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The bridge to nowhere: Avignon

Why do we like this bridge so much? This bridge that stops in the middle of the river, with no way of getting across?

For that matter, why do we like the leaning tower of Pisa so much? Because it is leaning! Because it is failing (and may soon collapse), it becomes romantic & evokes feelings of tenderness from us.

In some ways, Avignon's bridge to nowhere is a metaphor that moves us: a metaphor, perhaps, for our lives. We may not get across to where we wanted to go, but the view is great anyway.

(PS: it wasn't always this way: the bridge used to cross but got hammered by the river during Europe's last "Little Ice Age").

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Swimming in the desert at the edge of Europe

Desert landscapes have a strange beauty. They are stark & minimal and, though a bit scary, they pull us in with a magic of their own. Humans originated from wide open landscapes: this may be part of our attraction to them, an ancient memory.

Deserts are also, mostly, sunny & hot & dry. We like that but there better be some water around: an oasis! So how about the Mediterranean and a swimming pool to boot? In this far, southernmost corner of the european continent, there is almost nobody: just me & some lizards.

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It's actually amazing, I mean I'm happy being a part of enjoying nature in this marvelous way. 
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Pirates and renovated castles

Pirates did not only attack ships. They also terrorized and pillaged coastal communities. Imagine the horror of a small island harbor village attacked by pirates in the middle of the night.

To protect themselves, islanders built their villages on high protected hilltops. They often surrounded them with walls and turned the village streets into labyrinths to confuse and disperse the pirates.

These ancient walls still stand, but today they are covered with bougainvilleas draping over balconies where you can sit with your glass of wine and admire the views that are, thankfully, pirateless.

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+Alex James thank you. Pirates were a motley crew from everywhere, so it is likely that some especially adventurous blonds made it all the way down here. After all, ancient greeks made it regularly to the Hybrides so why not?
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The Greek seaside taverna

Almost every country has its own particular ways of enchanting the visitor. Among Greece's charms, one must include the experience of the seaside taverna: the magic of eating al fresco, locally sourced ingredients, next to the azure waters of the mediterranean.

As with everything magical in travel foodism (the french bistro, the italian gelato store, the corner sushi shop etc) there are many, many, MANY bad imitations, to the point that you have to go far, very far, very VERY far to find the authentic original.

But when you do find the real thing, suddenly, a million routine mediocre experiences melt away and you finally feel vindicated: "YES! the real thing still exists and I can still be a part of it"!

PS: I rarely use the word "best" to describe anything, since taste is so shifting & subjective. But if you ever find a real Greek seaside taverna, you have also found the world's best french fries. The belgian version will suddenly become a greasy mess by comparison.
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+Alex James we have lived parallel lives: I used to go lobster fishing with the locals in Yucatan in the old days...
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The village at the foot of the Acropolis: Plaka

Tourist arrivals in Greece (perceived as the safe alternative to unrest in the Middle East & northern Africa) are booming: 20 million visitors this year, almost double the country's population.

Most tourists will land in Athens and escape it as soon as possible "for some island". But, for the seasoned traveller, Athens can be quite fascinating, especially during these times of economic crisis.

On your first visit, at least, it is a good idea to stay at the Plaka: an actual village, at the foot of the Acropolis, right in the center of downtown Athens. From Plaka, you can see lots of most important highlights of Athens without delving into the horrors of the city's cement-lined traffic corridors.

In fact, from the Plaka, you can pretty much walk anywhere, therefore denying the city's famously cheating taxi drivers the opportunity to hassle you out of your spare change.

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The ancient ruins at your backyard: secret Athens

Dig a deep enough hole for your rose-bush at your backyard in Athens and you risk uncovering a Corinthian column, over 2000 years old. Or a part of a statue, mosaic fragments or coins.

People are familiar with the Acropolis because it is exposed, it is the top of a hill, it is visible. But most of ancient Athens is still underground, invisible and inaccessible. In fact, it is under people's houses: tear down pretty much any downtown apartment block, dig a hole and you will run into the city of Pericles.

In some neighborhoods, like the one in the video, you don't even need to dig: the ancient marbles are lying there, on the grass, between the modern buildings. If only classic wisdom and philosophy were as accessible...

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+M Sinclair Stevens are there churches incorporated druidic religious structures? In Greece, so many churches were built with Apollonian temple stones
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Justice and Society

In the West we bitch & moan all the time about how corrupt "our system" is and how inefficient. We blame both society (ourselves) and the justice system (those of us that keep us in good behavior) for this.

