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In the search of the fifth taste (little treasures series)

(Version en Castellano)

When starting a trip, usually the sense that you use more is the sight. We are looking forward to everything that surrounds us, and only when we relax and allow ourselves, we realize that sensory stimuli reach the new place for more channels than the visual.

We believe that a stimulating place to be an exotic destination, with cultures totally different from ours … But one of the most challenging for my senses are not across the planet, but much closer.

I’ve been lucky enough to get to the place we talked about the Mar. I think is not the same reach Naples by a conveyance that allows you to contemplate its spectacular bay, with Vesuvius on the horizon cut and Capri to other side.

Naples overwhelms you sensually, not let a break. Is southern Italy and therefore is a place full of archetypes, where suddenly you see represented Italy in the films of Fellini with clothes hanging on ropes that go from side to side of the street.

In Naples is prohibited relax, traffic rules have been broken, both by pedestrians and vehicles, crossing a busy street can become an adventure, passing vehicles behind and in front of the pedestrian, the advantage of this short opportunities, giving brief respite from traffic, to advance to the destination, which is in oposite side of the street, vehicles moving in the opposite direction down the street and suddenly throughout this morass, you come to a street where no traffic seems to be an atmosphere of village and not that of the second largest city in Italy.

Naples and just so not only stimulates the eye but the ear, but here we really want to talk about the taste and possibly think that I want to mention pizza, of which Naples is the birth place, giving the name of the famous Pizza Margarita on in honor of the Queen of the same name as its composition carries the colors of the Italian flag. Red by tomato, mozzarella white, and green basil. But for me the most special moment of the day is when you get close to the Via Toledo to the Galleria Umberto I.

Español: Fachada de la Galería Umberto I, Nápoles
Galleria Umberto I

Many people remember a similar one in Milan. Around mid-afternoon, the entry that is close to this street forms a tail that begins in a small bakery, “Sfogliatella Mary”. This is one of the places on the planet where you can discover the fifth taste, which the Japanese call umami. That feeling you get when you take a bath in hot water after a stressful day or when you try something exquisite and your throat get a aaaahhh!! characteristic. To feel the fifth taste it is best at this time of the evening, with my favorite pastry of Naples, the sfogliatella freshly made. Feel the crisp crust on contact with your teeth, and gradually feel the noise that makes the bite, feeling the warm custard caresses your palate, while notes feel vanilla, powdered sugar mixing with the taste of puff and feel that this aaahhh! out of your throat.

Sfogliatella Santarosa
Sfogliatella Santarosa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you can see traveling is not just seeing new places but feel new things.

Las Siete Maravillas del Mundo, ¿están todas perdidas? (Serie pequeños tesoros)

All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пи...
All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пирамиды Гизы на изображении. Español: Las Pirámides de Guiza (Egipto). Français : Les Pyramides de Gizeh (Egypte). Català: Les Piràmides de Giza, a Egipte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(English version)

Las siete maravillas del mundo, un conjunto de obras de la humanidad que representaban lo más mágnifico hecho por el ser humano en la antiguedad. Aparte del hecho que su clasificación correspondía una visión heleno centrica del mundo cuando se elaboró esa clasificación. No es por si menos claro que han formado parte del imaginario colectivo. En el número uno están las Pirámides de Egipto, que es la única de ellas que se conservan en pié, a pesar de los expolios que han sido sometidas a lo largo de la historia. Las demás han desaparecido y no tenemos ninguna referencia o muy pocas de ellas. Dependiendo de las listas podemos enumerarlas en las siguientes.

La Pirámide de Giza
Los Jardines Colgantes de Babilonia
El Templo de Artemisa en Efeso
El Mausoleo de Halicarnaso
El Coloso de Rodas
La Estatua de Zeus en Olimpia
El Faro de Alejandría

Por ejemplo de la los Jardines Colgantes durante años se dudó de su existencia, aunque excavaciones modernas parecen confirmar que realmente fueron construidos.

