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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Empoli July 9th 2021

OLD HABITS I almost always visit Empoli when I need to go to Florence from Pisa by train. I take the same regional train routes (Florence to Pisa) and (Pisa to Florence) Mainly, I visit my bank in Empoli called Banca Cambiano which ever since the first lockdown happened, has had a disordered queue of customers outside. The conversation always remains lively outside the bank as every new person who joins the queue has to ask ' who is the last one' or ' chi e l'ultimo?' because it is never obvious as to where the queue ends, and sometimes where it begins. Queues in a straight line, anywhere in Italy seem to be very rare, based on my experience. This always brings a new person into the conversation, which usually begins in the same way ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Livorno July 9th 2021

I had a 4 day break in Pisa which I did because I had an appointment with the Questura in Florence, to pick up my biometric Italian residency card. In the beginning, it seemed like an arduous duty. In the end, I did far more pleasurable things than visiting the Questura to pick up my residency card, and without expecting it, is was as enjoyable as my second to last break, which I took in Venice. This trip was a mixture of enjoying new activities, cherishing the old ones and making the most of friendships which I'd already made during my past trips here. ... read more
Ferry crossing : Palermo to Livorno
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 8th 2021

Moringa oleifera - a tree with nutritional, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Catha edulis - whose fresh leaves when chewed reduce physical fatigue, appetite, and increase alertness. Hypericum perforatum - with antidepressant and antiviral properties. Withania somnifera - whose active ingredients have hypnotic effects and also favour the expulsion of kidney stones. Papaya - whose scientific name is Carica Papaya, is a tree from Central America, known for its edible and papain - rich fruits, an active ingredient with proteolic functions. THEMES ●Medicinal plants ●Papaya TERMINOLOGY ●hypnotic effects - sleep inducing effects ●papain - proteolytic enzyme extracted from the raw fruit of the papaya plant ●proteolic functions - breaking down of proteins into amino acids REFERENCES APP: coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 8th 2021

Carolina Greenhouse (Winter garden) The Greenhouse is home to many tropical and subtropical species, one of which I found very interesting. It is called the 'Sensitive Mimosa'. It reacts in real time to touch, wind or fire stress. The main reason for this phenomenon is to protect themselves against phytophagous plant eating insects. Once the insects arrive on the leaf, the leaf closes in on itself, causing the leaf stem to bend downwards making the insects inevitably fall to the ground. The same happens with wind related stress; in this case, the plant avoids defoliation. After a few minutes, once the wind has ceased, the leaf returns to its original position. THEMES ■Mimosa TERMS ■phytophagus insects - insects which feed on green plants ■defoliation - removal of leaves REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 8th 2021

The term 'succulent' corresponds to 'cacti', the word most commonly used to define these species that include a significant number of plants belonging to different families, such as Euphorbiaceae, Aizoaceae, Crassulaceae, Agravaceae, Aloaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Asteraceae, Apocynaceae, and Cactaceae, which are in fact the cacti. The characteristic all these plants share is their remarkable resistance to drought due to the presence of water inside them. TERMS ■cacti REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 8th 2021

The Ficus sycomorus, Sycamore Fig is a tree native to Africa and the Middle East. It is appreciated for its fruit and its shade. In Ancient Egypt, the light and resistant wood of the Sycamore figure tree was used for the construction of the sarcophagi. The wood was also used to extract stone blocks from the rock. The shape of the block to be extracted was drawn and holes were made along the perimeter in which wedges of Sycamore wood were inserted, and repeatedly wetted, so that they become swollen causing the detachment of the block. TERMS ■the sarcophagi - a coffin carved in stone either buried or displayed above ground REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

Banyan (Ficus benghalensis) The ficus originated in India and can grow to a remarkable size. This Ficus is a national symbol of India and is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is also found in the English Garden of Palermo, where often on hot summer Sundays, entire Indian, Sri Lankan or Pakistani families gather under its foliage, resting on their bright coloured sheets and covers, feeling at home under their Banyan tree. REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

The Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco) originates from the Canary Islands. Its indigenous population believe that this tree has magical properties. This belief is partly due to the fact that when the bark is cut, and reddish resin known as 'dragon's blood' is secreted which oxidises in the open air and then crystallizes. Dragon's blood was already known to the Romans, who used it as a colourant. In the Middle Ages it was sought over by wizards and alchemists who believed it had therapeutic properties. In the eighteenth century, it was used as a colourant by painters Today, it is used in the preparation of varnishes for musical string instruments, and more rarely in cosmetics. REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

Cyperus Papyrus was originally from Syria, Palestine and Africa, but it also grew along the banks of the rivers Anapo and Ciane. It is an elegant swamp plant that grows close to abundant water and in hot climates. The ancient Egyptians used the internal part of the stems to make the famous Papyrus that they used as paper. The techniques the Egyptians used to make sheets of Papyrus was the only cut the stems into narrow strips, which were then immersed in water. After a certain number of days, during which the strips turn into a brownish colour, they are laid out in horizontal and vertical layers and then pressed. The natural substances found in the stems allow the strips to slowly stick together firmly as they dry. The result after several days is a very ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

The blooms of the Nelúmbo Nucifera, the famous Lotus flower are spectacular with scented pink and white flowers measuring at least 20 centimetres. The long leaves are totally water-repellent thanks to a thin waxy outer layer. The Lotus flower is a sacred plant in Hindu and Buddhist culture, where it is a symbol of purity. In the aquarium there was also an interesting species of South African succulent plant, Aloe saponaria, which today is used to treat psoriasis. THEMES ■The Lotus Flower ■Aloe ■Water Lilies REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more
Water Lilies
Lotus Flower
The pond containing the three plants




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