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WILL THE REAL SHIBA INU PLEASE STAND UP?

Last month I was fixated on the meme coin Doge as it seems to be hitting a lot of headlines due to Elon Musk flirting with it and even accepting Doge as payments for Tesla and proposing to launch a Doge-1 satellite to moon. Elon Musk is trolling with Doge and this meme coin is riding on celebrity ratings.

But the Saturday Night Live which was hosted last week by Elon Musk also seen the rise of another meme coin. Shiba Inu, which is nicknamed the Dogecoin Killer rose from the ashes and has been breaking crypto exchanges the last few days.

I’d like to discuss the similarities and difference between these two meme coins to ensure crypto buyers know what they get themselves into.

SIMILARITIES
1. Both are meme coins
2. Both are tokens
3. Both feature the same Shiba Inu dog in their logo
4. Both wants to go to the moon

DIFFERENCES
1. Doge has infinite supply whilst Shiba has limited supply
2. Doge is built on Bitcoin Blockchain whilst Shiba is built on Ethereum Blockchain
3. Doge has a centralized system whilst Shiba is completely decentralized
4. Doge is inflationary whilst Shiba is deflationary
5. Doge has no ecosystem whilst Shiba is building an ecosystem
6. Doge will be a stable coin whilst Shiba wont be a stable coin

SHIBA INU COIN: VALUE AND MARKET CAP EXPLAINED

The value of Shiba Inu today (12th May 2021) has been fluctuating between a 24 hour low of $0.00001260 and a high of $0.00003137, at the time of writing.

While Dogecoin has been on a steady incline since the beginning of 2021. The currency has yet to hit the $1. As it stands Dogecoin has hit an all-time high of $0.74 and has dropped back to about $0.50

The current market cap for Shiba Inu (SHIB) is $11.7 billion at the time of writing whereas, for Dogecoin the market cap for the currency is $67.24 Billion, which is a slight dip from where Forbes had placed it in early May 2021, at $69 Billion.

Dogecoin place as the fourth most popular currency on the market has not yet changed, as it sits behind Bitcoin, Ethereum and Binance Coin. Whereas, its up and coming competitor Shiba Inu coin has ranked within the top 20 cryptocurrencies on CoinMarketCap. You can see the value of cryptocurrencies on trading sites such as Coindesk, which shows the real-time value of cryptocurrencies.

INVESTING IN CRYPTO IS A RISK
As many know, investing in cryptocurrency is taking a risk as the market can be extremely volatile. There is also no guarantee that you can convert crypto assets back into cash, as it may depend on the demand and supply in the existing market. Coins can also be “burned” at any moment, diminishing a large supply.


Doge to the Moon

The lockdown around the World is causing investors to do more online trading as a hobby and this is causing the spike in the price of a ‘joke’ in cryptocurrency! DogeCoin

Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency, a form of digital money that, much like bitcoin, enables peer-to-peer transactions across a decentralized network. One important difference: bitcoin is the original blockchain proof-of-concept. Bitcoin is ground-breaking. Bitcoin is (some believe) world-changing tech with the potential to transform how money works in the 21st century.

Jackson Palmer, an Australian started this craze when he was at a Nascar Race in California and saw this Car with a picture of a Shibu Dog on the bonnet. It was meant to be a MEME! DOGECOIN – Digital Currency and the light bulbs went off!



Palmer registered dogecoin.com domain name and decides to tweet and reach out to anyone who was interested. Billy Markus was interested, and he saw that Bitcoin source code was open source and he decided to take a break from his video games and literally wrote the cryptocurrency code just for ‘sillies’ as some would say.

It too Markus 3 hours to just write the DogeCoin Cryptocurrency code. Why was it so easy? It was a CONTROL+F BITCOIN and replaced Bitcoin with Dogecoin. Of course, there was some changes to few elements like Markus created 100 Billion Dogecoin where as Bitcoin only has 21 million. Oh! and the change in fonts too!

