duminică, 31 ianuarie 2016

Soul journeys through memories. (3) Postcards from Băile Herculane


 Motto:
"We are not supposed to know
how miracles happen,
there is no road to happiness,
no happy one can recall the path
that led him to happiness secret door.
Alas, to hunt the bird of happiness
is to go without roads
and to take without hands.
To be king in happiness fairy-tale
is to stand dumbfounded and amazed.
"We wait for miracles from the day,
the day fades cold and pale.
Ask again, tired brain,
is your dream, the star of your happiness,
fraud and guile?" 
The Road to Happiness by
     Edith Södergran, 1916





     Once we left from the main highway, we've turned right on the way to Herculane, a spa resort situated in the valley of the Cerna River, between the Mehedinţi Mountains to the east and the Cerna Mountains to the west, elevation 168 meters.
         Imediat cum am părăsit șoseaua principală, am pornit chiar pe drumul spre Herculane, o stațiune balneară situată în valea râului Cerna, între Muntii Mehedinti la est și Munții Cernei la vest, la o altitudine de 168 de metri.


Sursa/source: Wikipedia; "Băile Herculane (Latin: Aqua Herculis; German: Herkulesbad; Hungarian: Herkulesfürdő; Czech: Herkulovy Lázně) is a town in Romanian Banat, in Caraş-Severin County, situated in the valley of the Cerna River, between the Mehedinţi Mountains to the east and the Cerna Mountains to the west, elevation 168 meters." https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AB.Herculane_mai_2007.jpg
Sursa/source of photo above: Wikipedia :
"Băile Herculane seen from a mountaintop at Elisabeta pavilion"/ Panorama văzută din vârf de munte la foişorul Elisabeta, M-tii Cernei.

Herculane Balnear & Spa resort; Staţiunea balneară Herculane



Historical aspects. Vestigii istorice

"Legend has it that the weary Hercules stopped in the valley to bathe and rest. During the 165 years of Roman domination of Dacia, the Herculaneum Spa was known all over the Empire.[citation needed] Unearthed stone carvings show that visiting Roman aristocrats turned the town into a Roman leisure center. Six statues of Hercules from the time have been discovered. A bronze replica of one of them, molded in 1874, stands as a landmark in the town center." Wikipedia

From Did you know CategoryȘtiați că*: 

Pe scurt/ In brief:
Legend has it that the weary Hercules stopped in the valley to bathe and rest. During the 165 years of Roman domination of Dacia, the Herculaneum Spa was known all over the Empire. Unearthed stone carvings show that visiting Roman aristocrats turned the town into a Roman leisure center."Băile Herculane (Latin: Aqua Herculis; German: Herkulesbad; Hungarian: Herkulesfürdő; Czech: Herkulovy Lázně) is a town in Romanian Banat, in Caraş-Severin County, situated in the valley of the Cerna River, between the Mehedinţi Mountains to the east and the Cerna Mountains to the west, elevation 168 meters."
"The spa town of Băile Herculane has a long history of human habitation. Numerous archaeological discoveries show that the area has been inhabited since the Paleolithic era. The Peștera Hoților (Cave of the Thieves), contains multiple levels, including one from the Mousterian period, one from the Mesolithic period (late Epigravettian) and several from the later Neolithic periods.

Sursa/source: wikipedia; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABaile_Herculane_road_1824.jpg
"Băile Herculane la 1824",  
Drawing by Erminy, lithographing by Adolph Kunike
Sursa/source of photo above,  Wikipedia
Legend has it that the weary Hercules stopped in the valley to bathe and rest. During the 165 years of Roman domination of Dacia, the Herculaneum Spa was known all over the Empire. 

Unearthed stone carvings show that visiting Roman aristocrats turned the town into a Roman leisure center. Six statues of Hercules from the time have been discovered. A bronze replica of one of them, molded in 1874, stands as a landmark in the town center." 

