It was a beautiful drive along the coast out to the headland with stunning scenery. We stopped at one of the road side vendors and bought fresh locally grown fruits. Then we arrived in the centre of the town. Vieste is a town and comune in the province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. It is a marine resort on the Gargano promontory, a rocky mass that makes up part of the “heel” of Italy For years, Vieste was just another fishing village but now it’s a popular Mediterranean beach destination. The conditions for swimming, sailing or boating are fabulous. The water is crystal clear, clean and deep blue. We seemed to be the only English speaking people in town, although Liane is from Brazil, however she speaks perfect English and very good Italian. We sat for a coffee and worked out our plans for the day. After exploring the town by foot we took a jet boat ride to tour the caves which are on the coast and accessible by boat. It only costs about 10 euro each.
There’s a small street in the shopping nexus of Nampo-Dong filled with stands offering a cheap outdoor lunch. Hot noodles, kimchi, rice bowls, tteokbokki (a spicy rice cake dish), all served up by a colorful collection of Korean lunch ladies. The map refers to this as “Eatery Alley”, which is about as accurate a name as possible.
One of my favorite film festivals in Florence, Italy is coming up the next week at the Odeon Cinehall and Stensen – Middle East Now. For someone who is self-admittedly a little obsessed with the Middle East – what better way to quench your curiosity than a few days of wonderful movies (with subtitles) and great food! Yes they serve food at some of the events and it’s always fantastic!
What is ‘Middle East now’?
As per their description – “Middle East Now is the only event in Italy dedicated to the contemporary Middle East and North Africa with the aim of highlighting the culture and identity of the countries in this part of the world and bringing them to the attention of the Italian public, overcoming stereotypes that often come out from the international mass media.”
When it comes to this side of the world, we often forget the most important aspect – The People. Growing up in Texas, I think part of what made the Middle East so exciting to me was its sheer foreignness from my own culture. Growing up, I ate up books like Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Reading Lolita in Tehran, Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village and so many more. An important part of the world, worth getting to know and to me personally, the most dangerous risk we have when it comes to understanding each other’s cultures is — basic ignorance of what life is really like in these countries.
From April 3-8th with a really interesting line up of films from all over the Middle East. I am impressed that the site is both in English & Italian and you can check out the full program here.
Spa Eastman invites us to "take the waters" the European way and learn more about the benefits of alternating hot and cold on one’s overall health with the Kneipp approach, among others. Since 2000, Hammam sessions and dips in the frozen pond have been part of Spa Eastman’s regular programming. While the current trend of Nordic spas offer relaxation with an emphasis on the fun aspect of outdoor baths, Spa Eastman simply continues its mission of always helping people improve their quality of life and health by providing an exceptional experience and giving them the key to integrating this new knowledge to their lifestyle.
For many visitors to Japan, both Westerners and Asians alike, the onsen is a somewhat unfamiliar territory that many people opt to overlook. The combination of the bath etiquette, the fact that nudity (sometimes with the opposite sex) is involved, and even things like the water being hotter than most Jacuzzis make it easy for first timers to justify skipping an onsen experience. A shame, since bathing in an onsen or hot spring is healthful, rejuvinating, and leaves one refreshed, relaxed, and clean. Onsen waters have healing qualities that range from skin conditions to cancer, and most visitors will discover that a dip in an onsen is a highlight of their visit to Japan. Here are some key tips for making your first bath a rewarding one...
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