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“Let others lead small lives, but not you.. Let others argue over small things, but not you.. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.” Jim Rohn 
I am making my countdown to New Year 2019 and for this reason the next 3 posts will be dedicated to my 2018 travel highlights. 
1/3 : Vestrahorn, Iceland, 26 November 2018, 10:00 
Of all the beaches I have been to, I have always found them the natural beauty centers which are the best places to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets, hearing the sound of the sea. Beaches always have that amazing aura around them that makes everyone happy. 
And then there is Stokksness beach… 
with the black sand dunes, the shrubs and grasses and the beautiful Vestrahorn mountain, together with Eystrahorn and Brunnhorn. The “horny mountains” as they are lovingly nicknamed which dominate the view, mainly made up of gabbro and granophyre rocks. The power of the place won’t leave you unmoved, especially when the mountains are being reflected in the wet sand.
When you get there you realize just how small and sensitive we are. The nature is in perfect harmony with its forms of mountains, river flow and color of the sky and nothing small can change it. 
I strongly recommend you to make the 5-hour drive from Reykjavik and get the same lifetime feeling... #traveling #instatravel #travellover #travel #travels #traveler #travelbug #travelling #travelblog #travelgram #travellife #travelinggram #travelblogger #travelphoto #traveldiaries #traveltheworld #beautifuldestinations  #traveladdict #ig_travel #travellers #igtravel #instagood #iceland #travelphotography #travelpic #stinakritoukosmou
#cosmoteroaming #iceland
“Let others lead small lives, but not you.. Let others argue over small things, but not you.. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.” Jim Rohn I am making my countdown to New Year 2019 and for this reason the next 3 posts will be dedicated to my 2018 travel highlights. 1/3 : Vestrahorn, Iceland, 26 November 2018, 10:00 Of all the beaches I have been to, I have always found them the natural beauty centers which are the best places to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets, hearing the sound of the sea. Beaches always have that amazing aura around them that makes everyone happy. And then there is Stokksness beach… with the black sand dunes, the shrubs and grasses and the beautiful Vestrahorn mountain, together with Eystrahorn and Brunnhorn. The “horny mountains” as they are lovingly nicknamed which dominate the view, mainly made up of gabbro and granophyre rocks. The power of the place won’t leave you unmoved, especially when the mountains are being reflected in the wet sand. When you get there you realize just how small and sensitive we are. The nature is in perfect harmony with its forms of mountains, river flow and color of the sky and nothing small can change it. I strongly recommend you to make the 5-hour drive from Reykjavik and get the same lifetime feeling... #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #igtravel  #instagood  #iceland  #travelphotography  #travelpic  #stinakritoukosmou  #cosmoteroaming  #iceland 
«Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.»
Margaret Atwood

The Majestic waterfall Seljalandsfoss... one of the most photographed cites in Iceland.
It’s fame is that its great power can be viewed from nearly every angle!

The waterway plummets 40m-60m over a cliff face... and the shape of the cliff over which it falls allows travelers to walk behind the chute via a footpath at the base of the falls.

As you walk around to the backside of the waterfall, you’ll definitely get an icy shower so be sure to have waterproof clothes and gear with you.

Don’t be afraid to get wet and go for the amazing view to the valley.

Thank you @cosmote_greece 
#stinakritoukosmou
#cosmoteroaming

#traveling #instatravel #travellover #travel #travels #traveler #travelbug #travelling #travelblog #travelgram #travellife #travelinggram #travelblogger #travelphoto #traveldiaries #traveltheworld #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet #traveladdict #ig_travel #travellers #igtravel #instagood #iceland #travelphotography #travelpic
«Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.» Margaret Atwood The Majestic waterfall Seljalandsfoss... one of the most photographed cites in Iceland. It’s fame is that its great power can be viewed from nearly every angle! The waterway plummets 40m-60m over a cliff face... and the shape of the cliff over which it falls allows travelers to walk behind the chute via a footpath at the base of the falls. As you walk around to the backside of the waterfall, you’ll definitely get an icy shower so be sure to have waterproof clothes and gear with you. Don’t be afraid to get wet and go for the amazing view to the valley. Thank you @cosmote_greece #stinakritoukosmou  #cosmoteroaming  #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #igtravel  #instagood  #iceland  #travelphotography  #travelpic 
“Many travels, many fortunes.” (EG, c.38, Iceland Saga) 
Iceland is famous for its sagas, its powerful Viking quotes and sayings. They contain the wisdom of a legendary, knowledgeable people, that for most of us, conjure visions of war, adventure, and conquest.