"Originea Băilor Herculane se întinde pe o durată de aproape două milenii. Bazele staţiunii au fost puse în anul 102 d.Ch. de Împaratul Traian, romanii introducând cultul balnear preluat de la greci pe care apoi l-au dezvoltat. Numele staţiunii de care este legat si numele societăţii noastre, vine de la zeul Hercules, fiul lui Zeus şi al frumoasei Elena, consemnat în
Atestarea documentară a staţiunii datează din anii 153 d.C., fapt consemnat într-o tabulă votivă din băi: „Zeilor şi divinităţilor apelor, Ulpius Secundinus, Marius Valens, Pomponius Haemus, lui Carus, Val, Valens, trimişi ca delegaţi romani să asiste la alegerea în calitate de consul a fostului lor coleg Severianus, întorcându-se nevătămaţi, au ridicat acest prinos de recunoştinţă”. *More to read on :   Internet &Wikipedia.
mitologia romană ca patron al izvoarelor termale, simbol al puterii şi al echilibrului între forţa fizică şi cea spirituală. Romanii au construit aici, la Therme Herculi (Ad Aquas Herculi Sacras), temple, băi, monumente şi statui, închinate zeilor Hercules, Aesculap şi Hygieia. Atestarea documentară a staţiunii datează din anii 153 d.C., fapt consemnat într-o tabulă votivă din băi: „Zeilor şi divinităţilor apelor, Ulpius Secundinus, Marius Valens, Pomponius Haemus, lui Carus, Val, Valens, trimişi ca delegaţi romani să asiste la alegerea în calitate de consul a fostului lor coleg Severianus, întorcându-se nevătămaţi, au ridicat acest prinos de recunoştinţă”.
*More to read on : 
 Internet &Wikipedia.
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The first stop: at the hotel for accommodation and change of  impressions after the long travel, after long hours in the car...

Sweet delight with chocolate.

The first stop: at the hotel for accommodation and change of
 impressions after the long travel, after long hours in the car...

The first stop: at the hotel for accommodation and change of  impressions after the long travel, after long hours in the car...


Welness & Med Spa at the hotel.
"The modern spa:

In modern times, the spa town has been visited for its supposedly natural healing properties: hot springs with sulfur, chlorine, sodium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals, as well as negatively ionized air." Click to read more info on Wikipedia
Welness & Med Spa at the hotel.
"The modern spa In modern times, the spa town has been visited for its supposedly natural healing properties: hot springs with sulfur, chlorine, sodium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals, as well as negatively ionized air." Wikipedia

Panoramic aspects. Views from the old tourist centre. Below

Along Cerna river. Buildings of the old balnear treatment center.

Panoramic aspects. Views from the old tourist centre. 
Along Cerna river. Buildings of the old balnear treatment center.

Historic imperial center in Baile Herculane.

Along Cerna river. Buildings of the old balnear treatment center.

Panoramic aspects. Views from the old tourist centre. 
Along Cerna river. Buildings of the old balnear treatment center.
Ansamblul de arhitectură balneară II
a historic monument in județul Caraș-Severin, classified with number CS-II-a-B-10980.

Historic imperial center in Baile Herculane. Along Cerna river. Buildings of the old balnear treatment center.

Ansamblul de arhitectură balneară II
a historic monument in județul Caraș-Severin, classified with number CS-II-a-B-10980.

Historic imperial center in Baile Herculane. Along Cerna river. Buildings of the old balnear treatment center. Băile "Neptun", foste Baia "Szapary", Baia "Regina Maria",  "Băile termale cu bazine și cabine" 1883 - 1886.  Former sulphurous baths. Fostele băi sulfuroase. A historic monument in județul Caraș-Severin, classified with number CS-II-m-A-11015.

Băile "Neptun", foste Baia "Szapary", Baia "Regina Maria", 
"Băile termale cu bazine și cabine" 1883 - 1886. 
Former sulphurous baths. Fostele băi sulfuroase. A historic monument in județul Caraș-Severin, classified with number CS-II-m-A-11015.

