Top 10 Most Haunted Places In The World

Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 01:53 am

Haunted Places In The World
Haunted Places In The World

Are you interested in exploring some of the most haunted places in the world, where the supernatural often makes contact with the living? Then read on to find out about the places where creatures and ghosts can bump into you at night. Giving you the fright you were looking for.

Château de Brissac (France)

Named the ‘Monster of Loire Valley,’ it is a popular palace in France, A seven-storied building with  204 rooms; its various exhibitions are not-for-profit show houses that have many seats being more than 250 individuals. It was created by Count Anjou during the 11th century.

The best is La Dame Verte (the Green Lady), the disabled offspring of Charles VII, who was killed after he found her taking part in an affair. She is, in many cases, found at the top of all the rooms of the church, wearing a greenish-hued dress that has expanded openings where the eyes should have been.

Monte Cristo Homestead

A popular Victorian manor with perplexing cast-iron cross-section work was worked by Christopher William Crawley in the year 1876.

There’s the little boy who slipped down many steps, a housekeeper who tumbled from the overhang, or the helper who was a cannibal. However, the scariest, in any case, is the apparition of the child of the guardian, who was seen as nestled into his mother’s dead body and tied up for a considerable length of time.

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort in India
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The vestiges of a castle city were created during the 1700s; Bhangarh Fort has_many fortress dividers, markets, Havelis, regal royal residences, and various places, with 3000 stories. In any case, don’t get tricked by the magnificence, which is the spookiest post in India other than South Goa.

The wizard Singhia and the fair maiden princess Ratnavati scorned his flirtatious behavior. Rumors spread far, suggesting that the charming oil would make the princess’s affection for him transform into a rock that killed him.

Hell Fire Club

The Hell Fire Club is a hunter’s lodge created in the year 1925 by none other than William Connolly. The structures are from old section burial places, said to call a Demon previously connected to the site – the Stull Cemetery.

The most famous story recounts a visit by a man who found an evil animal, as a man when one of the players saw the visitor had his feet cut off.

Poveglia Island

In the Venice Lagoon among Venice and Lido, this little island was where mainlanders escaped looking for shelter from intruders. In the fourteenth century, Venetians tainted by the Bubonic plague were sent here to pass on – and, when they kicked the bucket, they were signed on goliath fires. The site was likewise utilized as a psychological refuge during the 1800s when patients were probed and tormented.

Ask a nearby, and they will let you know the island is brimming with apparitions and reviles with unfortunate spirits. Voices and shouts are frequently heard, and guests have detailed seeing dull momentary shadows. Numerous guests say they start to feel a severe abhorrent inclination when they step on the island.

Myrtles Plantation

Arranged in St. Francisville, northwest of New Orleans, Myrtles Plantation is supported by a 120-foot balcony. The glassed front entryway enters into a fantastic hall showing a colossal French gem crystal fixture.

With 10 individuals being killed in the actual house, it’s nothing unexpected when many revealed apparitions, the most renowned is Chloe, with an ear cut right off by her lover. She wears a green tunic, looks eagerly at guests while they’re sleeping, and also shows up in a photo.

Dragsholm Slot

Dragsholm Slot, better known as Dragsholm Castle since the year 1215, is named one of the most established palaces of Denmark.  It apparently is one of the spookiest palaces in Europe. During the sixteenth and seventeenth hundred years, portions of it were utilized to house detainees of respectable or religious positions. In the year 1694, Dragsholm was reconstructed in the fashion of Baroque.

The palace is believed to have around 100 phantoms, including Bothwell’s Earl and the spouse of Queen Mary of Scots, who kicked the bucket as a detainee in the palace. You may likewise see a White Lady meandering the lobbies, whose skeleton figure was tracked down, entombed in a divider by developers in 1930.

Banff Springs Hotel

Banff Springs Hotel - Canada
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Styled after a Scottish baronial palace, The Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada, is one of Canada’s incredible rail line inns and purportedly one of the most spooky structures in the country.

There’s a lady flight of stairs breaking her neck subsequent to overreacting when her dress burst into flames. She is many times found in the couples dancing, with the blazes coming from the rear of her dress. A family was killed in room 873. The way to this room has since been bricked up. However, the family can, in any case, be found in the foyer outside the room.

The Separate Prison

Until the last part of the 1800s, the Separate Prison in Tasmania’s segregated Port Arthur housed a portion of Britain’s hardest crooks. Taking motivation from crafted by British essayist Jeremy Bentham, this panopticon-style jail block blossomed by totally secluding detainees to an unbearable degree.

The Separate Prison worked a ‘quiet framework’, where detainees were hooded, set in isolation, and illegal to address anybody. Conditions were excruciating to such an extent that innumerable detainees would kill their kindred detainees. They’d prefer to face capital punishment than spend one more moment there.

Jazirat Al Hamra

Once a thriving pearl fishing town, Jazirat Al Hamra, close to Ras Al Khaimah, was totally deserted during the 1960s. Some say it was a direct result of ancestral struggles, while others fault the evolving tides. The most well-known hypothesis is that the occupants were driven away by phantoms.

Local rumors have spread far and wide, suggesting that the remains are spooky by pernicious djinns who meander the country roads of the town masked as creatures. Guests consistently hear peculiar clamors and spot phantoms among the mud-coral houses.

Conclusion

Spooky places are great for taking your beloved partner for a light stroll, only to come out frightened from the other end. Spooky and haunted places are great to visit, only if you have the guts to do so.

So do you have what it takes to brave the ten places mentioned in this article? Then head there now and test your might!

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Greek Theogony: The Victory of Gods against Titans

Last updated on June 29th, 2022 at 11:43 am

Theogony in Greek Mythology

We, the Hellenes, have our Theogony, some refer to it as Cosmogony because it also deals with the creation of Cosmos(The Greek word for the Universe), which is part of Hellenic(Greek) mythology.

