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Egypt offers an underwater gateway to Alexandria

Egypt revived the idea of ​​a giant underwater museum off the coast of Alexandria. o reveal the beauty of centuries ago mired palace of Cleopatra. The idea for the unusual archaeological museum has existed for years and has generated thousands of ancient treasure discovered in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern port of the famous city. A treasure trove found on the seabed in the last decade includes 26 Sphinx , several huge granite blocks weighing up to 50 tons , as well as alleged debris legendary lighthouse on the island . Pharos is considered one of the seven wonders of the world . According to scientists, around here are found the remains of the palace complex of the last ruler of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra , lost after a series of earthquakes in the IV-V century AD .

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In the near future the admirers of historical tourism will have the unique opportunity to glimpse these submerged treasures closely ,promise the Egyptian authorities . Under their ambitious plans, in early 2010 they should start building a giant underwater tunnel fiberglass and it should be completed in two and a half years. The project is made by the famous French architect Jacques Ruzhri who has an extensive experience with underwater structures and the support of UNESCO.

The appearance of the first ever archaeological museum below sea level to attract millions of tourists in the second largest city of Egypt , however, remains questionable because the necessary $ 140 million for its constructionOfficials hope the money will come from private companies and organizations , but some experts fear that the huge technical challenges associated with the construction of such an unusual structure can repel them . Among the main problems are ensuring visibility among frustratingly murky waters of the bay, and the creation of stable enough structure to resist the strong undercurrents .

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Healthy tomato

The tomato is good to eat not only  because it does not make you fat, but because it is relating to the antioxidant lycopene, the pigment that gives the red color. The tomato has earned the blade of food for long life, the elixir of youth and protector from degenerative diseases such as cancer and atherosclerosis.
The tomato is a  diuretic and refreshing food thanks to approximately 90 percent of water in it and because it is also  revitalizing for the wealth of mineral salts (especially potassium, phosphorus, iron, iodine), vitamins (A, C, E).

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Please note, however, that there are people who do not digest very well tomatoes or that are even allergic to them.

Tomatoes eaten in a  salad or centrifuged, satiate the senses and the stomach.If cooked they neutralize the fermentation of the starch.

Properties of goji berries

The goji berries are often cited as ” probably the result of more dense nutrients of the earth”

They have been used for millennia by the people of Asia , particularly in areas which are mostly inaccessible and in which  human life was and is still difficult , such as Tibet , Mongolia and in the more rural areas of China. The population of these regions have enjoyed for thousands of years the benefits of this berry , which are described in many books on Tibetan , Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as the berry of longevity , a definition that says a lot about the extraordinary properties of Goji berries .

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There are 41 varieties of goji berries , 40 of which  are Tibetan Goji . The Tibetan goji  grow in soil free of contamination and pollution due to the extreme isolation of the mountainous region, where as the Chinese goji berries unfortunately suffer from intense treatments of pesticides and DDT.

A Tibetan saying : “Eating goji berries in the morning makes you happy for the rest of the day .”

The goji berry has one of the largest percentages of Antioxidants (ORAC ) in the world, according to the table ORAC fruits and vegetables essential oils. The goji berries have 500 times the vitamin C than an orange and more iron than the spinach .

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The history of coffee…

We do not know exactly when the coffee was discovered for the first time , but archaeologists have found descriptions of the use of coffee as a medicine in the Arab world in writings dating back to 900 AD

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A legend attributes to the discovery of coffee to an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi (around 300 BC).
He observed that his flock was very active when the animals ate certain red berries ;
so decided to try them and discovered the energetic effect of the coffee berries . Gradually the  use of the coffee berries as food energy spread over the world and people learned that they could prepare a tasty drink by first boiling and then fermenting the berries .

From Ethiopia the use of coffee spread to neighboring areas , when the first coffee plantation was built in Yemen. The cultivation then spread to Arabia and Egypt, where coffee drinking (called ” Kahweh ” ) soon became a daily habit .

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The coffee became popular in Europe in the 17th century and its popularity grew very quickly. At the beginning of 1600 ” coffee houses ” began to rise a little everywhere, especially in Italy, France, Britain , Holland and Germany .
Earlier – in 1570 – the coffee was introduced to Europe by a Venetian doctor , Prospero Alpini . Venice was the first Italian city to enjoy the coffee and to have public spaces where it can be enjoyed. The oldest, the Cafe Florian,  continues to offer the precious drink  under the arcades of Piazza San Marco. In Italy , among the aristocrats , coffee soon became a precious gift to offer as a symbol of friendship or love. The coffee culture soon spread throughout the peninsula and also other cities had their ” coffee houses ” : the Greek Cafe in Rome , Caffè Pedrocchi in Padua , Caffè San Carlo in Turin.

