Tales of the Chaldeans I walked into Babylon through the Ishtar Gate in the Berlin museum. Soaring Code of Hammurabi greeted me in Parisian Muses building. I felt like Herodotus - in the vestibule of the Chaldean temples and massive ziggurat. Minuteness and amusing, colorful narration of the author of The Histories require to ask a question: what's he paying for transportation while traveling around that world? His noble birth and probable wealth or a promise to perpetuate (someone) in future work, was it enough?... ... In India I paid pennies for the bus from Agra to Mathura; waiting for the course I filmed golden, winged symbol on the wall and inscription (in the original version): "Parsi Zoraestrian Religeous Institute". I felt almost like Herodotus - in the vestibule of the Chaldean temples and massive ziggurat. Today, modern authors of The Histories travel by air and, like Herodotus, talk about conflicts and everyday life. They lack, however, this amusing and colorful narration, which is acquired after passing through the Ishtar Gate. MMXIII

.Mercado Africano An avenue of sphinxes welcomed me at Karnak … royal statues frozen in decorations of Egyptian province (earlier in the bulrushes on the Nile a large lizard thorax disappeared).. finally . Akhenaten of the British Museum. the old rhythm of drums. … in London I froze at the glass with admiration for the primal sincerity. the second .brighter .a rural sensibility: theatre of rituals. Both remind me of the long face of Egyptian pharaoh-gulliver. The first .is the image of Creole. message from the New Kingdom! Good collection of African art I watched with discoverer's curiosity in the British Museum (earlier at the Smithsonian Institiution I passed by the African gallery with a good-natured indifference).shows the inhabitant of the continent.ebon . ancient action movie. and then . a small mosque suspended in the air on top of the unearthed ancient walls. the power of raw expression and . further: the famous single obelisk on guard at the entrance to the temple. Ilha do Sal MMXIII .. finally. at the top theatre of reliefs. which we visited with my wife. I bought from African merchants two longitudinal masks. songs of tribal communities … In the Mercado Municipal in Cabo Verde.the stems from massive colonnade speckled at the bottom by the first graffiti-lilliputians and..

the Eastern wealth.. security and freedom.. The area of barbaric empire stopped the march of the young. We know it also in other versions from later history. brilliant conqueror. In the port of Mandraki in Rhodes I watched the ships to which a powerful statue by Chares of Lindos was once pointing the way.his troops lost their momentum. to punish the self-proclaimed Bessus? Or was it to secure the rear before the expedition to India? … Either way . MMXIII . needed during the Indian campaign. Macedonians carried the east Hellenistic values.Mandraki Port Why Alexander went with his army towards Bactria? Was it only: the capture of Darius. Alexander became a colossus by defeating the Persian giant … . Statue of Helios is a metaphor of power. energy. and later the sun god statues were given willingly features of Alexander.

functional equipment. Vienna MMXII . From the perspective of this hotel Vienna seems to be familiar city. modernist design.At the Junction of Tram Routes and Queue Hotel cleverly converted from office building of Austrian railways. You'll feel as if you have lived there for years for example studied at university or something. Simple. Very good location near the Belvedere Palace at the junction of tram routes and queue. but classy. Economical.

addicted to tobacco.in other words . in ancient times. and heroes cleaned up the world of chaos. Lycians. participated in the defense of Troy. and I felt like a hero when I sped comfortable Hyundai through Lycia and Pamphylia. It's like another version of the coliseum and still dominates the agricultural. superhuman deeds. Homer says. However. who appears almost as a progenitor of Rome's warriors. Hyundai The Chimera gaping fire on the coast of ancient Lycia .Pegasus. … Greek and Latin writings tamed chimeric mutations in the region. Bucephalus. coming out of the rock crevices a place where every modern. Also. Luwian picture writing . Today. and their hero.. neutralized by Bellerophon with the participation of Pegasus.. you can admire the momentum of this building. burning methane. . this mutant. is mechanically associated with Minoan hieroglyphics . and before that the city . MMXIII ... ignited the imagination of listeners and inspired to brave. Sarpedon. Sitting in the audience of the Roman amphitheater in Aspendos... The same thing is with Alexander.the proto-language of Lycians. could have family ties with Minoans. according to one version. Turkish province.The testimony of Roman prosperity in Pamphylia.trophy on the route of victorious march of Macedonians. Turkish tourist freely fires a favorite cigarette.