But the doge didn’t hit stardom as there wasn’t any miners and also there was no use of it. It wasn’t even listed in Coinbase or other trading platforms until late 2020 when Elon Musk tweet about ‘Doge to the Moon’. Musk tweets has driven the price of Doge up and it has risen over 6000%



1st January 2021 – Doge was trading at $0.00461 with a market capitalization of $726 million
1st April 2021 – Doge was trading at $0.0536 with a market capitalization of $7billion and today
19th April 2021 – Doge is trading at $0.33 with a market capitalization of $42 billion

I suspect that Doge would hit $1 by the end of the month if the same craze still holds. There are predictions it will fly to $10 once it hits $1.


If you are bored….. try invest into DogeCoin and hold for at least several months.

https://www.coindesk.com/price/dogecoin

cycling a must trend

To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious
diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment.

Riding to work or the shops is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine. An estimated one billion people ride bicycles every day – for transport, recreation and sport.

Cycling for health and fitness
It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health. Cycling is:

  • Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
  • A good muscle workout– cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.
  • Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.
  • Good for strength and stamina– cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
  • As intense as you want– cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.
  • A fun way to get fit– the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.
  • Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise

Health benefits of regular cycling
Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level.

  • The health benefits of regular cycling include:
  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Articles from:
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/cycling-health-benefits

How to buy bitcoin

Hello there!

Its been almost 12 months since I last posted anything here and this is largely due to this Covid-19 pandemic that has got me holed up without any significant travel.

I guess that’s an excuse so I’ll just get straight to my post for this evening.

How to buy bitcoin and any other cryptocurrencies!
I must say that I tried to stay away from the subject of cryptocurrency for a while as it just didnt get integrated into the financial system quickly. But having watched bitcoin hit the price of $56,000 and moves taken by major investment funds to start buying bitcoin, I think we about to just make something out of this cryptocurrency.

I am writing this post, to largely target 3rd world countries who still struggle to buy any cryptocurrency and would be subject of scammers who want to take away your investments with bitcoin. So I want to help you as much as possible to make the right decision and be safe with your investments

So here is the good news…
You don’t need a middleman to do your buying of bitcoin or cryptocurrencies. You can do it yourself in 5 easy steps.
Requirements: Visa Debit Card or Master Debit Card (must have money for purchase), email account and phone number

STEP 1: Create an online account with one of the major Platform providers. (I use Coinbase and Kraken)

  • TradeStation – Best Trading Platform.
  • Coinbase – Best Crypto Exchange.
  • eToro – Low Fees.
  • Kraken – Maker-Taker Fee Schedule.
  • Bittrex – Most Altcoins.
  • Gemini – Offers Gemini Dollar.
  • Robinhood – Best Mobile App

STEP 2: Check if they can accept your Visa Debt Card
They may need to do KYC checks and wont accept your VISA which happens alot as you in the 3rd world countries where KYC checks are really difficult for them.
If they accept your Visa Card – go straight to STEP 4

STEP 3: Use a 3rd party website to buy bitcoin before you can transfer to your wallet which you created in STEP 1.
I used to use a site called Virwox and it closed down. Now I used a site call ZenGo

STEP 4: Deposit funds into your Wallet. (Make sure you alert your bank that you are doing online purchase)
You can start as little as K100.00 or as high as K10,000.00 depending on the daily limits on your card

STEP 5: Hold and Pray
The process will take from 5-20mins to be reflected in your wallet. Once you it appears, you are done. You can hold that bitcoin in your wallet for as long as you want. Just monitor the price of bitcoin and pray it rises before you can sell it

Dangers:
Buying and trading bitcoin has some problems as well.
1. Withdrawal, you need to be able to change that into your local currency. This is one of the biggest hurdles for 3rd world countries
2. Loss of Access to your wallet. Many people lose access to their wallet as they lost the 12 word phase code, or they lost their own mobile number or even lost access to their emails. (that’s how I lost my 8 bitcoins)
3. Platforms closed down. Some platforms and wallets gets closed out and you can lose your cryptocurrencies if you dont check your emails for any notifications.

Personally, I do BUY & HOLD strategy on cryptocurrencies. I dont have an intention to ‘SORT’ it out like what most ‘day-traders’ do.

Happy Trading!

Corona Virus and 5G – is there a connection?

One cannot help but ask the obvious questions regarding the connection between the 5G and outbreak of Covid-19 around the world. It is so coincidental that the impact of Covid-19 will increase the demand for connectivity and thus drive the need for 5G.

