When new owners came onboard, this unpretentious hallow ground has had to step up and become au courant with the other spa movers and shakers. By expanding the property, revitalizing the orange grove and bamboo forest and by utilizing the natural resources, each guest becomes enveloped into the specialness of this sacred land. The newly restored rooms were upgraded and are back to some of their original furnishings while retaining the utmost serenity.
The latest trend in spas is becoming more eco-friendly, sustainable and green. Strolling through the land, one can see the diverse vastness of the property. It has been revitalized with a transplanted olive orchard, new chickens for fresh eggs, a 3,square-foot computerized greenhouse and five biodynamic culinary, floral and herb gardens.
Director, Jeff Dawson, heads the new lands and farms division, who previously created biodynamic gardens for Apple founder Steve Jobs. This idyllic setting, with perfect weather today, and a smooth as silk breeze, is just what the doctor ordered. It is befitting to watch as the new guests from all over the world are immediately struck by the essence of beauty. Through simplicity and personal care, they can even detox immediately from their hectic travel encounters.
After the first 24 hours there was a notable release of stress. The property is sacred land, there is a feeling of safety, surrounded by the lush green Japanese landscape design mixed with the minimalist furnishings.
After the first night of almost complete silence, early to bed in my huge room with rice paper sliding shades and two opposite walls of windows, sliding glass doors, the slumber was deeper, the top quality sheets and mattress enveloped me like a cloud floating through the heavens. The first full day flowed with ease and comfort. Beginning with a moderate walk in nature with my private trainer, I immediately felt comforted and released tensions. Then walking through the bamboo grove, it was apparent that this hallow land bathed me in a shower of tranquility.
The arching of the bamboo stalks and leaves creating a tunnel of nurturing energy, soothed my soul from the daily onslaught of negative fears, worries and survival issues. Meeting and communing with a few fellow feminine travelers on the path to self-mastery and discovery brightened my path.
Meeting up in classes, sharing energized movements and new body awareness, strangers become at once new friends. Lingering over lunch, letting go of time constraints and hectic schedules allowed for more sharing and intimate life lessons. The days just flew by too quickly. The spa menu is filled with the finest luxury pampering, including many a la carte specialties. Must try- Astrology Reading with Alex Bunshaft, who is not only right on target with your chart, but so entertaining, fun and uplifting, you will gain much encouragement from a private session. Subsequent Christian rulers continued to use the Alhambra, al- though some destroyed parts of the Moorish complex.
Charles V in the s tore down the winter palace to build his own Renaissance structure, while in the s, Philip V updated many of the interiors and built his own palace in the complex.
It was saved from Napoleon's attempted destruction in the early s and has subse- quently received the protection so long deserved as one of the most important travel destinations in all of Spain. American Foursquare houses date from to the s and are so named for their boxy shape and four-part floor plan.
These houses were typically simpler and more economical than the Victorian homes of previous years. They were normally of a wood frame and clapboard construction, but brick foursquare homes were also sometimes built, and more elegant ver- sions were constructed with rich interior woodwork and other A rts and C rafts features. By the early s, for the first time in history, cheaper land and construction materials offered most Americans the opportunity to own their own home.
The square houses had two-and- a-half stories, a hipped roof with a central dormer, and a front porch. Inside, the floor plan was divided into four smaller squares; the typi- cal ground floor consisted of an entrance foyer and stairwell, which moves clockwise to a living room, then the dining room, separated by an arched entry, and a kitchen behind the entrance foyer.
The second story was similarly divided to include three bedrooms and a bath- room.
The most interesting feature of the foursquare homes is the fact that they could be purchased through mail-order catalogues such as Sears Roebuck or the Aladdin Company of Bay City, Michigan, and all precut parts and an instruction booklet would arrive on a boxcar to be assembled by local carpenters. Foursquare homes were there- fore popular in suburban settings that featured small, square lots and were located near the railways.
The mass production of these popular homes ultimately transformed the urban landscape of the United States in the first two decades of the 20th century. Before the dawn of An cient Greece, a vibrant Neolithic and then Bronze Age society thrived in several different cultures found along the Aegean Sea. The Aegean is home to many clusters of islands, and the earliest known Aegean culture, established around BC, was centered on several of the Cycladic Islands off the southeast coast of Greece.
Today these is- lands appear to be quite barren, rocky outposts with few trees, but by around BC they were home to a thriving culture of farmers and seafaring traders, and their inhabitants began to use local Stone to create not only the famous Cycladic figurines of musicians, but also fortified towns and burial mounds. Several of these islands have quarries of the beautiful white marble that later became the preferred building material in Ancient Greece. To date, however, no habitations have been excavated on these islands. Also from around BC, another Bronze Age culture thrived on the much larger island of Crete, located in the southern area of the Aegean, and this island culture developed into what was later called the Minoan civilization.
Minoan peoples are named after their leg- endary ruler, King Minos, who is described in Homer's epic tales as ruling from his labyrinth-like palace in the ancient city of Knossos. This palace, dating from BC to around BC, was discov- ered by the archaeologists Heinrich Schliemann, who located the site, and then Arthur Evans, who subsequently discovered and excavated the area.
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Both scholars argued that Homer's tales were not entirely fictional, but could be used to unearth pre-Homeric cities such as the ancient site of Troy in Turkey and the Peloponnesian city of the an- cient ruling family of Atreus, known as Mycenae. Minoan peoples farmed and maintained herds of animals, but they also fished for food and established vast trade routes across the Aegean and the Mediterranean.
