Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 10/10/2015

Secrets of Life …


E Y M O P Φ ΙΑ – Λ – Γ Α Λ Α Ξ Ι Δ Ι ΟΥ II :

 Ευμορφια decided to spruce up her looks with summer colours … She lives and works in Γαλαξίδι and her family is the blue ocean waters of the Corinthian Gulf and the white birds …

Her name according to Plato means : Charm,Grace and Symmetry as proportions and harmonies are closely related to Beauty and its reflective forms … And such is the Boat EYMOPΦIA …

E Y M O P Φ ΙΑ - Λ - Γ Α Λ Α Ξ Ι Δ Ι ΟΥ II :

E Y M O P Φ ΙΑ – Λ – Γ Α Λ Α Ξ Ι Δ Ι ΟΥ II :

E Y M O P Φ ΙΑ – Λ – Γ Α Λ Α Ξ Ι Δ Ι ΟΥ II decided to travel to the Agean Sea and make friends with some other boats there.It was in the island of Lesbos where she met another colourful boat and they soon became friends.

Fishing boats & Colours

Fishing Boats and Colours of Life

The sea was dead calm and very inviting and when the “Fishing Boat” finished her work,they decided to travel together and get to know Ikaria,the island where people forget to Die.What’s their secret?They had read so many articles about that,but they wanted to find out themselves.There must be something behind “The Blue Zone”,they thought …

What’s the secret elixir of eternal life?

Humbled to see Ikaria included in the “The Blue Zone” :

  • The Italian island of Sardinia
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Loma Linda, California
  • Costa Rica’s isolated Nicoya Peninsula
  • Ikaria, an isolated Greek island

https://www.bluezones.com/expedition/ikaria/

In the Blue Zone ...

In the Blue Zone …

Ευμορφια and the “The Fishing Boat” had a warm welcome as they were approaching Ikaria’s harbour.The Ikarian boats were also beautiful and friendly and offered to show them around the island.

Ikaria's Friendly boats ...

Ikaria’s Friendly boats …

Friendly boats ...

Friendly boats …

Right Up my Alley ...

Right Up my Alley …

Seafood ?

Seafood ?

Seafood must be part of their secret,they thought and they had to eat something to keep their hunger at bay,before they go on …

Seems fresh,smells good ...

Looks  fresh,smells good …

Refreshments ...

Refreshments …

Off again to explore the “Blue Zone”,looking Up,looking Down …

Up ...

Up …

Looking Up...

Looking down and feel humbled …

Geo-morphology ...

Geo-morphology …

Rock Formation is Art ...

Volcanic Rocks called “Elephant Skin Rocks”

Time etches the rocks,shapes giant boulders,it writes its neolithic history;the two boats look Up and Down,they want to see more,to learn more about the island that people forget to die …

Who Shaped the Rocks ?

Who Shaped the Rocks ?

Rocky seashores,deep blue waters

Rocky Seashores kissed by cool turquoise waters …

Volcanic rocks ...

Etched Volcanic rocks Painted with Pelagic Sediments

Etched Volcanic rocks Painted with Pelagic Sediments and monasteries with small chapels built under gigantic rocks.

The boats read a road sign,they have to follow the path to see where “Theoskepasti” is and why the name.Unusual architecture,they thought.God had decided to put a gigantic rock as a roof … Should we go and pray ?

Theo-skepasti ...

Theo-skepasti …

Should we go and pray ?

Should we go and pray ?

ΘΕΟΣΚΕΠΑΣΤΗ ...

ΘΕΟΣΚΕΠΑΣΤΗ …

The Prayer under the Gigantic rock ...

The Prayer under the Gigantic rock in a Primordial cell  …

Immaculate cells ...

Immaculate cells …

Chapels overlooking Archipelagos

Chapels overlooking  the IKARIAN Archipelagos …

Ευμορφια wanted to see more,but the “Fishing Boat” had to turn in as she had to get up early in the morning to go to work …

Let’s Call it a Day …

The setting sun announced the end of the day ...

The setting sun announced the end of the day …

Icarus said that he would love to see them again in his island and narrate his own story.

*Ikaria has been inhabited since at least 7000 BC by the Neolithic pre-Hellenic race of Pelasgians.

*According to mythology Icarus, ignoring his father’s Daedalus advice, after escaping their imprisonment in Crete, flew very high, resulting in melting his wax feathers, falling and drawing in the sea somewhere around the island. His father buried his body on this island,which was named Ikaria to commemorate the daring youngster*
Icarus the Daring Youngster ...