Convid-19 has force the entire world to rely heavily on technology. There has been increase longer conference calls; increase in demand for broadband and more importantly increase in demand for mobile connectivity.

“Isolation” is the new buzzword and brought to you by 5G!

 I have tried to look at articles connecting Corona Virus and 5G and stumbled about this website. I will copy & paste the article for ease of my readers.

——-COPY & PASTE— FROM –https://magdahavas.com/corona-virus-and-5g-is-there-a-connection/

Corona Virus and 5G – is there a connection?

March 21, 2020.  Several people have asked me the question that is circulating among EMF experts, “Is there a connection between the outbreak of the CoVid-19 and deployment of 5G networks around the world?”

I have been following the conversations regarding this and my opinion is as follows:

1.  Immune System Impairment

The best scientific evidence we have is that exposure to electrosmog (non-ionizing radiation from power frequencies to microwaves) impairs the immune system.  This is well documented in the scientific literature.  If your immune system is compromised because of electrosmog or because of certain medications you are taking or because you are elderly or very young you are likely to have a more severe and/or prolonged response to CoVId-19.  Dr. Joel Moskowitz has a blog on his website, Research on the Effects of Wireless Radiation Exposure on the Immune System, that I recommend you read. Here is the abstract from one publication by Dr. Stanislaw Szmigielski.

Szmigielski S. 2013.  Reaction of the immune system to low-level RF/MW exposures. Science of the Total Environment.454-455:393-400. 

Abstract
Radiofrequency (RF) and microwave (MW) radiation have been used in the modern world for many years. The rapidly increasing use of cellular phones in recent years has seen increased interest in relation to the possible health effects of exposure to RF/MW radiation. In 2011 a group of international experts organized by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon) concluded that RF/MW radiations should be listed as a possible carcinogen (group 2B) for humans. The incomplete knowledge of RF/MW-related cancer risks has initiated searches for biological indicators sensitive enough to measure the “weak biological influence” of RF/MWs. One of the main candidates is the immune system, which is able to react in a measurable way to discrete environmental stimuli.

In this review, the impacts of weak RF/MW fields, including cell phone radiation, on various immune functions, both in vitro [cell culture studies] and in vivo [live animal studies], are discussed. The bulk of available evidence clearly indicates that various shifts in the number and/or activity of immunocompetent cells [cells that can develop an immune response] are possible, however the results are inconsistent. For example, a number of lymphocyte [small white blood cells especially found in the lymphatic system] functions have been found to be enhanced and weakened within single experiments based on exposure to similar intensities of MW radiation.

Certain premises exist which indicate that, in general, short-term exposure to weak MW radiation may temporarily stimulate certain humoral* or cellular immune functions, while prolonged irradiation inhibits the same functions.

Here is an excellent video on your immune system under a microscope.

2.  Heart Rate Variability

We have evidence that some people have an autonomic nervous system response to microwave radiation.  They have either an irregular heart rate or a rapid heart rate when they are exposed to microwaves.  We have published on this and also provide a youtube video on the research conducted.   This has been known for decades and those working with microwave radiation were recommend to have their heart tested for any abnormalities to ensure their safety.  If the heart becomes irregular it has difficulty pumping enough blood to all body parts and since the blood is what brings oxygen to cells this could lead to anoxia (insufficient oxygen) and make breathing more difficult.

Havas M, Marrongelle J, Pollner B, Kelley E, Rees CRG, and Tully L.  2010. Provocation study using heart rate variability shows microwave radiation from 2.4 GHz cordless phone affects autonomic nervous system.  Non-thermal effects and mechanisms of interaction between electromagnetic fields and living matter Mattioli 1885, 2010: 273-300, ISBN 9788862611664

