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Herculean Efforts at The Lemon Grove of Hercules

Sometimes a place is that good that you just have to write about it. Please note that this is an unpaid endorsement of the Limoneto di Ercole country house in Erchie, Italy. Erchie is a pleasant seaside town that is 10 minutes by taxi (EUR€5) from Cetara on the Amalfi Coast on the Gulf of Naples. The Limoneto di Ercole (Lemon Grove of Hercules) is perched on the cliffs overlooking the town.

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What a pleasure this location is! The property is first class and the host is a real gent (Nicola – excuse the incorrect spelling I think). He cannot help enough with advice about everything from taxis to excursions to hikes to motor bike treks to restaurants to shopping to bus timetables to ferries.

The room we stayed in was 5 star with a mezzanine bedroom and an enormous king in the master bedroom. Huge bathroom and a well stocked self catering kitchen.

There is a 450 step / 1.2 km walk down the hill to the town of Erchie if you fancy the exercise. For the walker / hiker it is fine – even with shopping bags on the way back up. The path is lit in the evenings. Lizards and snakes will keep you company all the way 🙂

A view to kill for as it afforded a vista over the town of Erchie and the Gulf of Naples. The entire property is swathed in lemon and lime groves which are carefully manicured and managed by the ever present Isaac.

After a long days hike or ferry hopping there is a grass platform which gets the sun until after 6pm replete with a hot tub! This is one of the best self catering locations I have stayed at globally and I would highly recommend it for travellers of all types (Note: the property closed November to March).

There is a bus stop is outside the front door. Lots of onsite parking. If you are not hiring a car then note that the taxi from Naples airport can be negotiated down to about EUR€120 but I still get the feeling I was had.

An alternative route would be to take a EUR€5 taxi (10 minutes) to Cetara and a ferry to Salerno (20 minutes, no stops, EUR€5 per passenger and EUR€5 per bag) then take the express train to Naples Centrale (35 minutes) for EUR€4.30 then it is a 15 minute taxi ride to the airport for about EUR€20 depending.

Get a train from the same station to Pompei and Vesuvius. Do the Vesuvius hike, allocate a day for Pompei (divert from the crowd and go south to the less crowded side streets and vineyards (near where the mummified bodies exhibit is), take the ferry (Travel Mar is the best company IMHO) to Sorrento and ferry hop the Amalfi coast from Sorrento to Positano to Maoiri to Minori to Cetara and then Salerno and then take the train (30 minutes) back to Naples. See Capri on your way – use Positano as your jump off point for that excursion.

Hiking, water sports, climbing, boating, fishing, sight seeing, food, museums, the locals – they are all here! You can book tickets for most of the above online.

Google it. Google is your friend.

ENDS 

Why I will return to Europe

Returning to Europe is always like coming home to a familiar bed. Even as an Irishman who detests Irish society (the politics, the media, the inequality, the ignorance … not the people) but loves the Irish countryside and the wilds of the Wild Atlantic Way I always look down on Dublin Bay on the approach to Dublin Airport and there is always a jump in my gut, like meeting an old crush.

Europe is the most diverse continent and after reading this post I clicked and read https://andreasmoser.blog/2017/04/12/return-to-europe/ – I could not agree more with you that the opinion that Europe is not diverse is a liberal myth, mainly proclaimed by liberals who have never set foot outside of their parish let alone their country, or if they have, have done so on one of those sanitised package holiday experiences where the judgment of the experience is “how much like “home” the destination is but just with sunshine or snow, of course”.

Europe is a treasure that most Europeans spend much of their lives denying in favour of cliched experiences at Mount Fuji, Angkor Wat, Kilimanjaro, Table Mountain …. checklists of “must-see” locations and returning tourists who consider themselves to be modern day Livingstone. I disliked Mexico City intensely when I worked there in the 90’s. For many of the same reasons as you state. Thousands of people on every street corner and a nauseating pride in Catholicism. The homogeneity of opinion and experience.

Phnom Penh was similarly cheek to jowl with humanity but interesting to a degree that Mexico City was not. But even there the peoples pride in paying rambling Buddhist monks to pray for their enlightenment each morning on their doorstep betrayed a similarity globally in the obsession with insisting that we are not in control of our own lives.

Of course I completely disagree with you about the Schengen thing but mainly for reasons that are nothing to do with freedom of internal movement – but you already know that and I will not launch into lecture here.

Suffice to say that we Europeans are all glad to have you back and as usual your two stories in this series “Why I Will Return to Europe” and “Back in Europe” were a joy to read and research some of the information that I was not familiar with. Welcome back Mr. Moser.

The Happy Hermit

Originally, I had planned to spend several years in Latin America to take the time to explore every country from Argentina to Mexico. As an advocate for constant change, I have however scrapped this plan and I will return to Europe in May 2017 – after only one and a half years in South America.

There are a number of reasons behind this decision, but if I had to put them into two groups, they would be these: first, South America – with the notable exception of Bolivia – did not fascinate me as much as I had hoped. Second, I realized how diverse, beautiful, interesting and easy to travel Europe is by comparison.

Now to the particular reasons, roughly in order of importance:


The noise

In one and a half years in South America, I have easily sustained the same amount of accumulated decibels as in the previous…

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Back in Europe

After 18 months in South America, I am back in Europe. I have already written extensively about the reasons for my return. Here are the first impressions from the old continent: You cannot imagine how happy I was when I set foot on European soil in Funchal on Madeira. Green, a pleasant climate, wonderful architecture, no more noise, newspapers in English and German for the first time in one and a half years, large parks. I was seriously impressed by Portugal. In Sintra alone, I saw more different styles of architecture than in all of South America. Traveling through Germany by car or train is idyllic. Green everywhere, neat villages, hilly, forests of trees instead of billboards with advertisement.