Every ancient religion has a kind of Theogony. The Greek Theogony was an epic poem consisting of more than a thousand lyrics, written by Hesiodos (Hesiod).

It was quite rich in stories, with wars between Gods and Titans, most of them amusing and a little naive.

The Greek word Theogonia comes from Theos=God and Gonos=offspring, also there is the word Genos that means Race, the race of Gods. Genesis is simply birth and fits better with the birth of the Universe.

These tales were passed from generation to generation and skewed from mouth to mouth. They deal with the birth of the Universe(Cosmos, therefore can be called Cosmogony as well), but mostly with the birth(Genesis in Greek) of Titans and Gods.

Hesiod was an epic poet like Homer. He collected all these tales and wrote the Theogony around 700 BCE as an epic poem. This happened long after the two epic poems of Homer who wrote the Iliad and Odyssey around 762 BCE, and long after the Trojan war.

Hesiod tried to collect all the myths that circulated in Greece regarding the creation of the world and the birth of Gods. Ηe also tried to decipher the genealogical tree of the Gods out of these myths.

So, Theogony, Cosmogony, or Genesis? Name it as you wish.

Order out of Chaos

In the beginning, there was only one element, Chaos, an entity without a beginning or end that emerged just after the Big Bang, so big that it covered everything in the Universe(Cosmos). Everybody knows that Chaos can be anything and nothing.

At the same moment, two deities appeared instantly, Chronos which is the start of time and space, and Anangee, which is the need for Creation.

And then came…the Greeks, to set order out of Chaos, to give a meaning and a name to all of their fantastic creations because Gods and religions are all human mind creations and nothing more.

The Greeks created the Gods, the Titans, the myths, and generally everything in the Cosmos as we know it.

But let’s take things in order as depicted in Τheogonia.

Titan’s and God’s family tree

According to Hesiod’s Theogony, there were three generations of Gods.

The Primordial Gods, the Titans, and the Olympians.

The Genealogy of Gods according to Greek Theogony
The Genealogy of Gods according to Greek Theogony

The Primordial Gods

Out of Chaos, seven Deities appeared, Gaia(mother earth) which was the most important of the primordial Gods, Eros, Tartarus the original God of the underworld, Erebus the God of darkness, and Nyx the God of night.

Also, two other deities that existed from the beginning of time as we describe above, Chronos which started the Time and means the old father time, and Anangee, the Greek word for a need that had the meaning of Destiny and was the cause of creation.

These were the 7 first deities that appeared in the Universe according to the people of the early bronze age!

From Gaia without fertilization came three other Gods, Ouranos(Sky), the Pontos(Sea), and the Orea(Mountains).

Nyx was also inspired by Eros and mated with Erebos giving birth to Etheras and Hemera(Day).

Gaia created Ouranos(the Sky), and we all know that the Sky surrounds the Earth like a lover surrounds his beloved, so naturally, Gaia and Ouranos became a couple, and from them came the Cyclopes which were monsters with one big eye, the Heckatoncheires monsters with hundred hands each, and most importantly the twelve Titans.

From Tartaros the god of the underworld comes several monsters such as Cerberus the three-headed dog that guards the gates of the underworld or hell, the Dragon from which Jason and the Argonauts stole the Golden Fleece, and the Sphinx who had the face of a human the body of a lion and the wings of a bird.

We must note here that for the ancients there was no hell, the underworld was a dark place where the souls just ended there and existed without being able to affect the living world. No hell with the Christian meaning.

Some of the other famous monsters from Greek mythology came from Pontos the original God of the sea.
These include the Harpies, the Sirenes(Sirens), and the Gorgons. The most famous Gorgon was of course Medusa who had snakes for her hair. One look at her face would turn anyone to stone.

The descendants of Pontos also include the Graies. They are three old witches who share an eye and a tooth and can see the future. Graies in modern Greek means the old women, nothing changed since the bronze age!

Finally from Pontos comes Nereus, another important sea god sometimes known as the old lord of the sea. He’s the father of the Neerides(Nereids) a large group of female sea nymphs.

Another large group of deities that fall under the primordial category is those that came from Erebos and Nyx. These include Charon the ferryman to the underworld as well as several other figures.

But from Nyx comes also another big group of primordial deities that were the personification of human fears and concepts, these are Moros(Doom), Thanatos(Death), Oneira(Dreams), Nemesis(Devine Judgment), Momos(Blame), Phillies(Affection), Geeras(Aging), Eris(Dispute), Apatee(Deceit), Zophos(Distress), Moirae(Fates), and Hypnos(Sleep).

Children of Hypnos are Phorkys, Phobetor(scarecrow), Icelos, and Phantasos(Phantasy).

The Titans and the birth of the Gods

The second generation of Gods are the Titans, children of Gaia and Ouranos and there are 12 of them.

We have Oceanos, God of the ocean, and Tethys goddess of the rivers. Oceanos take the place of Pontus in this second generation of gods and along with his sister Tethys are the parents of the Oceanides, a large group of sea goddesses many of whom were the mothers of other important Gods which we’ll get to later.

Next, we have Hyperion, God of light, and Theia Goddess of the ether. From them comes Helios(Sun) the original God of the Sun, and Selene the original goddess of the moon.

Coeos with Phoebe gives birth to Asteria(the group of stars), Leto, and two of the most important Olympian Gods, Artemis and Apollo.

Some of the twelve Titans are grouped as couples but some are not, one that is not is Krios who married a daughter of Pontos, and from them came Pallas the original God of War.

Pallas married Sphynx and together they were the parents of 4 children, Kratos(in recent years State) which for the ancient Greeks means Strength, Nike the Goddess of Victory, Zelea the Goddess of Jealousy, and Via, the Goddess of Violence, Force.

We then have the most important couple between Titans, the couple of Cronos, God of the harvest, and Rhea, goddess of fertility. It is important because they were the parents of some of the Olympians including Dias.

The other four Titans are Themis, Mnemosyne, Dione, and Iapetos.