Abstract

Aim: The effect of pulsed (100 Hz) microwave (MW) radiation on heart rate variability (HRV) was tested in a double blind study. Materials and Methods: Twenty-five subjects in Colorado between the ages of 37 to 79 completed an electrohypersensitivity (EHS) questionnaire. After recording their orthostatic HRV, we did continuous real-time monitoring of HRV in a provocation study, where supine subjects were exposed for 3-minute intervals to radiation gener-ated by a cordless phone at 2.4 GHz or to sham exposure. Results: Question-naire: Based on self-assessments, participants classified themselves as extremely electrically sensitive (24%), moderately (16%), slightly (16%), not sensitive (8%) or with no opinion (36%) about their sensitivity. The top 10 symptoms experienced by those claiming to be sensitive include memory prob-lems, difficulty concentrating, eye problems, sleep disorder, feeling unwell, headache, dizziness, tinnitus, chronic fatigue, and heart palpitations. The five most common objects allegedly causing sensitivity were fluorescent lights, antennas, cell phones, Wi-Fi, and cordless phones. Provocation Experiment: Forty percent of the subjects experienced some changes in their HRV attribut-able to digitally pulsed (100 Hz) MW radiation. For some the response was extreme (tachycardia), for others moderate to mild (changes in sympathetic nervous system and/or parasympathetic nervous system). and for some there was no observable reaction either because of high adaptive capacity or because of systemic neurovegetative exhaustion. Conclusions: Orthostatic HRV combined with provocation testing may provide a diagnostic test for some EHS sufferers when they are exposed to electromagnetic emitting devices. This is the first study that documents immediate and dramatic changes in both Hearth Rate (HR) and HR variability (HRV) associated with MW exposure at levels 18-havas:18-havas 11-10-2010 9:14 Pagina 273 well below (0.5%) federal guidelines in Canada and the United States (1000 microW/cm 2).

Here is another study documenting changes in HRV (heart rate variability) for those exposed to medium frequency EMR.

Bortkiewicz, A,  E Gadzicka, and M Zmysl.  1996. Heart rate variability in workers exposed to medium-frequency electromagnetic fields. Journal of the Autonomic Nervous System 59(3):91-7.

Abstract

This study was undertaken to evaluate the neurovegetative regulation of the heart in workers occupationally exposed to medium frequency (MF) electromagnetic (EM) fields. The subjects were 71 workers of MF broadcast stations, aged 20-68 (mean 47.1) with the duration of work under exposure ranging from 2-40 years and 22 workers of radio link stations, aged 21-65 (mean 46.9) who were not exposed to MF EM fields. The distribution of age and work tenure in both groups did not differ significantly. Heart rate variability (HRV) was analysed basing on 512 normal heart evolutions registered in resting, from the body surface, using the Medea-HRV system. The analysis concerned time-domain and frequency-domain parameters of HRV using fast fourier transformation. Power spectrum in the low (0.05-0.15 Hz) and high (0.15-0.35 Hz) frequency bands (LF and HF, respectively) was determined. Statistically insignificant differences found between exposed and non-exposed groups were found either in time- or in frequency-domain parameters of HRV. No correlation between the power spectrum and the subjects age was noted. Such a relationship, however, could be observed in the control group. In the study group a statistically significant negative correlation was found between the maximum intensity of EM fields and HF power spectrum. Thus it was concluded that occupational exposure to EM fields brings about impairments in the neurovegetative regulation of the cardiovascular function.

3.  Blood Rouleau Formation

We have evidence that some individuals develop rouleau  of their red blood cells.  In other words, their red blood cells instead of repelling each other begin to stick together making the blood more viscous. This could impede oxygen delivery to cells making breathing more laboured.  We have published on this as well.

Here is a youtube video “Dr. Magda Havas’ Live Blood & Electrosmog”.

Havas, M.  2013. Radiation from wireless technology affects the blood, the heart, and the autonomic nervous system Reviews on Environmental Health 28(2-3):75-84.

Abstract

Abstract Exposure to electrosmog generated by electric, electronic, and wireless technology is accelerating to the point that a portion of the population is experiencing adverse reactions when they are exposed. The symptoms of electrohypersensitivity (EHS), best described as rapid aging syndrome, experienced by adults and children resemble symptoms experienced by radar operators in the 1940s to the 1960s and are well described in the literature. An increasingly common response includes clumping (rouleau formation) of the red blood cells, heart palpitations, pain or pressure in the chest accompanied by anxiety, and an upregulation of the sympathetic nervous system coincident with a downregulation of the parasympathetic nervous system typical of the “fight-or-flight” response. Provocation studies presented in this article demonstrate that the response to electrosmog is physiologic and not psychosomatic. Those who experience prolonged and severe EHS may develop psychologic problems as a consequence of their inability to work, their limited ability to travel in our highly technologic environment, and the social stigma that their symptoms are imagined rather than real.