I quickly grabbed a bronze tan.. Maybe. its line . squid.. while others remove brown ink out of squids in Celadon water.. Fish. rabbit. Black fishermen threw on the pier the result of morning catch: local species. the wind will bear each flapping sail.exotic.. time is measured by steady waves on sandy beaches. ~~~ Under the sun. moray eels and mighty marlins Creole restaurateurs negotiate prices above the heads of men scraping fishes. the sun . papaya and bananas.. The wave has a lot of energy and it will swing each swimmer eager for fun. Here is blowing hard. if good-natured wave spills on the south beach. Young sharks' fins circling in shallow waters in the north.Ilha do Sal Sal Island is like Sahara's colony among the dark blue depths of the ocean . lamb. Creole cuisine .. sand – gold. mackerels.directly over your head and the salty ocean breeze tan anyone who does not apply creams with the appropriate filter. octopus. the skin went down from my shoulder in the shape of the island of Sal. Depth is clear.not once will create on the sand my contented profile … Cabo Verde MMXIII ... cephalopods. desert Terra Boa with single cones of volcanic peaks and slalom with four-wheel drive … . tasty coffee and views of the south bay .

where local "wild" donkeys kindly expect gratuities from drivers for posing for pictures. Cyprus MMXII . After a busy Kyrenia (place like from the novel by A. ride for relaxation eastward along the coast in the mountains to the south there is a raw and peaceful atmosphere. Ladies should buy their clothes in Nicosia.. Residents are polite and welcoming (at least for Poles). For a reasonable price you get two rooms and two terraces. There are no problems with paying by cards. which is right next to your hotel.preferably from the ramparts. You can rent a car and go to a scenic and raw Karpaz peninsula... several swimming pools. Mandatory see impressive. A place for people who do not require luxury. Dumas). You can bring from there some products from small shops Karpaz peninsula honey. Walnuts and Ginger Calmness of agricultural province with 26-30 degrees Celsius in autumn.more than three stars. transparent sea to diving or snorkeling and sun. ancient city of Salamis. but appreciate a quiet and lazy atmosphere. walnuts in marinade or tea with ginger you'll prolong your memories during the winter. as well as Famagusta town ..Honey. Kitchen . if you'll find a parking place.

.as though they're casting the faces of models to (after beautifying touches) put them on a round vessels. but also allegories of fears or pantagruelistic eroticism . Yes. Rolland). I will mention. precision. MMXIII . their ceramics. This production of folk craft captivates with naturalism. A dozen centuries ago . because I believe that this is a problem of toxic and frantic. wit..they still amuse. In some cases . it is the culture of bawdy carved folk saints.probably .Mochica Tableaux I will not elaborate about the rites of the Indians of the Moche people. making life pleasant. The same is today . I do not know what they were drinking from them.they captured the attention of passers-by standing on the fairground stalls . however.. frighten and entertain in the name of folk hedonism. but some tableaux from the bottles connote the atmosphere from funny book Colas Breugnon the opuscule praising the wonders of life (by R.. Usability.

where the Lydian ancestors of the Etruscans according to Herodotus went to sea. I also know the way to Smyrna. joyful melange of styles: Minoan. the myth of Aeneas... and I didn't know that just across the Tiber Cerveteri is hiding a surprising picture of Etruscan life. provincial bus passengers lurk at it. The road of the Tyrrhenians wound in a picturesque zigzag among the ancient lands . where international treaties have been concluded) and La Spezia. with roundabouts. Their paintings reflect a vision of paradise found again. I know the road leading from there to Rome. I came hitchhiking to the stone pine avenues of Castel Fusano and the ruins of Ostia.. Egyptian.as for me.. Greek and Phoenician are the apotheosis of the golden age. MMXIII . Etruscan idyll the amplification of the Mediterranean painting from Crete . Today.Road to Etruria I drove to Etruria from Rapallo (nice place. Frescoes from their tombs . and it's teeming with industrial shops. at which prostitutes lurked.

The monk shows me interior of jaina world.. hoping for elephant's reincarnation. The world of miniature painting and sculpture. It slides down. Sikhs' shrine welcomes us with musical trance. in compliance with gravitation. I buy pepsi and pay for the rally. Transports me in rickshaw by lanes of Chandni Chowk. On protuberances we glide up the human stream. clients. with the flow. … I glide upstairs to the storey of bird hospital. when I analyse women's of fashion eyes... tourists. pushes his way amongst porters. clients. I cross barefoot the stream . we gather momentum. pushes his way amongst porters. I slide down stairs (in compliance with gravitation) after analysis of mosque block. Without collision we glide under electric wires lianas..पेपसी का सवाद Transports me by alleys and lanes of Old Delhi. Alongside a dead rat in a pose of sunbather. . my sight strokes silky saris in miniature shops.sacrum borderline. dries his teeth. Transports me by alleys and lanes of Old Delhi. Then. tourists. Enlightened by temple's gold I stand over the jeweller's showcase with silver.