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The first machine to make coffee at home was invented in Naples in 1691 by the famous Neapolitan coffee maker . People would use that tool metal , clean water , and 4-5 grams of finely roasted coffee to prepare three or four cups of coffee at once and drink it at home .It soon became a ritual in Italy to conclude the meal with a cup of aromatic coffee .
The coffee was freed early with a reputation of ” aristocratic drink ” and spread to all social classes. Then it became a daily habit to enjoy the pleasure of an invigorating drink . The Espresso was combined with other ingredients , and the most famous coffee-based beverages have Italian names : Espresso, Cappuccino, Macchiato . Over the years Italy has become the official ambassador of the philosophy of Espresso .

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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival in Rio is organized in the former capital of Brazil (1763-1960) – Rio de Janeiro. Situated between  mountains and sea it provides its visitors beautiful beaches, lovely scenery and unusual culture. Rio is the ideal place for such an event . Contributing to the mood of the town are the local people who live in the rhythm of their national music – choro , samba and bossa nova . Brazilians are very proud of the Carnival ; This year’s carnival is expected  to be visited by  700,000 foreigners.

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The Carnival in Rio is a real extravaganza of colors, movements and beautiful bodies all under the fiery rhythm of samba . The carnival is organized at the end of February or early March each year. The very first event was held in 1830. Rio pulsates to the rhythm of Carnival 4 days and 4 nights.It always starts on Saturday – exactly 40 days before Easter , and its end is the last day before Lent. Its appearance  is still preserved since its establishment, which includes a variety of events – from street parties, parades and circuses to masquerades , various theme parties and dances .

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During the Carnival themain boulevard Sambadrom – or also called Boulevard of samba is filled with thousands of dancers. The biggest event during the Carnival parade is the 13 samba schools in the city,which are dancing to the crazy rhythms on different platforms and structures for 2 nights. Each school has its own scene and theme of dance and creates its own original storyline , which contains a brief history . Each dance troupe openes the show with 10 to 15 people , which aims to promote the school and set up the audience for their upcoming choreography. Later in the performance each school involves some 5,000 dancers , and each has its own role and everything is exercised many times, so that it looks perfect . Usually the stands has about 100 000 people , although there are only seats for 60,000 . Sets and costumes of the schools this year reached a record 28 million dollars worth , as to win the Carnival in Rio is a great prestige.

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During the carnival in Rio a lot of  different music bands play and sing as many Brazilians dance and have fun. So that at any time when you want to join the fun , just join in with a dance step .

King of the Carnival or the so-called Momo , has always been happy and elected local fat uncle, as was required to be at least 100 kg, but for the sake of the global fight against unhealthy eating , Momo this year will be healthy , lean and muscular.

The combination of a parade , street carnival and crazy music makes Carnival in Rio the greatest show and the craziest party in the world. Combine all this beauty with the irresistible beaches in Brazil and it just becames an explosive combination that you should visit .

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Legend of Baba Marta

Baba Marta is a mythical character from the Bulgarian folklore. According to the folk tradition the name is associated with March. Except March, January and February also have a special place in Bulgarian mythological ideas. January and February are presented as brothers with a spicy character – Large beetle-Small beetle, January and February . Baba Marta is considered their sister ‘s mood – sometimes smiling and benevolent , sometimes unpredictably evil.The Nature of Baba Marta is consistent with the changing weather in March.

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Old are the sources describing how the Bulgarians have been decorated with red and white threads for health, strength and longevity. Most likely, the holiday is inherently Bulgarian originating from 580 – 630th AD. From Asia ( the continent on which initially Bulgarians live ) the tradition is transferred to Europe with the migration of a large group of Bulgarians led by Khan Asparuh. The tradition is observed today in the territories that were once Bulgarian – part of Romania, Macedonia, part of Greece, Serbia, and also in some of today’s Russia .

Each year, before the beginning of March, Bulgarians give ‘martenitsi’ made ​​of red and white threads , traditionally of wool . This makes for health and happiness. On March 1st Bulgarians put martenitsi clothes or wrists and wish health and happiness with the words “Happy Baba Marta .” The holiday symbolizes the end of winter and the coming of spring.

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10 reasons to drink warm water and lemon

 Try to always start the day with a cup of warm water and lemon.

The juice of the lemon  has a main property in giving our own body an  contrary action, that is alkalizing . These acids give the body a basic reaction. During the metabolization citric,the acid oxidizes and the  derived salts  give rise to carbonates and bicarbonates of calcium and potassium which contributes to the alkalinity of the blood.

These benefits of starting your day with a lemon :

1 . Strengthens the immune system : Lemons are rich in vitamin C and potassium , which stimulates the brain and nerve functions . Potassium also helps control blood pressure .

