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Ancient books preserve within their yellowed pages the relentless passage of the volatile God of time, secret stories and romances are detained, patiently waiting to surprise and captivate whoever discovers them and dares to travel through the labyrinths of the imagination.
This is the way to "La Loire", as if a subtle curtain of mist magically protected it, preserving mysterious secrets of past times, a countryside bathed by the flowing waters of the river of the same name, which contrasts with the intense colour of the smooth landscape. To pause serenely in space and be amazed by the imposing majesty of its dozens of enormous castles, elegant palaces, enigmatic basilicas, monumental abbeys and incredible museums, makes a walk through the region a splendid and exciting journey. Epochs of glory and endless sounds of the passing of mankind, powerful trade routes of the Celts and Greeks, Romans and Vikings, Gallic villages brimming with history and tragedy.
The small medieval villages tirelessly accompany the traveller on the pilgrimage of the route, where sitting on a terrace to enjoy the aroma of coffee, freshly baked bread or an excellent wine paired with the exquisite gastronomy of the region is an unlimited pleasure. To visit - even virtually - "La Loire" in the heart of France is to make an unforgettable journey, full of special impressions and sounds, indescribably harmonious and impressive, full of memories that will be kept forever in your memory and in your heart. Text / Red.
The surprising thing is that today, immersed in the robotics of high technology, pending on the mobile and the constant permanence in the hurricane of social networks, one of the travel trends that is revolutionising the preferences of travellers, is to disconnect completely from the networks and disappear during the holidays.
Incredible, but travel trends point to the selective search for experiences that take us on a journey of emotions, flavours, atmospheres and sounds that authentically evoke a journey through the past and a total absence from social media. It seems to be taken from the yellowed script of a film of yesteryear, where on the big screen we enjoyed the fascination of travelling through time, following the trajectory and the delicacy of unforgettable scenes and places of the past, and finally without a permanent telephone in our hands.
The fascination of being present in the past, for example, means that more and more people are choosing memorable train journeys, such as the mythical and elegant "Orient Express", among many others around the world, selected to live formidable experiences, where the hours pass in peace and quiet.
Select the time and historical moment preferred by us and stay under the charm of unique hotels that hundreds of destinations keep as authentic jewels, preserving the atmosphere, the decoration, the flavours and the ambience of what we most want and are passionate about living. It is not science fiction, but enjoying the mysterious journey through the past in fullness and serenity, at the whimsical whim of our passage, without being on Wifi is a privilege that is worth giving ourselves on our holidays. / Text: Red.
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Saint Patrick was not called Patrick, nor was he Irish. In fact, his name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Britain in the 4th century. Maewyn Succat was later kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a slave to herd sheep. He escaped and went back to Britain to a monastery. Years later he became a priest, was given the name Patricius and travelled to Ireland to convert the country to Christianity. Saint Patrick is the main patron saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick's colour was not green
The traditional colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Green became popular as the colour of the independence movement from the 18th century onwards. According to a survey by WalletHub, 82.1 per cent of celebrants plan to wear green this year. In the US, the Chicago River is dyed green for five hours - with plant-based dyes.
Why is the shamrock associated with Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick used the three-leaved plant to explain the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Nowadays, the four-leaf clover in particular stands for good luck. Did Saint Patrick drive the snakes out of Ireland?Figuratively speaking, this may be true, but scientists claim that there were no snakes in Ireland after the Ice Age.
Why does the day fall on 17 March?
Saint Patrick died on 17 March 461. The Catholic Church assigns death anniversaries of saints to their names. 17 March marks the bank holidays not only in Ireland, but also on the island of Montserrat (founded by Irish people) in the Caribbean, which belongs to the Lesser Antilles.
No public holiday for Irish pubs until 1970
For religious reasons, Irish law required all pubs in Ireland to remain closed between 1903 and 1970. When Saint Patrick was introduced as a bank holiday, the law was repealed and pubs opened for the celebrations. The increasing commercialisation of the holiday has been criticised for several years. Celebrations no longer take place in honour of Saint Patrick and his legacy.
Irish people celebrate all over the world
Celebrations around the globe include parades, festivals and céilithe (with Gaelic folk music and dance). The first celebration in America was in Boston in 1737. The first Saint Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland, but in New York in the 1760s. The shortest parade in the world measures around 30 metres. The venue is Hot Spring in the US State of Arkansas. There are about 33.3 million Americans (10.5% of the population) of Irish descent - based on the most recent American census in 2013 (The population of Ireland is 4.75 million.) One of the reasons for this was the famine in Ireland in the late 1840s. At that time, millions of people left the Emerald Isle. There are 16 places named after the Irish capital Dublin in the United States.
A day of celebration for Guinness
Not entirely unexpectedly, sales of Guinness beer increase on Saint Patrick's Day. On average, 5.5 million pints of the black beer are drunk per day worldwide. More than twice as many units cross the counters on 17 March. According to an estimate by WalletHub, 13 million pints will be drunk on 17 March. Text / Red.
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