On the law & order side, we bemoan rightly, among other issues, police violence, ambulance-chasers, ridiculous litigation, vacillation on penalties, overcrowded jails, disproportionate punishment: both too severe (marijuana) and not severe enough (rape).

Yet, our system, the way Justice & Society function in the West, is a faraway dream for most of the world, our freedoms incredible to most of the world's population, our stability & security unprecedented and envied. It is important not to be too cynical and to recognize & praise the positive aspects that bring this about.

And, then, to work really hard, at an individual level, to safeguard & improve them. Specifically, to make sure that our rules are applied equitably and without discrimination & privilege.

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+nomad dimitri  "sweet blood", but 98.7% European!!!
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Roman Villa at the marble coast

When the Romans conquered Europe, they built amazing infrastructures, starting with roads & aqueducts that are still used today. In order to start a new city you must, at a minimum, have a road to get to it & running water for drinking & irrigation.

But you also needed human, administrative infrastructure: you needed representatives from Rome to run these newly conquered areas. At a minimum, these provincial governors needed an army (to keep the locals quiet) and cash (again, to keep the locals bribed & obedient and to jump-start new economies). Eventually, of course, you would also need to send the most dreaded representatives of all: tax officials.

I don't know if the Roman villa I run into at the marble coast belonged to a government official or a rich trader. What is certain is that, one way or another, he was wealthy, as witnessed by the fabulous mosaics you can see in the video. More than 2000 years later, there was not a nicer house in this coast for miles!!!

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+jd quinitchette we can think of the resident of the villa in similar lines as an American ambassador of today posted at a small African nation.
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Secluded and nude: the perfect beach

There are several requirements for the perfect beach and only half of them have to do with the color of the water & the quality of the sand. The human element is just as important! Especially when, there isn't any: when you have finally succeeded to find that out-of-the-way, hard-to-access beach at the end of the universe where you can, finally, be on your own.

Who does not treasure that Robinson Crusoe feeling of being the only one left on earth, castaway in a remote beach with no sign of humans around?

This is increasingly rare and, in most places, during the vacation season, practically impossible. There are just too many people with the exact same Robinson Crusoe fantasy. So we jump to the next best thing: the nude beach.

The nude beach is a beach with no commerce: no umbrellas, chaise longues, no music or mojitos. At the nude beach you have to hike to get there, so there is no parking lot & noisy cars. At the nude beach everyone is respectful of distances & privacy: even the few children there (usually sporting dreadlocks, cloth bracelets & beads) keep the noise down & their playing respectful to others.

At the nude beach I feel like Adam, in a mythological space before the invasion of Twitter & Kim Kardashian.

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Secret place in Bulgaria, +nomad dimitri ;) Enjoy your weekend!
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Nice attack: the fountain of tolerance

Just a few miles away from yesterday's tragic terrorist attack in Nice there is a simple but poignant monument for tolerance:

The "Coexist" fountain

- "C" for the islamic crescent
- "X" for the star of david
- "T" for the christian cross

... somehow its water tastes sweeter


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+Buket UZUNER and just between our chat, a failed coup in Turkey! Unbelievable...
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Socrates on your fridge

Who buys all this tourist junk?

It is extremely rare, nowadays, to visit a tourist site that is not inundated with millions of trinkets "representing" the particular tourist attraction: from mini Eiffel towers to mini Miss Liberties.

Popular junk include refrigerator magnets (Socrates drinking hemlock attached to where you keep your Coca Cola cold) and little spheres of floating snow (snowstorm in the Sahara swirling around the pyramids).

The result of this tourist junk trade is that, all over the world, just outside the entrance to major monuments, you find clusters of junk shops selling these identical plastic items. This is not visually polluting but also feels to me in direct contradiction to the spirit of approaching an important historical site.

If this stuff is sold everywhere, someone must be buying it. I guess the idea is that, upon returning home from your travels, you look at your refrigerator magnet as a reminder of what a great time you had?

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Now that is an archeological detail they seem to have left out of my World Civ history class... !
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What would you have done with your life if...?

Ah, the road(s) not taken, the opportunities lost, the talents wasted, the dreams, ah, the dreams: broken, suppressed, stifled.

It is part of popular culture to see our lives that way: we start with infinite possibilities, only to see them progressively pruned as we grow up, all the way to the final pruning of our own head.

This way, invariably, to live is to squander (precious opportunities). What a marvelous anxiety that creates! Are you profiting enough of your life? Are you seizing every moment? Go get them, tiger!

Personally, at 17, I just wanted to be a surfer. I still think of it now...

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