The most famous palace, the Palace of Knossos, had beautiful walls made of mud brick and rubble shaped within a wooden framework that was then covered in a veneer of lo- cal stone. Certainly the marble constructions of the Cycladic peoples or the alabaster walls of the Mesopotamians must have inspired the use of this new material, called dressed stone.
After an earthquake de- stroyed several parts of the palace around BC, it was rebuilt and extensively enlarged. This newer palace was multistoried, which was a newer architectural feature made possible by the relatively light materials of wood framing and stone veneer used in construction. Not only did many windowed openings allow light and air into the internal courtyards, but many stairs, open porticoes, and columned rooms set at different levels also allowed light and air to circulate in an unprecedented manner.
Organized around a large rectangular cen- tral courtyard, the palace complex was divided into quadrants loosely organized into suites of royal apartments, administrative wings, areas for various social entertainments and religious rituals, workshops, and vast storage areas that clearly reveal an extremely centralized ur- ban unit. Wall murals and the various artifacts found on the island at- test to a beautiful maritime aesthetic and prosperous culture. Although not obviously fortified, the palace enjoyed an island lo- cation that was logistically difficult to breach by foreigners and a complexity of design that defied entry by outsiders not familiar with the layout of the palace.
These are the two features of the palace that helped to shape the legend of the Minotaur, who lived beneath the palace and was paid an annual tribute of 14 young girls and boys brought from the city of Athens, ruled by King Aegeus at the time but dominated by King Minos of Knossos. One of these sacrificial vic- tims was Theseus, who went on to free his people from this punish- ing tribute by navigating the underground labyrinth of the palace to slay the Minotaur, all the while untwining a ball of silk thread so that he could then find the exit.
Even better known is the legend of the ar- chitect of the palace, Daedalus. Because Daedalus had designed the palace, he was not allowed to leave the island of Crete so as not to di- vulge the secret layout of the palace to foreigners. Ultimately, this Minoan culture did not survive; it was usurped in regional importance by the Mycenaean peoples from the northern Peloponnese.
These Bronze Age people, whose earlier origins remain unknown, anticipated many of the great advances of the Ancient Greeks. They spoke a proto-Greek language and came into the Pelo- ponnese around BC, overthrowing the preexisting Neolithic culture and establishing a more sophisticated culture evident in their expert metalwork and architecture.
The citadel at Mycenae, home to the legendary Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and conqueror of Troy, as well as the smaller citadel at Tiryns, where Hercules is reputed to have been born, form the core of what remains of this culture. Unlike the Minoans, the Mycenaean peoples earned a reputation as fierce warriors, given that their territory was centrally located along a ma- jor migratory route and was therefore more vulnerable to outside in- vaders. The citadel at Mycenae, begun around BC, was built atop a hill and reflects this need for protection, with its huge stone ring walls and an entry that restricts the visitor to a narrow path through the famous Lion Gate of Mycenae, and then into the walled compound.
The Lion Gate, dated around BC, is built with megalithic stones that rise up in a post-and-lintel system and are then capped with a keystone, an inverted triangular stone that helps direct the weight of the heavy materials as well as the weight of gravity down through the posts rather than over the center of the weaker lintel. This feature reflects a more sophisticated structural system than previ- ously employed in architecture. Although the use of the keystone here is conflated with the more traditional post-and-lintel system, which is formed with a slight arch to relieve more of the weight, it set the stage for later structural developments found in Ancient Rome.
Two lions are carved into the keystone and flank a column, resting their front legs on its base. The use of guardian lions flanking palace entrances was widespread in Ancient Near Eastern architecture, while the elaborate burial rituals seen in Mycenaean tombs attest to Ancient Egyptian influences.
These beehive tombs, made with massive rocks, recall Prehistoric passage graves in New- grange, Ireland, but have a more fully developed corbel vault, in which the stone layers rise up and gradually close inward to a key- stone that anchors the pointed arched roof. Over the entrance, one tri- angular window allowed a ray of light to enter the dark tomb.
The citadel at Tiryns, built several hundred years later, reveals more extensive corbelling in hallways that run through the center of the ring walls.
Inside the citadel an audience hall, called a megaron, was located in the center of the city. The megaron was fronted by a courtyard and entered through a two-columned porch. The center of the room had a raised roof with open windows, set above a ritual hearth that was surrounded by four supporting columns.
This megaron plan anticipated the arrangement of many subsequent An- cient Greek temples. The architecture of the Ancient Egyptians is traditionally considered only in relation to their elaborate burial rituals and what is called the "cult of the dead. Despite this, funerary chambers were stocked with furnishings, pottery, and other artifacts, as well as decorated with mu- rals inscribed with hieroglyphics that show a lifestyle rich with song and dance, good food, and strong family ties.
Small wood models of houses and gardens were also placed in tombs to remind the soul, called the ka , of the life the deceased has left behind to journey into the permanent afterlife. A model from the tomb of Meketra in Thebes, from around BC, during the Middle Kingdom, reveals a portico of painted columns that opens up into a lush walled garden with a central pool of water. Egyptian columns were used for both support and decoration. Often painted, these columns consisted of a base, shaft, and then a capital carved to recall a lotus flower, papyrus, or a palm leaf.
Thus, the vertical reed or tree is the aesthetic source for these earliest columns.