Thursday, 31 July 2008

Go Swimming In Salerno

Salerno is a city situating long the littoral of the Mediterranean Sea, so...

the residents of this Paradise (it's my all life dream) need only cross the way...

to reach the beaches of the city. What can I say you, it's sooooo nice... but dangerous. The water of the sea in the city is full of all sorts of wastes: from -pardon- shit of every provenience till bacterias causing furuncles as happend to us when we went to swimm here once about 13 years ago. This year the beach was closed for this reason till the purifier was finally repared.

But the residents laugh only about these dangers.

In any case, after that bad experience we never went more to swimm in the city. We prefere to make a long-long road til Paestum where the water of the sea is completely different.

There is a large belt of pine and eucalipt planting where companies of people hide from the sun on midday...

As always all refuses are left on the ground after these picknicks so that at the end of summer it's unpossible to find a place where to put a feet in these plantings...

But the sea is great, the sand is so mild, the air is incredible...

Ah... From the 1 august we will go every day there. My husband has his vacation finally...

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

What All These Persons Are Doing? -Quitz

This collection of photos comes from a site that I like very much because find somethin interesting every time I visit it.

So the question is: what are all these persons doing? Dancing? Are they VIPs and Stars?
No. They are TOURISTS!

And where are they and what are they doing?
The answer you will find at the end of this quitz.

So, where is this place where every tourist becomes great wish to dance???

In... Italy! It's Pisa. And this is the square with the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and Baptistry.

And why all they dance in this square???? Look here:

They all want to make a photo where they are maintaining the Leaning Tower.
All of them. Every tourist has the same idea in the head.
Maybe we are all equal.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Pizza Near The Sea

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If you like to pass time or to eat near the sea, you have to come in Salerno. The town is not very great and if you have a car, you can go out in the evening to pass some time near the sea sitting in one of the numerous "half-wild" pizzerias.

For about 20 km the road that is called litoranea goes near the sea, over the beach practically. There are free or paid beaches or beaches with paid parking. But I tell you now about the evening hours, so the beaches do not interest us in this post.

Many of these structures are built so as you see on this photo:

They are made for the persons that come here in the daytime, but in the evening -and all the year long- they are open for pizzeria and restaurant visitors. So, if you go in a place like this you sit practically over the beach and the breath of the sea and the wind caress you.

Why I call them half-wild? Because they are made not as permanent buildings where you normally eat, but are "temporary"(even if they are here at least for 13 years).

After that you can find a paar of places where you can sit some more and enjoy the night, the sea, the breath of the sea and the wind. Maybe you like to bath in the night?

I like these evenings very much. They are equal in summer and in winter because the weather is not very different here. It's relatively warm even in december. Ah, I like pizza near the sea...

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Bideford Water Festival

This was a blast from the past. Many years ago, when I was a mere slip of a thing, the Bideford Water Festival was a big thing, a fund raising event run by the Rotary Club that drew people in droves. Then for some reason unknown to me it ceased. Today, after a gap of 25 years, it was back, pretty much as I remember it, but with a few twists.

Pictured above is the Greasy Pole competition. It does what it says on the tin, and people have to try to get to the end of the pole without falling off. The new organisers haven't quite got the measure of it yet, as half way through the competition they had to re-grease the pole because it got too easy to reach the end. I used to love watching the Greasy Pole (although I have to admit I remember it mostly from the Appledore Festival) and my kids loved it too.

There were plenty of other events organised for the river - a display from the lifeboat people, a gig race complete with the teams coating each other in flour after it was all over (known for some reason as Miller and Sweep - if someone can tell me why I'd be most grateful), and a raft race. I was expecting home made rafts but these were little inflatable boats. Teams of eight had to row from one side of the river to the other and back again, stopping on the east side to get out in the mud just to prove they'd made it. Nobody sank, but several people fell over trying to get back into their rafts, much to the amusement of the crowds.

There was due to be an East v West tug-of-war across the river but health and safety put a stop to that on the grounds that one team would obviously be pulled into the river. Another slight change to the traditional was the Pram Race. In my youth the Pram Race involved grown men, dressed either as babies or women, rushing from pub to pub, with the baby being pushed in a pram, and downing a pint in each pub. Today this became the Sedan Race, the reasoning behind which was that not many people have prams nowadays. The pub thing and the drinking stayed the same: we didn't stay long enough to see if the contestants still dressed up. I hope they did though.