4.  60 GHz and Oxygen Absorption Hypothesis.

Some claim that the CoVic-19  outbreak was more severe in areas that had deployed 5G millimetre waves early and that somehow this radiation is making the virus more infectious or that people are responding to the millimetre waves rather than the virus.  This is a possibility but currently there is no evidence to support this assertion.

 We have evidence that some infectious agents became more virulent following deployment of other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum and an excellent book on this is “The Invisible Rainbow” by Arthur Firstenberg.  This is one of the best books detailing the history and biological effects of electromagnetic pollution.  You can purchase it at Chelsea Green Publishing.

One of the assertions is that 60 GHz frequencies are used in Wuhan Province and on the Princess Cruise Lines and that 60 GHz frequencies are absorbed by oxygen in the atmosphere.  Should someone inhale oxygen that is stimulated by this frequency it will change the vibrational quality of the oxygen molecules and this will not bind as readily to hemoglobin resulting in an oxygen deficit.

We have evidence that oxygen does have an absorption peak at 60 GHz but the other assertions, to my knowledge, remain unsupported by scientific data.  Clearly more research is required.

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Updated: March 22, 2020

Greek Mythology

Around 700 BC, the poet Hesiod’s Theogony offered the first written cosmogony, or origin story, of Greek mythology. The Theogony tells the story of the universe’s journey from nothingness (Chaos, a primeval void) to being, and details an elaborate family tree of elements, gods and goddesses who evolved from Chaos and descended from Gaia (Earth), Ouranos (Sky), Pontos (Sea) and Tartaros (the Underworld).

Pantheon

Greek Mythology: The Olympians

At the center of Greek mythology is the pantheon of deities who were said to live on Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. From their perch, they ruled every aspect of human life. Olympian gods and goddesses looked like men and women (though they could change themselves into animals and other things) and were–as many myths recounted–vulnerable to human foibles and passions.

The twelve main Olympians are:

  • Zeus (Jupiter, in Roman mythology): the king of all the gods (and father to many) and god of weather, law and fate
  • Hera (Juno): the queen of the gods and goddess of women and marriage
  • Aphrodite (Venus): goddess of beauty and love
  • Apollo (Apollo): god of prophesy, music and poetry and knowledge
  • Ares (Mars): god of war
  • Artemis (Diana): goddess of hunting, animals and childbirth
  • Athena (Minerva): goddess of wisdom and defense
  • Demeter (Ceres): goddess of agriculture and grain
  • Dionysos (Bacchus): god of wine, pleasure and festivity
  • Hephaistos (Vulcan): god of fire, metalworking and sculpture
  • Hermes (Mercury): god of travel, hospitality and trade and Zeus’s personal messenger
  • Poseidon (Neptune): god of the sea

Other gods and goddesses sometimes included in the roster of Olympians are:

  • Hades (Pluto): god of the underworld
  • Hestia (Vesta): goddess of home and family
  • Eros (Cupid): god of sex and minion to Aphrodite
Temple of Zeus the Olympian

Greek Mythology: Heroes and Monsters

Greek mythology does not just tell the stories of gods and goddesses, however.

Human heroes–such as Heracles, the adventurer who performed 12 impossible labors for King Eurystheus (and was subsequently worshipped as a god for his accomplishment); Pandora, the first woman, whose curiosity brought evil to mankind; Pygmalion, the king who fell in love with an ivory statue; Arachne, the weaver who was turned into a spider for her arrogance; handsome Trojan prince Ganymede who became the cupbearer for the gods; Midas, the king with the golden touch; and Narcissus, the young man who fell in love with his own reflection–are just as significant. Monsters and “hybrids” (human-animal forms) also feature prominently in the tales: the winged horse Pegasus, the horse-man Centaur, the lion-woman Sphinx and the bird-woman Harpies, the one-eyed giant Cyclops, automatons (metal creatures given life by Hephaistos), manticores and unicorns, Gorgons, pygmies, minotaurs, satyrs and dragons of all sorts. Many of these creatures have become almost as well known as the gods, goddesses and heroes who share their stories.