Iapetos is perhaps the most important of the last 4 because he was the father of Atlas, the God who is often shown holding a globe on his back, as well as the father of Prometheus and Epimetheus Gods of foresight and hindsight.

Prometheus is the God who created mankind and gave fire to humans and Epimetheus is the God who married the first woman Pandora.

Let’s get back to Cronos and Rhea because they are the king and queen of the gods in this second generation of Titans.

Ouranos and Gaia were originally the main gods but according to one Greek myth they were replaced by Cronos and Rhea because of the following sequence of events.

For some reason Ouranos didn’t like his sons with Gaia, Hecatoncheires, remember the men with the hundred hands? and decided to banish them deep within the Gaia(Earth) which both hurt and angered.

Gaia, therefore, made a giant sickle and tell the Titans to castrate their father Ouranos.

Cronos who was the youngest of the Titans was the only one brave enough to do so.

He was successful and from the blood of Ouranos came the Furies, goddesses of vengeance, the three nymphs Meliae, as well as several Giants, the Erinyes, and according to some versions the Goddess of love Aphrodite out of the foam around the genitals of Ouranos that were thrown in the sea near the island of Cyprus.

Because of this act, Cronos and his sister and partner Rhea became the new king and queen of the Gods, but foolishly Cronos decided to continue the banishment of the Hecatoncheires just like his father had done and therefore it was prophesied that one of Crono’s children would eventually defeat him just like he had defeated his father because of this.

Cronos was very much scared of his children and therefore decided to eat each of them as soon as they were born.

The couple had six children. These children would eventually become the third and final generation of Gods known as the Olympians.

The first five were all eaten by Cronos, but when the sixth child named Dias was born Rhea decided to play a trick on Cronos, she wrapped up a rock and gave it to Cronos, and instead of the baby Cronos ate the rock thinking it was Dias and therefore Rhea was able to hide Dias in a safe place until the time he was old enough to launch a war against his father.

The Titanomachy – Clash of the Titans

Dias or Zeus grows up with the help of the Nymphs who raised the newborn feeding him with the milk of a goat. The name of the goat was Amalthea.

Soon he became strong enough to challenge his father, He managed to cut open Crono’s stomach and release his brothers and sisters, he freed the Hecatoncheires and made them his allies in the war against the Titans.

According to another myth, he just gave a magic potion to Kronos and forced him to vomit his children. Of course, his brothers were alive in the stomach of Kronos since they were immortal as gods.

Thus Dias formed a group of Gods, half of them being his brothers and sisters and the rest being his children, along with an older deity Aphrodite.

In the Titanomachy, some of the Titans were sided with the Gods, including Aphrodite who was a Titaness, the three brothers Promitheas, Epimetheus, and Atlas sons of Iapetos, and the Titaness Mnemosyne who then became one of Zeus’ mistresses.

The Gods led by Zeus prevailed, and the defeated Titans were exiled to Tartara(Tartarus in Roman), a dark and miserable place very far away from the Earth, with the Hecatoncheires to be their guards.

That war is also known as the Clash of the Titans and as prophesied Zeus was able to defeat Cronos thus becoming the third and final king of the Gods.

The 12 Olympian Gods

The first five children of Rhea who were freed from their father’s stomach were Poseidon, Demeter, Hera, Hades(Plouton) who became the new god of the underworld, and Hestia.

Poseidon married one of the Nereids and became the new God of the sea, Demeter took over Cronos’s role and became the goddess of the harvest.

Dias of course became the king of the Gods but was also the new God of the sky and in particular the God of thunder. He settled along with his siblings on the top of mount Olympus from where he ruled the world.

He married his sister Hera who became queen of the Gods and was the Goddess of women.

Hades or Plouton became the new God of the underworld and Hestia became the goddess of the hearth.

Athena became the Goddess of wisdom from which the city of Athens takes its name, she was the daughter of Dias with his first wife Metis one of the Oceanids.

With his wife, Hera Dias had Hephaestus, the God of fire, and Ares, the God of War.

Hermes is a son of Dias and Maia who was a daughter of Atlas. He is the messenger of the Gods and is the one with the wings on his helmet, he also serves many other roles though and because of this, he’s considered both an earth God and a Sky God.

Dionysos was Dia’s son after his affair with Semele, one of the Oceanic nymphs and he is the God of wine and celebrations.

Finally, we have Apollo, the new god of the sun, and Artemis the Goddess of the moon. Their mother was Leto, one of the thousands of Dia’s mistresses, the daughter of Titans Coios and Phoebe.

Apollo was also the god of medicine and the arts and Artemis the Goddess of hunting

So, the Olympian Gods were the 5 brothers and sisters of Dias, plus 7 of his children with Hera and other women, plus Aphrodite, who according to another myth was his daughter and not the deity we described above coming out from the foam of the sea.

The main Titans were 12, so Olympians should be also 12 for the magic number to fulfill.

But counting the Gods their number is 14, but no worries, Hesiod took care of this… inconsistency, Hestia gave up her Olympian throne in favor of Dionysos, and Hephaestus most of the time lived on his island Lemnos where he had his workshop.

Theogony doesn’t end here, there are thousands of other siblings, minor gods, demigods, and many offspring of Dias, who was cheating on Hera continuously.

From Dias and his affair with Titaness Mnemosyne, there were 9 Muses born, nymphs of music and arts.

Dias was the father of Epaphos after his relationship with Io, also the Father of Hebe, Enyo, and Eileithyia with Hera, and the father of the most important hero Heracles after his affair with Oceanid Alcmene.

Other Gods also had children, Aris, the God of war had a long-time affair with Aphrodite and gave birth to Harmonia, Anteros, Himeros, Deimos, and Phobos, you remember the two small satellites of Aris(Mars)?

Hermes with Aphrodite also had five children, Tyche(Luck), Rhode, Peitho(Convince), Evnomia, and Hermaphroditos(a human with both sexes)

The Gigantomachy

Gods had to face another challenge though, the Giants, children of Ouranos.

