CULTURES

One of the more important aspects of traveling is to explore and be exposed to different peoples and their cultures.  

Bohemia's Crown Jewels

SEVEN KEYS REQUIRED TO UNLOCK THE TREASURY

Tucked away at Prague Castle, the famed Crown Jewels of Bohemia (St. Wenceslas Crown, Royal Sceptre, Royal Apple, and the Coronation Cloak and Belt) are only accessed by unlocking a heavy iron door with seven keys. The keys are held by the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Prague Archbishop, the Chairman of the House of Deputies, the Chairman of the Senate, the Dean of the Metropolitan Chapter of St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Lord Mayor of Prague.

The Jewels are usually displayed once every five years (specific dates decided by the sitting President of the Republic.

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Seven keys are required to unlock an iron door to a vault in Prague Castle's Saint Vitus Cathedral to showcase the items every 5 years.

Rome's Trevi Fountain Legend

TOSSING COINS FOR A RETURN TRIP TO ROME & MORE

When in Rome, do as the Romans do....well maybe as the tourist do. The most visited fountain in all of Rome is Trevi Fountain. This Baroque piece of art inspires many to toss a coin from their right hand over their left shoulder to ensure a return trip to Rome one day. If you are up to having an Italian love affair, repeat step one. If you want to marry the aforementioned Italian, repeat with an additional coin. 

The good news....Rome city government takes the daily coin fortune (about $3000 USD a day) and gives it to the poor. 

 

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Tossing coins into Trevi Fountain guarantees a return trip to Rome and subsequential coin tosses bring love.

Venice, Italy: Carnevale Angel

 

Il volo dell’Angelo

 

Each year, a different woman is selected to be the “angel”, who has the honor of dressing up in a lavish, beautiful costume, being strapped onto a harness, and then flying down across the Piazza San Marco over the heads of thousands of onlooking people.

Balls, concerts, and an overall party atmosphere are prevalent throughout the city. 

 

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Carnevale is a wild celebration full of masks, drinking, food, dancing, and much more.

The Spanish Lisp Myth

As the story goes there was once a king of Spain that was very loved and treasured by the people of Spain. The only problem was this king had a distinct lisp that forced him to speak with an accent to his Spanish. The Spanish people loved their king so much that they slowly began to talk with a lisp as well to make the king more comfortable as well as to show their appreciation of him. Most likely all untrue.

Actually, it is a throwback to the medieval Spanish pronunciation of the "th" from the Castilian region of Spain.... nothing more.

The Spanish Lisp continues to be an interesting myth and a fun legend :-)

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Spain is a very diverse place separated by very distinctive regionalities, histories, and cultures.

Flag Fest in Tuscany

In Medieval times in Italy, a guild’s banner or flag was never allowed to touch the ground as it was considered a symbol of purity.

The tradition of acrobatic and classical flag-throwing lives on with both boys and girls participating in this skillful sport.
 

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Colorful Tuscany

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