和媛梦之旅一起游览威尼斯大运河 (Grand Canal of Venice)

 

媛梦之旅邀请您跳上我们的船和我们一起游览威尼斯大运河。您可以通过点击下方视频加入我们的旅程,一同领略世界上最辉煌的水道之一。

如果您从来没有去过威尼斯,我们的影片会向您展示运河两旁雄伟的大理石宫殿以及优美的贡多拉(指当地来来往往忙碌的小船),这些都是使水上生活充满生气的重要元素。即使您已经去过了威尼斯,这部影片也会让您重新领略它的美丽。

我们的船沿运河S形曲线朝着军械库(Arsenale)和圣马克盆地(St. Mark’s Basin)方向驶去。

 

船只

正如大家所看到的,大运河上交通繁忙。客运船、小型船外机、时尚快艇、木质出租车、豪华游轮、驳船,当然了,还有贡多拉 ,这些形状及大小各异的船只以不同的速度朝着不同的方向,鸣着喇叭在水中拍浪前行。这里没有红绿灯,也没有秩序,可能有一些航行规则,但这里却有一个和谐的节奏,仿佛所有的船只都在精心编排着一部气势磅礴的水上芭蕾。

Vaporetti就是这里公共交通系统中的水上巴士。他们定期在运河中的各站间来回穿梭。您可以这里的任意一站上下船只。但出乎意料的是并不是所有的站都在运河的同一侧,根据目的地的不同,水上巴士有可能在大运河中纵横交错,这样便可以绕道超到其他的船只前面。

除了客运船之外,大运河里还有很多其他船只,以满足这个城市的日常需求。这里有警方巡逻艇、用于送邮件和包裹的邮政船只、货船、甚至是装有起重机和挖掘机的建筑用驳船。

贡多拉

在我们旁边,纤长而又优雅的黑色贡多拉慢慢划过。游客靠着船上的垫子用自拍杆拍着照片,同时还伴着手风琴演奏者的音乐唱着歌儿。这里仍然有一些划贡多拉的人,他们的父亲和祖父也同样是在这条大运河上划贡多拉。制造贡多拉的手艺也因此代代相传,至今仍在威尼斯沿用。

宫殿

世界上没有哪个城市像威尼斯那样有着如此众多的宫殿。在大运河沿线有着约100座宫殿。这些宏伟的建筑展示了威尼斯从11世纪至18世纪的700年间,作为欧洲最大的港口和贸易帝国中心的力量和财富。威尼斯的统治者,贵族和商人们把他们的船队送到世界各地,带回来了丝绸,香料,宝石和巨额的财富。

威尼斯人试图通过在威尼斯最负盛名的地方—大运河旁建造更加宏伟的宫殿,以此来炫耀家族的财富和权力。这些宫殿不仅是他们的家庭住宅,而且也是他们生意的业务总部。宫殿的上几层为家庭住宅,底层则是存放货物的仓库和办公用地。由于大运河的宽度和深度,从远方来的船只可以在运河上航行,停泊在宫殿的旁边,并将货物直接运送到家庭仓库。

直到今天,运河沿岸都是小码头,贡多拉和其他船只可以停泊在各式建筑的入口处。当你经过的时候,很容易想象在过去的几个世纪这里的生活。贵族小姐穿着华丽的礼服走出宫殿,脚踏14英寸的高跟鞋以保持她们穿的裙子不碰到肮脏的街道,然后乘坐贡多拉前往各自的舞会。

里亚尔托桥和学院桥

我们经过了横跨大运河的四个著名桥梁中的两座大桥。建造于十六世纪的里亚尔托桥是这些桥梁中最古老的。由瑞士工程师安东尼奥•蓬蒂(Antonio de Ponte)设计的这座拱形石桥可以让较高的船只通过。这就是为什么里亚尔托鱼市场能够在大桥旁蓬勃发展1000年之久的原因。

学院桥是运河进入圣马克盆地前的最后一弯。它毗邻阿卡德米亚美术馆(Gallerie dell’Accademia), 这里拥有着世界上最棒的威尼斯艺术收藏。

以前的学院桥是一座木结构建筑,由米奥其(Miozzi)设计并于1932年建造,用于替代1854年建成时的钢结构桥梁。威尼斯的市民非常热爱米奥其的这座桥,所以当它烂掉且有倒塌危险时,木结构便代替了钢结构。