As well as all this there were the usual stalls designed to part you from your well earned cash and - I was most impressed with this - THREE Hockings ice cream vans! All this and the sun actually shone for once.

Archaeological Group Of Salerno

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I told you different times about my activities as a member of the Archaeological Group Of Salerno. These posts for example tell you about it:
The posts about Nocera were "related" to it too
The group (ad it's director first of all) makes soo much to promote and to open one of the most important monuments of the city, The Private Chapel and the rests of the palace of the Longobard Prince Arechi II, San Pietro A Corte. This is the museum that this group of volunteers maintains open for tourists and residents. You can visit it every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and you can see with your eyes all the history of Salerno there. By the way, those are the only open for public excavations in center of Salerno.

On my photos here you can see members of the group during the meeting last Wednesday.

Friday, 11 July 2008

Saving Money With Travel Coupons

We speak sometimes in this blog about the possibilities to save money when we plan to travel. It's very important specially in these times when the prices of everything we need in our life not only during our travels grow as mushrooms in autumn. Today I wanted to present you an opportunity to save money when you use different important online companies providing tickets for flights, hotel information, car rentals and touristic tours.

Visit before you make your decision and purchase your ticket. You will find online coupons and coupon codes to save money when travel.

One of the most important online companies for traveller is Expedia. I personally use it when I have to buy tickets for my flights. To save some money I confront different companies, change days. I have to make long flights if I have to go in Russia for example, the cost of the tickets is very high. And it's really hard work to find something acceptable for our pocket. But there are different Expedia Coupons. They allow you to save not only on tourist flights, but last minute flights and others.

If you could not find a coupon or coupon code you are interested in today, bookmark the page and re-pass next day because the team adds new and new stuff every day there. I know that we need many days to find something we are looking for. So the first step of our search has to be the visit to the page with the coupons. Look how many offers are on the Travelocity Coupons page. Last Minute packages, even gift travels you will find there.

From Disneyland visit to Alaska Cruise can help you to save money Orbitz Coupons page. There are different possibilities. You can save dollars or some % discounts, you even find completely free services there.

There are really many offers for every company. So, the most important is to have this site in your bookmark list. And visit it every time before you pass to purchase something.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Whom Can You Meet In Exotic Countries

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This are some things you have to remember if you want to visit an exotic or tropical country.


Try to avoid to bath in lakes and rivers.
In Central Africa, South America and India there is a great quantity of parasits different schistosomas, parasits that enter in the blood vessels of urino-genital organs and rectum.

If you go on the beach take special shoes and a towel with you.
There are "walking" parasits that enter under the skin and walk where they want than there.

Don't eat uncooked fruits, meat ecc.
It's not enough to wash them with water. Peel them if you don't want cook them.
The raw snake meat can provoke tumours.

Protect yourself from the bites of the insects. Take with you a luggage of insecticides. ;))) There are flyes that transport parasits. Those can live in any place of your body.

Even ice in your glass can be full of parasits or fruits in your hotel's restaurant that are washed with fesh water.

There are not places on the Earth where there are not parasits.
In Europe for example those are intestinal parasits, in Africa and Asia those described over here. If you feel bad after vidsiting an exotic -for you- country, don't think many times, run to the doctor.

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Sunday, 6 July 2008

Woolacombe Sandcastle Competition

I've been trying to get to the Woolacombe Sandcastle Competition every year for ages now but I've always had something else on or its been rained off. It was looking a bit dodgy this morning and the sandcastle building didn't start until the afternoon because of rain. We drove over and paid the exorbitant �5 parking fee then went for a look round. Thank goodness they can't charge you for walking on the beach.
There were some truly amazing creations. Some of my favourites are above. I also liked a very realistic dolphin and a reindeer. Each team of six gets about 3 hours to finish and the entrance fee goes to the North Devon Hospice. We had a good look round and stopped for an ice cream, but didn't stay long cos of the weather. Just look at the people in the photos - they're in jumpers and jeans. It's July! We should all be wearing shorts and t-shirts, sitting on the beach in wind-free conditions sipping beer and eating strawberries and turning slowly brown (not blue) !