Icarus the Daring Youngster …

“There is more to come next time”,Icarus said …

Ikarians are open, relaxed, friendly people who greet you with a genuine smile.They seem to laugh in the face of modern life- the greedy rush through time,the loss of identity through globalization and homogenous life styles, consumerism, and materialism.

They have always been self-sufficient people,mainly shepards,farmers,fisherman, shop owners and craftsmen.They farm their own land with most households growing their own supply of organic fruit and vegetables.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/31/ikaria-greece-longevity-secrets-age

http://www.island-ikaria.com/culture/ikarians.asp

http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/island-people-forget-to-die/

Αραξε ... One for the road ...

Αραξε … One for the road – the road back to Lesbos

Honoured to see Ikaria included in the “The Blue Zone” :

  • The Italian island of Sardinia
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Loma Linda, California
  • Costa Rica’s isolated Nicoya Peninsula
  • Ikaria, an isolated Greek island
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  1. So many great sights here, Doda! I hope you have a beautiful weekend, sweetheart ❤

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it dearest,Christy!Hope you too have a peaceful and creative weekend,my friend 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  2. Beauty Places

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    • Oh,are they?Thanks kindly for your kind visits and likes 🙂

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  3. Doda, your pictures are amazing! The rocks and water! Wow!

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    • So many thanks for liking them,dear Mary!Sending peace your way 🙂

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    • Such a fabulous video clip of Anemos uploaded by a Greek fellow!Thank you so much my friend 🙂

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  5. What a fabulous journey my dear friend. I’m so glad to have shared it with you. Thank you for posting this. BTW: I don’t seem to get any notifications of your posts any more. WordPress is once again doing strange things. xx

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    • The same had happened to me.All of a sudden it showed that I didn’t follow your blog.I re-followed and now I recive all your glorious posts!Anyhow,can’t thank you enough for coming by and for your approving comment.Glad you enjoyed the journey to this remote and quaint island,dear friend Su 🙂 xxx

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      • It’s so frustrating, but lovely to find my way to your posts and to share your journeys. Thank you my friend. xx

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        • I am grateful you found your way to my posts,delighted I got your feedback,dear friend 🙂 xxx

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  6. Love, love, love the rock formations. I’m amazed how well you explored these areas, and even are knowledge of interesting stories surrounding them.

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    • Can’t thank you enough dear Rommel for your generous and approving comment!I loved your Ios post too,I had left a comment to show my admiration for your superb wotk!Take care ~ All the best 🙂

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  7. Lovely and beautiful photos.

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    • So many thanks!Have a wonderful day 🙂

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  8. Love the story

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    • Thank you so much Jake!I love your inspirational,animated images with the well-selected quotes 🙂

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  9. enjoyed this colorful and culture rich walk – and that fried seafood has me hungry now! mmmm

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  10. Great images

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  11. so beautiful and colorful 🙂

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    • Thank you so much dear friend Joshi 🙂

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  12. SUPER! Gruß Alois

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    • Thaaaank you dear Alois!Loved your climbing squirrels 🙂

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  13. thank you for this delightful and beautiful tour of this amazing island. I’m glad we traveled by boat and did not fly!! Time stands still and we are refreshed- perhaps renewed!! So Beautiful dear Doda!!!

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    • Thank you so much for travelling with me to Ikaria,to the island where people forget to die!A remote island but very quaint and with plenty of natural beauties surprisingly alternating.Glad you enjoyed the boat trip,I didn’t want to fly in case my wings melt like Icarus,the “very” ambitious younster … lol Enjoy a beautiful day with Nikos,my sweet friend 🙂 PS:I have just come here,I was marvelling at your “Last Summer Rose” … I can still hear the orchestra in Dublin playing … ♪ ♪ ♪

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      • oh Doda, I love your Grecian tours! Check out my new ghost story when you are able!! I’m gearing up for Hallow’s eve and all souls night.

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        • Then,it was just the right choice,dear Cybele!Yes,it was!Right now that I am writting my reply to your comment,I’m still thrilled by your ghost story and your gorgeous photos showing the wandering souls …. 🙂

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  14. Great photos as always… nice that the boat can make friends! Really like that cafe sign… I would eat there!

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    • She is a social boat,she loves making friends.Thank you Roslyn,you would love to have dinner by the seaside and breathe the invigorating breeze 🙂

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      • Any meal by the water is my favorite!

