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this day in the yesteryear: The Caves of Nerja Are Rediscovered (1959)


The Caves of Nerja Are Rediscovered (1959)

One of Spain’s major tourist attractions is the Caves of Nerja, a series of caverns near the town of Nerja in the Province of Málaga. The caves were inhabited by prehistoric peoples, who left their mark in the form of paintings and other artifacts. Today, visitors can tour parts of the caves’ three galleries and view skeletons and other items on display there. Concerts are also regularly held in one of the caves’ many chambers. How did five friends inadvertently rediscover the caves in 1959? More… Discuss

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Antonin Dvorak – Romance in F minor Op 11 – Violin and piano


Antonin Dvorak – Romance in F minor Op 11 – Violin and piano

Spelunking


Spelunking

Spelunking, or caving, is the recreational sport of exploring caves. The term comes from spelunk, the Middle English word for “cave.” Many people are drawn to spelunking because virgin cave systems comprise some of the last unexplored regions on Earth. Edouard-Alfred Martel pioneered caving in the 19th century, and widespread interest in the activity led to the creation of the National Speleological Society in 1941. What distinction do purists draw between “cavers” and “spelunkers”? More… Discuss

Roquefort Cheese


Roquefort Cheese

French Roquefort, a famous blue cheese, which ...

French Roquefort, a famous blue cheese, which is required by European law to be made from raw sheep’s milk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the best-known of all French cheeses, Roquefort comes from ewe’s milk aged in the caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon in the south of France. Though similar cheeses are produced elsewhere, European law dictates that only those cheeses aged in Roquefort-sur-Soulzon’s caves may bear the name “Roquefort.” Distinctive veins of blue mold, found in the caves’ soil, give the cheese its characteristic odor and strong taste of butyric acid. According to legend, how was this mold discovered? More… Discuss