Temple of Apollos in Naxos

Reference: https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/greek-mythology

Hunt for Authentic Hand-made Greek Sandals

Are you like me who just doesn’t like to buy gifts for anyone when travelling? If you are…..whats your excuses???

Me….I dont have room in my luggage as I travel light!

Now that doesn’t always settle down with alot of people and most think I am just an ungrateful person and do not like them.

I do make exceptions thou…..and usually make exceptions for friends who are genuine and they usually send me payments for any gifts they want.

Another exception are for friends and family which I probably missed out on Christmas gift or birthday gifts and I feel horrible about that as well.

So this week it was a hunt for a Genuine Hand-made Greek Sandals just to make up for a failed Christmas gift…..yeap….I failed miserable last Christmas.

So had to walk around the whole Island of Naxos in Greece just to find the perfect Sandals. After about an hour of searching I came across this little shop tucked away in a narrow street alley.

Pagonis create high quality handmade leather Greek sandals the past 80 years. The Pagonis family is evolving the craftsmanship of manufacturing the best Greek Sandals

The owners of the firm “PAGONIS” specialize in the art of making leather goods and have been involved in this business, working on the island of Naxos since 1940. The first generation of the family learnt the secrets of leather and shoemaking from their uncles Andrea and Manoli Diasiti, who had a shoemaking workshop in the previous century.

In 1940 the three brothers of the Pagonis family made their own workshop, supplying the Naxos market with handmade shoes, whose notable characteristics were their innovative designs and their unrivalled quality.

In 1950 the family business moved to Athens where a modern shoe and leather goods factory was opened with the name of “ PAGONIS” Bros. The products were on sale in well known Athens shops.

In 1982 the name “PAGONIS” reappeared in Naxos, it’s owners running a successful business with two retail shoe and leather goods shops and a workshop. This new page in the history of the company was initiated by Kostas S. Pagonis, who belong to the second generation of the family.

Our efforts over all these years have been with the aim of continuing the worthy traditions and with the emphasis on maintaining the quality of our products, on offering a wide choice, competitive prices and a personal service. Now, at the beginning of another new century, we have new ideas but also a strong basis from which to keep progressing, aiming always for better promotion, in Greece and worldwide, of the craft which we love and it’s products – Kosta Pagonis

Ancient Ruins in Athens

A walk around Athens and you’d surely come up to a important ancient sites from the Classical and Roman times

The Acroplis

The Acropolis also called the Sacred Rock, is the most important ancient heritage of the country. It is also the trademark and most famous site of Athens and of Greece. It has been the main attraction of Athens since the 5th century BC and is dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom and protector of the city.

Acropolis

The Parthenon

The Parthenon, the most famous ancient Greek temple ever, stands proudly over the modern megalopolis of Athens, a reminder of the great civilization he has witnessed. The Acropolis can be seen from almost every part of Athens. It was and still is, without any doubt, the ultimate achievement of the city classical and architectural glory

Parthenon

Herodeion Theatre

The Herodeion Theatre is one of the most impressive monuments of Athens and it is today hosting the Athens Festival with performances of theatre, music, and dance. The theatre is open to visitors only during performances. It is located at the south slope of the Acropolis and was added in 161 AD during the Roman rule. The theatre was built by Herodes Atticus, a wealthy Roman, in memory of his wife Regilla. It has exceptional acoustic capacities and can sit up to 5,000 spectators. It has a facade of 28 m high and 2,4 m width.

Herodeion Theatre

Temple of Hephaestus

The Temple of Hephaestus is the best preserved Doric temple in Greece. It was dedicated to Hephaestus, the god of the forge, hence the reason why the temple used to be in the center of numerous metalwork shops and foundries. It was built during Pericles rebuilding program.

Temple of Hephaestus

Temple of Zeus

The Temple of Olympian Zeus took 700 years to be built and is the larger that was ever created. The work was completed by Emperor Hadrian in 131 AD. The huge Temple is composed of 104 Corinthian columns of 17 m high. Very little is left of his greatness today since only 17 columns are still standing.