The term “saga” is used to refer to the literary genre that developed there from the late 12th century up to the end of the 15th century and literally means “something said, a narrative”. They are stories of the adventures of a hero or a family which are a widely recognized gem of world literature thanks to their sparse, succinct prose style and balanced storytelling. 
The sagas focus largely on history, especially genealogical and family history, and reflect the struggles and conflicts that arose amongst the second and third generations of Norse settlers in medieval Iceland, which was in this time a remote, decentralized society with a rich legal tradition but no organized executive power. 
I am so glad to be here… 
At the Land of Fire and Ice

With great people who love books and stories

With great history 
and with one of the oldest languages in the world 
that is still used to this day!

This journey will be a fortune to me.

#traveling #instatravel #travellover #travel #travels #traveler #travelbug #travelling #travelblog #travelgram #travellife #travelinggram #travelblogger #travelphoto #traveldiaries #traveltheworld #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet #traveladdict #ig_travel #travellers #love #igtravel #instagood #cosmoteroaming #travelphotography #stinakritoukosmou #travelpic
“Many travels, many fortunes.” (EG, c.38, Iceland Saga) Iceland is famous for its sagas, its powerful Viking quotes and sayings. They contain the wisdom of a legendary, knowledgeable people, that for most of us, conjure visions of war, adventure, and conquest. The term “saga” is used to refer to the literary genre that developed there from the late 12th century up to the end of the 15th century and literally means “something said, a narrative”. They are stories of the adventures of a hero or a family which are a widely recognized gem of world literature thanks to their sparse, succinct prose style and balanced storytelling. The sagas focus largely on history, especially genealogical and family history, and reflect the struggles and conflicts that arose amongst the second and third generations of Norse settlers in medieval Iceland, which was in this time a remote, decentralized society with a rich legal tradition but no organized executive power. I am so glad to be here… At the Land of Fire and Ice With great people who love books and stories With great history and with one of the oldest languages in the world that is still used to this day! This journey will be a fortune to me. #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #love  #igtravel  #instagood  #cosmoteroaming  #travelphotography  #stinakritoukosmou  #travelpic 
“Wonderland 
It is a person's unquenchable thirst for wonder

That sets them on their initial quest for truth.

The more doors you open, the smaller you become.

The more places you see and the more people you meet, The greater your curiosity grows.

The greater your curiosity, the more you will wander.

The more you wander, the greater the wonder.

The more you quench your thirst for wonder, The more you drink from the cup of life.

The more you see and experience, the closer to truth you become.

The more languages you learn, the more truths you can unravel.

And the more countries you travel, the greater your understanding.

And the greater your understanding, the less you see differences.

And the more knowledge you gain, the wider your perspective,

And the wider your perspective, the lesser your ignorance.

Hence, the more wisdom you gain, the smaller you feel.

And the smaller you feel, the greater you become.

The more you see, the more you love -- The more you love, the less walls you see.

The more doors you are willing to open,

The less close-minded you will be.

The more open-minded you are, The more open your heart. 
And the more open your heart, The more you will be able to Send and receive... Truth and TRUE
Unconditional LOVE.” Suzy Kassem 
Have a wonderful day and remember… 
Keys are funny little things, yet, without them, so many doors would be closed.

Be the key to your dreams!

#traveling #instatravel #travellover #travel #travels #traveler #travelbug #travelling #travelblog #travelgram #travellife #travelinggram #travelblogger #travelphoto #traveldiaries #traveltheworld #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet #traveladdict #ig_travel #travellers #love #igtravel #instagood #travelgirl #travelphotography #door #travelpic #streetphotography
“Wonderland It is a person's unquenchable thirst for wonder That sets them on their initial quest for truth. The more doors you open, the smaller you become. The more places you see and the more people you meet, The greater your curiosity grows. The greater your curiosity, the more you will wander. The more you wander, the greater the wonder. The more you quench your thirst for wonder, The more you drink from the cup of life. The more you see and experience, the closer to truth you become. The more languages you learn, the more truths you can unravel. And the more countries you travel, the greater your understanding. And the greater your understanding, the less you see differences. And the more knowledge you gain, the wider your perspective, And the wider your perspective, the lesser your ignorance. Hence, the more wisdom you gain, the smaller you feel. And the smaller you feel, the greater you become. The more you see, the more you love -- The more you love, the less walls you see. The more doors you are willing to open, The less close-minded you will be. The more open-minded you are, The more open your heart. And the more open your heart, The more you will be able to Send and receive... Truth and TRUE Unconditional LOVE.” Suzy Kassem Have a wonderful day and remember… Keys are funny little things, yet, without them, so many doors would be closed. Be the key to your dreams! #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #love  #igtravel  #instagood  #travelgirl  #travelphotography  #door  #travelpic  #streetphotography 
Your wings already exist. All you need to do is fly.” Unknown 
If we never try then we will definitely never succeed, and nothing worthwhile comes without some risk… from the small things in life to the most significant. 
If we always play it safe and we insist on keeping our feet to the ground then we can never experience the thrill of taking that first flight and going higher than we ever thought possible!

