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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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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Lessons of Survival While Traveling to China

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Beijing, China.

Have not you been to China yet? That is unfortunate. This country is worth a visit, if only for one thing: the Great Wall. We visited China two times with a break of ten years, but we were still shocked by some things.

The country is unique. Think paper, gunpowder, compass, porcelain—all these things were invented here. Ten years ago, I would not have imagined it, but now, I write this blog post on a tablet PC made in China, and drink coffee brewed in a coffee machine also made there. The citizens of Beijing joke that new electronic devices appear in their home more often than in Bill Gates’ home and become obsolete in two weeks. That may be, but many things in China are immutable. The country of liars is waiting for you.

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