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Italy 2007-08

The Sulphurous Springs Challenge ’08

[Sulfur is a mineral naturally occurring near hot springs and volcanic craters. The “rotten egg” smell of sulfur mineral baths is caused by sulfur dioxide gas escaping into the air. Sulfur has been used medicinally since ancient times, and it is contained in every cell in your body. It is a component of three different amino acids (the building blocks that make up protein). Approximately 0.25% of your total body weight is sulfur. It is most concentrated in keratin, which gives you strong hair, nails, and skin. It is known as “nature’s beauty mineral” because your body needs it to manufacture collagen, which keeps your skin elastic and youthful. Sulfur is used primarily to ease the red, itchy rashes of conditions such as eczema and diaper rash. It also helps to protect your body against toxins in the environment. In addition, people with arthritis may find pain relief from taking a soothing bath in hot sulfur springs.]

Having read this, Wolf and myself hit the road and faced the challenge to find the “Sulphurous Waterfalls of Saturnia”, which are basicly a part of the curative thermals baths of Saturnia. Saturnia is noted all over the world for its thermal baths, which curatives waters gush out of the volcanic rock face at a temperature of 98.6 F degrees, during the whole year. The sulphurous springs come out from a volcanic crater at a rate of almost 800 litres per second. The waters go down along a natural extensive watercourse, shaping impressing waterfalls immersed in a bush nature, developing in a succession of pools dug in the volcanic rock by the age-old erosion.

Italy’s “Little Tibet”

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Here are some images to our trip to the “Gran Sasso d’Italia” which is a mountain located in the Abruzzo region of central Italy . The Gran Sasso is 132 km far awy from Rome. We went up to the plateau of Campo Imperatore (2000 m) and had lunch at a hotel midway on the top of Campo Imperatore. A hotel where the Italian fascist Benito Mussolini was imprisoned from August until September 1943 until he escaped in a Nazi commando operation.

Well, the food was good and the view even better. Later on we went next to L’Aquila the captial of the Abruzzo region.

Mama Weekend

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Another nice weekend we had was with Lisa’s mum, who came to Rome to celebrate her birthday and spend some time with her grandchild and for sure to see us. To see something new around Rome we went by car up to Santa Severa, which is a beautiful place with a nice little castle on the seaside.

Poker above Trastevere

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This is definitely the most unusual place to play Poker in Rome. Simon, a friend of us, who lives also in Trastevere, invited some friends to play poker by night. Not enough that he owns an amazing roof terrace, he managed to bring a real poker table up to play poker under the night sky of Rome and with view on St. Peter’s Basilica.

Escape

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To escape from the bad weather we had last weekend, we went into the catacombs close to Rome.

Enjoy looking at the pictures …

Summer in Rome

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Here are some images from one of our latest weekend in Rome. To get prepared for the summer we cleaned up our terrace and put Lola in her new swing and in the hammock, which she really enjoyed.

Enjoy looking at the pictures …