From the moment that we are born we have all the potential in the world inside us. 
Our wings are already there, we just have to spread them and try them out. 
2 weeks to go...
Countdown for my next destination which is the incredible Iceland 🇮🇸! Special thanks to @cosmote_greece for the amazing contest #COSMOTEroaming
And as Icelanders say… this journey was so unexpected to me as "Rúsínan í pylsuendanum"! #traveling #instatravel #travellover #travel #travels #traveler #travelbug #travelling #travelblog #travelgram #travellife #travelinggram #travelblogger #travelphoto #traveldiaries #traveltheworld #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet #traveladdict #ig_travel #travellers #love #igtravel #instagood #travelgirl #travelphotography #sky #travelpic
Your wings already exist. All you need to do is fly.” Unknown If we never try then we will definitely never succeed, and nothing worthwhile comes without some risk… from the small things in life to the most significant. If we always play it safe and we insist on keeping our feet to the ground then we can never experience the thrill of taking that first flight and going higher than we ever thought possible! From the moment that we are born we have all the potential in the world inside us. Our wings are already there, we just have to spread them and try them out. 2 weeks to go... Countdown for my next destination which is the incredible Iceland 🇮🇸! Special thanks to @cosmote_greece for the amazing contest #COSMOTEroaming  And as Icelanders say… this journey was so unexpected to me as "Rúsínan í pylsuendanum"! #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #love  #igtravel  #instagood  #travelgirl  #travelphotography  #sky  #travelpic 
“It is given to us to calculate, to weigh, to measure, to observe, this is natural philosophy; almost all the rest is chimera.” Francois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) 
Let’s see Amsterdam in numbers and have a look at its natural philosophy. 
4 
meters below sea level. Actually the whole Amsterdam lies below sea level and without the various technologies that have been studied and implemented over the last five hundred years, the city would be submerged under about six feet of water. Some say that if sea levels rise, the airport might have to be transformed into a shipping port. 
165 
canals. Often called the “Venice of the North,” Amsterdam boasts over 165 canals, about 15 more than Venice. The Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht became part of the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010. 
1.281 
bridges. The crossing of Reguliersgracht and Herengracht is known as the Bridge of 15 Bridges. If you stand in the right spot, especially at night, you can see a total of 15 arches into the distance. Pretty! 
1.500 
bars and cafes. 
2.500 
houseboats are floating in the canals. 
881k 
bicycles. 
Oddly enough, there are only about 799,400 people living in the city. 
11m 
wooden poles support Amsterdam’s buildings. 
The buildings are supported by 15 to 20 meter long wood poles that sink through the mud and are fixed in a sandy layer that is 11 meters deep on average. 
20m 
travelers and day-trippers visit Amsterdam in a year. 
#traveling #instatravel #travellover #travel #travels #traveler #travelbug #travelling #travelblog #travelgram #travellife #travelinggram #travelblogger #travelphoto #traveldiaries #traveltheworld #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet #traveladdict #ig_travel #travellers #love #igtravel #instagood #travelgirl #travelphotography #canalstreet #streetphotography #amsterdam #travelpic
“It is given to us to calculate, to weigh, to measure, to observe, this is natural philosophy; almost all the rest is chimera.” Francois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) Let’s see Amsterdam in numbers and have a look at its natural philosophy. 4 meters below sea level. Actually the whole Amsterdam lies below sea level and without the various technologies that have been studied and implemented over the last five hundred years, the city would be submerged under about six feet of water. Some say that if sea levels rise, the airport might have to be transformed into a shipping port. 165 canals. Often called the “Venice of the North,” Amsterdam boasts over 165 canals, about 15 more than Venice. The Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht became part of the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010. 1.281 bridges. The crossing of Reguliersgracht and Herengracht is known as the Bridge of 15 Bridges. If you stand in the right spot, especially at night, you can see a total of 15 arches into the distance. Pretty! 1.500 bars and cafes. 2.500 houseboats are floating in the canals. 881k bicycles. Oddly enough, there are only about 799,400 people living in the city. 11m wooden poles support Amsterdam’s buildings. The buildings are supported by 15 to 20 meter long wood poles that sink through the mud and are fixed in a sandy layer that is 11 meters deep on average. 20m travelers and day-trippers visit Amsterdam in a year. #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #love  #igtravel  #instagood  #travelgirl  #travelphotography  #canalstreet  #streetphotography  #amsterdam  #travelpic 
"The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it." Ralph Ellison 
This is the view of lake Pamvotida, from the village Amphithea, located 4klm from the city of Ioannina. Next to Ampithea you can find Perama village, where one of the most exceptional caves in the world lies. 
The discovery of the Perama cave is a truly unique story. 
Specifically, during World War II, as its inhabitants sought shelter from the air bombardments, they resorted to the hill Goritsa, which rises in the village. In the depths of the hill, they discovered more than a useful shelter: a dazzling beauty cave of about 1.5 million years old, with rich decoration of 19 different types of stalactites and stalagmites. 
Except of the stalactites and stalagmites, one can also see fossilized bones and teeth from a rare bear species, caviar, there for the first time. 
Travel to Ioannina and get impressed by its myths, nature and unique attractions.