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      • Absolutely!Any meal by the water tastes better,if it’s by a pool or a stream running,or by the vast ocean doesn’t really matter:)

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  15. Great post Doda 💕 I played Icarus once in a musical play ☺️

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    • Oh,did you?Then you very well know the story behind the Daring Youngster.Thank you dear Charlotte ~ Hope all is fine with you,your studies and your performances 🙂 xxx

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  16. […] know Ikaria, the island where people forget to Die.What’s their secret?” Read more of this fascinating story and view beautiful photos.  Thank you so much, Doda! […]

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    • Blushed … Dear friend Amy!Can’t thank you enough for the honour,I feel humbled,proud and very much befriended!You are so kind and generous,you have a heart of gold.Once more,a big thank you from the bottom of my heart!You’re such a very special friend 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  17. What an enchanting story, Doda, and gorgeous photos. I love those turquoise waters…wishing you a lovely day and week, my friend..xoxo ♥

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    • Thank you so much Laurel Dear for liking my tale and Ikaria’s photos.If you were there you’d write plenty of poems,my sweet friend.Enjoy your day ~ Hugs & Kisses to you 🙂 xxx

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  18. Amazing post my friend

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    • Thank you Jake Dear!I wish I could animate some photos like yours,but my knowledge on advanced techniques is very poor.

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  19. Oh Doda, I was completely transported by your enchanting story and breathtaking photos. I liked your plays on words (alley, at bay) very much too. I studied each photo, so distinctly Greek, and so very wonderfully dreamy. Thank you so much. 😀

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    • Oh,Jet Dear!The eyes of an adept writer and a great traveller can distinguish more elements than the apparent… How happy I feel you appreciated my plays on words and my hyperboles,which I often use to reinforce my plain writing.Thanks ever so much for appreciating my efforts to present you the natural beauties of this quaint island.Enjoy your day my friend 🙂

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  20. Oh my… I loved this tale of two love boats who travelled together exploring, tasting and delving back through time into marvellous prayer caves that must be seeped in history and energy..

    Loved your narration dear Doda , and especially the last photo I hope you are putting up your own feet and relaxing with a little wine as you enjoy the delights and the scenery of such wonderful coast lines..

    A pure delight to travel with you.. And I didn’t get sea-sick once! 🙂 It was a lovely smooth sail .. 🙂 thank you Doda 🙂 xxx 😀 ❤

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    • How beautifully you narrate your impressions from the island of Ikarus,dear Sue! I would love to have a glass of wine with you while relaxing by the seaside and talking about history and philosophy.It’s going to be our own Symposium.There is a tasty wine named Icarus,it’s just fine for us!Well,Cheers to You,to Us,and to our friendship !Thanks gratefully,my wonderful friend!Much Love & Respect to you 🙂 ❤ xxx

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      • I would love nothing better to sip Icarus with you Doda, and slow down time like the Ikarian people, who shun the modern world.. It is they who will be smiling the widest for they will be self sufficient in all their needs..
        🙂 And I would love to explore such places.. 🙂

        Love and Blessings dearest Doda 🙂 ❤

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        • You’re absolutely right,dear Sue!I envy them their peaceful lifestyle and their attitude towards life.Many intellectual people and artists stay longer in the island and pump a lot of inspiration.Bless you dear friend ~ Sending love & Peace to you 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  21. So very beautiful, Dear Doda. Love your photos and story. A few of your photos actually reminded me of a couple of places here in Florida. We have a “Greek” town called Tarpon Springs. Although it’s not nearly as beautiful as the real thing (sorry Tarpon Springs)! 😀 I hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend! 😀

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    • Thank you so much for appreciating my efforts to present you this remote but quaint island.How nice to tell me about “Tarpon Springs”,I’ve posted about it in 2011 ~ Just have a quick look :

      https://dodagrivas.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/sea-life-and-usa-greek-connections/

      I wish you also have a wonderful week 🙂 ❤ xxx

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      • It is a small world. When I get back down there for a visit, I’ll take loads of photos this time! 😀

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        • Isn’t it,Linda Dear ?When you mentioned the city I remembered my 2011 post,which was a tribute to the Kalymnian sponge divers and to the Sister City in USA.I would love to see some photos from Tarpon Springs.Many thanks once again 🙂 xxx

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  22. You’ve created a marvelous set of images that take me into the story. Thanks, Doda.

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    • Oh,have I ? Thank you so very deeply and gratefully for your complimentary remark,dear Sally!Just a little something in return for your inspirational posts.

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  23. So refreshing to be here reading your poetic words, following the two colourful boats to the place where people forget to die. Wonderful photography, beautiful story. Thanks, dear Doda. Have a great week! 🙂

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    • Why thank you Irina Dear!Humbled by your praising comment and overjoyed you followed Ευμορφια’s travel to the island of Icarus!Hope you’re keeping well ~ Looking forward to your new work.Enjoy a beautiful day filled with sunshine & happiness 🙂 xxx
      PS:Many thanks for all the R/Ts & Likes ♥

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  24. I thank you for writing and publishing your beautiful photos about Ikaria. That is certainly a place one must see. Now it’s on my list for future travel.