Therefore there was another war, the Gigantomachy that lasted equally long.

Finally, the Gods beat them all and settled on their Palace at the top of Olympos mountain in Thessaly from where they ruled the world.

Conclusion

As you can see, the ancient Gods of the Greeks were nothing but the personifications of human passions, fears, and emotions that are still present and dominate our lives to this day.

We see that human passions and mostly the fears of human nature are dominating the Theogony, most deities were the personifications of human fears and anxieties, deeply human feelings as their names reveal.

Ancient Greek religion has nothing to do with today’s religions, Greek Mythology was the bible of ancient religion but completely different. It is a hymn to human feelings and fearless about any fake vengeful god, it was a philosophy rather than a religion.

Today, of course, nobody believes in the gods of Ancient Greece. But their stories are so fascinating and entertaining that still around, and they live on just like the best of tales that the human mind ever made.
They are sources of inspiration. Let’s imagine an epic movie film where Zeus never left a woman unsatisfied, that would be a fantastic production!

As you noticed, on this page we have some planet photos with their original Greek Gods’ names, rejecting the Roman copies because this is what Roman gods are, stolen copies and not equivalents as claimed by unhistorical Western historians. And because this is how we call these planets in Greece and this is how everybody should call them.

Top Pet-Friendly Airlines Around the World

A dog with his ticket in hands(mouth)
A dog with his ticket in hands(mouth)

Are you wondering what is the best airline to fly with pets?

Simple.

The best airline to fly with pets is an airline that has the same priorities as you — the comfort of your pet.

Ernest Hemingway said, “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

We say never go on trips without those you love. And why should you when so many airlines are now accommodating pets! Want to know about the top pet-friendly airlines around the world?

Let’s jump right in!

Dog in his travel bag
Dog in his travel bag

Air Canada

If your search history has questions such as “what is the best airline to fly with pets,” here’s your answer.

Air Canada allows cats, dogs, and service animals on Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge-operated flights, as well as on Jazz-operated Air Canada Express flights.

The airline has pet carrier guidelines and classifies the carrier as a standard item included in your carry-on baggage.

They also allow your pet to travel in the cabin, but only if the restrictions imposed by the airlines are met.

Air Canada is one of the best large dog-friendly airlines. With a cabin weight limit of up to 100 pounds.

Their one-way travel prices range from 50-59 CAD/USD within Canada and the US (except Hawaii), and international flights for one-way travel may cost 100-118 CAD/USD.

ALSO READ: Traveling With Pets This Holiday? 7 Things To Pack

Passenger with her dog
Passenger with her dog

Air France

Another reliable airline for pet owners, Air France allows cats, dogs, and service animals in the cabin, cargo hold, or by freight. However, they have specific travel regulations for each transport method.

You are also required to carry an approved pet container that is comfortable for your pet. Animal crates aren’t accepted in the cabin, and passengers must keep their pets in a special closed travel bag. The bag should be flexible and not plastic. You can also purchase a travel container from the Air France Shopping website.

Pets weighing less than 17 pounds are allowed to travel in the cabin, and those above 17 pounds are required to travel in the cargo hold.

Every passenger can carry three pets with them but only one is allowed in the cabin.

The transport fee for animals depends on the destination and ranges anywhere between €30 and €400.

A tiny dog in his box
A tiny dog in his box

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM Royal Dutch Airline allows cats and dogs to travel with their owners, with pets allowed to travel in the cabin or the cargo hold. The reservation must be made at least 48 hours before departure.

It should be noted that passengers can only bring one cat or dog, weighing 17 pounds or less, with them in the cabin.

The cargo hold has a limit of three pets maximum. You can read more about their pet travel restrictions here.

The cost of transport for pets may vary based on the departure airport and destination. However, the total cost range for a one-way flight is between €75 and €400.

Where is my ticket woof
Where is my ticket woof

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines will allow cats, dogs, birds, and service animals on their flights but requires passengers to make the reservations at least 6 hours before departure time.

Animals can travel in the cabin, but they must be in their crates for the duration of the flight. And the total weight of the animal and the crate (for cabin travel) must be less than 17 pounds.

Their pet transport fee changes according to your route and the weight of the animal. The domestic transport fee starts at 120 TRY for animals weighing 17 pounds or less and goes up to 350 TRY for animals weighing 61 pounds or more. The pet transport fee for international flights is calculated based on the route and price per kg. You can check the complete price listing for flying with a dog on their website.

They also have specific vet certification requirements for passengers flying with their pets from or to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. If you’re flying with different types of beagles, read between the lines.

Note: The airline does not allow cats and birds or cats and dogs on the same flight. Dogs and birds are allowed on the same flight but should be kept in different cabins or as far away as possible.

With her dog on the plane
With her dog on the plane

Lufthansa

One of the most pet-friendly airlines international, Lufthansa allows both cats and dogs to travel on their flights. Their registration deadline is a little longer than that of Turkish airlines, giving you 24 hours to confirm your pet’s travel.

They allow two or three animals to travel in a single container, given that the total weight of the container does not exceed 17 pounds. If the total weight of your pet and their container is above 17 pounds, they must travel in the cargo hold.

You are charged a fee for pet transport based on your flight and the size of the transport container.

Lufthansa also has a list of travel options based on the animal’s weight, size, and animal type.

ALSO READ: 8 Best and Safest Places Around the World to Travel in 2021

Things to Keep In Mind When Flying With Your Pet

  • Ensure your pet has received all the physical examinations necessary before the journey. Some pets may be required to carry a health certificate signed by the vet 14 days before the journey.
  • The pet carrier/crate should be comfortable for your pet.
  • Pack a travel bag with food, water, treats, and toys to keep your dog occupied.
  • Dogs get sick easily and may not respond well to flights or long travels. So make sure you’re following their feeding schedule properly. If your next question is, “can dogs eat canned food,” they can. So your dog’s feeding schedule becomes a little easier to follow.
  • If your pet’s temperament is typically aggressive, they may only get more aggressive on the flight. It’s a behavioral concern that should be addressed. In the meanwhile, you can inform those handling your dog’s crate to be more careful.