#traveling #instatravel #travellover #travel #travels #traveler #travelbug #travelling #travelblog #travelgram #travellife #travelinggram #travelblogger #travelphoto #traveldiaries #traveltheworld #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet #traveladdict #ig_travel #travellers #igtravel #greecestagram #travelphotography #travelpics #greece #travelgreece #sea #travel_greece #lake
"The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it." Ralph Ellison This is the view of lake Pamvotida, from the village Amphithea, located 4klm from the city of Ioannina. Next to Ampithea you can find Perama village, where one of the most exceptional caves in the world lies. The discovery of the Perama cave is a truly unique story. Specifically, during World War II, as its inhabitants sought shelter from the air bombardments, they resorted to the hill Goritsa, which rises in the village. In the depths of the hill, they discovered more than a useful shelter: a dazzling beauty cave of about 1.5 million years old, with rich decoration of 19 different types of stalactites and stalagmites. Except of the stalactites and stalagmites, one can also see fossilized bones and teeth from a rare bear species, caviar, there for the first time. Travel to Ioannina and get impressed by its myths, nature and unique attractions. #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #igtravel  #greecestagram  #travelphotography  #travelpics  #greece  #travelgreece  #sea  #travel_greece  #lake 
“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery 
Divari or Chrisi Akti is one of the most well-known beaches of Pylia. 
This is where the “The Battle of Navarino” took place on 20 October 1827. 
It was the last major naval battle in history to be fought entirely with sailing ships. Allied forces from Britain, France, and Russia decisively defeated Ottoman and Egyptian forces trying to suppress the Greek war of independence, thereby making much more likely the independence of Greece.

The destruction of the fleet left the Turks unable to control the Peloponnesus and they were forced to leave, effectively opening the door for the creation of the modern Greek state. 
George Phillip Reinagle, a well-known English marine painter, was present on board the Mosquito at the battle of Navarino and on his return he drew on stone, and published in 1828, 'Illustrations of the Battle of Navarin, an eyewitness account of the battle. 
Visit the place on a clear and calm day and you can still see the wrecks of the sunken ships. Some shipwrecks are easily accessible to explore if you only wear on a simple sea mask.

#traveling #instatravel #travellover #travel #travels #traveler #travelbug #travelling #travelblog #travelgram #travellife #travelinggram #travelblogger #travelphoto #traveldiaries #traveltheworld #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet #traveladdict #ig_travel #travellers #love #igtravel #instagood #travelgirl #travelphotography #shipwreck #ship #sea
“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” Lucy Maud Montgomery Divari or Chrisi Akti is one of the most well-known beaches of Pylia. This is where the “The Battle of Navarino” took place on 20 October 1827. It was the last major naval battle in history to be fought entirely with sailing ships. Allied forces from Britain, France, and Russia decisively defeated Ottoman and Egyptian forces trying to suppress the Greek war of independence, thereby making much more likely the independence of Greece. The destruction of the fleet left the Turks unable to control the Peloponnesus and they were forced to leave, effectively opening the door for the creation of the modern Greek state. George Phillip Reinagle, a well-known English marine painter, was present on board the Mosquito at the battle of Navarino and on his return he drew on stone, and published in 1828, 'Illustrations of the Battle of Navarin, an eyewitness account of the battle. Visit the place on a clear and calm day and you can still see the wrecks of the sunken ships. Some shipwrecks are easily accessible to explore if you only wear on a simple sea mask. #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #love  #igtravel  #instagood  #travelgirl  #travelphotography  #shipwreck  #ship  #sea 
“The soul exists partly in eternity and partly in time.”
Marsilio Ficino

Take the romantic walk along the narrow medieval streets in the old city of Toledo. 
History is everywhere you go and you will feel that the place has his own eternal soul and vivacious heart.

