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A Man & A Woman Stranded On A Deserted Island

Imagine the scene, a man & a woman stranded on a desert island with the sun beating down, and you did it on purpose!!

Such was the joy of a Holiday, Vacation & Tour to a place called Los Roques Venezuela. It is almost like a Pacific atoll, except it is at the bottom end of the Caribbean Sea, some 80 miles north of Caracas, and easily reached by plane, where you land on Gran Roque, which is where we stayed in a Posada.

For the uninitiated a Posada is a converted house or cottage, which ...

man & woman stranded on desert island, desert island with sun beating down

Imagine the scene, a man & a woman stranded on a desert island with the sun beating down, and you did it on purpose!!

Such was the joy of a Holiday, Vacation & Tour to a place called Los Roques Venezuela. It is almost like a Pacific atoll, except it is at the bottom end of the Caribbean Sea, some 80 miles north of Caracas, and easily reached by plane, where you land on Gran Roque, which is where we stayed in a Posada.

For the uninitiated a Posada is a converted house or cottage, which takes paying guests in varying degrees of luxury at a corresponding price.

My wife and I chose the Posada Natura Viva, a very Italian Mediterranean Posada, right next to the beach. We chose it because of recommendation that we pick an Italian owned Posada as opposed to a locally owned one.

I have however diverted from the purpose of this account which is of course a Man & Woman stranded on a Desert Island with the sun beating down on us. In truth it was arranged by the aforementioned Posada Natura Viva, and so far as the sun beating down, they also supplied us with beach umbrellas, table and chairs, gazebos and beach towels.

Just close your eyes, and imagine a tiny spit of an island no more than 50 paces wide, one hundred paces long, in fact smaller than my garden at home. Imagine warm clear turquoise water, where you could sit in it like it was a bath, and drink a cool beer, feeling it was your own private island

I suspect they are some of the most important things to take if you are to be stranded on a desert island, even if was only for a day!! I should add the Posada also supplied a packed lunch, thermos with cool drinks, even if we did have to bring our own beers!!

Anyway this I suspect is what the Caribbean was like before us tourists arrived in our thousands.

It was fortunate we remembered our sunblock and high factor sun creams because apart from the shade that was supplied for us, there is none at all.

This has to be one of the most beautiful places on this earth, in fact it’s almost like a dream, why not go and see it for yourself, and become the Man & Woman stranded on a Desert Island for a day!!

 

Alpirsbach Monastery: Medieval Sandstone Island

Attracting droves of tourists every year, Europe promises the ancient, the diverse, and the completely fascinating. Most travelers scurry past the major sites and cram in as much as possible in order to get through a list of 'must sees.'

Unfortunately, much is overlooked due to lack of time and money while the infinite unique treasures sometimes hidden for the resourceful traveler remain undiscovered and unappreciated. Not that visits to the key attractions should be dissu...

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Attracting droves of tourists every year, Europe promises the ancient, the diverse, and the completely fascinating. Most travelers scurry past the major sites and cram in as much as possible in order to get through a list of 'must sees.'

Unfortunately, much is overlooked due to lack of time and money while the infinite unique treasures sometimes hidden for the resourceful traveler remain undiscovered and unappreciated. Not that visits to the key attractions should be dissuaded! On the contrary, I'm simply inviting the European travelers to dig a little deeper into their destination country and find the gems that will make them smile as they recall them even decades later. Remember and celebrate the taste of a fresh German pretzel, the sweet smell of the air in a Tuscan vineyard, or the baby soft petals in a colorful field of Dutch tulips.

Savor an entire spectrum of sensory bliss as you skip from one country to the next, searching for that tiny unique detail that you will fondly relish for the rest of your life.

Nestled in the Northern Black Forest, Alpirsbach Monastery echoes with the souls that once worshipped within its walls. While clinging to a forgotten time with a white-knuckled grip, the monastery boasts a 900-year history beautifully kept intact while the world outside changed and modernized.

Founded in 1095, the Benedictine monastery easily humbles the proud and quiets the boisterous. Upon entering its doors with the massive brass lion doorknockers, it's evident that this is a sanctuary of sanctuaries. The red sandstone beams warm tones during the day and leaps to an almost blinding glow as the sun begins to set. Sandstone bricks lay in a herringbone pattern in the church, making this hall of worship anything but plain. High, medieval ceilings and colorful stained glass above the simple alter add to the ambience of respect and subservience.