Para hacernos una idea de lo que fueron a veces es complicado, un representación en una moneda de la época, la descripción de algún autor contemporáneo y por supuesto siempre nos queda la imaginación desbordante del cine, aunque por regla general dedicada a las Pirámides, el Coloso de Rodas.

Sin embargo hoy me gustaría que nos detuvieramos en el Mausoleo de Halicarnaso (Halicarnaso estuvo situada en lo que hoy se conoce como Bodrum en Turquía). Y era la tumba del Sátrapa Mausolo (aunque en algunas fuentes aparece como Rey). De ahí que a partir de ese momento las tumbas que tuvieran un aspecto magnifico y suntuoso, se conocerían con el nombre de Mausoleo.

El Mausoleo de acuerdo con las referencias históricas se le calcula una altura de más de cuarenta metros y soportó la invasiones de Alejandro Magno, los árabes…pero un terremoto lo destruyó en 1.404. Como casi todos los monumentos que han caído por terremotos en el siglo XV y que habían soportado en pie mas de mil años la razón suele estar era que la construcciones de marmol estaban sujetas por pasadores de metal. Y que a a partir del invento de los cañones modernos mucho de ese metal se usó para la artillería de los ejércitos. Con lo cual al venir un temblor de tierra ya eran unas “piedras sueltas”  desmoronandose la estructura.

En 1522 estas piedras desmoronadas fueron usadas por los caballeros de la Orden de San Juan para para reparar el Castillo de San Pedro de Halicarnaso

Ahora si queremos hacernos una composición de lo impresionante que era el Mausoleo desde mi experiencia personal, el mejor lugar es Londres. Y concretamente el Museo Británico.
A muchos de ustedes le extrañará; pero dedicaderemos algún espacio a ésto con mayor detenimiento más adelante a las razones de esa preeminencia del Reino Unido y de Londres en particula en este aspecto.

En lo personal reconozco que Londres dispone una impresionante red de Museos, siendo mi preferido el Museo Británico, incluso si se que voy a estar poco tiempo, procuro dejar un hueco en mi agenda para poder visitar alguna sala.

Para mi si tomo el metro la opción más sencilla es bajar en la  estación Totenmham Court Road, al final de Oxford Street. Subir en dirección Norte por Totemham Court Road y en la primera transversal tomarla a la derecha e ir en dirección este, y en unos seis minutos caminado nos encontraremos con la entrada principal del Museo Británico.

Nuestro objetivo en esta visita es la Sala 21, que no se imaginan como se llama, pues si “Mausuleum de Halikarnassos”. Personalmente me he quedado prendado de un fragmento de escultura, la cabeza de un caballo que era un elemento decorativo, lo demás lo dejo a su imaginación

Cabeza de Caballo del Mausoleo de Halicarnaso en el Museo Británico

Are they totally missed the seven wonders of the ancient world? (Small tresaures series)

(Spanish version)

The Seven Wonders of the World, a collection of works of humanity that are at the magnificent man-made in antiquity. Aside from the fact that its classification corresponded Greek centric vision of the world when this classification was developed. It is less clear whether they have been part of the collective imagination. Number one are the Pyramids of Egypt, which is the only of them that remain standing, despite the depredations that have undergone throughout history. The others have disappeared and we have no reference or very few of them.

Statues from Halicarnassus [A630-2146]
Statues from Halicarnassus [A630-2146] (Photo credit: Juan N Only)
The Pyramid of Giza
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Lighthouse of Alexandria

For example of the Hanging Gardens for years doubted his existence, but modern excavations seem to confirm that they were actually built.

To get an idea of ​​what were sometimes complicated, a representation in a currency of the time, the description of a contemporary author and of course there’s always the boundless imagination of cinema, although typically dedicated to the Pyramids, the Colossus of Rhodes.

But today I would like us to stop at the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (Halicarnassus was located in what today is known as Bodrum in Turkey). And it was the tomb of Mausolus Satrap (although some sources appears as King). Hence, from the time the graves they had a gorgeous and sumptuous, be known by the name of Mausoleum.