Behind its walls, it preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of houses, churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.

Toledo is suggested to be the depository of vast knowledge which its application led to the birth of the Renaissance in the Western world – bringing civilization out of darkness into light. 
#traveling #instatravel #travellover #travel #travels #traveler #travelbug #travelling #travelblog #travelgram #travellife #travelinggram #travelblogger #travelphoto #traveldiaries #traveltheworld #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet #traveladdict #ig_travel #travellers #love #igtravel #instagood #travelgirl #travelphotography #street #streetphotography #toledo #travelpic
“The soul exists partly in eternity and partly in time.” Marsilio Ficino Take the romantic walk along the narrow medieval streets in the old city of Toledo. History is everywhere you go and you will feel that the place has his own eternal soul and vivacious heart. Behind its walls, it preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of houses, churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. Toledo is suggested to be the depository of vast knowledge which its application led to the birth of the Renaissance in the Western world – bringing civilization out of darkness into light. #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #love  #igtravel  #instagood  #travelgirl  #travelphotography  #street  #streetphotography  #toledo  #travelpic 
"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!" Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Don Quixote) 
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright, born in Alcalá de Henares and died in Madrid on April 23, 1616. His novel Don Quixote is often considered his magnum opus, as well as the first modern novel.
In 1569, Cervantes moved to Italy, where he served as a valet to Giulio Acquaviva, a wealthy priest who was elevated to cardinal the next year. By then, Cervantes had enlisted as a soldier in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment and continued his military life until 1575, when he was captured by Algerian corsairs. He was then released on ransom from his captors by his parents and the Trinitarians, a Catholic religious order. He subsequently returned to his family in Madrid.
In Esquivias (Province of Toledo), on 12 December 1584, he married the much younger Catalina de Salazar y Palacios, daughter of Fernando de Salazar y Vozmediano and Catalina de Palacios. Her uncle Alonso de Quesada y Salazar is said to have inspired the character of Don Quixote. During the next 20 years Cervantes led a nomadic existence, working as a purchasing agent for the Spanish Armada and as a tax collector. He suffered a bankruptcy and was imprisoned at least twice (1597 and 1602) for irregularities in his accounts. In 1606, Cervantes settled in Madrid, where he remained for the rest of his life. 
When life itself seems lunatic... stop and stare the beauty around you!

Thats the magical moment when the sun bathes the Madrid before disappearing over the horizon.

#traveling #instatravel #travellover #travel #travels #traveler #travelbug #travelling #travelblog #travelgram #travellife #travelinggram #travelblogger #travelphoto #traveldiaries #traveltheworld #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet #traveladdict #ig_travel #travellers #love #igtravel #instagood #travelgirl #travelphotography #street #streetphotography #madrid #travelpic
"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!" Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Don Quixote) Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright, born in Alcalá de Henares and died in Madrid on April 23, 1616. His novel Don Quixote is often considered his magnum opus, as well as the first modern novel. In 1569, Cervantes moved to Italy, where he served as a valet to Giulio Acquaviva, a wealthy priest who was elevated to cardinal the next year. By then, Cervantes had enlisted as a soldier in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment and continued his military life until 1575, when he was captured by Algerian corsairs. He was then released on ransom from his captors by his parents and the Trinitarians, a Catholic religious order. He subsequently returned to his family in Madrid. In Esquivias (Province of Toledo), on 12 December 1584, he married the much younger Catalina de Salazar y Palacios, daughter of Fernando de Salazar y Vozmediano and Catalina de Palacios. Her uncle Alonso de Quesada y Salazar is said to have inspired the character of Don Quixote. During the next 20 years Cervantes led a nomadic existence, working as a purchasing agent for the Spanish Armada and as a tax collector. He suffered a bankruptcy and was imprisoned at least twice (1597 and 1602) for irregularities in his accounts. In 1606, Cervantes settled in Madrid, where he remained for the rest of his life. When life itself seems lunatic... stop and stare the beauty around you! Thats the magical moment when the sun bathes the Madrid before disappearing over the horizon. #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #love  #igtravel  #instagood  #travelgirl  #travelphotography  #street  #streetphotography  #madrid  #travelpic 
“I sat upon the shore
Fishing, with the arid plain behind me. Shall I at least set my lands in order?
London Bridge is falling down falling down falling down. Poi s’ascose nel foco che gli affina. Quando fiam uti chelidon—O swallow swallow. Le Prince d’Aquitaine à la tour abolie
These fragments I have shored against my ruins
Why then Ile fit you. Hieronymo’s mad againe.
Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata. Shantih, shantih, shantih” 
The Waste Land, T.S Eliot 
Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on this day in 1888, in Missouri. Once a subversive outsider, he became the most celebrated poet of the 20th century. Yet, 53 years after his death, he is considered one of the greatest love poets, with a constant sense of love frustration, loss or faux pas. Few poets have dealt so profoundly with the themes of childlessness, of longing, of ageing. 
His most well-known work, “The Waste Land,” in 1922, says something which is not new: that life has become barren and sterile, that man is withering and without assurance, that the waters which made the land fruitful will ever rise again… However a closer view does more than illuminate the difficulties; it indicates how each thing falls into place, and to the reader’s surprise shows that the framework and the detail could not otherwise have been communicated. 
The poem ends in Sanskrit and its final line, the repeated “shantih” is a formal ending to an Upanishad (=Hinduism ancient Sanskrit text) and is also used as an ending to many mantras (sacred utterances), which means that the poem ends not just with words written on the page… but with a sacred chant. 
Reading and exploring his work is not an easy task due to the unorthodox coherence of his poems, which are based rather on the emotional sequence of ideas & images.

