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Tweeting Da Vinci

By at October 23, 2014 | 4:19 pm | 0 Comment

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The Mona Lisa presented in binary code (all 111s and 000s) Cover designed by Neapolitan artist Francesco Filippini. I keep seeing strange things in this design like my former zip code in New York 10011, numbers which vibrate off the page or  convert, in decimal to my birth date 19, etc. Francesco says it is coincidence. I say there is no coincidence. Have you

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Procida: Picture Perfect

By at October 18, 2013 | 11:39 am | 0 Comment

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Procida's picturesque village, Corricella, is nestled cozily between strata of volcanic tuff and ash. The mainland, near Monte di Procida is visible in the background. Procida lies low in the Gulf of Naples, much like a snoozing crocodile--immobile, so that one barely notices it. From the air though, it looks to me like a Scotty dog with a crescent tail loping

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Vesuvius at Night

By at August 22, 2013 | 3:21 pm | 1 Comments

Vesuvius at Night

Nothing could prepare me for the strange experience of being on top of Mount Vesuvius at night. Of course it was not just any night, but August 10, an evening in which the sky was filled with shooting stars dedicated to Saint Lawrence, (La Notte di San Lorenzo). This unique cosmic configuration combined with the slumbering volcano made for an evening which can be

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Ischia by Sea

By at June 11, 2013 | 2:23 pm | 2 Comments

Ischia By the Sea

Who wouldn't want to go on a boat ride on a day like this? Captain Ciro in white shirt with stripes, prepares to take us out on a glorious day. Much of Ischia can only be seen by foot or by boat. Last year I went on a number of great walks on the island. This year I went by boat. What a treat! A boat trip allows you to visit the most incredible grottoes, caves and

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Capri – Cool, Calm and Collected

By at November 20, 2012 | 5:25 pm | 0 Comment

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If I told you there was a place near Naples where elephants, leopards and hippopotamuses once roamed, would you believe me? Well, these exotic animals lived happily and thrived, guess where? On Capri. How they got there is of course, a geologic story.     Ancient Hippopotamus and Spotted Hyena (Crocuta Crocuiu Erxleben) which inhabited Capri, at Museo Ignazio

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Ischia – Mystery of the Thermal Waters

By at October 30, 2012 | 4:14 pm | 1 Comments

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While waters have been used for therapeutic purposes for millennia, the question we, in our modern world must ask is “Do those waters actually have any real therapeutic benefits, or is any benefit, perceived or real, the result of a placebo effect?” Many water bearing sites were considered sacred, so people flocked to these locations with the intention of being

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Ischia – The Fountain of Youth

By at October 9, 2012 | 4:22 pm | 0 Comment

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We are not the only ones seeking youth. In fact, the idea of a fountain of youth has always roused man’s imagination, even in ancient times. And guess what? Ancient man found it. And guess what? It was volcanic. And guess where it was? Ischia. The Greeks on Ischia mentioned the Nitrodi Springs in poetry and lore as the springs of medicinal water sacred to Apollo

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Ischia – Geologic Wonderland

By at September 25, 2012 | 3:04 pm | 2 Comments

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The non-stop volcanic activity transformed Ischia into a geologic wonderland. Whether it was the birth of a new volcano where a peaceful bay once lay, lava and cinders exploding out of fiery craters, gases hissing out of vents, or the entire island being submerged and then violently pushed up out of the sea. Relief model of Ischia showing elevation in meters and

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Ischia – Growing Up Is Hard To Do

By at September 11, 2012 | 9:03 am | 0 Comment

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Ischia was like the ugly duckling that grew into a beautiful swan. It is the baby of the Gulf of Naples, being born a nanosecond ago as far as geologic time goes. It was also a colicky baby: bubbling, boiling, churning and spewing. And then, when all this turbulent activity stopped in 1302, it calmed down, became lush and fertile, the thermal waters and mud gently

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Vulcanalia

By at August 14, 2012 | 9:17 am | 0 Comment

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August 23: Festival of the Vulcanalia Here in Napoli there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Vulcanalia on August 23. The Vulcanalia was the annual festival held in the Roman religion to honor Vulcan (Latin: Vulcanus), the god of both beneficial and hindering fire, particularly in its destructive aspects as volcanoes or

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