Sailors’ Superstitions Couldn’t Stop Us from Visiting Ancient Ephesus

 

Library of Celsus. Ancient Ephesus, Turkey.

Library of Celsus. Ancient Ephesus, Turkey.

The history of our marine voyage from Rhodes to the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus waited an unusually long time—more than a year—for its turn to be written for this travel blog. Something prevented its birth, but I never thought it was connected with the topic of sailing superstitions.

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Why Jinshanling Great Wall of China will be Your Best Choice

 

Jinshanling Great Wall, China.

Jinshanling Great Wall

Most tourists wanting to see the Great Wall of China visit Badaling, the part of the wall which is located not far from Beijing. If you want to just look at the wall and take your photo with it behind you, Badaling will be the right decision. However, note that about 30,000 visitors go through this section of the wall daily. Sure enough, a couple of thousand of them will be on your photo along with you.

This is a big problem for us because we always want not only to see, but to feel any ancient construction. So we started to seek unreconstructed parts of the Great Wall. For us, two of them were appropriate: Jiankou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall.

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November, Belgium, Antwerp. Rubens, Churches, and Diamonds

 

Antwerp, Belgium.

Antwerp, Belgium.

You immediately fall in love with this city. I don’t like autumn and big cities, but Antwerp was an exception. Early November twilight and drops of rain on the windows of cafes suit this city. In the rainy autumn evening in Belgian Antwerp, when the day and the year come to an end, you want to listen to a chorus of sisters of mercy, sit and drink wine by candlelight without any hurry.

However, in Antwerp, you must hurry, especially if you came here only for one day. It is not possible to visit all the interesting places of the city in one day, but at least, we tried.

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