ROME DAY THREE: FOOTBALL AND HISTORY

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Am inceput turul Romei antice, cu o vizita la Forumul Imperial. Ruinele romane sunt chiar langa Piazza Venezia si pot fi admirate gratis din strada. Am gasit aici si celebra Columna a lui Traian despre care sunt sigura ca ati invatat la orele de istorie si care ne spune povestea nasterii poporului roman. We started our Ancient Rome tour with a visit to the Imperial Forum. The Roman ruins are located next to Piazza Venezia, and you can only visit them from the street. We admired the majestic ruins and also Trajan’s Column, which basically depicts how the Romanian people was born.

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THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND OF DELOS

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Faimoasa pentru stilul de viata decadent si petrecerile pana in zori de zi, Mykonos nu exceleaza si la capitolul istorie. Exista cateva povesti celebre, iar mitologia greaca ne spune ca Mykonos e locul unde Zeus s-a luptat cu titanii; insa istoria nu este la fel de bogata ca in Rodos, destinatia noastra de anul trecut.

Chiar si asa, la 30 de minute cu barca gasim insula Delos, o fosta civilizatie cosmopolita, care a prosperat timp de aproape un mileniu, inainte sa reintre in anonimitate. Recunoscuta ca fiind locul de nastere al zeilor Apollo si Artemis, acesta insula devenita loc de pelerinaj a fost de asemenea si un cunoscut port inclus in cele mai importante rute din antichitate. Comertul era principala activitate, multi oameni bogati, din toate colturile lumii au ales sa locuiasca aici, existand dovezi ale civilizatiilor grecesti, romane, siriene si egiptene, toate convietuind impreuna pe aceasta insula mica, dar foarte populara.

Pavata cu gnais, Delos e unul dintre cele mai stralucitoare locuri de pe pamant. Multi au mers mai departe si au spus ca, localizata chiar in centrul cicladelor, acest loc este unul in care energia cosmica are puteri nebanuite.

Famous for the decadent lifestyle and night long parties, Mykonos does not offer much in terms of history. There are charming stories and the Greek mythology places Mykonos as the place where Zeus fought against the Titans, but it’s not nearly as rich in history as Rhodes, our destination from last year.

Even so, 30 minutes away by boat from this lively island lies Delos, an ancient cosmopolitan civilization, that flourished for nearly a millennium before slowly descending into anonymity. Recognized as the birthplace of the two gods Apollo and Artemis, this cult island slowly became a rich port and an interesting location for powerful civilizations. Trading was a popular activity here and many rich people from all the corners of the world settled here in ancient times. There are traces of Greek, Roman, Syrian and Egyptian cultures, all merged into this tiny yet amazing island.

Paved with gneiss, Delos is one of the brightest places on earth. Many have gone further to say that being in the center of the Cyclade Islands this is also a powerful spot, filled with immense cosmic energy.

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Arriving on Delos Island

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STEP INTO HISTORY

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In primele mele zile in Rodos nu mai stiam unde sa ma uit; stanga-dreapta numai minuni ale lumii antice, cladiri care parca au inghetat in timp si te transporta in alta era. Marea de un albastru superb prezenta si ea mereu in peisaj, iar deasupra cerul de un albastru incredibil, pentru ca in Rodos vara nu ploua decat foarte rar (asta ca sa nu ma hazardez si sa spun niciodata). Si da, chiar si atunci cand te uiti in jos aici ai ce admira. La fiecare pas pasesti pe mozaicuri superbe, din pietre de mare, care nu iti incanta numai privirea, ci iti ofera si un masaj la talpi. Nu va incaltati cu tocuri sau pantofi cu talpa subtire, veti avea nevoie de pantofi cu talpa mai groasa pentru plimbarile pe aleile vechi.

Dupa cum vedeti, niciun mozaic nu seamana cu celalat, iar eu nu am capturat decat o mica parte.

During my first days in Rhodes I didn’t know where to look first; to my left and my right, wonders of the ancient world, buildings that looked frozen in time and made me feel like a time – traveler. The gorgeous blue sea was always in the picture, and above I could always see an incredible sky because it barely rains during the summer in Rhodes (to be more accurate, it never rains). And yes, even when you look down you will be amazed. With each step, there are beautiful mosaics, crafted out of sea stones, which not only are a sight for the eyes, they also offer a foot massage. Don’t wear heels or light shoes, you’ll need a thicker sole to walk the old streets.

As you can see, no mosaic looks like the others, and I only managed to capture a few of them.

 

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RHODES, DAY 6

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Daca ati mai citit blogul, atunci stiti deja ca sunt pasionata de sport. Si cum sa ratez un obiectiv sportiv tocmai in vacata? Putin in afara orasului puteti da o fuga pana la Monte Smith (o colina denumita dupa un general britanic) – aici puteti vedea stadionul antic, un mic amfiteatru si templul lui Apollo, toate sunt incluse intr-un parc natural, iar intrarea este gratuita. Am ajuns pana aici cu unul dintre cele doua autobuze turistice, care avea statie la doar 5 minute de hotel. Sunt doua astfel de autobuze (rosu si galben) care circula din ora in ora.  Biletul costa 15 euro de dimineata sau 12 euro dupa ora 12. Biletul e valabil toata ziua. Aveti insa grija la culoarea autobuzului, biletul nu este valabil pentru ambele linii. Acelasi tur il puteti face si cu trenuletul turistic, biletul costa 7 euro, insa e valabil pentru un singur drum. Am fost singurii turisti care au coborat din autocar, iar timp de o ora am admirat in liniste ruinele antice. Stadionul s-a pastrat destul de bine, in special o parte din tribuna. De aici, puteti continua traseul cu autobuzul sau trenuletul, abele acopera foarte bine cele mai importante obiective din Rodos. If you’ve read my blog before, then you know I am very passionate about sports. And how could I have missed an ancient sports site in my vacation? Outside the town, you can find Monte Smith (a hill named after a British general) – here you can visit the ancient stadium, a small amphitheater and the temple of Apollo, all of them are included in a natural park, with free entrance. We arrived here with the hop on hop off bus, the station was just 5 minutes away from our hotel. There are two buses (red and yellow), with an hourly schedule. One ride is 15 euros in the morning, or 12 euros by noon. A ticket is available for the day. You can also take this ride in a tourist train for 7 euros for a one-way ticket. We were the only tourists who descended from the bus to visit the site, and for an hour we admired the ancient ruins. The stadium is well preserved, especially the spectator seating. From here, you can continue to visit Rhodes by bus or train, both cover the most important touristic objectives.

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RHODES, DAY 5

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Nu stiu cum a zbuat timpul si deja a trecut si ziua a 5-a de vacanta. Astazi am explorat la pas minunatiile din orasul vechi. Pasii ne-au dus pe celebra strada a cavalerilor (Ippoton), care si-a pastrat in totalitate farmecul medieval. Pe vremuri loc de odihna pentru cavaleri, strada gazduieste acum multe cladiri ministeriale. Time flies here in Rhodes, it’s already our 5-th day here. Today, we explored all the wonders in the old town. Our steps took us on the famous Knights Street (Ippoton), which kept its original charm over the years. Once, this street housed the knights, now it’s host for many ministerial buildings.

 

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