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Rhodes. A Greek Island At the Crossroads of Civilisations

Colossus. Glory And Oblivion Music: Amaranthine, Amaranthe  Movie: Colossus of Rhodes, a Sergio Leone classic Book: The King Must Die, Mary Renault “Ebele, come greet Croesus! He has come to arrange the transport for the archon’s order!” “Mother, I’m busy now. Tell Croesus I’ll speak with him later!” Ebele rushed to the pot of stale water to rinse her hands of clay before checking the kiln.  Dry clay covered her bare arms to the elbow. Her delicate face was also smeared in places. Many a time, Ebele would rub her forehead to wipe the perspiration without even thinking that she was elbow deep in wet clay....

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Make the Best Spaghetti With Clams – Pasta All’Amalfitana

An Amalfi Coast Special Disclaimer: If you have a shellfish allergy, do not follow this recipe! But you can still enjoy reading the story! South of Naples, in the charming Campania region of Italy, there is a world-famous road called Amalfi Coast Drive. Stretching a little over thirty miles From Positano to Vietri Sul Mare, the magnificent Amalfi Coast is nothing but breathtaking scenery. The narrow road bends at various altitudes, from sea level to hundreds of metres up on cliffs. You get the feeling that you hover over the azure abys of the Tyrrhenian Sea, part of the broader...

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Venice. The Jewel Of The Adriatic

Game of Masks Music: Winter in July, Sarah Brightman Movie: Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips) Book: The Honest Courtesan, Margaret Rosenthal  For the entire summer, the cruise ship docks in Venice for three days every three weeks. A few minutes stroll through a sea of tourists that swarm the city in the summer months takes me to Piazza San Marco.  Even closer to the pier is an extension of the Giardini della Biennale, called Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi. My favourite quiet place in Venice. Here, I like to spend time alone with a book, sitting on one of the benches strewn along the shaded alley.  Most...

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Make A Quick And Easy Caprese Salad

Simple Is Beautiful and Delicious! As the name implies, this fresh, delicious and easy to make dish originates from the amazing island of Capri, the pearl of the Mediterranean. It might seem a humble dish, but it is one of Italy’s favourites. And we love it too! The Italians take pride in considering it a homage to their flag: green, white and red served on a plate. Caprese is ready in minutes and brings the unforgettable taste of a holiday in the sun. Just think of that insane blue sea, the elegant hotels, the cypress trees. Feel the fragrance of...

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Alexandria. The African City Of Alexander The Great

Taste of a City Music: There’s a Storm a’Coming, Richard Hawley Movie: King Tut                                                                      Book: The Fires of Alexandria, Thomas K. Carpenter. The Amun Chamber, Daniel Leston I don’t remember seeing a dark cloud in the skies of Alexandria. I wonder if it ever rains in this urban oasis at the fringe of the Sahara Desert. I’m up on the open deck to watch the ship drop anchor and to check the weather. As expected, it is another sizzling day. The Millennium docks in Alexandria only once a month this summer. I would typically jump on a tour bus to...

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Sighișoara. The Most Sought After of Medieval Transylvania

A Town in Time Music: Fie să renască, Phoenix Movie: Vlad Țepeș, 1979 Book: Sighișoara, Mediaeval Memories, Florin Andreescu For once, she’s boarding the train on time. Usually, she jumps on the step just as the train sets in motion. Today she finished her exam earlier than expected, the topics right up her street. She is relaxed, relieved and confident the marks will be okay. She’s seating on a different seat than the one she bought at the ticket counter. Next to the door, facing the direction in which the train will go. Mental note to ask permission to switch...

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This Is A Travel Blog With A Twist

This travel blog was born during the uncertain times of the COVID-19 epidemic. Tourism was severely affected and left bleeding. People stayed home, and no contrails flashed across the blue skies for months.  There are a million popular travel websites. The World Is An Oyster strives to be more of a food for soul version than a typical travel blog. Instead of “things to do” and “where to eat” I will tell you short stories that happened in a particular location or were inspired by it. Some accounts are real; some are pure fiction. You decide what you want each...

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Tübingen. Day Trip Back To The Middle Ages

“What is Time?” Music: Mantra, Bring Me The Horizon Movie: Dark (Netflix series) Book: The World as I See It, Albert Einstein Far behind is the colourful city of Bruges that keeps playing its beauty on the cinematic screen of my mind! Kilometre after kilometre I’m speeding towards south-west Germany, to the hilly region of Swabia. Driving through Europe has an undeniable charm if you can juggle distances and tiredness. After hours and hours of staring straight ahead, I get the feeling that Germany does not have an end. It does, and I’m getting closer to the southern border. And...

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Trsteno, Croatia. A Day Trip From Dubrovnik

Rock&Sea Music: Doomed, Bring Me The Horizon Movie: Game of Thrones, of course! Book: Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe, Norman Davies Hotass has finally asked me out. Gee! Take your time and hurry up! All the signals, innuendoes, body language and blunt reality right in his eyes. The guy still took his time. Time, as usual, is always limited on a cruise ship, regardless if you’re cruising or working. The port of call today is Dubrovnik. As soon as I finish my tour dispatching duties, I jump on the bus Hotass is escorting since he so nicely invited...

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