Central park.Parcul Central. And Culture house.  Băile Herculane. Ansamblul Cazinoului, (1850 - 1900; înc. sec. XX.) The old building of Casino in the Spa resort. Cerna Valley; Domogled.
Above. Central park.Parcul Central.  
Băile Herculane. Ansamblul Cazinoului, (1850 - 1900; înc. sec. XX.)
The old building of Casino in the Spa resort. Cerna Valley; Domogled.
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Below: Info about The Black Pine Banatica (Pinus nigra subspecia banatica). "Pinul negru este râspândit în sudul şi, parţial, centrul Europei, peninsula Asia Mică şi nordul Africii. native from south-eastern Europe, it is spread from Iberian Peninsula until Pontic regions. 
Pinus Nigra ssp. Banatica - pinul negru de banat . Arie inclusă în Parcul Naţional Domogled - Valea Cernei şi este desemnat SIT de Importanţă Comunitară." 
Click to read for more info Wikipedia.
Info about The Black Pine Banatica (Pinus nigra subspecia banatica). "Pinul negru este râspândit în sudul şi, parţial, centrul Europei, peninsula Asia Mică şi nordul Africii. native from south-eastern Europe, it is spread from Iberian Peninsula until Pontic regions. Pinus Nigra ssp. Banatica - pinul negru de banat . Arie inclusă în Parcul Naţional Domogled - Valea Cernei şi este desemnat SIT de Importanţă Comunitară."
Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
Click to see enlarged views.
From the September, 2015. End of summer or early in autumn.
Roads to Herculane/Domogled National Park;  
Cerna Valley in Băile Herculane.
Caraș-Severin County, România. 
Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages in color and/or black & white. 
September visions. 
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Previous and related posts:
Soul journeys through memories:

Nb.*
Sursa/sources of info: 
From Did you know Category/ Știați că: 

"A destination spa* is a resort centered on a spa, such as a mineral spa. Historically many such spas were developed at the location of natural hot springs or mineral springs. Typically over a seven-day stay, such facilities provide a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthy cuisine and special interest programming."
"Mineral spas* are spa resorts developed around naturally occurring mineral springs. Like seaside resorts, they are mainly used recreationally although they also figured prominently in prescientific medicine."
"Balneotherapy (Latin: balneum "bath") is the treatment of disease by bathing, usually practiced at spas. While it is considered distinct from hydrotherapy, there are some overlaps in practice and in underlying principles. Balneotherapy may involve hot or cold water, massage through moving water, relaxation, or stimulation. Many mineral waters at spas are rich in particular minerals such as silica, sulfur, selenium, and radium."

Definition and characteristics

"The term "balneotherapy" is generally applied to everything relating to spa treatment, including the drinking of waters and the use of hot baths and natural vapor baths, as well as of the various kinds of mud and sand used for hot applications. Balneotherapy refers to the medical use of these spas, as opposed to recreational use. Common minerals found in spa waters are sodium, magnesium, calcium, and iron, as well as arsenic, lithium, potassium, manganese, bromine, and iodine. All these may be contained in the peat that is commonly used in preparation of spa waters. Resorts may also add minerals or essential oils to naturally-occurring hot springs. Though balneotherapy commonly refers to mineral baths, the term may also apply to water treatments using regular hot or cold tap water.


Mud-baths are also included in balneotherapy, and the dirt and water used to mix mud baths may also contain minerals which are thought to have beneficial properties."
Public info on Internet &Wikipedia;
e-media; written e-press.


Sursa/source: Spirit Science

Sursa/ Source: CE Collective Evolution

Sursa/Source: Trust Your Journey.
**Sursa/Source of quotes/positive images: Internet; 
Spirit Science; CE Collective Evolution; Trust Your Journey.



Be joyful, amazing and never give up to smile! 
Stunning things are all over! 
Have a positive and awesome year of 2016! 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 
Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!
So, very thankful, each and every day, to be inspired...
All is well...

duminică, 24 ianuarie 2016

One picture or more... From time to time.(6) Banal. Hibernal. Random in january.

"At windows, trills of singing birds;
In the garden, so colorful blooms;
Blue skies as the skies of may or june,
And like a parade of sweet delights.

All is well, all is bright...

At the same windows, trembling trees.
In the garden, cheerfully speedy bees.
Up in the sky - a rainbow appears -
Under drops of "falling" tears…

All is well, all is bright...

