"Bianca accepted a large square of sashimi. Various colors and textures of surgically cut raw fish littered her platter on fronds of green, fretted with sprinkles of this-and-that seasoning." Turning To Stone. Gabriel Valjan.

Tuna Tataki with Ginger Dressing ~ Really nice way of doing some good quality tuna. This one is all about the tuna and execution to get the perfect amount of cooking time on each side.

The Sunken City of Baia, Italy. It was a Roman seaside resort on the Bay of Naples.Baiae was even more popular than Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Capri. Baiae was sacked by Muslim raiders in the 8th century AD and was deserted because of malaria by 1500. Because of coastal subsidence most of Baiae is now under water in the Bay of Naples, largely due to local volcanic activity.

The Sunken City of Baia

The Sunken City of Baia, Italy. It was a Roman seaside resort on the Bay of Naples. Baiae was sacked by Muslim raiders in the century CE and was deserted because of malaria by The last person left did not turn off the water and now it is all under water.

This underwater sight is Parco Archaeologico Sommerso di Baia in Pozzuoli, Italy. It's just 30 minutes west of Naples and submerged five - 30 feet underwater.

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Parco Archaeologico Sommerso di Baia, Pozzuoli, Italy - by Stefano D'Urso

“Loki contacted me. Not Rendition.” 	“What difference does it make? Loki or Rendition—same people. You even have icons.” 	“Avatars, Dante. They are called avatars.” 	“Right. Avatars.” Turning To Stone. Gabriel Valjan.

“It was mostly leather and metal – that’s how we like it in Asgard. *winks* The heavier, the better.” -Tom Hiddleston ~ So, Loki and Thor can start a heavy metal band and call it: Brothers of Asgard

"It wasn’t the curly hair, the open mouth, or the way the sculptor had managed to convey his youth, his firm body, for all of eternity. It was the dark skin of bronze, the intensity of the gaze, the focused and determined blue eyes. It was those painted life-like blue eyes staring at him, the blue against the blackened bronze." Turning To Stone. Gabriel Valjan.

"The two runners" (Roman) detail Roman Bronze Sculpture from the Napoli region (Herculaneum, Pompei, Italy)

"Everyone imagines Serpico when they hear “undercover.” Farrugia would disagree. Undercover work was like gardening or acting. It was a matter of... convincing and delivering the line on time and on the mark, rolling and moving manure, keeping the lies fresh and realistic." Turning To Stone. Gabriel Valjan.

Serpico è un film del 1973 diretto da Sidney Lumet e interpretato da Al Pacino.

"Noelle emerged from the subway, a Venus born from the Neapolitan underground, but not quite as Botticelli had imagined his goddess. The blonde wig was obviously a wig, but nobody would dare question it." Turning To Stone. Gabriel Valjan.

Botticelli Birth of Venus - Botticelli (detail)

The 'Ndrangheta is operating in the United States. A new route in the 'Ndrangheta drug trade has been uncovered and it is centered in New York City, built around the ability to gain access to cocaine shipped in by the Mexican drug cartels. Follow my 'Ndrangheta board.

Manhattan Bridge, to Brooklyn, NYC

Museum Collection: Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Napoli, Naples, Italy   Catalogue Number: TBA  Title: "Callipygian Venus"

Aphrodite_Kallipygos Aphrodite Kallipygos of the beautiful buttock lifting her robe and gazing down at her buttocks. at Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Napoli

The Only Library Preserved Intact from Roman Times (79 CE):  The eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the Roman coastal city of Herculaneum, preserving in lava the important library of papyrus rolls in the so-called “Villa of the Papyri”— a magnificent home thought to have been built by Julius Caesar’s father-in-law, Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus.    Because the library was buried in lava, most of the papyrus rolls are too fragile to be opened. It has required sophisticated computer...

The Only Library Preserved Intact from Roman Times CE): The eruption of…

'Ndrangheta: Exploring the mafia's underground world

Exploring the mafia's underground world

Mafia territories of southern Italy.

"Gennaro smiled down at the bright plate of spicy lobster tacos. The cilantro, lime, mango, and avocado pieces seemed hot and acidic as a summer day, yet they were creamy and crunchy as a night breeze." Turning To Stone. Gabriel Valjan.

Whole Foods Thrifty Challenge: Week 1 Food Breakdown -

Roberto Saviano, Gomorra

Andy Warhol Knives black and white painting for sale, this painting is available as handmade reproduction. Shop for Andy Warhol Knives black and white painting and frame at a discount of off.

"Dante could tell that some of the boys in the group were hormonally-inclined because they kept stealing glances at the entrance to the Gabinetto Segreto, the Secret Room, where all the erotica was housed. It was an exhibit requiring an additional ticket." Turning To Stone. Gabriel Valjan.

Secret Museum, Naples - Pan copulating with goat' - one of the most famous objects in the Naples Museum collection

"“I’ve been thinking of joining the Napoli Sotterranea.” When he heard no protest that he was thinking of resuming his archaeological interests that he had abandoned in Rome, he added, “Nothing dangerous. I’d just be a guide, although what I’m really interested in doing is marine archaeology at Baia.” Turning To Stone. Gabriel Valjan.

Naples Underground - Napoli Sotterranea - Official page: Piazza San Gaetano Napoli.

"Alcide De Gasperi, former Italian Prime Minister, secretary of Democrazia Cristiana party and one of the founding fathers of the EU, was amongst one of the most important Italian politicians. His actions were based on catholic, democratic and people’s values. I am firmly convinced that the evidence of his teachings, his statements, what he did for Italy and for building Europe are still to be seen in our times." Giovanni La Via MEP  #believeinpeople #eppgroup

"Alcide De Gasperi, former Italian Prime Minister, secretary of Democrazia Cristiana party and one of the founding fathers of the EU, was amongst one of the most important Italian politicians. His actions were based on catholic, democratic and people’s values. I am firmly convinced that the evidence of his teachings, his statements, what he did for Italy and for building Europe are still to be seen in our times." Giovanni La Via MEP #believeinpeople #eppgroup

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