "Va pensiero" is one of Verdi's most memorable operatic passages.

sâmbătă, 23 septembrie 2017

Remembering Monterey: Touch of ocean life

We all (I hope) imagine a world in which the oceans are healthy and people are committed to protecting the integrity of Earth’s natural systems, which sustain us all. To help make this vision a reality, Monterey Bay Aquarium creates a program that introduce people to the wonders of the marine world, from Monterey Bay to the vast oceans beyond. The exhibition focus on living exhibits and seeks to maximize opportunities for visitors to encounter, discover and observe ocean life.

The aquarium project was initiated in 1977 by a group of four marine biologists at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove and was opened October 20, 1984 in Hovden Cannery factory. (The cannery closed in 1972. The sardine fishery had collapsed, and the market for canned squid was insufficient to support continued operation of the cannery.)

Almost 300,000 individual plants and animals, approximately 550 species, 1.5 millions liters of water only in one aquarium, 30 centimeters glass thick, 1.8 millions of visitors per year. These are only few figures on this impressive exhibition.

Monterey Bay Aquarium is a real touch of ocean life!

(Notes from a trip in March 2002)

sâmbătă, 2 septembrie 2017

Remembering Yosemite: Mist Trail

Yosemite Park is famous for its majestic waterfalls. Most notably are Bridal Veil, Vernal and Yosemite Falls. The best time to see them is in late spring, when winter snows melt into surging runoff and a raging plunge of mist and rainbows.

Vernal Falls is a little difficult to get to, but the spectacular views are well worth it. Make sure to take a poncho, as the spray is tremendous and you will definitely get wet.

The nearest parking is at around 3.1 km from the top of the Vernal Fall. You can divide your trail in 4 parts: 0.7 km to the rout sign (it is like a promenade in a town park), 1.3 km to Vernal Falls bridge (the “nothing” part), 0.6 km to the point where you’ll need the poncho (the “something” part) and the rest 0.5 km (the real trail). Good luck!

(Notes from a trip in April 2002)