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The sunken city of Olous

The sunken city of Olous

The sunken city of Olous
This city, despite the fact that he, in fact, invisible is one of the most important places in Crete. Olos especially flourished, according to different sources, in the Minoan period (3000-900 BC). Ruins of the ancient city still can be seen at the bottom of the channel of Poros. Here were found numerous artifacts, including the writings of the 3rd century BC, from which it is possible to conclude that close ties between Alucam, LATO, and Knossos.
In 1937, French archaeologist van Effenterre found above the arch of the early Christian Basilica Olusa piece of plate, on which the inscription talked about the dissolution of the Union between Alucam and Rhodes. And in 1960 Professor A. Orlandos discovered the missing piece of plate, which can be seen today in the Museum of Agios Nikolaos. The inscription was made in the Doric dialect. If you believe the inscriptions, then the cause of the break became humiliating for residents Alusa the conditions under which they had to pay too high a tribute to Rhodes. A similar Union of Rhodes was connected with Ierapetra, trying to get control over the whole Eastern part of Crete. After Crete was conquered by the Dorians, Olos is inhabited by about 30 thousand people. They get fresh water from sources that exist here today. Residents Olusa honored Zeus, Mars (Ares) and the Artemis Vritomartis. The ancient writer Pausanias reports that in his time, in the 2nd century BC, Olous was one of those cities where there was a revered statue of Vritomartis, erected by the mythical Daedalus, the father of Cretan art. In Oluse were self-government and its own currency, and the city was a major center of export to Ionian and Eastern ports. It is not known when and by whom the city was destroyed; but most likely, it happened in the most disastrous times for the whole of Crete. Different researchers agree that Olos existed when Greeks, Romans and in the first Byzantine period (824 BC). The second Byzantine period was devastating for almost all the Greek cities; in the period 901, 821 in the internal problems of the Byzantine administration and the opposition rebels, headed by St. Thomas, the Emperor Michael, the Saracens were given the opportunity to invade Sicily and Crete. Olos has not escaped their raids, because it was close to the sea and, therefore, represented an attractive target for Arab destroyers.
The sunken city of Olous
During the Venetian occupation (1210-1240 years) there appeared a canal and began work on the salt production. At the same time was built the first fortress of Spinalonga. By that time, from the ancient city Olusa not have any trace. Many would agree that to increase the tourist appeal of this place with such great historical and cultural significance, you could do much more. To see Olos need to start another to find, and it’s not so easy. You will not find anywhere else are no signs, markers, or even tourist brochures that advertised this place. And in any case to go to Olusu makes sense only in perfect calm: only then you will be able to see through the water. And very, very unlikely that it will be the same Minoan mosaic, enthusiastic mention of which are found in online sources. In the best and most likely case — just the remnants of walls. Of course, you can try to dive with a mask, but in this case I would very clearly understand exactly where to do it, and do not even know the locals.

Route 66

Route 66

Route 66
Highway 66 (Route 66) is called the “mother of American roads”. His appearance has seriously affected the development of economic and social life of the United States. The long asphalt ribbon in 4 thousand kilometers connected Chicago and Los Angeles, essentially linking different parts of the country. The American people were going to unite. This road became one of them.
The highway runs from Chicago (Illinois), passing through the States of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, new Mexico, Arizona, Los Angeles and Santa Monica (California), covering a total of 3940 kilometers (2448 miles). The Americans needed good roads, they just wanted to travel or to seek a better life in other cities. Work on route 66 lasted over 10 years before a suitable asphalt tape.

On the development of the highway was influenced by the Great depression. In search of work, the Americans were ready to travel all over the whole country. Many believed that happiness in California. It there wanted the poor to earn at least a couple of dollars. They drove down 66th street with despair, but with hope. For Americans, route 66 was actually a way of life.

After the Second world war from the 66th decided to give up. President Eisenhower decided to improve American roads, lead them to the German model, to make them high-speed, multiple lanes. Route 66 was ruined by the law on construction of Federal highways. The highway was gradually emptied, and soon they all stopped.