The Happy Hermit

After 18 months in South America, I am back in Europe. I have already written extensively about the reasons for my return. Here are the first impressions from the old continent:

  1. You cannot imagine how happy I was when I set foot on European soil in Funchal on Madeira.Ankunft Funchal.JPGGreen, a pleasant climate, wonderful architecture, no more noise, newspapers in English and German for the first time in one and a half years, large parks. grün Funchal.JPG
  2. I was seriously impressed by Portugal. In Sintra alone, I saw more different styles of architecture than in all of South America.Pena mit Burg.JPG
  3. Traveling through Germany by car or train is idyllic. Green everywhere, neat villages, hilly, forests of trees instead of billboards with advertisement.
  4. But Germany also appears too spruced up. Everything is clinically clean, as if treated antiseptically every day. Even the roads are so clean that you could eat from them. Hedges and…

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Using Positive Disruption To Beat The Touts, The Cartels & The Vested Interests

My Face Value is preparing for launch on 31st December 2017. To keep up to date with the latest news follow us on Facebook and Twitter

My Face Value is engaged in positive disruption. Positive disruption is a vital catalyst for change. We are committed to 100% compliance with all of the Rules / Terms & Conditions associated with the buying, selling and swapping of tickets including the complex subset of rules that relate to the transfer and exchange of unused season tickets (rules which vary widely between Leagues and even at the Club level – some of the challenges are clearly described in this page from the Liverpool F.C. website).

My Face Value will be compliant with all of the prevailing legislation with respect to ticket reselling in all of the locations in which we will operate initially. Presently those locations are the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, France, Spain, Italy & Germany.

We will comply with all of the rules of all of the relevant governing bodies and / or associations who issue tickets which are processed in our community or the rules as stipulated by those who are responsible for the issuing of tickets on behalf of others.

Regardless of event type – Football, Cricket, Rugby, Concert, Festival – or geographic location there will be:

  • No compliance shortcuts;
  • No expedient “interpretations” of rules, regulations or terms & conditions;
  • No “let’s take a chance and see” attitude;
  • No headlong rush to “go live” & start generating revenues at the expense of compliance;

My Face Value are here for the long run to effect positive change. My Face Value has the patience, expertise & funding to see out the process to its conclusion. The positive disruption activities of My Face Value will and are upsetting the status quo.

My Face Value are challenging cartels & vested interests and barriers will and are being placed in our way.  The My Face Value Community Guidelines and Governance will be above reproach in order to prevent the vested interests / cartels / “competitors” from attempting to undermine our core mission – and they will try.

Our Core Mission?

Access to All Events – at Face Value – for True Fans

Our Commitment to Longevity 

My Face Value will not “go live” until all of the items on the critical path to ensure 100% compliance with all rules and regulations are complete and signed off by the relevant external interested parties.

With these prerequisites we estimate, at this time, that My Face Value will be in a position to “go live” for ticket BUY / SELL / SWAP functionality on:

Friday, 18th August 2017

This date is subject to change if needed and should an unforeseen delay occur in the compliance time line which is outside of the control of My Face Value.

Using Technology to Ensure Compliance & Eliminate Touting

The My Face Value Tech Team are currently completing the development of the My Face Value platform to support:

  • BUY/SELL/SWAP Features – Read about that in a future blog post;
  • Counterfeit Detection & Ticket Processing – Read about that in a future blog post;
  • Tout Detection – information on how we are preventing touting in the My Face Value community – Read about that in a future blog post;
  • Supporting the Grassroots – My Face Value are making our platform available for use by certain Clubs – free of charge – Read about that in a future blog post;
  • Completing the technology to support Affiliate Programs, Merchandising Sales, Travel & Accommodation Offers and Sportsbook Betting as incentives and rewards for My Face Value community members.

Getting The Support of The Clubs & Governing Bodies

My Face Value are also engaged in discussions with the Governing Bodies, Leagues and Clubs to clarify certain matters as they relate to ticket resales and ticket processing. My Face Value have developed technology and processes to implement rigorous enforcement and control of what we call “the ‘last’ official buyer will be the only person allowed to gain entry rule” at the turnstiles.

In partnership with the football clubs My Face Value proposes to combat the problem as follows:

  1. When a ticket is sold or swapped in the My Face Value community we will ultimately be seeking permission from the clubs to allocate a NEW ticket;
  2. The re-issued My Face Value ticket will be a mirror image of the original ticket with one significant difference – it will contain information unique to the My Face Value purchaser / swapper – namely an embedded photo, watermarking and a bar code;
  3. In the short term a visual inspection will verify that the person seeking to gain entry is the My Face Value purchaser / swapper;
  4. In the mid term this visual inspection will be augmented with a process where a scanner (which My Face Value will issue to the Clubs) will ensure with 100% certainty that the person seeking entry is the My Face Value purchaser / swapper and that the ticket is not a forgery;
  5. In the event that a “tout” or “forgery” is detected at the turnstiles by our scanners then all associated parties with that ticket will be immediately and automatically placed in the “Active Suspended (Pending Appeal)” Good Standing status on the My Face Value platform;
  6. This process is hugely summarised here to avoid writing a 50 page description but this is the essence of our approach.

My Face Value are not an Authorised Ticket Reseller for any league or club at this time. When we “go live” our only role will be to facilitate legal transactions. My Face Value will not sell tickets directly to community members but rather we will act as a facilitator for interactions between genuine fans who wish to BUY, SELL or SWAP tickets with other fans while complying with the My Face Value Community Guidelines.

We know there is a lot of information here and if after reading this post you need any further clarifications or have any questions or have any suggestions please email us at support@myfacevalue.co and we would be delighted to engage with you.

The My Face Value Team