Hippocrates and Cleobulus . on the south and sunny hillside overlooking the ancient bay.in the Doric Ialysos. My favourite city.. you can meditate on the achievements of Pythagoras. shady forest with wild boars . And after returning to the seaside hotel . A similar landscape we see in Kos. Bias. MMXIII . … Reclining under the umbrella.. Priene (lofty. was located. This view is replicated also in the Minoan Knossos.from stony beach on the Dilek Peninsula you can see Samos... Ionic Machu Picchu). On the opposite side of the Mycale mountain . Today we have there a green valley of Maeander. in turn. Immaculate water with underwater life.once again – widely open the window. You can see it in Rhodes . as we look toward the sea from Asklepieion (a type of ancient sanatorium).Balcony Overlooking Samos The Greeks often located their poleis away from the shoreline. coming from the sea. still had to climb the hill. The invaders.

will of the people generated the flair of aristocrats. through which runs a Roman aqueduct. and games followed the debate. my first encounter with Rome during the student times was disappointing. centurion helmet protected the democratic sobriety of mind. But that Rome ruled Egypt. I eat fruits from hot provinces of our empire. and leisurely forge a chisel the modern "exegi monumentum" charming spell from student years. When I participate in public life through my home screen. the purpose over the measures. Those. olive from agricultural field. applaud ancient heroes at the opera and the noise of debates and sports sounds in their coliseums. pragmatism prevailed over the momentum. and wasn't breathtaking as the Egyptian pyramids. . Code of laws immortalized on the wall in the hot ruins of the capital of Cyrenaica. still pondering how to bypass law. relaxing in the spa. democratic public facilities in Salamis in Cyprus … However. next I have wine rack and. *** Columns of Rome resisted tribes of despotism.SPQR Roman aqueduct running like a string of ants through agricultural fields and the Turkish people trading in vegetables in the shadow of the arcades. in the closet. Forum Romanum was like a forest after passing tornado. Haughty. and are the pillars of democratic order for people doing business in the shadow of the arcades. Tunisian coliseum besieged by miniature Arab town.

ceramics moving feast lasts. Driving on it was comparable to navigate the cobblestones. On the frescoes.At the Court of the Cretan King The road at Knossos does not differ specifically from the Roman and Greek routes. I felt so when swimming beneath the swinging surface of water and on the road at Knossos. Seaside palace in Malia also seems to be a cozy haven for little people. Cretan paintings evoke solemn respect. however. octopuses squirming beneath the swinging surface of water ... Knossos is not large and resembles a cozy recreation complex for the enlightened ruler. You will not sense a despotism in this art. Squat pitos near the agora commands respect. MMXIII . Happy prince among the lilies. dolphins and fishes. flexible images of antelopes. although it is much older. the procession of aesthetics and colour.. innovative and dynamic motion shots of monkeys. this is the scenography of the world of free people. three ladies of the court. used a powerful vessels. The movement . who. fashionably styled.. Minoan ships glide on the waves at walking pace.

and its cool. Then.Amazing Jug from Phaistos Ancient beaked jug from Phaistos looks like an example of modernist pottery. princes and heroes in the mediterranean world. I had the impression that the couple sat there yesterday. this united wanderers. Known Minoan Toreador Fresco in Heraklion connects in my imagination with Etruscan vision of life from the Louvre. regional tyrant-philosopher which pervades Rhodes nooks .a good-natured. marble stairs. The realistic figures of Greek gods and heroes in an intimate museum in Kos and functional.. drinking from a jug under fresco . the night sky. The foundations of the Pergamon altar around which . Starry vault of the tomb in the Valley of the Kings was in harmony. Let's drink to such tyranny! MMXIII c. stone toilet with mosaic floor from the Phoenician Kerkouane in the North African provinces. Spirit of Cleobulus . where the modern tourists in Berlin sit now .... they used the antique baths and enjoyed the benefits of philosophy. as a familiar chord. Oh. *** Hm. 1800 BCE ..centuries before me the ancient pilgrims wandered.at reclining feast or sitting under the well-known. Standing behind an Egyptian prince and his wife in the Cairo museum of antiquities. and 20-century designer would be proud of the design placed on it.. with today's sky.