However one cannot say that it is not worth reading! 
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“I sat upon the shore Fishing, with the arid plain behind me. Shall I at least set my lands in order? London Bridge is falling down falling down falling down. Poi s’ascose nel foco che gli affina. Quando fiam uti chelidon—O swallow swallow. Le Prince d’Aquitaine à la tour abolie These fragments I have shored against my ruins Why then Ile fit you. Hieronymo’s mad againe. Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata. Shantih, shantih, shantih” The Waste Land, T.S Eliot Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on this day in 1888, in Missouri. Once a subversive outsider, he became the most celebrated poet of the 20th century. Yet, 53 years after his death, he is considered one of the greatest love poets, with a constant sense of love frustration, loss or faux pas. Few poets have dealt so profoundly with the themes of childlessness, of longing, of ageing. His most well-known work, “The Waste Land,” in 1922, says something which is not new: that life has become barren and sterile, that man is withering and without assurance, that the waters which made the land fruitful will ever rise again… However a closer view does more than illuminate the difficulties; it indicates how each thing falls into place, and to the reader’s surprise shows that the framework and the detail could not otherwise have been communicated. The poem ends in Sanskrit and its final line, the repeated “shantih” is a formal ending to an Upanishad (=Hinduism ancient Sanskrit text) and is also used as an ending to many mantras (sacred utterances), which means that the poem ends not just with words written on the page… but with a sacred chant. Reading and exploring his work is not an easy task due to the unorthodox coherence of his poems, which are based rather on the emotional sequence of ideas & images. However one cannot say that it is not worth reading! #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #love  #igtravel  #instagood  #travelgirl  #travelphotography  #poet  #ship  #poem 
“You are only a prisoner when you surrender.”
Tad Williams 
In the deep heart of Madrid, next to Gran Vía, Chueca is globally famous, courtesy of its high-spirited atmosphere and lively nightlife scene.

It was named after Spanish composer Federico Chueca, one of the most prominent figures of the “género chico” (literally, "little genre"), a local genre of short, light plays with music.

Federico Chueca entered the conservatory at 8 years old, but his family later obligated him to abandon music to study medicine. 
While he spent 3 days in the prison of San Francisco in Madrid due to his participation in the student demonstrations against the Narváez government, he composed several waltzes that he entitled Lamentos de un preso ("Lamentations of a Prisoner"). Later, Francisco Asenjo Barbieri helped these works to make a great success and as a result Chueca left medicine and devoted himself once more to his huge love, music.

Among his works are many zarzuelas and the “La gran vía” play along with Joaquín Valverde Durán in 1886.

Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, and endeavor to live the life which you have imagined.