2 . Balances the PH : Drinking lemon water every day reduces the total acidity of your body. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods . Yes, the lemon has citric acid, but does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.

3 . It helps with weight loss : Lemons are high in fiber pectin , which helps to fight hunger. It has also been shown that people who have a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.

4 . Helps digestion : encourages the liver to produce bile, which is an acid that is required for digestion. The digestion is efficient and reduces heartburn and constipation.

5 . It is a diuretic : Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body , which helps to purify . The toxins are therefore released more quickly which helps to maintain urinary tract.

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6 . Cleans the skin : The vitamin C component helps to decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water flushes out toxins from the blood and helps to keep your skin clear . In fact , it can be applied directly to scars to reduce their appearance .

7 . Freshens breath : Not only that, but it can help relieve the pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel,so be careful not to overdose. We therefore recommend you to rinse thoroughly with water after drinking or brushing teeth.

8 . Relieves respiratory problems : Warm lemon water helps to get rid of chest infections and stop the annoying cough .

9 . It helps against dehydration : A cup of water and lemon juice in the morning prevents dehydration and the so-called chronic fatigue or adrenal fatigue . When the body is dehydrated , or profoundly dehydrated ( adrenal fatigue ) it can not carry out all its functions properly, and this leads to accumulation of toxins, stress , constipation, and a host of other ailments.

10 . Help to remove coffee : After taking a glass of warm lemon water , most of the people suggest that they have no desire for coffee in the morning .

The water should be warm , because the cold water creates a shock to our intestine , and the dose of lemon ranges from 1/4 to 1/2 a day. It’s always good to start with less so that you get used to it.

Himalayan pink salt

Himalayan pink salt is a natural rock salt which is unprocessed and unrefined and  is extracted at the foot of the Himalayas. And is considered the most valuable one of all salts . Its unique pink color is derived by the high concentration of minerals and trace elements such as iron and copper.  Properties and benefits of this salt rosaProprio have a particular origin , the pink salt has acquired some beneficial properties that differentiate it from the common salt . The normal table salt, in fact , reflects the current pollution of the seas. The Himalayan salt , however, is the purest salt because it is simply removed and washed without being subjected to any refining treatment . It is the only one that contains the right proportions of the minerals and the trace elements we need . Thanks to these features , the pink salt has some special healing properties . It is an excellent disinfectant and  therefore is ideal for idrosaline preparations for use in the prevention and treatment of disorders such as frequent colds, dermatitis , conjunctivitis . The pink salt is a good source of antioxidants as it is easily digestible and has a low sodium content which protects the skin and helps preserve the health of the intestinal mucosa by improving the functions of the intestinal microflora . This precious salt can be used for skin care as well. Its grains rubbed directly on the skin exert a profound action of peeling which eliminates dead cells . Dissolved in the water bath , it helps to firm and tone and improves circulation which helps to fight cellulite.  The pink salt is preferred  also common for the culinary properties . It has a more delicate flavor and is suitable to accompany and enhance the flavor of foods. Try it on meat and fish and especially in fresh water. Add it to the end of cooking soups, on green salads or on mixed and boiled vegetables . The pink salt is perfect on salmon trout in foil or on a tasty cut of beef . To conclude, pink salt is not only healthy but versatile.

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The Vegetable Pepper is useful for staying healthy

The pepper is a vegetable that is very tasty and is also the right choice for staying healthy. Probably, many people will not be happy because this vegetable has a big drawback : it tends to be a little  stodgy .On the other extreme, it has many positive properties . It contains very few calories (23 per 100 grams) because it consist a large amount of water ( more than 90% ),thus,becoming  a valuable ally for the legs and it also promotes circulation . Moreover, its quality differs depending on the color.

Among the various characteristics , it has a high content of provitamin A ( firming) and especially vitamin C (antioxidant and also in this case firming) . If you have capillary fragility it might give you a hand, especially in the summer .

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But let’s get to the colors of this vegetable . The green ones are perfect to eat in salads , and are very purifying , the red one , however, should be eaten raw or grilled . It’s perfect if you’re on a diet, because it has the characteristic to satisfy you fully. Finally, there is the antioxidant, the yellow one , perfect for sauces and for a combination with tomato sauce.

Olive oil is as good as breast milk

The extra virgin olive oil is as healthy as breast milk .It Contains fats such as PCBs, which give our  health a lot of benefits . The condiment is mostly loved by Italians . The experts have indicated that it is suitable to combat diabetes and to protect the liver , as well as being able to increase the sense of satiety .

You can not tell by appearance , but olive oil and breast milk containsnutrients alike.