Final Thoughts

Travel becomes that much better when you know your pet is comfortable, safe, and having as much fun as you are. We hope our guide provided you with not one but five options for your question, “What is the best airline to fly with pets?

Now that you know how to get around the world with your pet, what destination are you visiting next?

Travel Vlogging Guide for Beginners: 7 Simple Tips

Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 01:55 am

Vlogging in countryside
Vlogging in countryside

Vlogging is a new and exciting way to share your adventures with the world. Now, more than ever, we can use technology like smartphones and digital cameras to produce high-quality vlogs on the go.

Millions of people around the world produce travel vlogs and love sharing their experiences through video blogs. If you’re considering making your travel vlogs, these seven simple tips for beginners will get you started in no time

  1. Keep videos short and sweet

    When creating their first travel vlog, one of the most common errors is taking excessive footage. We all want to pack as much valuable content into our episodes as possible, but this means we inevitably cut out important details about locations and people we met. Keep your videos short and don’t try to push all of your information into a five-minute video if it would be more effective as a 2-minute clip. This will make it easier for viewers to engage with your travel vlogs and you’ll have an easier time editing the footage down too.

  2. Get close with your camera

    One of the essential elements of any good travel vlog is giving us great visuals without taking up too much screen time. This means getting as close as possible to whatever you’re filming. In many cases, this may mean physically moving towards your subject before setting up for a shot – even if it makes you feel awkward or silly. There’s nothing worse than watching an amateur travel vlog and seeing blurry, faraway images of people walking along beaches or up mountains.

  3. Capture life’s little moments

    You may think that the most exciting thing about your trip was bungee jumping over a gorge, but unless you made it into a short highlight video, no one wants to see footage of you gearing up for the jump and cheering when you succeed. Instead, look out for the small things: the funny joke shared between two strangers on the street; unusual architecture in an old town; or tasting exotic foods at a market stall. These everyday scenes are where we find absolute joy and excitement when we’re traveling.

  4. Be consistent with your camera angles

    Just as you won’t see a Hollywood director choosing to film every scene from eye level, try not to turn your travel vlog into a series of boring shots from ground level. This is particularly true if you’re leading an audience through a place that they’ve probably already seen dozens of times before on Google Maps or Google Earth – it can get tedious quickly!

  5. Keep things quiet when filming inside

    The idea behind creating travel vlogs is that you give viewers an insight into your experiences that they can’t get from looking at photographs or watching pre-recorded videos. This means not making a racket when you’re recording and trying to keep your voice down when you’re in enclosed spaces like hotel rooms, museums, and restaurants. Not only will the people around you appreciate it, but it’ll make for better quality audio in your travel vlogs too.

  6. Keep things simple with lighting

    Lighting is such an important element of film-making (and photography) that many filmmakers avoid shooting indoors unless natural light streams through windows. But this isn’t always possible when we’re traveling and may mean missing out on great shots of sunsets at beachside restaurants or dramatic sunset portraits. How do we solve this problem? Use your phone! The iPhone camera now has a tremendous low-light mode, which means you don’t need to make the sacrifice between filming inside or out.

  7. Keep an open mind about editing

    One of the biggest bugbears people have with travel vlogs is seeing too many jump cuts and fast edits in amateur videos. Jump cuts are when you abruptly cut from one long scene to another, for example, cutting out part of a walk up a hill because you didn’t like how it looked or couldn’t get access to better filming spots along the way. This may work if done correctly, but more often than not, we find it disorientating and confusing. Avoiding this pitfall means keeping enough footage to create more cohesive, informative videos that’ll delight your audience. Be sure to add music to your video to make it more engaging and entertaining!

Important Things To Keep In Mind When Creating A Travel Video

There are a few things you should keep in mind before hitting the road and filming your next travel adventure. Here are a few of the most important:

  • Make a plan

Before you even leave, it’s helpful to have some outline or storyboard for your video. This will help you stay on track while filming and make the editing process smoother.

  • Pack light

This may seem obvious, but it’s always tempting to pack everything but the kitchen sink when we’re going away. Resist the urge! Not only will carrying excess weight make traveling harder, it’ll also mean you have less space for equipment and camera gear.

  • Bring enough power supply and storage

This is especially important if you’re using a DSLR or action camera because these devices can eat up batteries and storage space incredibly quickly, mainly if you’re recording in 4K.

  • Learn your equipment before you leave

If you’re asking people to subscribe to your channel and watch your videos, then it’s important that they look good. That means learning how to use your equipment so you can get the best footage possible. This way, editing will be much easier, too, because your shots won’t need to be changed or repositioned.

  • Research the best time to shoot in advance

This one is significant if you’re filming in places with seasonal weather changes – think mountains during winter or deserts during summer. Knowing when the weather is most likely to be at its best will help you order your day and get the shots that make your travel vlog captivating for viewers.

  • Don’t hesitate to ask other travelers for help

One of the great things about traveling is meeting new people, so why not make use of this while you’re making your travel vlog? Asking locals and other travelers for tips and advice is a great way to get good content, and they may even be able to help you with filming and equipment.

  • Make a backup plan in case of technical problems

Technology is great but it does like to let us down sometimes when we’re in the middle of nowhere with no signal. Make sure your phone is fully charged so you can still get full use out of it even if something terrible happens to your camera or gear.

  • Try different angles and perspectives

Pretend the camera isn’t there when you film, then edit the footage afterward. Still, this method might not be perfect for every type of shot because some shots work better from a particular angle and adding different angles and perspectives can make your videos more engaging.

