Visiting Kusadasi or Ephesus is like seeing what it’s like in the Bible’s New Testament time. Ephesus is where Acts chapter 19 took place. Seeing how the rich lived in those days makes you think about the wealth inequality in a different light. This was quite enjoyable except for the hot 93F and humid weather.
One of our European islands we stopped was Mykonos. It’s full of interesting, uniform architecture including an array of windmills that oversee the shorelines. They are beautiful and stand out as the landmarks for Mykonos.
Athens or Piraeus , the capital of Greece, hosts some of most significant pieces of Rome ruins including the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, and the first modern Olympic stadium with marble seats/steps. They are simply amazing.
This is another one of our vacation tour video that includes the tour to Villa Borghese, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona in Rome on 2015-08-02. It’s amazing these places are still in such a good shape after a couple of thousand years and millions of tourists trampling through.
This is a video I took during my European cruise vacation. Three spots we visited: Sorrento, Positano and Pompeii.
Marie Kondo is a “tidying” expert in Japan. She specialized in consulting with clients on how to tidying up the usually small home space in urban Japan. The book gives good tips especially around getting rid of things.
My key takeaways:
– Discarding comes first before re-organizing. That’s intuitive.
– Put everything on the floor/bed before purging – don’t do partial or incremental purging. Do all at the same time – once for all.
– This books speaks to the “once-a-life-time-event” tidying, not daily tidying. Probably not once a life time but once every few years for most of us.
– Keep only things speak to your heart, spark joy or bring you joy when you see or touch them. Choose what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of – a subtle difference.
– Do this by yourselves – with others present, your views may be distorted, especially those who gave you the “junk.”
– Purge systematically by categories (not places or rooms): start with clothes, books, documents, to the sentimental ones or momentos (most difficult).
– “To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlive their purposes.”
– In the clothing categories, she gave a few tips like: start with off-season clothing, on when to hang and when to fold and how to fold for drawers. (“Folding is really a form of dialogue with our wardrobe.”)
– Books seem to be difficult for people but it’s easy for me because I don’t buy them.
– Giving the things you’re about to donate or discard a proper send off by bidding farewell and showing your gratitude for their services all these years and free them from the prison/storage for them to give joy to others. This might be a Japanese Zen things but it helps to alleviate one’s guilty conscience of being wasteful or speed through the grief process.
Here are a few good videos on folding clothes: (Search by “Marie Kondo Folding”)
Santorini, especially the Oia town, of the Greek Island counts as one of most beautiful islands in Mediterranean. We got off the cruise, rode the donkey to the top of the hill, then took a taxi to the Oia town roughly 20 minutes away.
The beautiful houses and churches with uniform blue and white architecture populated the steep hill and gives you the feeling of tranquility and excitement at the same time. We got to shop and dine along the ridge of the hill. There were many boutique shops, restaurants and art galleries.
This is a must-visit place.