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“You are only a prisoner when you surrender.” Tad Williams In the deep heart of Madrid, next to Gran Vía, Chueca is globally famous, courtesy of its high-spirited atmosphere and lively nightlife scene. It was named after Spanish composer Federico Chueca, one of the most prominent figures of the “género chico” (literally, "little genre"), a local genre of short, light plays with music. Federico Chueca entered the conservatory at 8 years old, but his family later obligated him to abandon music to study medicine. While he spent 3 days in the prison of San Francisco in Madrid due to his participation in the student demonstrations against the Narváez government, he composed several waltzes that he entitled Lamentos de un preso ("Lamentations of a Prisoner"). Later, Francisco Asenjo Barbieri helped these works to make a great success and as a result Chueca left medicine and devoted himself once more to his huge love, music. Among his works are many zarzuelas and the “La gran vía” play along with Joaquín Valverde Durán in 1886. Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, and endeavor to live the life which you have imagined. #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #love  #igtravel  #instagood  #travelgirl  #travelphotography  #street  #streetphotography  #madrid  #travelpic 
“I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?” John Lennon

The waterfalls of Drymonas, a well hidden place in Euboea where reality meets the fairytale as beauties, elves and naiads are still living there!

Around the lake there are trees and rocks, as indeed throughout the forests in the area, but also the rare black pine tree.

Based on the Greek mythology, the island of Euboea was given the name of a beautiful naiad, the daughter of the Boeotian river-god Asopus and of Metope. God Poseidon fascinated by her beauty and abducted her.

Maybe Euboea, the beautiful Naiad is still there and keeps this magical scenery safe for our pleasure.

You can find the place in 620 meters altitude, between Kerasia village and Drimonas village.

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“I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?” John Lennon The waterfalls of Drymonas, a well hidden place in Euboea where reality meets the fairytale as beauties, elves and naiads are still living there! Around the lake there are trees and rocks, as indeed throughout the forests in the area, but also the rare black pine tree. Based on the Greek mythology, the island of Euboea was given the name of a beautiful naiad, the daughter of the Boeotian river-god Asopus and of Metope. God Poseidon fascinated by her beauty and abducted her. Maybe Euboea, the beautiful Naiad is still there and keeps this magical scenery safe for our pleasure. You can find the place in 620 meters altitude, between Kerasia village and Drimonas village. #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #igtravel  #island  #travelphotography  #travelpics  #greece  #travelgreece  #waterfalls  #travel_greece  #waterfall 
“My favorite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something.”
Groucho Marx 
Groucho spent nearly seven decades making people laugh with his snappy one-liners and sharp wit on more than 26 “black and white” movies and various TV shows.
He is widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era as “He developed the insult into an art form". Thirty Days Hath September..." is a traditional verse mnemonic used to remember the order of long and short months of the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
At this line, Groucho refers to a poem discovered in 2011 by the Welsh author Roger Bryan at the bottom of a page of saints' days for February within a Latin manuscript in the British Library's Harleian manuscripts, dated 1425 ±20 years. 
The original poem: “Thirti dayes hath septembir
April novembir and june.
Of xxviii is but oon
And alle the remenaunt xxx and j”

The translation: “Thirty days have September,
April, November, and June.
Of 28 is but one
And all the remnant 30 and 1. “

Happy 30day September to all... and it is not an irony, because summer mood is still on!

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“My favorite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something.” Groucho Marx Groucho spent nearly seven decades making people laugh with his snappy one-liners and sharp wit on more than 26 “black and white” movies and various TV shows. He is widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era as “He developed the insult into an art form". Thirty Days Hath September..." is a traditional verse mnemonic used to remember the order of long and short months of the Julian and Gregorian calendars. At this line, Groucho refers to a poem discovered in 2011 by the Welsh author Roger Bryan at the bottom of a page of saints' days for February within a Latin manuscript in the British Library's Harleian manuscripts, dated 1425 ±20 years. The original poem: “Thirti dayes hath septembir April novembir and june. Of xxviii is but oon And alle the remenaunt xxx and j” The translation: “Thirty days have September, April, November, and June. Of 28 is but one And all the remnant 30 and 1. “ Happy 30day September to all... and it is not an irony, because summer mood is still on! #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #igtravel  #noir  #travelphotography  #travelpics  #greece  #travelgreece  #blackandwhitephotography  #travel_greece  #bw 
“The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.” John Locke 
Built in 1209 by the Venetians, the castle of Methoni lies at the southernmost point of the Peloponnese and is one of the most important fortress complexes in the Mediterranean, which covers 9.3 hectares. 
It is worth heading for the southernmost wall of the castle, where a large sea gate is in the process of being restored. From this a causeway leads you to the Bourtzi tower, perched on a rocky islet. This tower used as a defensive wall to protect the harbor. However during the Ottoman occupation the tower functioned as a prison and place of executions. 
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“The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.” John Locke Built in 1209 by the Venetians, the castle of Methoni lies at the southernmost point of the Peloponnese and is one of the most important fortress complexes in the Mediterranean, which covers 9.3 hectares. It is worth heading for the southernmost wall of the castle, where a large sea gate is in the process of being restored. From this a causeway leads you to the Bourtzi tower, perched on a rocky islet. This tower used as a defensive wall to protect the harbor. However during the Ottoman occupation the tower functioned as a prison and place of executions. #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #igtravel  #island  #travelphotography  #travelpics  #greece  #travelgreece  #sea  #travel_greece  #castle 
“Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.”
Bruce Chatwin

