This little company from Kenya makes toys from slippers that wash up on the beach.
Pictures by Ben Curtis
The company’s name is Ocean Sole: http://www.ocean-sole.com/
Manhattan from above
What to do during summer 2013 in Crete? In our article all about sightseeing, cultural events and must visit places during your holiday in Crete.Demetrios Georgalas’s insight:
June: sightseeing and absorbing culture
We can recommend visiting the sights of the island in June, as they will be somewhat less crowded than the peak tourist period in July and August. (September and October are also great from this point of view) Knossos is the foremost Minoan site of course, but some other sites such as Phaistos (with the wonderful vista over the plain of Mesara, shown below,) Malia and even distant Zakros are also splendid.
Lots of good cultural events and religious festivals take place in June, but one of our favourite ones, is the little-knownKlidona Festival, normally on the evening of 24th of June, also the birthday of St John the Baptist, when leafy wreaths kept over since May Day are ceremonially burnt along with secret wishes for the future. Intrepid wishers leap over the flames to lots of applause.
July: A Festival of food and drink and walking the path less travelled
Right here in the municipal gardens in Rethymno, the Cretan Diet Festival will be held on July 1st-7th. This is a celebration of the healthy lifestyle and the healthy diet made possible by the simple goodness of Greek cuisine. All manner of traditional foods and dishes will be available, and of course, lots of great local wine.
This is the busiest time of year for the island, and now visitors are arriving, literally by the boatload. All the services are in full swing now, but it is still possible to find a little find solitude in Crete in July; the mountainous interior has some fantastic hiking trails in and around the White Mountains 40km (25 miles) south of Chania, such as the climb up to the 1980m summit of Mt Gingilos. This is a long (5-hour) but very rewarding walk past odd rock formations, a natural spring and finally up to a great summit lookout. It’s easy to reach, as it shares a starting point with the also popularSamaria Gorge walk, one of Europe’s longest at 16km (10 miles.)
August: Snorkel time and the renaissance returns to Rethymno!
In August and normally into September too, the sea is the perfect temperature for swimming. This is the time to take a look at the denizens of the deep –well not too deep, but even with a simple snorkel set and some flippers you can see some pretty amazing sights, without shelling out for the expensive scuba experience. You can buy or hire snorkelling equipment quite inexpensively at most large towns. (If you plan to snorkel on the wavy west coast, I recommend a breathing tube with a floating-stopper attached, which reduces the incidence of waves splashing down your tube when you are expecting air.) Thanks to Maria Shipley for the lovely snapshot of snorkelling in Scorpion Bay- no waves here!
Another way to get a glimpse of a different world in August is to attend the Renaissance Festival. The first week of August will see our local town of Rethymno travel back in time about 500 years, for the annual celebration of the music, dance and atmosphere of this important time in European history. The town makes the most of its Venetian connections and most of the performances are hosted in the Erofili Theatre in the Fortezza Castle. The exact schedule for the 2013 festival has not been announced yet, but watch this space!
Of course we have nothing against September and October – in fact this is, for many people their favourite time to visit, with glorious weather, warm waters and markedly less crowds. However for the majority of families with children, these last 2 months of great weather are just too late -owing mostly to the relatively narrow window afforded by the school holidays across Europe.
So these are the months of the high summer. And they are almost here!
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If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!
Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.
In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!
The project,“Delicatessen With Love”, took Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature dishes.
Galimberti said many of the subjects for the project were selected serendipitously, picked while he was working on a project about couch surfing that explored the global phenomenon of staying in other people’s houses. Since Galimberti never slept in hotels while working on the project, he was able to come into contact with people who introduced him to grandmothers in the area.
Galimberti acted as photographer and stylist during each shoot with the grandmothers, taking a portrait of both the women and the food they made for him.
From top to bottom:
Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke (herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).
Grace Estibero, 82, Mumbai, India. Chicken vindaloo.
Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak
The photographer’s grandmother Marisa Batini, 80, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Swiss chard and ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce.
Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).
Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).
Fifi Makhmer, 62, Cairo, Egypt. Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).
Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).
Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.
great video of skateboarding and beautiful image of india, Rajasthan, Varanasi, Agra… with Kilian Martin.
Vertical Horizons photos by Romain Jacquet-Lagreze
It’s easy to get a measure of a building from afar, but you cant really appreciate a towering city structure until you’ve craned your neck up the length of its spine, admiring the way its reflective edges seem to scrape the sky. Romain’s series captures the behomeths of Hong Kong, from the human perspective of always at their feet.
(Source : ianbrooks)
Tbilisi – Former Soviet Republic of Georgia