As with many monasteries, Alpirsbach has magnificent cloisters which lead out to a square courtyard. Cloisters give a sense of openness to the closed-off building as the outer façade has no glass. Now, ivy twists and turns through the intricately carved stone windows, bringing life to the empty reverberations in the hallways. All kinds of weather intrude from the courtyard, bringing the outside in – whether sunshine, rain, or snow.

Alpirsbach is famous for its beer. Look for the stone statue of the little monk – his protruding belly bears witness that he's had a few too many. He stands near the entrance of the beer museum, which walks visitors through the history of its brewing. Beer was important to everyday life; not only did it provide a source of income for the monastery but it was considered 'purified water.' During this time, water was considered to be a carrier of disease. Europeans believed that the alcohol in beer and wine killed whatever was in the water that made people sick so it was important to consume some regularly. 'A pint a day keeps the pneumonia away…'

Monasteries such as Alpirsbach are a joy to visit because they aren't overflowing with tourists. Instead, you can wander to your heart's content as the only living soul while listening to the deafening silence. Rub your hands on the cool stone walls and pillars, which have been worn smooth over the last almost-1000 years. Just as this hallowed place once sheltered monks from the outside world, it continues to provide an escape from the overcrowded attractions. Peaceful, hushed, and reverent.

 

Northern Euboea Island, The Glorious Past

In this gulf of Euboean sea, this deep blue channel of water abound with dolphins and seagulls, the sun's reflection and the aroma of jasmine meet embrace Aedipsos. The crystal clear sea "the blood of Greece" and its briny shores invite you to prolong your days. In the background the Telethrio, the mount of peaceful silence, aborns Aedipsos with its shadows.

In the ancient Roman Times, Scylla the general, left his traces in Aedipsos. It is said that in the hot springs of t...

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In this gulf of Euboean sea, this deep blue channel of water abound with dolphins and seagulls, the sun's reflection and the aroma of jasmine meet embrace Aedipsos. The crystal clear sea "the blood of Greece" and its briny shores invite you to prolong your days. In the background the Telethrio, the mount of peaceful silence, aborns Aedipsos with its shadows.

In the ancient Roman Times, Scylla the general, left his traces in Aedipsos. It is said that in the hot springs of that place he was cured of the gout which had tormented him. His "cave", the style of the thermal bath of that time, and the historian Stravon, confirm his presence. According to many historical references of that period, Aedipsos was a cosmopolitan center for thermal therapeutic baths, entertainment and enjoyment.

The historian Plutarch, notes "the village of Aedipsos on the island of Euboea is a place for pleasure and entertainment, full of elegant buildings and entertainment centers providing luxurious stays".

The marble inscribed plaques from that distant past, which can be seen today in Aedipsos, relate the history of the Emperor Adrian, Markus Aurelius and others, and the statue of Julia Domna displays her fascinating beauty.

Both mortals and immortals became blissful when enjoying the beauties of the place and the pleasures of the place and the pleasures of its well-organised society. Times came and went.
In the Middle Ages lords passed through and after then came Constantine the Great followed by Theodosius, each in turn seeking both pleasure and cure.

Three thousand years have passed but the history remains firmly in our minds and the scenes from that time retain its tradition. In the years after the 1st World War, Aedipsos flourished once more. It is the period when spas became internationally popular. In the hotel lounges one could meet international personalities of that time, famous actors, artists, writers, state-men, politician and successful entrepreneurs and ship owners. You could get a glimpse of Prince Edward and Mrs. Simpson secluding themselves from the public eye and Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos enjoying a break. In this cosmopolitan environment the picturesque inhabitants lived alongside enjoying their lives to the full in the small taverns and coffee shops. These people living in the shadows of the rich and famous are vividly described by the Greek writer Loudemis in the famous book "Adieu Life". Later Aedipsos hospitates the shipping magnet Aristotelis Onasis the Father of Victory Winston Churchill, the great opera singer Maria Callas and the glamorous Greta Garbo. Chefs catered for the most delicate palates in the luxurious hotel restaurants.

"They were the high paid chefs of that time" says the writer Lilika Nackou. Some of the most beautiful hotels and villas standing in Aedipsos were built during that time, sucj as the T. Scylla, the Heracleon, the Ai Piyai, the Ethinkon, the Capri and the villa of Pneumatikos.




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