At the windows, shadows of greens,
In the garden, so playful critters.
Under the sky that at dawn
seems to be painted in orange shades.

Shades of sadness, shades of joys,
For a thousand pure smiles.
All it seems to be like a painting
of thrills, or thoughts, hundreds of choices
for the old and young, for souls...

At the windows of nowhere,
Image of today or yesterday,
Image that can fade so slowly,
Will remain as souvenir...

So...All is well, all is bright!" 

Carol. When all is well. By Alexa T
"At the windows, shadows of greens, In the garden, so playful critters. Under the sky that at dawn seems to be painted in orange shades."
 Sursa/Source of video: 
"Moonlight" - Electric Cello (Inspired by Beethoven) - ThePianoGuys

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Spectrum. 
Definitions of spectrum
"Noun: a band of colors, as seen in a rainbow, produced by separation of the components of light by their different degrees of refraction according to wavelength."
Spectru.
Definiții ale spectrului.
"Noun: o bandă de culori, așa cum se vede într-un curcubeu, produsă prin separarea componentelor de lumină de diferite grade de refracție a lor, în funcție de lungimea de undă."
"A spectrum obtained using a glass prism and a point source is a continuum of wavelengths without bands. The number of colours that the human eye is able to distinguish in a spectrum is in the order of 100. Accordingly, the Munsell colour system (a 20th-century system for numerically describing colours, based on equal steps for human visual perception) distinguishes 100 hues. The apparent discreteness of main colours is an artefact of human perception and the exact number of main colours is a somewhat arbitrary choice." 
Click to read more info on Wikipedia. About Spectrum. Rainbows
                                
    
            
Newton, who admitted his eyes were not very critical in distinguishing colours, originally (1672) divided the spectrum into five main colours: red, yellow, green, blue and violet. Later he included orange and indigo, giving seven main colours by analogy to the number of notes in a musical scale. Newton chose to divide the visible spectrum into seven colours out of a belief derived from the beliefs of the ancient Greek sophists, who thought there was a connection between the colours, the musical notes, the known objects in the Solar System, and the days of the week." 
Excerpts from Wikipedia; About Spectrum. Number of colours in spectrum or rainbow.







Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
Click to see enlarged views.

Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages in color and/or black & white. 
Visions. January 2016, winter.

2016©AlexaT
GândCălător.blogspot.com

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From Did you Know Category:

About History. Events.
"Proclamarea Unirii"; Muzeul Naţional de Istorie a României. "Proclamation of Union"; National Museum of Romanian History. By Theodor Aman (1831-1891) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Proclamarea Unirii/Proclamation of the Moldo-Wallachian union 
by Theodor Aman (1831-1891)

 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Muzeul Naţional de Istorie a României


"Unirea Principatelor Române,* cunoscută ca Mica Unire (Marea Unire fiind cea de la 1918), a avut loc la jumătatea secolului al XIX-lea şi reprezintă unirea statelor : Moldova şi Ţara Românească. Unirea este strâns legată de personalitatea lui Alexandru Ioan Cuza şi de alegerea sa ca domnitor al ambelor principate la 5 ianuarie 1859 în Moldova şi la 24 ianuarie 1859 în Ţara Românească." 
"Union of the Romanian Principalities* , known as the Little Union ( the Great Union being formed in 1918), was held in mid-nineteenth century and is the uniting states: Moldova and the Romanian Country. The union is closely linked to the personality of Alexandru Ioan Cuza and his election as ruler of both principalities: Moldova on 5 January 1859 and 24 January 1859 Romanian Country (Țara Românească)."
Alexandru Ioan Cuza portrait by Carol Popp de Szathmary [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Alexandru Ioan Cuza portrait By Carol Popp de Szathmary
(at 1864)[Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons; (1812 – 1887)

