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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

Soap tree (Sapíndus mukorossi) is originally from Asia. It produces roundish fruits that contain saponin in their pulp which are still used today for washing clothes in a natural way. This can be done by rubbing a drupe (the fleshy fruit that contains a single seed) in one's hands to obtain an immediate cleansing effect. Just 5 to 6 fruits put into a cloth bag and placed directly into a washing machine gives an absolutely clean wash. Each drape contains a shiny black seed. These can be used for the manufacture of necklaces, bracelets and various objects. REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ▪written up and sent to travelblog.org ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

Along the palm path there were examples of Phoénix dactylífera (the date palm), Chamaerops humilis (the Mediterranean dwarf palm) indigenous to Europe, Howèa Forsteriana an elegant palm originally from Australia known as Kéntia, and Rhapis excelsa, a small palm originally from China known as Bamboo - palm because its growth is similar to that of bamboo. THEMES ■palm ■bamboo... read more
Howea Forsteriana - leaf
Rhapis Excelsa - whole tree
Rhapis Excelsa : leaf

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

It is a deciduous tree. It is originally from China and Japan, and is considered to be a living fossil. The generic name Ginkgo comes from Chinese, yin meaning 'silver' and 'xing' meaning apricot. Silver apricot refers to the appearance of the seeds. The Ginkgo is well known for its medicinal properties. Recent clinical studies have highlighted the positive effects in the treatment of various artery and neuro degenerative diseases. THEMES ■Gingko TERMS ■deciduous trees - trees which shed leaves in autumn REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

The Botanical Gardens are part of the university of Palermo. They were conceived as a teaching aid for botanical and medical studies, as a stimulus for industry and agriculture, and also as a decorative and prestigious institution for the city and its governing body. THEMES ● Botanical Gardens ● Palermo REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna May 3rd 2021

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 12th 2021

VILLETTA DI NEGRO A waterfall in a park in the centre of Genova. The park also houses the Edoardo Chiossone Oriental Art Museum in a reconstructed villa. PASSEGGIATA DI CORSO ITALIA A long promenade where people can run, walk or rollerblade on. I often cycle in the cycle lane which heads towards Bocadasse. There is also a jogging lane, which is next to the cycle lane, which is next to the road. VIEWS OF GENOVA AND PORTO ANTICO Most of Genova is on a hill. There are many staircases which lead to great views over the city itself and over Porto Antico, the old port. BOCADASSE A picturesque fishing village which I cycle to often via Corso Italia.... read more
Monument in Villetta di Negro park
Passeggiata Di Corso Italia
Beautiful building along Corso Italia

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 12th 2021

I see bitter orange trees all over Liguria and they are delightful. Bitter orange trees originally came from South East Asia, through Oman, Persia and Egypt. They arrived in 1000AC on the coasts of the Arabian Mediterranean Sea (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Lebanon.) In the course of the crusades, the French and Genoese loaded it on to their ships and brought it home to garnish their gardens. The bitter orange tree then arrived in Liguria and Provence, and as a result the areas grew prosperous. The citrus groves on the Ligurian west coast were called 'The Ligurian Gardens of the Hesperides' Now there are many bitter orange trees placed between Sanremo and Ventimiglia. REFERENCES ■Sanremo ■Ventimiglia ■orange trees ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Tuscany February 11th 2021

I believe very strongly that good weather plays a major role in achieving good health, and as the winter roars on here in Italy, and the nights get shorter and the days get longer I feel healthier and healthier. The pandemic is still a concern for me but as I enjoy the nice climate accompanied by high quality food, somehow it forces the pandemic far back into the background of my mind and thrusts the many opportunities of outdoor life (such as cycling, outdoor gyms, photography, looking out to sea) into sharp focus. Like this, the pandemic then becomes one of the many things to be aware of, whilst I fit in preventative measures against it, around my outdoor life and exercise, as opposed to seeing the pandemic as an out of control evil which imprisons ... read more
Bocadasse on a non-rainy, non-windy and sunny day in January 2021
Roman bath and ampitheatre ruins in March
Me in Viareggio in September enjoying Granita in 30 degrees of heat

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 9th 2021

Water clocks were used to mark a limited time interval. They above all marked the time of studying and of teaching, and were used by sailors to calculate the speed of a ship and by priests to limit the length of homilies. Well I have to say, an enormous water clock would have been an ideal ornament for the church wall where I used to go to church as a child because I don't remember any priest ever finishing a homily ON TIME. There was no respecting of a water clock, a salt timer or sand glasses, or even just respecting the plain old clock on the wall, certainly not when the homily was read anyway. At the dawn of civilization man learned to mark the passage of time by using natural clocks, like the Sun, ... read more
Water Clock

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 9th 2021

This morning I took the Funicolare Zecca-Righi. This is a funicular railway in Genoa connecting the Largo della Zecca, on the edge of Genoa's historic centre to several stations on the slope of the Righi hill. After reaching Righi I walked up a hill and found a Planetarium which in plain English is a theatre devoted to education and entertainment in astronomy and space science. I found some very interesting information and pictures of sightings which have taken place in the Planetarium. My favourite was one taken during the equinox. I also found some information on a board about the use of water clocks to measure time. I've always been very interested in how different civilizations have measured time. I remember back in primary school when we were doing a really interesting project on the Egyptians ... read more
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Planet Jupiter taken from the Observatory




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