However, the highway survived thanks to the efforts of residents of towns located near the highway. Many of them thought the new law a betrayal of the 66th, who has done so much for Americans. Highway not fit to the modern life of the country was a historic route. Places 66-I is an auxiliary to the road on which it is best to get to some town. Places — abandoned plots where rusty and overgrown with weeds. But the main sections of Route 66 have been preserved, and every day carried by cars and motorbikes with tourists, in an exciting way learn the history of the country. Route 66 is, above all, the fate of thousands of Americans who did not relocate and stayed in small towns along this highway. Every such city has its own Association and produces Souvenirs with symbols of Route 66. People love to organize different events, parties, dances, concerts.

These towns are living monuments of America 50-60-ies. I’m sure many tourists are surprised, having met on route 66 such settlements. Like, as in the middle of nowhere can people live? This saved the atmosphere, which today can be seen only in the movies. One – and two-story buildings, small cafes, shops. The streets calmly wandering dogs and donkeys. These cities are mostly inhabited by tourists. Route 66 is a good lure for travelers from different countries. Here every household is trying to turn into a souvenir — from a regular tin opener to the refrigerator. Something this lifestyle reminiscent of a resort town, which are rich in high season. These cities are mostly inhabited by tourists. Route 66 is a good lure for travelers from different countries. Here every household is trying to turn into a souvenir — from a regular tin opener to the refrigerator. Something this lifestyle reminiscent of a resort town, which are rich in high season. In the morning guests will receive a classic American Breakfast, calorie, that power is enough to drive immediately to Los Angeles. While traveling is really worth to stay in one of these motels to get into the spirit of the old America. Enterprising residents of the towns that are along the highway, trying to make anything. Tourists are ready to pay a dollar for trinkets to bring home a reminder of a great trip. Therefore, almost in every village you can find the Route 66 Museum. Soda, books, photographs, license plates, badges, petrol cans and even jukeboxes — sold everything. Don’t be surprised if some old man will tell you about the meeting with Paul McCartney and try to sell you his autograph. Sir Paul traveled on route 66, it’s a fact. But not the fact that he wrote it down on a piece of paper of this venerable man.
Route 66
One of the attractions of the highway is an old gas station 1926. It has become almost a Mecca for motorists. Petrol station Soulsby’s Shell is located in the town of mount olive in Illinois. Of course, she had seen much in his lifetime and were not even aware that you would become a place of pilgrimage for tourists.

But this attraction does not require worship. However, not every traveler sees it. We are talking about local nature. The landscape on route 66 is simply amazing. Mountains, forests, deserts constantly replace each other. Some parts remain untouched with 30-ies of the last century. Since then, began the construction of the road. Sometimes you want to scrutinize every cliff or wander through the woods, but in this case, the journey on the 66th will take a week, and will stretch on for months.

But in the caves of the Grand Canyon, which are located near the highway, you need to visit. These are the largest dry underground caverns in the United States. They say that the government wanted to use them in case of nuclear war. So you can find the supplies of food. Here archaeologists found the remains of ancient animals really looked like saber-toothed tigers.
Route 66
Another feature of the caves — if you turn off the light underground, you can be in perfect darkness. These minutes can not see absolutely nothing, no shapes. Absolute black, which just absorbs people.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills
To see Hollywood in all its glossy splendor, you must visit the rich area of Los Angeles, the name of which is causing voluptuous trembling all fans of the once popular series “Beverly hills 90210”. The Western part of the LA, which long ago became an independent town, hiding behind high iron fences, the mansions of stars of world size, is always popular among tourists.
Beverly Hills
The magical combination of digits 90210 is the postal code of picturesque hills, emerald green booths lined with the most expensive real estate in the world. Luxury Villa, impressive buildings, parks with tall trees, alleys, framed by colorful and exotic plants, right in front of you will come to life illustrations of the most luxurious publications of interior design and architecture.