军械库和双年展

我们正在接近我们的最后一站,那就是军械库。在这里有威尼斯的核心力量—这个世界从未见过的中世纪最伟大的船厂,它的制造力足以每天生产一艘新船。

现在,原来那些可以容纳下船上厨房的木制天花板结构已经变成了美丽的艺术画廊。

这里就是现在威尼斯双年展举办的地方。每两年,威尼斯都会主办威尼斯国际艺术双年展,这是世界上最古老和最负盛名的当代艺术展。今年,第五十六届威尼斯国际艺术双年展正在举行中。展览将一直举办至十一月二十二日,内容相当精彩。隔年则会举办威尼斯建筑双年展。

 

我们已经到了最后一站,是时候下船了。

但是有了我们的视频,您就可以随时随地游览大运河了。

视频摄影和编辑– Augustine Zycher

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走进澳洲雨林, 喂养本土鸟类

跟随媛梦之旅一起走进已有6千万年历史的热带雨林。

这片森林是如此的古老,它早已在澳大利亚成为独立的大陆前就存在,当时我们还只是冈瓦纳古大陆(Gondwana)的一部分呢。

然而从墨尔本只需一小时的车程,我们便可以飞驰进入这片古老的发源地,这可谓是非常的奇妙。

丹德农国家公园(Dandenong Ranges National Park)连绵起伏的山脉上厚厚地盖上了凉爽温润的热带雨林。不管你是开车、走路还是寻找适合野餐的好地方,这里都有许多不同的入口供你选择。我们是从舍布鲁克(Sherbrooke)的格兰茨野餐地(Grants Picnic Ground)开始我们的徒步之旅的,舍布鲁克位于蒙巴克路(Monbulk Rd)上(C404公路)。

美丽的深红色玫瑰鹦鹉飞离枝头,落在我们的头上,胳膊和手上来寻找种子。然后,在我们把它们捧在手上的时候不慌不忙地吃着种子。白色和粉色凤头鹦鹉也神气地走来走去,抢夺已经掉落在地上的种子。

接着,我们选择了一条泥泞之路,沿着哈迪沟大自然之路(Hardy Gully Nature)向雨林深处进发。这是一条走起来相当容易的路,但是根据徒步的难易程度以及时间长短,你还可以选择很多其他不同的徒步路线。

沿着壮观的阿什山(Mountain Ash)一路前行,很快我们进入了一个蕨类植物丛生的沟壑。这里有着世界上最高的开花植物——桉树, 这些树的高度可以超过100米,树木底部直径可达30米宽。这些庞然大物给森林里的100多种哺乳动物、鸟类、爬行类动物和蛙类提供了栖息之地和食物来源。

在桉树林中生长着厚厚的蕨类植物,我们完全沉浸在了这片绿色的汪洋中。鲜绿色的苔藓依附在倒下的木头上,给树的根基盖上了一件绿色的衣服。我们也听见了涓涓细流在蕨类植物中流淌的声音,水流过苔藓汇入小溪流中。

空气的味道也令人难忘, 桉树叶、树皮、蕨类和灌木植物湿漉漉的泥土气息混合在一起。这种味道是如此的与众不同,它渗入你的记忆,久久不会褪去。

笑翠鸟沙哑的笑声打破了寂静。但这真的是笑翠鸟吗?又或许是世界上最擅长于模仿的华丽琴鸟(Super Lyrebird)?这种琴鸟不仅能维妙维肖地模仿其他鸟类的叫声,而且还可以模仿电锯、爆炸、乐器、狗和婴儿哭泣的声音!有时你还可以在较矮的灌木丛看到它呢,你会发现雄性琴鸟美丽的尾羽就像一把七弦琴,它们的名字就是由此而来的。

雨林里的化石告诉我们,琴鸟已经在这里生活了1600多年。

但是雨林的面积正在大幅度地缩小。我们必须竭尽所能来保护这些不可取代并且美的森林。

发帖及照片编辑:Augustine Zycher

摄影:D. Zycher

维多利亚公园管理部门关于琴鸟的照片

欲了解更多关于访问丹德农国家公园(Dandenong Ranges National Park)的信息,请联系维多利亚公园管理部门,网址是http://parkweb.vic.gov.au

 

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Go Yachting in Australia – A Great Activity For Women

 

You’ve always wanted to go yachting but you don’t have a boat or a friend with a yacht. Here’s what you can do.