"Alexandru Ioan Cuza,* or Alexandru Ioan I, also anglicised as Alexander John Cuza; 20 March 1820 – 15 May 1873) was Prince of Moldavia, Prince of Wallachia, and later Domnitor (ruler) of the Romanian Principalities. He was a prominent figure of the Revolution of 1848 in Moldavia. He initiated a series of reforms that contributed to the modernization of Romanian society and of state structures."
*For more info click the links above. Source: Wikipedia.
"Week’s Best Space Pictures: Dazzling Diamonds This Hubble image features the star cluster Trumpler 14, one of the brightest groupings of hot, massive stars in the Milky Way. The stars are quite young, about one million years old. " Photograph by Nasa, Esa and J.M. Apellaniz (Insituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia). Sursa/source: For more info click to read on National Geographic


About Space. Media review.
"Week’s Best Space Pictures: Dazzling Diamonds This Hubble image features the star cluster Trumpler 14, one of the brightest groupings of hot, massive stars in the Milky Way. The stars are quite young, about one million years old. " Photograph by Nasa, Esa and J.M. Apellaniz (Insituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia).
Sursa/source: For more info click to read on National Geographic 


Source: National Geographic: On January 28, the moon will join the five visible planets in the dawn sky, first stopping by Jupiter, high in the south.  ILLUSTRATION BY ANDREW FAZEKAS, SKYSAFARI
Source: National Geographic





"Over the next two weeks, five planets will line up for a cosmic dance that will dazzle skywatchers all over the world.
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are aligning for the first time in over a decade, and there’s no need for telescopes or binoculars to see the event, since all five planets will look like bright stars in the morning twilight." 

For more info read the article posted on National Geographic
Capture of moon in January, 18, 2016.

   About Health. Documentary 
Excerpts from the speech held by Sandra Aamodt  at an official TED conference. 
(Video below.)
(Sandra Aamodt is neuroscientist and science writer; 
She "explores the neuroscience of everyday life, examining new research and its impact on our understanding of ourselves").

"As my New Year's resolution, I gave up dieting, stopped worrying about my weight, and learned to eat mindfully. (...) As a neuroscientist, I wondered, why is this so hard? Obviously, how much you weigh depends on how much you eat and how much energy you burn. What most people don't realize is that hunger and energy use are controlled by the brain, mostly without your awareness. Your brain does a lot of its work behind the scenes, and that is a good thing, because your conscious mind -- how do we put this politely? -- it's easily distracted. It's good that you don't have to remember to breathe when you get caught up in a movie. You don't forget how to walk because you're thinking about what to have for dinner. 
(...) 
From an evolutionary perspective, your body's resistance to weight loss makes sense. When food was scarce, our ancestors' survival depended on conserving energy, and regaining the weight when food was available would have protected them against the next shortage. Over the course of human history, starvation has been a much bigger problem than overeating. This may explain a very sad fact: Set points can go up, but they rarely go down. Now, if your mother ever mentioned that life is not fair, this is the kind of thing she was talking about. (Laughter) Successful dieting doesn't lower your set point. Even after you've kept the weight off for as long as seven years, your brain keeps trying to make you gain it back. 
(...)
Sadly, a temporary weight gain can become permanent. If you stay at a high weight for too long, probably a matter of years for most of us, your brain may decide that that's the new normal.
... If I've convinced you that dieting might be a problem, the next question is, what do you do about it? And my answer, in a word, is mindfulness. I'm not saying you need to learn to meditate or take up yoga. I'm talking about mindful eating: learning to understand your body's signals so that you eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full, because a lot of weight gain boils down to eating when you're not hungry. 
(,,,)
Let me leave you with one last thought. What if we told all those dieting girls that it's okay to eat when they're hungry? What if we taught them to work with their appetite instead of fearing it? I think most of them would be happier and healthier, and as adults, many of them would probably be thinner. I wish someone had told me that back when I was 13."
Warning: Please watch the short video for full talk at an official TED conference, above.
 For medical advices about and on this topic consult a specialist, if more data is required.
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Only, green leaves of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis without blooms in winter.
Have a positive and awesome year of 2016! 
Be joyful, amazing and never give up to smile! 
Stunning things are all over! 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 
Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!
So, very thankful, each and every day, to be inspired...
All is well...

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