  • Shoot an extra-wide shot for each location

Shooting a little wider than normal when you’re beginning to film creates good variety in your shots, making the video much more interesting to watch. Plus, it’s always worth having extra footage to play with when editing.

  • Take plenty of time to shoot your intro

You don’t want to rush the beginning of your travel vlog because this is where you’re going to hook people, so take plenty of time and try out a few different things before you settle on an intro that meets your needs.

  • Try panning and zooming

Although these techniques might seem a little bit too complicated for beginners, they can be a great way of adding a more professional feel to your travel vlogs, making them much more engaging for viewers.

  • Use stabilizers whenever possible

This one really depends on the camera you’re using and whether you can physically attach it to a stabilizer, but stabilizers are great for adding extra stability to your shots which makes the video look much more professional.

  • Don’t force it!

No matter how much time and effort you put into filming a travel vlog, if you don’t have something interesting to say, there’s no point, so make sure you take plenty of time to plan your travel vlogs but don’t force anything because that’s when bad videos happen.

So, there you have it: our top seven tips for beginner travel vloggers. Keep these in mind and your videos will be sure to impress – not only with their content but also with the level of professionalism that they exude. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day so don’t expect to become an expert overnight; start filming and editing your footage as soon as possible and learn from your mistakes. And above all else, have fun!

Corfu Golf Club Course Review

Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 02:07 am

A golfer in action at Corfu golf club
Photo by Peter Drew on Unsplash

Given that Greece and its many islands are well-known for the clear, blue waters and tropical beaches rather than their sports, it may come as a surprise that there are some amazing golf courses in the country.

The island of Corfu, mountainous and filled with resort-style living, is a cosmopolitan area with stunning architecture, pretty beaches, and its trendy Old Town. It’s also home to one of the best-golfing spots in the country.

Here’s our Corfu Golf Course review so you know what to expect if you play around at this beautiful course.

Corfu Golf Course Quick Overview

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Yardage: 6762 yards
  • Course Type: Traditional
  • Original Designers: Donald Harradine
  • Renovation: Andrew Mair
  • For who? Members & their guests
  • Dress Code: Traditional golfing attire
  • Driving Range? Yes
  • Putting Green? Yes
  • Resident Pro: Yes
  • Club Rental? Yes
  • Golf Cart Rental: Yes
  • Pull-Cart Rental: Yes
  • Metal Spikes Allowed? No

Course Conditions

The course is designed to provide a challenge to both beginners and advanced golfers. There’s almost as much water as there is grass, which provides not only a stunning landscape but may also contribute to challenging gameplay.

On the fairways, you’ll find Penrose grass. The course is known to be a bit rough, but it adds to the charm. The gameplay is still amazing and the service is well-renowned and appreciated.

It has been designed to fit right into the natural surroundings of the Ropa Valley, and as such you’re likely to spot a variety of animals and birds.

As is normal with Greece, you’ll also be surrounded by history and mystery, with the first tee looking over the Nafsika river, which is said to be where a princess rescued the shipwrecked Odysseus.

Layout & Game Play

The course is relatively flat, so it’s easy to walk between holes. Wide fairways and only a couple of doglegs make it a good choice for beginner golfers who need to practice how to hit the golf ball straight.

But the water hazards and strategically-placed sand bunkers will provide a challenge for intermediate and experienced golfers as well. Many require precision so you don’t overshoot your shot and land up in the water.

Lakes come into play on multiple holes, and some holes will have you chipping over small streams. Hole number 7 features a stream that cuts the fairway in half and will require an accurate tee shot to avoid a splash.

Hole 5 features a severe dogleg to the left, which is the most curve of all the holes on this course. It finishes on an exciting 18th hole, featuring another strategically-located stream and a guarding bunker near the green.

Signature Hole

The 6th hole is the signature of the Corfu Golf Course. It’s a par-4, with a slight dogleg to the right as you approach the green.

On the right-hand side, there’s a lake that’s shaped like Corfu, although you won’t be able to see this from your vantage point on the ground. It runs from the tee to the green, an ever-present hazard, but it can be avoided by playing straight and true.

A large bunker to the left of the green can trap wayward shots, but the finish is straightforward if you put thought into your approach.

Other Features

Golf Academy

Corfu Golf Club is also an excellent choice for beginners or families with kids. Their on-site Golf Academy offers top-notch golf lessons from the resident PGA golf pro, Jonathan Hunt.

You can choose from a ½-hour lesson, a 1-hour lesson, or a comprehensive action lesson as you play through the first 9 holes on the course. Both individual lessons and group lessons are offered, but take note that only 3 people can do the on-course lesson at one time.

Clubhouse & Pro Shop

As well as the Corfu Golf Course, the club features a 21,528 square foot clubhouse, designed by renowned Greek architect Nikos Hatzimichalis.

It’s made of hand-laid stone and has a stunning look and feel to it. Unlike many clubhouses in the US, this club brings character to the space with traditional Greek architecture and a proper European atmosphere.

Inside, there are changing and locker facilities, a lounge area, a large banquet space, and a balcony where you can sip on a drink and look out over the course. The restaurant offers Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

The pro shop is well-stocked with brand-name items like golf shirts, hats, and golfing equipment. You can also rent clubs if you need to.

Event Opportunities

These stunning grounds are good for more than just great golf! Weddings are popular in this lovely spot, with the balcony and beautiful garden being used to accommodate large groups of people.

The Club places emphasis on creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your personal style is taken into account and they cater to both Greek and Mediterranean tastes.

Other events (baptisms, conferences, and so on) are also easy to host at this amazing venue, and your guests will be wowed by the views over the course.

Tournament Hosting

Corfu Golf Club may be out of the way, but it’s played host to some renowned tournaments. Two Hellenic International Championships and Nations Cups have been played on this course, as well as the Corfu Spring/Autumn Festival and International Seniors and Veterans Ladies Championship, and the Kedros Cup memorial tournament.

