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Trabia - the old Tuna-fish factory

The “Square” Coastal Town of Trabia

About twenty miles east of Palermo sits the beautiful jewel of Trabia by the sea, with its beaches and safe little harbor as though held in the bend...
The ancient Arabs called their retorts or Alembics of distillation Cucurcabits

The Alchemy of Gardens-Transformation

I have long imagined since childhood that the garden and all of its living creatures—plants and animals—is a place where the elements of earth, air,...
Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (San Francesco d'Assisi a Ripa)

San Francesco A Ripa in Trastevere

Rome is thought of as the imperial city as well as the great center of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican. It is certainly that in the minds of...
Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello – Son Of Chaos

Pirandello was the son of a wealthy sulfur merchant. In Pirandello’s time, boys had to go into the sulfur mines and carry out heavy loads of raw...
Svalbard Global Seed Vault located on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle

Saving Seeds for the Future

When mankind discovered that seeds fed him and his family, and also could be saved to insure another year of planting and survival, he achieved a...
The Sanctuario of Demetre - Parco Valle Dei Templi, Agrigento

The Mediterranean Spirits

Demeter and her lovely daughter Persephone are two of the greatest mythic characters of the Mediterranean world and of Western Civilization. Both...

Rilke, Poet of Duino Castle in Trieste

What a wonderful experience to dream about a place and then to find oneself standing there on the very earth as though transported by some special...

Laurel, Alloro - The Tree of Renown

In the distant past, Laurel or bay trees covered most of Europe in deep forests. Then the last ice age wiped most of them out, and today there are...

Great Cities Create Vibrant Botanical Gardens

Great and ancient cities have two important things or institutions in common: fine symphony orchestras and beautiful botanical gardens. Both...

Blood Oranges: Holiday Decorations

The trees of our gardens do have their seasonal rituals. Right now the blood orange tree in my garden is celebrating Christmas and The New Year with...