Halkidiki este o peninsula cu o forma distincta, localizata aproximativ in centrul Macedoniei in nordul Greciei, la sud-est fata de orasul Salonic (al 2-lea oras ca marime al Greciei). Cu cele trei peninsule tipice ale sale, sau “degete” – cum le numesc localnicii (Kassandra, Sithonia, Athos – mai cunoscut printre greci sub numele de Aghion Oros, adica Muntele Sfant), Halkidiki…
Sorano is a town and comune in the province of Grosseto, southern Tuscany (Italy).It as an ancient medieval hill town hanging from a tuff stone over the Lente River.Sorano was probably inhabited by Villanovan culture, but the first historical mentions are relative to the 3rd century BC, when it was an Etruscan city under the influence of the more populous nearby Sovana.Disappearing from history under the Roman domination, it is again known in 862 when a county was founded by Emperor Louis II, under the Aldobrandeschi suzerainty. The Aldobrandeschi were the most powerful feudataries of southern Tuscany for more than four centuries, disappearing in 1312 when Margherita, son of Ildibrandino, died without male heirs. His daughter Adelaide married to Romano di Gentile Orsini, who added the city to the family fiefs.The county of Pitigliano-Sorano fought against the Republic of Siena, but was forced to accept its suzerainty from 1417. It regained a full independence in 1556, when the latter was annexed to the Duchy of Tuscany. The fortress, due to its strategic position, was frequently attacked; it was also the seat of fratricidal fights between the Orsini. In 1604, with the death of Alessandro di Bertoldo, it became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.It became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1860.
More recently, you’ve been very involved with relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Being from the Jersey Shore, where so much damage has occurred, must make this a very important project for you.
Anyone who’s grown up or lived on the Jersey Shore knows the place is unique. I’ve watched Asbury Park try to get back up on its feet for 25 years. It’s hard to see any setback at all. The Jersey Shore is the kind of place where the policeman has a little cottage that might have been in the family for years and many other people call home. The destruction was unimaginable. It’s going to take years to overcome. I’m trying to do whatever I can to help my neighbors get back to some sort of normal life.
In 2012 the United States celebrated the centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie, one of our greatest songwriters. Can you describe his influence on your music as well as your life?
I was in my late 20s, in the process of shaping my musical outlook and what I wanted it to be about, when I first encountered Woody Guthrie. I had made my way through rock music and then turned to country music. But I still hadn’t quite found something that addressed the issues I was interested in at the time. Woody was like a path to a full and active musical citizenship. With him, there was a deep awareness of the social forces at work in people’s lives. I was interested in addressing those ideas and having them become a part of the music I made.
Pe masura ce Imperiul Otoman devenea mai mare, Marele Bazar din Istanbul trebuia sa tina pasul cu dezvoltarea capitalei turcesti. Bazarul care initial cuprindea cele doua domuri (bedestens), ocupa acum o suprafata de 47.000 metri patrati. Chiar daca a trecut prin 11 incendii si doua cutremure, bazarul mai fascineaza inca prin arhitectura sa. Este compus din 61 de strazi ale caror nume descriu, in general, diferitele afaceri care se intreprind de-a lungul lor: Fesçiler (vanzatori de caciuli), Kalpakçılar (vanzatori de blana), Aynacılar (vanzatori de oglinzi) etc.
Dubai este fara indoiala perla Emiratelor Arabe Unite. Numele sau apartine nu numai unuia dintre cele 7 emirate, dar si celui mai mare oras din acest emirat. Dubai este cel de-al doilea emirat ca marime din EAU, dupa Abu Dhabi. Este situat in Golful Persic, la sud-vest de Sharjah si la nord-est de capitala. Comparat cu alte emirate, ale caror bogatii provin in principal din petrol, doar 10% din PIB-ul Dubaiului provine din industria petroliera.
Tübingen is a traditional university town in central Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated 30 km south of the state capital, Stuttgart, on a ridge between the Neckar and Ammer rivers. About one in ten people living in Tübingen is a student.Immediately north of the city lies the Schönbuch, a densely wooded nature park. The Swabian Alb mountains rise about 20 km to the southeast of Tübingen.
The Ammer and Steinlach rivers discharge into the Neckar river, which flows right through the town, just south of the medieval old town in an easterly direction. Large parts of the city are hilly, with the Schlossberg and the Österberg in the city centre and the Schnarrenberg and Herrlesberg, among others, rising immediately adjacent to the inner city.
The highest point is at about 500 m above sea level near Bebenhausen in the Schönbuch forest, while the lowest point is 305 m in the town’s eastern Neckar valley. Nearby the Botanical Gardens of the city’s university, in a small forest called Elysium, lies the geographical centre of the state of Baden-Württemberg.