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    • I’m delighted you appreciated it Hien!Thank you for that and for the phenomenal photos you shared with us!Those extensive views over the Great Sand Dunes were out of this world.

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  25. There is such richness here and you publish it with an artist’s eye. Beautiful Doda.

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    • Thanks ever so much Gretchen Dear!Feel humbled and honoured to get such a praiseful comment by an exceptional Artist like you 🙂 xxx

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  26. Another note on my bucket list: visit Ikaria! Oh what a dreamy and perfect relaxing photo shoot…the sea, the sky, the rocks, the food(!) the pretty village…your lovely stories. Dear Doda my day started perfect. have alovely weekend, xoxox Johanna

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    • So glad you enjoyed it dear Johanna!Thank you my friend!Your Elk post brightened my day too.Hugs to you & Lady Charley 🙂 xxx

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  27. So, so beautiful. Wonderful presentation. Loved it. You have totally made my heart sing today sitting here looking at another wet Saturday xxxxx

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    • I’m totally delighted you enjoyed what I shared with you,sweetheart Shey!To be honest,I envy you your rainy weather,I’m fed up with the sun shining all year long.Misty and rainy weather help me to focus on serious work more.Well,you’ll send me some rain and in return,I’ll send you plenty of sunshine to warm your wet,autumn days 🙂 xxx

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      • Oh how nice to get some good weather. It was lovely this morning, then it poured rain this afternoon. Last week it rained solidly for 48 hours. Mind you I think you certainly have appoint about working better when its cooler. I loved this post x

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        • By the way we had some torrential rains almost all over Greece yesterday,but they didn’t last more than an hour or so.I just loved it,it felt so refreshing 🙂 xxx

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          • See…I sent yah some. (Ahem) I bet it all dried up quickly too. But that was nice it was refreshing for you. There is nothing like cool rain I guess. x

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            • Thank you dear Shey!I had a feeling they came down from Scotland,that’s why I sent you some sunshine to bright the days of your short Indian Summer 🙂 xxx

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  28. A tour de force both visually and allegorically. Many congratulations and thanks Doda; I was enthralled to be part of it all. H ❤

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    • Thanks kindly for your astute comment,dear Hasiod!I love allegories and metaphors,they give so much colour to our thoughts.PS:I’ve to come by your place and finish the Socratic dialogue we started … ❤

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  29. Beautiful photos Doda; and you have woven a magical tale around them. Such a pleasure to read. I hope you are having a good weekend my friend. xx

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    • Delighted you appreciated it,dear Su!I so much love those colourful boats that I wanted them to be part of my post.Ευμορφια (the 1st boat) and I thank you from ♥ ~ Happy week ahead,my friend from the other end of the world 🙂 xxx

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  30. Beautiful pictures, dear Doda and those rocks look amazing. Ikaria looks like a wonderful place, I didn’t know that Icarus had an island named after him. I enjoy Greek mythology that you share in your posts and I always learn something interesting here.
    Happy weekend. 🙂 ❤

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    • Thanks ever so much,dear Aditix!Ikaria is ideal for nature lovers like you.The scapes all over the island are pristine and it’s steeped in history and legend.Good wishes for a happy new weekmy friend 🙂 ❤

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  31. What a beautiful story. Two boats traveled together to the island to find secrets of life. Oooh Rocky Seashores kissed by cool turquoise waters… you tell the story so poetically, dear Doda! They did find the secrets! 🙂 The setting sun is breathtaking. Thank you so much for taking us there. So looking forward to reading more. 🙂 xxx
    Btw, the article “…people forget to die” was a happy story, love it. Thank you so much for the link, Doda!

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    • Why thank you dear Amy!Just a little something in return for the beauty and the interesting work you share with us,day-after-day!To be honest,I didn’t know that Ikaria was included in the “Blue Zone”until I watched a BBC programme.Did you see the list?

      The Italian island of Sardinia
      Okinawa, Japan
      Loma Linda, California
      Costa Rica’s isolated Nicoya Peninsula
      Ikaria, an isolated Greek island

      ❤ 🙂 xxx

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      • This one is so interesting, Doda. I’ll take a look of the BBC series. I agree, fresh air, good food, and happy relationship are the key for a healthy, long life. 🙂

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        • Absolutely,dear Amy!People living in big cities have distanced themselves from nature and lead very hectic lives,which is against their health.Thank you for your insightful comments 🙂

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          • I really enjoyed reading the stories you put together. Thank you for sharing, dear Doda!

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