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Why is olive oil so important ? Extra virgin olive oil contains amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 fat , which makes it more similar to breast milk . Both compounds are present in the symbol of the Mediterranean diet which , in the opinion of the experts , would be acceptable even to people who probably have never tasted it before, like the Inuit .
The olive oil keeps its content of essential fatty acids only if it is properly prepared in the mill . In the opinion of the experts , the daily intake of high-quality oil is particularly beneficial for both the intake of omega 3 and omega 6.Oleuropein is a substance that lowers blood pressure and makes the arteries more elastic as well as reducing the process ateriosclerotico .
The oleuropein gives the oil its characteristic of bitter aftertaste. Then there is another component that is  important. It is dell’oleocantale , hence the spicy taste . This substance has an anti-inflammatory power and reproduces in a natural way the effects of ibuprofen , the active ingredient which is widely used in the production of pain medication.

National Park Plitvice, Croatia

Plitvice lakes (Plitvice Lakes) or known as Plitvice Lakes are a unique landmark on the territory of Croatia . This huge water beauty is preserved in the National Park ” Plitvice ” that is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage in 1979.

Within the park’s biggest attractions are the 16 lakes , each on a different level. Between this leveling is built natural system of incredibly beautiful cascading waterfalls , the highest of which is 76 meters . Around the park grows dense and picturesque woodland , which gives the protected area finished .

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Plitvice National Park with its crystal clear lakes located in eastern Lika , between the mountains of Mala Kapela and Pleshivitsa , close to the road that connects Zagreb to Dalmatia. The highest point of the Plitvice Lakes is the peak of Mala Kapela , which reaches 1280 m altitude. According to the Croatian area-based measurements Park Plitvice Lakes is about 29,482 ha , of which 22,000 are allocated to forest areas . The total area of ​​the lakes is 217 hectares . Three quarters accounted for the two largest lakes – Kozyak and Proshchansko lake.

Plitvice with a pure heart can be called a natural phenomenon. The area in which are located Plitvice Lakes , was declared a national park on April 8, 1949 . Plitvice name was given back in 1777 by the priest Dominic Vukasovich man of God from Otochats . By 1958 the area of Plitvice lakes is inaccessible by the beautiful waters could be reached only by small forest paths .

The then governor of the park – Josip Movchan , began to realize the idea to build a system of wooden bridges to be in the convenience of visitors. So park curator lays the foundation of the tourist development area of ​​the park Plitvice .

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Plitvice Lakes are divided into upper and lower . The highest of these is Proshchanskoto Lake, which is located 639 meters above sea level. The lowest one is Lake Novakovic Brod, which is located 503 meters above sea level. The upper lakes are located on dolomitic base where surface erosion creates highly indented relief and forms a common river valley .

The lower lakes are characterized in that they are smaller and shallower . They are located on limestone and are located in the canyon of cliffs carved by the river over time , even when the Plitvice lakes were not formed. All Plitvice lakes are surrounded by dense forests . The area of the waterfalls is no exception to this rule.

In essence Plitvice lakes are karst springs, which are fed by groundwater from karst background. It is only partially within the park . The main reservoir of water content of the Plitvice lakes comes from streams Crna and Bijela Rijeka (Crna i Bijela rijeka) and Plitvice (Plitvica) with Sartuka (Sartuka). They flow into the lakes of karst springs and Riechitsa (Riječica) – in Kozyak and hence into the lake of oozed dolomite springs.

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Which is the lowest point on earth?

The lowest point on land is the Dead Sea . The Dead Sea is a large salt lake , on the border between Israel and Jordan, and the basin is located at the lowest point on Earth. It is a terminal lake , meaning that it has no emissaries , and is fed by the waters of the Jordan. The degree of salinity is much higher than that of the oceans, which prevents almost all forms of life . There are in fact only microorganisms , algae and one species of shrimp , but there are also rich mineral reserves . In historical documents, the Dead Sea is indicated by various names : Sea Salt , Sea and Sea of Destiny Aggressive . The Dead Sea in Palestine , on the border between the state of Israel and Jordan , is the lowest point in the world , being approximately 395 meters below the sea level.

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The Dead Sea is a sea no outlet , which is a terminal lake which for thousands of years has received the waters of the Jordan River and other smaller rivers , such as the river Arnon.

The trip from Amman to the Dead Sea is 55 km. On the road a stone reads: ” Sea Level “, but the Dead Sea itself can only be achieved after a further descent of 400 m below this signal. The sea has a high concentration of salts and minerals. This concentration is due to two basic reasons:

–  For thousands of years, the water which is rich in salts , has been removing soils  from the rocks of the Jordan River and other rivers have been channeled in the basin;

–  The Dead Sea , lying nearly 400 feet below sea level rise , has no emissaries and all the water is coming progressively. In addition, losses due to the strong evaporation because of the hot, arid climate and low rainfall, have favored the concentration over time of a huge amount and characteristic of salts.

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