Walks: The Great Wall Of China – Badaling Section, Beijing (4K HDR Video)

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications that were built across the historical northern borders of ancient Chinese states and Imperial China as protection against various nomadic groups from the Eurasian Steppe. 

The Great Wall was continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD on the northern border of the country as the great military defense project of successive Chinese Empires, with a total length of more than 20,000 kilometers.

The Great Wall begins in the east at Shanhaiguan in Hebei province and ends at Jiayuguan in Gansu province to the west. Its main body consists of walls, horse tracks, watch towers, and shelters on the wall, and includes fortresses and passes along the Wall. The Great Wall reflects collision and exchanges between agricultural civilizations and nomadic civilizations in ancient China.

It provides significant physical evidence of the far-sighted political strategic thinking and mighty military and national defense forces of central empires in ancient China, and is an outstanding example of the superb military architecture, technology and art of ancient China. It embodies unparalleled significance as the national symbol for safeguarding the security of the country and its people.

Top Paris Walks: ‘SoMa – South Marais’ (4K Video)

The fashionable Marais district in the 4th arrondissement, also known as SoMa (South Marais), is filled with hip boutiques, galleries, and gay bars. Once the city’s Jewish quarter, the area still hosts numerous kosher restaurants. The grassy Place des Vosges is home to elegant arcades and the Musée Victor Hugo, where the writer lived. Streets around Saint-Paul metro lead to the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.

Tropical Views: ‘Wailea Golf Estate – Maui’ (Video)

Panoramic and sweeping outer island ocean and sunset views are yours to enjoy from this meticulously maintained luxury residence with 4 bedroom en-suites & 4 ½ bathrooms in the Wailea Golf Estates gated community all serviced by 19 KW PV solar system.

Features include an owner’s single-level living area, separate “guest” casita, SAVANT technologically advanced web-based home control system, Lutron lighting, expansive Great Room which includes HD rear projection Home Theater with automatic blackout shades, dining area, private office also with ocean views, elegant and spacious master bedroom suite also with ocean views, his/her walk-in closets, large inside shower with soothing custom tub & outside shower, professional gourmet kitchen with 6-burner Wolf gas cook top, custom cabinets, granite counter-tops, triple sinks, 2-double dishwashers, double ovens, wine refrigerator, separate butler’s prep area & dumb-waiter.

Amenities also include 9′-11′ 6” wood inset ceilings, 9′ sliding glass disappearing pocket doors with automatic sun shades. The tropical pool and spa on the spacious lanai offer a seamless flow to best enjoy the luxurious Maui lifestyle. The lanai features extensive bar, ice maker, refrigerator and BBQ all on the same owner’s single-level living area. It is a joy to entertain in this home with the Lutron mood lighting!! One may proceed down the extra wide custom staircase to the fabulous climate controlled wine room then on to the two inviting guest en-suites with their very private lanais. Wailea Golf membership available. Spacious two car garage with extensive storage.

Views: ’10 Best Cities To Live In South America’ (Video)

South America is sometimes forgotten by residents of rest of the world, but savvy expats continue to flock to this region for a great variety of reasons. In addition to the cultural and scenic highlights, the entire area is quite cheap by international standards. Living in South America can be very inexpensive and housing can be surprisingly affordable as well. No matter if you are still working or retired, there are cities that you can really enjoy and see yourself living in for quite some time to come. We’ve got Ten cities that might suit remote workers and retirees looking for a new base in South America. They offer both affordability in global terms and a higher quality of life than you might find in some of the continent’s other major cities. So here are 10 best cities to live in South America.

City Walks In Germany: ‘Mönchengladbach’

Mönchengladbach is a city in west Germany near Düsseldorf and the Netherlands border. Its Schloss Rheydt is a centuries-old castle with a museum displaying Renaissance art. In the center, the Abteiberg Museum houses contemporary artworks and features a sculpture garden. North, Bunter Garten is a park with rhododendron and azalea bushes. To the south, Odenkirchen Zoo is home to European bison and ocelots. 

Africa Views: ‘A History Of Mozambique’ (Video)

Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs. 

Greatest Poetry: ‘Ithaka’ By C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933)

Constantine Peter Cavafy was an Egyptiot Greek poet, journalist and civil servant. His consciously individual style earned him a place among the most important figures not only in Greek poetry, but in Western poetry as well. Cavafy wrote 155 poems, while dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. 

Ithaka

BY C. P. CAVAFYTRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY

As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

Aerial Views: ‘The Cities & Landscapes Of Italy’ (4K)

Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.