San Colombano hermitage: it’s carved into a cliff in northern Italy, and it is named after the saint who killed a dragon.

We are lost in the Leno Valley, of Trento Province in northern Italy, near to the San Colombano lake, where the solitude is taken to another level and isolation literally to new heights! It is somewhat expected for a hermitage to be hard to reach, and San Colombano is partly a natural cave, and partly excavated into the rock-face and it’s located over 120 meters above the ground right in the middle of the valley’s vertical cliff face. It’s been there since the 8th century and climbing is the only way…

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How the cat Simon earned a military medal.

For centuries, a close relationship of mutual esteem and affection has linked a category of rough men and accustomed to every danger, the sailors, to a small pet that today tends to associate with photographs on social networks and quiet family life, the cat. Cats are intelligent predators with a strong natural instinct for hunting and eliminating rodents. Because of this, they have been used on numerous ships across the world as killers of rats, mice, and various other disease-ridden animals. The rats climb on board using the peaks that…

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