The Odyssey: summary and mythological episodes

Art and Culture

A major work of world literature, the Odyssey is a vast epic poem composed by the Greek poet Homer around the middle of the 8th century BC. This epic, which recounts the return of Ulysses to Ithaca, is, along with the Iliad, one of the founding poems of European civilization.

14
Sep
2016

The Statue of Liberty: the emblem of New York

Art and Culture

The Statue of Liberty, which has marked the entrance to New York Harbor since 1886, is not only one of the city's most famous monuments but also a national emblem of the United States. Here is the history and characteristics of this colossal statue which was offered by France as a token of Franco-American friendship.

14
Sep
2016

Three misconceptions about tobacco

Health and Beauty

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, set for 31 May, the government is launching a new awareness campaign. The objective: to dismantle the received ideas on smoking. Here are three misconceptions about tobacco that must be banished to measure the risks involved.

30
May
2016

Sweating: 5 unusual facts

Health and Beauty

Sweating is a completely normal and natural phenomenon. But have you ever wondered why men sweat more than women? Or what factors influence our body odour? Here are 5 unusual but scientifically proven facts that will give you some answers.

18
Aug
2015

The nutmeg tree: the tree that gives the nutmeg

Home and Garden

Nutmeg is one of the most common spices in cooking. But do you know the tree that gives this aromatic nut? We suggest you discover this tropical tree called nutmeg tree.

24
Apr
2015

The Ceylon cinnamon tree: the tree that gives cinnamon

Home and Garden

You may know that cinnamon sticks are dried pieces of bark. But do you know the tree that gives this spice used throughout the world? Called Ceylon cinnamon, this tree of the Lauraceae family is native to Sri Lanka.

25
Mar
2015

Air travel: what are the prohibited items?

Travel and Tourism

To ensure the safety of passengers, certain items are strictly forbidden in the cabin or in the hold. Packing for a plane trip can sometimes be a real headache! Here is a short summary of the items that are prohibited on planes and the products that are allowed.

28
June
2013

How much does a pet cost?

Health and Beauty

Your child wants a pet, but can you afford it? You should know that the budget varies according to the animal you choose and can quickly become substantial. Here's a handy guide to estimating the cost of a pet.

04
Sep
2012

The Carob tree: the tree with small horns

Home and Garden

The carob tree is native to the Mediterranean countries. It produces the carob, a kind of fruit formed by a pod that contains seeds. It is a very old but poorly known plant, which has been cultivated since antiquity.

20
Apr
2012

Christ the Redeemer: the symbol of Rio de Janeiro

Art and Culture

The statue of Christ the Redeemer, perched 710 metres above sea level on Mount Corcovado, dominates the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This iconic landmark is the only one of the New Seven Wonders of the World to have been built in the 20th century.

20
Dec
2011
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