The Journey by Mary Oliver One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice-- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. "Mend my life!" each voice cried. But you didn't stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do-- determined to save the only life you could save. #thankyoumaryoliver
Azerbaijani traditional handmade rugs. Carpet weaving is one of the most ancient kinds of arts and crafts of Azerbaijan. #travelogue360azerbaijan 🇦🇿 تتميز اذربيجان بصناعة السجاد و هي من الحرف اليدوية و فن من الفنون و العادات التقليدية للبلاد. كل منطقة تختلف بتصميمها للسجاد
Most guidebooks, articles, or blogs will warn you to steer clear of local homemade booze, wherever you happen to be in the world. And while I’m wary of my bootlegged liquor consumption while traveling, I do love me some local flavor... & this ain’t no amateur hour. My cousins’ dad has been making & perfecting his samogon “chacha” (Russian moonshine) for longer than I’ve been alive & this DIY greenhouse is where the magic happens. Grape pulp, along with foraged fruit & herbs, is fermented & distilled to create a concoction whose alcohol content is unknown, but whose side effects are not. Side effects may include: endless toasts, lots of laughs, & memories created with family members who used to only exist in photos & now exist in your heart.
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Fontana di Aretusa is a natural fountain in Ortigia and derived from the Greek Mythology of Aretusa who transformed into the water after trying to flee from Alpheus’ advances. Virgil even wrote about her. She is the patron figure of Siracusa. This is where people enjoy the sunsets in Ortigia.
Duomo di Siracusa is quite stunning with its original origins as a Greek Temple that was built by the Normans in the Middle Ages and dedicated to Athena. It eventually was converted to a Christian church and experienced many other incarnations due to its changing rulers. The Duomo is another UNESCO protected site in Ortigia.
I can’t believe that I’m staying within steps of the most ancient temple in Sicily. The Temple of Apollo is UNESCO designated protected site and was built in the beginning of 6th century. It’s quite a glorious structure.
Lunch at La Salumeria, a deli stall within the fresh food market near my apartment. A platter of Sicilian cured meats & a smoke salmon panini with a Sicilian brand soda. Everything was amazing! I’m glad to be back in Sicily.
The Three Cities are older than Valletta, there’s Birgu, Senglea, & Cospicua. Birgu has existed since the Middle Ages, whereas the others were founded by the Order of St. John after the 16th century. It’s a nice few hours visit from Valletta Port.