The Mausoleum according to historical references he calculates a height of more than forty meters and endured the invasion of Alexander the Great, the Arabs … but an earthquake destroyed it in 1404. Like almost all the monuments that have fallen by earthquakes in the fifteenth century, and had endured standing over a thousand years is usually the reason was that the marble buildings were secured by metal pins. And a from the invention of modern guns much of that metal was used for artillery armies. Whereupon coming an earthquake and were a “loose stones” crumbling structure.

In 1522 these crumbling stones were used by the Knights of the Order of St. John to repair the Castle of San Pedro de Halicarnassus

Now if we get a composition of the awesomeness that was the Mausoleum from my personal experience, the best place is London. And specifically the British Museum.
Many of you will be missed, but will devote some space to this in more detail later on the reasons for the prominence of the UK and London in particle in this aspect.

Personally I recognize that London has an impressive network of museums, my favorite being the British Museum, even if I know I will be little time, I try to leave a gap in my schedule to visit some room.

For me, if I take the subway, the easiest option is to get off at Totenmham Court Road, at the end of Oxford Street. Up North on Totemham Court Road and take the first right cross and go to the east, and walked about six minutes we find the main entrance of the British Museum.

Horse from Halikarnassos

Our goal in this visit is the Hall 21, who can not imagine his name, because if “Mausuleum of Halicarnassus”. Personally I have fallen in love with a piece of sculpture, the head of a horse that was an embellishment, otherwise leave it to your imagination

Paris is more than the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame (SMALL TREASURES SERIES)

Sainte Chapelle - Upper Chapel, Paris, France
Sainte Chapelle – Upper Chapel, Paris, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Versión en Castellano)

When one evokes Paris, the iconic image of the Eiffel Tower is the first thing that comes to mind. Even when a movie we want to make a composition of place to say that the action takes place in the City of Light, the first thing that appears is a frame in which the aforementioned tower appears in more or less detail. And that the Eiffel Tower was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. Which means a little time in the history of an ancient city known since Roman times and founded by the tribe of Gauls Parisi.

Along with the Eiffel Tower we have another series of iconic landmarks such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame inevitably associated with the famous novel by Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Arc de Triomphe in the Place de Etoile.O and if we talk about neighborhoods like Montmartre artists or even the Moulin Rouge are earlier in the collective memory of the little treasure we will discuss in this article

Just from the main entrance of Notre Dame headed toward the Archeological Crypt of Notre Dame and took the Rue de la Cite to the right on the left side of the street and we turn left when you find the Rue de Lutece and found at the end of the street with the Court. In there is the jewel of Gothic overshadowed by the nearby presence of Notre Dame. La Sainte Chapelle.

Ordered built by Louis IX in 1242 and 1248, later canonized as St. Louis, to house the relics of the Passion of Christ of which the best known is the Crown of Thorns, but also part of the Spear, sponge and other relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ acquired Emperor Baldwin II of Constantinople.

Log in Sante Chapelle is a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the finest works of florid Gothic. The ground floor was reserved in the Middle Ages to the people and the servants.

Of all the people with whom I shared the experience of entering the Sainte Chapelle are very similar, when one enters the lower chapel is like a ship in the proportions and decoration, obviously is restored, as during the French Revolution was a building that suffered damage. In 1846 it was decided to perform the restoration, which is led by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, famous for its medieval restorations, which respects the original decor.

But the apotheosis happens when you ascend the spiral staircase to the upper chapel (Chapelle Haute), it feels that it has entered into a kaleidoscope. Surrounded by more than six hundred square meters of windows where blues dominate, with golden columns and representation of the starry sky in the vaults, with themes of Genesis, Exodus … And makes one think, you paid more for the relics (100,000 pounds) that wanted to keep inside of this building so that its construction cost (40,000 lbs)

And that makes me think that the most important thing is, that spiral staircase, which allows us to rise from the lower chapel, for five

English: Interior of the Sainte-Chapelle, Paris.
English: Interior of the Sainte-Chapelle, Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

hundred years since there was no such access, because the common people did not have the right to see what we see now with our eyes. Because access was only for the king and his court from a direct entrance from the palace.