Don’t be a tourist. Be a traveler!
Anafi, my favorite island… the island which was revealed to the Argonauts by the God Apollo when they were sailing in the darkness… The story continues with the Argonauts to moor the ship in the island and, to honor the god, by building the temple of Apollo Aiglitis (aigli=glamour, brilliance), naming the island “Anafi”, due to its appearance (“anefani”=appeared, in ancient Greek) out of nowhere.

6 tips to do it like a local!

Move slowly and spend more time in one location. Allow margin in your itinerary for wandering.

Find a place to stay that feels more as a home…  Camping at the beach or staying at local homes and engage with the family owner through conversations, meals and daily routines.

Try authentic cuisine in restaurants and don’t ask about the ingredients. Order “Papadia” salad at Roukounas tavern and other traditional dishes. 
Utilize public transportation. 
There’s no better way to move through local culture than by moving the way the population does… So try the bus and hitchhiking!

Attend festivals. Plan your trip during the annual Anafi’s festival of 15th of August and live the myth... Explore the rural. Find the natural beauty and unparalleled hospitality. Visit the Venetian Kastro at Chora, the imposing limestone monolith Mount Kalamos, the sandy beaches Kleisidi, Katsouni, Flamourou , Megalos Roukounas, Mikros Roukounas, Megas Potamos, Agioi Anargyroi, Prassies and Livoskopos.

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“Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.” Bruce Chatwin Don’t be a tourist. Be a traveler! Anafi, my favorite island… the island which was revealed to the Argonauts by the God Apollo when they were sailing in the darkness… The story continues with the Argonauts to moor the ship in the island and, to honor the god, by building the temple of Apollo Aiglitis (aigli=glamour, brilliance), naming the island “Anafi”, due to its appearance (“anefani”=appeared, in ancient Greek) out of nowhere. 6 tips to do it like a local! Move slowly and spend more time in one location. Allow margin in your itinerary for wandering. Find a place to stay that feels more as a home… Camping at the beach or staying at local homes and engage with the family owner through conversations, meals and daily routines. Try authentic cuisine in restaurants and don’t ask about the ingredients. Order “Papadia” salad at Roukounas tavern and other traditional dishes. Utilize public transportation. There’s no better way to move through local culture than by moving the way the population does… So try the bus and hitchhiking! Attend festivals. Plan your trip during the annual Anafi’s festival of 15th of August and live the myth... Explore the rural. Find the natural beauty and unparalleled hospitality. Visit the Venetian Kastro at Chora, the imposing limestone monolith Mount Kalamos, the sandy beaches Kleisidi, Katsouni, Flamourou , Megalos Roukounas, Mikros Roukounas, Megas Potamos, Agioi Anargyroi, Prassies and Livoskopos. #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #igtravel  #island  #travelphotography  #travelpics  #greece  #travelgreece  #streetphotography  #travel_greece  #streetstyle 
“Dare the difficult.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Admittedly the best beach at Patmos island is Psili Ammos. 
It is a picturesque cove with pure golden sand and sweeping dunes, with many tamarisk trees providing shadow.

In order to reach this paradise you have either to walk for 30’ minutes through a difficult path, or to take one of the boats leaving regularly from main port.

I recommend you to dare and take the hard way walking... During the sunset time, the view from the path is breathtaking!

Enjoy 😉 
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“Dare the difficult.” Lailah Gifty Akita Admittedly the best beach at Patmos island is Psili Ammos. It is a picturesque cove with pure golden sand and sweeping dunes, with many tamarisk trees providing shadow. In order to reach this paradise you have either to walk for 30’ minutes through a difficult path, or to take one of the boats leaving regularly from main port. I recommend you to dare and take the hard way walking... During the sunset time, the view from the path is breathtaking! Enjoy 😉 #traveling  #instatravel  #travellover  #travel  #travels  #traveler  #travelbug  #travelling  #travelblog  #travelgram  #travellife  #travelinggram  #travelblogger  #travelphoto  #traveldiaries  #traveltheworld  #beautifuldestinations  #lonelyplanet  #traveladdict  #ig_travel  #travellers  #igtravel  #beach  #travelphotography  #travelpics  #greece  #travelgreece  #beachlife  #travel_greece  #sunset