A European Men’s Club Cup and three European Ladies’ Club Trophy tournaments also chose Corfu as their destination. Corfu Golf Club also holds the International Αmateur Championship every year, which has been going on since 1975.

Golf Club Rates

Club rates are competitive and don’t forget you’ll need to pay in Euro if you’re from the US or another country that isn’t European.

  • 18 holes: €55
  • 9 holes: €35
  • 3 days: €149
  • Weekly: €275
  • 18 holes junior: €30

Final Notes about Corfu Golf Course

Corfu Golf Club offers great golf for players of all skill levels. The surroundings are spectacular, the golf is fun, and you can’t go wrong with an excellent Greek or Mediterranean meal at the clubhouse after a round.

If you’re planning on playing around at this amazing course, don’t forget to wear your best golf hat to protect yourself from the Greek sun!

About the Author
Jordan Fuller has played on golf courses across the country and internationally. He shares valuable information, tips, how-to’s, reviews, and resources on his website, Golf Influence.

How to Meet 6 Mighty Monsters of Greek Mythology?

Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 09:22 pm

How many mythological creatures do you know? I’m sure that most of you have heard of the Minotaur, Scylla, and Charybdis, as well as the Centaurs and the Cyclops. Possibly you know even more monsters of mythology and most of them come from Greek mythology.

The Minotaur
The Minotaur

Forgotten Monsters of Greek mythology

But today we will not talk about these famous fantastic creatures that have appeared in movies and books countless times. Instead, we will try to find the monsters that were once mighty, powerful, and terrible, but now have been forgotten.

There are many of them, so we will not find them all. But we will definitely get a picture of a different, fantastic mythological world of bronze age Greece that has remained invisible.

The rich Greek mythology covers a huge range of fiction. In its stories, you will find countless witches, monsters, elves, demons, ghosts, giants and dwarfs, winged dragons and horses, enchanted objects, and mechanical beings.

Fantastic creatures really strange for a 21st-century human mind, but at the time they were born and many centuries later they were considered real.
Some said that they saw them, some heard them and some were destroyed or saved by them like the heroes of myths.

For the human of antiquity, this mythology was his history, his religion, and his teaching, in short, a part of his daily life.

That is why we should not be impressed that many of these strange mythological beings, such as the Lamies, the Dragons, and others survived and came to life again in the newest legends and folk tales of the Greek tradition.

Monsters of Greek Mythology are not dead, they are just imprisoned in deep caves from which they can not escape.

We just want to meet them, so we have to travel deep into the earth using, where necessary, a little of our imagination.

A fantastic trip in the depths of the Earth

But let’s talk no more, and let’s start the descent, we will go back, we will sink into the depths of our mind, to its unknown side, where the subconscious resides.

In search of these strange mythological creatures, we will travel to the space-time of fantasy. In these deep caves, we will find everything gathered. So let’s move on!

We are already inside the cave. It is slightly illuminated by the torch we are holding. The light from its flames in combination with the stalactites forms strange eerie shadows.

Ancient words are engraved on its walls, in unknown languages ​​that once existed or have not existed yet. A smell of dirt and moisture is around and water drips from the top, while whispers are heard all around.

It’s about time to start the long descent. We will find seven levels here and we will go very deep down. What did you think? The long-lost imaginary creatures are not so easy to find.

Apatee – The goddess of Deception

So we reached the first level. It is difficult as the place is getting dark and narrow. It leads us to an opening that is the entrance of the first chamber.

We first insert our heads and look carefully inside.

There is a woman-like creature sitting in the center. She has snakes instead of hair, bat wings come out of her back and her hands end up in lighted torches.

There are other engravings around the walls, depicting her with fingers from vipers or whips. She looks at us with glowing eyes.

She looks like Erinyes, the goddesses of Curse and Revenge. She is no other than Apatee, the goddess of Deception, the personification of deception, deceit, and falsehood.

Apatee(Greek: Απάτη) literally means Scam, Fraud, and Deceit

According to Theogony of Hesiod, her mother was the primordial goddess Nyx or Nychta (Night).

It is said that the goddess of Deception existed before gods and humans and that she always acted in the dark, where no one, not even Zeus himself could resist her power.

With her hand she shows us a recess in the rock, from there we have to go if we want to continue even lower.

Argos or Panoptis

We follow her advice, and we reach the second chamber. A huge creature is waiting for us. A shepherd monster with a hundred eyes, a creature trained to guard people and animals.

Argos or Panoptis - The monster with hundred eyes
Argos or Panoptis – The monster with hundred eyes

His name is Argos (means “bright”) or Panoptis (“The one who sees everything”), just remember the words optics and panoptic.

It makes sense if you consider that he had eyes everywhere, in front of and behind his head and all over his body, while they say that when he slept, he only closed half of them while the rest kept him awake.

He was a descendant of Oceanos and Tethys and one of the most terrible monsters of Greek mythology.

Historian Ferekidis records that his eyes were only four, two in front and two behind (plus one that was placed on his neck by Hera, the wife of Zeus), while others claim that they were infinite.

Aeschylus calls him “Myriopon voutan”, which means “the million-eyed herdsman”

The only time that Argos fell asleep was when, watching the transformed into a cow Io on behalf of Hera (so that Zeus could not make her a woman again), Hermes, sent by Zeus, put him to sleep with his flute and killed him with his sword.

After his death, Hera in sorrow decided to honor him by depicting his eyes on the peacock’s tail, one of the birds-symbol of Hera, and the starry sky.

Its good to mention here that Io was a beautiful woman, a mistress of Dias, therefore the jealous Hera transformed her into a cow and set Argos to guard her, but after Argos’s death, the cow Io started running across the earth like crazy after being bitten by Oιstros, a large horsefly sent by Hera.

Here, the ancients wanted to explain the presence of the horseflies in cows and horses…very artistic conception indeed.

You see, reading the Greek Mythology we discover so many peculiar things, even horseflies as punishers!

