Monthly Archives: August 2008

CWO II

CWO II After a week of heavy sailing, no sun and only wind above 6 Bft, and – most important – a team of six people truly gifted with the spirit of sailing, I am now officially capable of sailing the wide seas.

I am now able to conquer the winds and oceans, I have been a toy of the Gods in a small boat in a large pond of water, I have seen gales predestined to crush, but say no more, I have my pink sheet of paper…

But seriously, what did remain from this sailing trip across the Wadden Sea is the will to sail the Middle Sea. Sailing from island to island in unity with nature is a feeling I cannot describe. What I can say that it’ s just able to provide you with so much pleasure. From seeing an Island slowly diminishing when sailing away, good memories remaining, to discovering the contours of the next island, wondering where the small bay or harbour will be you will have to go to and the mystery of a new place… And all this with the wind blowing through your hairs and the sun all around.

Ancient Places: An introduction

One of the things I would like to post about are the Ancient Places around the Middle Sea.

These places are just the places were I would like to say something about. Maybe because they changed the course of history, or just didn’t, maybe something funny happened around there or found a beautiful picture of it, but most likely I would just love to sail there :-).

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If for instance the post would write about Tarsos, I would write some trivia, show some photos and would put some links to other sites were you could find more information about it. I guess I will always link to Wikipedia, because I have no intention to write anything usefull. If by accident a reader would feel a sudden urge to know everything about that place, his needs will be served easily.

Later on I hope to integrate these places with Google Maps / Earth in AncientCoasts.com with some kind of interactivity. The clear vision how exactly I could implement that, is just lacking me at this moment.

Ithaca

by Konstantinos Kavafis (1911)

As you set out for Ithaca
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.


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“The Middle Sea” by John Julius Norwich

The Middle Sea by John Julius NorwichCurrently reading the epos of John Julius Norwich about the history of the Mediterranean (over 700 pages). The first readings made me clear that this could be a very promising book for me. It starts ca. 1,500 BC with a short description of civilizations prior to the Greek (Mycenaean, Minoan). Then quickly jumps to the bloody wars of the Greeks with the Persians. Lot of historic information about the place I would love to sail (Corfu: 670 BC the first naval war as known to mankind).

This book makes me wonder if it would be possible to enter all these historic information in to a Google Earth-file and then include that in my ancientcoasts.com website. This map should then also include all the relevant information already available on the Internet…. Would make me some kind of publisher… Would that provide me with the money I need to buy a sail yacht?

Levkas

In a month or so I will be going to Levkas for a week of sailing. About 4 years ago I went there for the first time. It is just so amazing, feeling the history blend into your veins (I like exaggerating).

My idea is to start my trip next year there and from there going to Korfu, Italy, Sicily etc. I hope I don’t buy a boat accidentally. Then I will have to start my trip immediately….

Herewith some photo’s of 2004:

Adding Geotagged Picasa Albums

Wow, it al goes so fast. A year a go it was hacking the hardway to include a Google Earth map in your website which would show your photo’s in a picasa album (see blacksea.ressing.net for Version 2.0 and my 1.0 attempt in lc06.ressing.net).

Now with some plug-ins ( NextGen Gallery and XML Google Maps Coding) you just upload your pictures to a Picasa web-album or your WordPress webserver, add a link and it’s finished.

Where will we be in 5 4 3 2 years?

A quick example:

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And now the finetuning…