Temple of Olympian Zeus
Panathenaic Stadium

Panathenaic Stadium

The Panathenaic (Roman) Stadium was built in the 4th century BC. It was hosting the Panathenaic Athletic contests. Herodes Atticus inaugurated the stadium when he rebuilds the seats with Pentelic marble. The stadium was strangely abandoned for centuries. It was finally restored in order to welcome the first modern Olympic Games of 1896.

Arch of Hadrian

Arch of Hadrian

The Arch of Hadrian was built by Emperor Hadrian in 132 AD in order to mark the limit between Ancient Athens and his new city. It is also a commemoration of the consecration of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is located at the end of Amalias Avenue.

Source: https://www.greeka.com/attica/athens/ancient-sites/

Room at the Top of the Inn

I wanted to visit some Greek islands before my trip back to Papua New Guinea early February. My online search recommended Mykonos and Santorini as the place to go. However, when I told my travel agent ‘Makis’ that I wanted to go Mykonos……he was like……’there is nobody there’! Mykonos only comes to life during summer but now is winter and everyone has left.

He then recommended that I do Naxos instead. I was reluctant as I didn’t read up Naxos and I didn’t think it was fun to visit as well. He told there is a new place ‘Grotta Hotel’ that he can put me up for a few nights before I go Santorini.

I reluctantly agreed…….so he book me on a on a trip to the Greek island of Naxos. Naxos is located in the South Aegean and is the largest of the Cycladic islands filled with white-washed, cube-shaped houses and vibrant small town life.

Arrival in Hotel Grotta

As soon as I arrived at ‘Grotta Hotel’ I was blown away on how beautiful the view is. . It was a small but luxurious place to stay and had a stunning view of the sea both from the windows and patio and also from the restaurant.

Lucky for me, it was located right on a hill ner the beach. It was incredible to wake up each morning with the Aegean in our front yards, and I would highly recommend renting a villa or room here if you are planning to visit Naxos.

As since, it just opened. I was the only ‘Lonely Guest’ in the most beautiful, scenic hotel one could ever imagine to stay. I stayed there for two nights and were taken aback by the beauty of the island and architecture, as well as the local culture and food.

To make the most of your trip to Naxos, I recommend that you rent a car, so you have the autonomy to explore the island yourself. There are so many incredible sites to visit and renting a car opposed to relying on public transformation or hiring a driver gives you a lot more freedom.

Naxos is somewhere I would recommend visiting if you find your way to Greece, and offers so many ways to experience the culture, cuisine, and history. I would most definitely recommend taking the trek to this island for the experience of a lifetime.

Coronavirus – Travel Tips

Much is still unknown about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and health officials are urging vigilance.

That means travelers crisscrossing the globe should be aware of the virus, steer clear of heavily impacted areas and exercise some of the same kinds of preventive measures they’d use to avoid influenza and other illnesses.

Whilst the virus is mainly in China and more specifically Wuzan Province, there are reported cases of it in Australia, Japan, United States and Singapore. In Wuzan Province, everyone is locked away indoors as they believe the virus is spread by Human-to-Human contact

Health Authorities around the region are stepping up their efforts to ensure everyone is screened an border controls are also on high alert.

But does this health warning stop anyone from travelling for business or leisure? I think it shouldn’t and I do believe every traveler should practice personal health safeguards that would prevent them from catching any of these virus.

Here are some tips to take with you when you travel or in at the airport.

  1. Medicines  –
    • Codral Night & day, if you free sick – 90% chances are its common cold
    • Asprin – always take those for any headaches
  2. Clothing
    • Bandanas or scarfs – you can use them just to cover your mouth and it will still look good
    • hand gloves
    • face mask is a must
    • Take some sunnies as well
  3. Food
    • Eat only Warm/hot food –
    • don’t eat any food that is cold
    • always wipe clean food that is exposed to air
  4. Meeting People
    • Don’t shake hands – just do fist bumps
    • Avoid hugging anyone
  5. Toilets
    • Use paper towels as oppose to air blowers in bathroom
    • Hand sanitizers – always wipe your hands before you want to touch your eyes and mouth.
    • Always wipe fruits such as apples before you eat as they are exposed

And finally, if you can do it…….try stay away from the reported areas.

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