The Hecatoncheires (Men with Hundred hands)

The further we go, the heavier we get. And at the same time, we feel that we are slowly disappearing into space.

We are in the third chamber now. It is incredibly big. It does not seem to have a roof over it, only deep darkness.

Ekatoghires - The Creatures with hundred hands
Ekatoghires – The Creatures with hundred hands

Three huge giants are standing in front of us. Each one has fifty heads and a hundred hands.

They are called respectively Vriareos (“The solid”), Kottos (“The frantic”), and Gyis or Gygis (“The multi-member”).

They are the Hecatoncheires(Men with Hundred hands), they were the first children of Gaia and Uranus, also called the Uranians. They symbolized the uncontrollable forces of nature and especially the formed clouds.

Ugly as they say and bad characters, therefore dangerous with so much power, that is why they were punished and they lived for a long time imprisoned in Tartarus by their father Uranus.

Zeus liberated them so they could fight to support him in the great war of the gods against the Titans. In the end, they became the captives of the Titans in Tartarus. Maybe they still guard the Titans down there.

Phantasos: The monster that could take any form

Fantasos - A fantastic monster
Fantasos – A fantastic monster

We move even lower. Into the fourth chamber. It looks empty but it’s not.

On the walls around are carved all the dreams that man has ever seen or will see. At its center, there is a strange creature without a clear form.

Its name is Phantasos, a being who has the ability to transform into any inanimate thing, real or imagined, and to present himself to humans in any form he wished.

Son of the god Hypnos(Sleep), and the Pasithea, one of the Charites (Graces).

His brothers were the god of dreams Morpheus(Who could take the form and imitate the voice of every human being) and Phoebus or Phobetor (who could imitate any animal).

But we do not sleep now, so we do not see it clearly, and he does not even know if we have a human form, so he can’t harm us.

Empousa: The one who penetrates

Empousa - A woman-like donkey
Empousa – A woman-like donkey

From a small hole, we keep going down lower and lower.

We reach the fifth chamber. Whispers and murmurs surround us.

At one end there is a strange creature. She looks like a woman, but she has only one leg, where she wears a bronze sandal and she has donkey dicks.

Her name is Empousa (“The one who penetrates”), she is considered the daughter of the goddess of the underworld Hecate, who as they say often left the Underworld at night and ascended to the world of the living.

Her face lit up as if it is on fire, while she could take the form of animals and beautiful women. Its purpose is to seduce travelers in deserted places, leading them to a bad end (you do not want details, believe me).

The only defense against her is said to have been swearing.

The dwarf demons Daktyloi (Fingers) or Idaioi

We are moving forward, now we are moving almost intangibly. We have to hurry because the lower we go, the more we get lost.

We are in the sixth chamber. Some creatures with the form of low rocks are here.

Mountain dwarf demons with magical qualities, but also they are great metallurgists.

People say that they jumped from the ground when the Titaness Rhea put her fingers in the ground, as she was giving birth to Zeus. Five women came out of her left hand and five men from the right and they stood there next to her as assistants in childbirth. They are called Daktyloi or Idaioi.

Daktyloi or idaioi craftsmen
Daktyloi or idaioi craftsmen

They got their name either because they jumped out of the holes in the ground made by the goddess’s fingers or because they were small like finger-length, but they were great craftsmen.

It is said that later it was these women who went to the island of Samothrace and there began their worship ceremonies, the Mysteries of Daktyloi (Fingers) – which they later became the Kaverian mysteries. The maple leaf symbolized the five Fingers, that is, the palm of Rhea.

According to Strabo, they numbered from three to one hundred. Others report twenty right-handed blacksmiths and thirty left-handed women witches.

They are quite often identified with the Kerkopes, a small race of demonic beings who lived, they say, in Asia Minor.

But we have said a lot and it is time to continue.

The mighty Typhon, the father of all monsters

The mighty Typhon, father of all monsters of Greek Mythology
The mighty Typhon, father of all monsters

And here we are in the last chamber, the seventh.

Our torch is about to go out, but in the shadows, something fades.

It is the strongest and largest imaginary creature that has ever walked the earth. The son of the god of the abyss Tartarus and Gaia, He is the mighty Typhon. The father of all monsters of Greek mythology.

Tall to the stars and with huge wings that when opened cover the sky. From the middle and above in the form of a man and from the middle and below like two coiled echidnas(snakes). With long hair and beard and the rest of the body covered by its wings.

Many say they had seen him with a huge donkey head and eyes throwing fire, a mouth firing hot rocks, and a voice as if thousands of people and animals and birds and reptiles were screaming at the same time.

With a hundred dragon heads on the tips of his serpentine hands, which were so long (a hundred leagues each, they say) that one reached the east and the other the west.

Typhon’s awful children

His children were Cerberus, the Lernaean Hydra, the Lion of Nemea, the Chimera, and the Sphinx of Thebes.

After the war of the Titans, he was the one who fought against Zeus to seize power but lost.

The bloodshed by the mortally wounded Typhon gave its name to the mountain range of Aimos that delimits the Balkan peninsula (as Aima is the word for blood in Greek).

It is said that he was buried under the volcano of Mount Etna in Sicily together with Egelados( the god of earthquakes).

According to Hesiod, the windstorms are children of Typhon.

Finally, Typhon is said to symbolize the last resistance of the savage and uncontrollable forces of nature against the enforcement of the order of natural laws. Maybe that’s why we had to go so deep to find him.

Time to return, before we get completely lost and forgotten in the dark caves and labyrinthine basements we have dived into. Take a deep breath and time counts backward. We return today. In our place and present time.

Monstrous conclusion

We got only a little taste of those awful creatures that are hidden in the sanctuaries of the collective subconscious.

And there are many caves, underground labyrinths, and galleries down there that in a unique way connect the mythologies of the whole world.

But we will talk about more creatures and even more deadly monsters of Greek mythology on another fantastic trip. For now, I hope you do not panic the next time you enter a cave…

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