For $20 or less, you can become a temporary member of yachting and sailing cubs all around Australia. This enables you to go out on a boat as part of its crew.

It’s a spectacular way of seeing beautiful beaches along Australia’s magnificent coastline.

In Victoria alone, there are 89 clubs and about 400 clubs overall in Australia. Many offer one or even two days a week that you can go out for a sail. So there are opportunities for sailing in different parts of the country.

I phoned the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St. Kilda, Melbourne, and asked if I could take part in a sail. I was told to come along that afternoon, pay a fee of $20, and I would be assigned to a boat.

I knew nothing about sailing, but this was not a problem at all. Because it is entirely up to you whether you just want to sit back and enjoy the sail, or whether you want to have a more hands-on experience. Either way, the clubs, boat owners and crews are very welcoming.

And that’s how I came to take part in my first ever yacht race, a Twilight Sprint which began at dusk and ended at sunset on the waters of Port Phillip Bay.

I was on a 57′ S&S Swan yacht called the White Swan. And because we were in what is called a ‘pursuit’ race, White Swan was handicapped to start last because of her speed and size.

There was another guest on the boat. Diana had just completed her first sailing course because she thought it would be  a great idea to be able to sail to different countries when she retires.

Skipper of the day, Lee Maddison steered us out of the St. Kilda Marina into the bay. As we got into position for the start of the race, the skyline of Melbourne’s city centre rose up on our right. The gold cap on the striking Eureka Tower caught the fading sunlight and became a glittering beacon.

We set off and the crew went into frantic motion. Letting down sails, hoisting up sails, letting out ropes and winding them in. On a boat, ropes are called sheets – a whole new vocabulary. The excitement rose even higher as we began tacking or jibing, that is, quickly switching the position and tautness of the sails in order to make the most of the wind and trap its power to propel the sails.

As you do this, all crew members have to swiftly move from one side of the boat to the other to help balance the boat. You have to remember to duck as the boom swings from side to side.

At times, it was like being on a sea-borne roller coaster as the boat rose precipitously out of the water. And then suddenly, we were skimming along at an angle of almost 45 degrees. That was when I decided to stow my camera away and hang on with both hands.

Acting Skipper Lee maneuvered us very capably through it all, rapidly catching up on the other boats and flying past the markers.

White Swan finished in second place, even though we had started the race 25 minutes after the first boat began.

And I had an exhilarating, wonderful sail. Take a look at the video I took of the yacht race.

An additional benefit to signing up as a temporary member is that it entitles you to have dinner in the Royal Melbourne Yacht Club’s Members’ Dining Room. So after the sail, relax and join the crews for drinks and dinner overlooking the marina and the city lights.

Increasing numbers of women are taking up sailing. Yachting Victoria is now taking the initiative to increase the number of women taking part in sailing and to promote as many woman-friendly clubs as possible. They have set up a website www.womenandgirlsinsailing.com.au . Contact them to find out what’s available. You can decide on your level of involvement – a day trip or sailing courses, club membership, joining teams and racing. You can also search the internet for yachting and sailing clubs and call them to find out what they offer.

Woman-friendly: Definitely for women travelers wanting an exciting experience.

Videography and editing by Augustine Zycher

 

See our Noticeboard for more contacts both Australia-wide and in Victoria that will give you information about how to begin sailing at the various yacht clubs around Australia.

 

 

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Go Mushrooming & Wild Mushroom Bruschetta recipe

Serves 4-6 as an entree or light lunch

 

  • 1 large loaf of Italian bread, sliced thickly – ciabatta is ideal
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil or more if required
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 500g mixed mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • I small handful fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 small handful fresh thyme, chopped
  • wedge of parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Toast your bread in a toaster or on the grill. Once toasted, spread with a little of the mustard, then set aside on your serving plate.

In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat 3 tbsp olive oil. Once hot, add garlic and fry for two minutes until golden.

Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and another sprinkling of olive oil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about   10-12 minutes, stirring often. Add the parsley, oregano and thyme, cook for another 5 minutes.

Add a little more olive oil if needed to moisten the mix.

Serve the mushrooms warm, on top of the bread slices.

Grate fresh Parmesan over the top and dress with some extra salt, pepper olive oil and parsley.

Enjoy!

T’Gallant – www.tgallant.com.au

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