Many of these visions bend. sometimes even in the aesthetics of comics.have often something from the spirit of Japanese artistic narration. inventively. colourful.in other words: reliefs.with overweight.Yucatan Mayan art is suffused with narcotics and jungle. although they are more hermetic... ceramics. curved nose and half-open mouth with fleshy lips it's a sign of class and prestige. . ritual. a large. Perpetuation of rulers' acts. It's a tough world of warriors. scribes. dignitaries often presented realistically .. This what we know . drawings in codices etc. ramble and creep like vegetation in the equatorial forest unrealistically. the world of audiences. abstractly … MMXIII . The figures of warriors. flexible craft.. soft in expression. ecclesial ceremonies. hermetic vision. with hierarchy..The transition of an ancestor or deity by the jaws of the feathered serpent to the real world is obviously narcotic. convinces me that we are dealing mainly with the art of courtly. Courtly scenes – for me . tributes and extortions infused with aromas of chocolate and cocoa … This elongated shape of the skull. events of mythology .. paintings on the walls.

Bruges MMXI . Nice base for visitors to Brussels and Bruges (convenient rail link) A little further a romantic park suffused with an atmosphere from Magritte's canvases. the International Press Centre and the Metro.Atmosphere from Canvas The hotel is located in the immediate vicinity of the European Commission.

reading in school years the preface to the adventures of the famous Czech soldier.. near the highway. Today. Didyma.. wanderers. MMXIII .. But knowledge about this place remained due to this craftsman. .Goddess of the Highway I learned about the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. hungry for fame. The author praised there folk wisdom of his hero and criticized. artfulness of ancient shoemaker. Prided itself on its momentum. who made the shrine of the goddess famous.. each time. Alexander rebuilt the temple. one column remained from the temple. hungry for confirmation of ancient wisdom. After the deed of the narcissus. like almost all the historic buildings in Ionia . rebuilds in the imagination the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. who contributed to the fact that I visited Ephesus. Miletus and Pergamon still attract (its timeless dynamics). placed slenderly against the background of undulating meadows. Each of them. Priene. architectural cleverness and folk craft. at the same time.

~~~ . and a slave is working hard at the krater with wine .... greet newcomers...Krater and Kylix My wife. MMXIII . From the north you drive to Catania. I came to the surface in the vicinity of craters of Mount Etna and the Aeolian Islands. Sicilian. a manager in the wine industry. Farther north.. a kind of krater with water for the city . We both know Italy and more than once we were there . lasts picturesque Greek symposium.. appreciates Italian wine. tanned jumper gives a carefree dive into the sea on the Etruscan fresco .. Greek theater. Participants are demanding filling kylixes. in the north. Meanwhile.. And my wife appreciates Italian wine. provincial road along the coast winds through citrus groves.. During the family symposiums she drinks a kylix or two . ~~~ I like amateur diving.. Magna Graecia.. and further you're off the highway to Syracuse.. During the family symposiums she drinks a kylix or two ... across the Tiber.. the Roman "stadium" and acoustic cave called the Ear of Dionysius – in ancient times. the event is graced by spectacularly executed jump into water. on the walls of the so-called Tomb of the Diver. in Paestum.

) of Time Rhodes is not a large island. swinging.. Turquoise .They're living over time. but its raw beauty has ancient roots. in the further future. I swim away to the past... my imitator.. Generations of cats. My old watch with broken strap Landed. Where are their bones? Their former miaows? . Fishes peck it at night pushing into the dark. It has a Pall Mall logo . Try to find it... on the sea bed. Swimming in the antiquities.a sign of my ancient smile. Sitting in the Greek stadium.my scenery . I dive into the sea of time. .organizes my background under influence of sun.

says among other things that Tanit successfully tried to occupy the minds of the sailors something else. Grim news about dark ritual. where the locals . not until the end. Therefore it's easy to imagine ancient ships.Polvo à Lagareiro Carthaginian port in the shape of a circle – an ancient marvel of maritime architecture today is in fact a large pond where local anglers soak sticks. Carthaginians built with a flourish their city-state.in their opinion paid gods for the opportunity to fish and trade. Although .. cleverly hidden inside from the eyes of agents of Mediterranean competition. I thought about their travels when walking around circular Punic port and today .above the platter with delicious octopus in garlic from Portuguese restaurant. find acceptance of archaeologists . however. and the broad...a primal and raw collection of stone stelae and the circular port . with great care designed the waterfront. MMXIII . But it is. in a tangle of contemporary alleys is located kind of Phoenician necropolis. the old port. pleasant view of turquoise Tunis Bay confirmed their belief that prevail over the situation.an ambitious work of ancient engineering. *** The contrast between the Carthaginian Tophet .. Just behind second. consisting among other things of two ports.

Wojciech Płocharski. European author who publishes in English in India, also journalist (foreign correspondent), traveler, composer and lyricist.

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