Legendary lands

“Legendary lands and places are of various kinds and have only one characteristic in common: whether they depend on ancient legends whose origins are lost in the mists of time or whether they are an effect of a modern invention, they have created flows of belief.”- Umberto Eco, The Book of Legendary Lands

The flows of belief are strictly to the core derived from one gulp of air that is tastier and milder than roses’ perfume. What if to weave something that would transport us into the fallacy of an unknown nebula hovering around and yet appealing with secret smells and colors, foods and spices.

The utopian allure is greatly mystifying and powerless in the light of the real. Even the prosperous magic country of the beautiful and kind Phaeacians turned to shreds in the morning when Odysseus woke up to find himself in his beloved Ithaca.

“Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself. Out of a hope in a possible future, many people are prepared to make enormous sacrifices, and maybe even die, led on by prophets, visionaries, charismatic preachers, and spellbinders who fire the minds of their followers with the vision of a future heaven on Earth (or elsewhere).”

Let the legendary land engulf you. Be drowned into it, breathe in the smells, the oddities and the illusion, sing to its music but then leave it. As one cannot buy the perfumes of Samarkand and prepare for the dreary winter.



















Art – The Road to Samarkand by Thomas Thiermeyer.

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16 thoughts on “Legendary lands

    1. Iulia Halatz Post author

      Thank you, dear Roger! Indeed a lot to debate, as I oftentimes leave my corporeal body and visit my nebula, and come back with ideas and unknown spices 🙂 😉 Honestly speaking I have not got time to write more.

  1. Mohamad Al Karbi

    Isn’t strange that every one no matter what are their religions or races is longing for this imaginary land or place? It’s either a human nature or we’ve been there someday! Thank you much Iulia for this wonderful post – as usual.

    1. Iulia Halatz Post author

      Thank you very much, dear Mohamad. Indeed, we have been there, we are longing, we are dreaming, we are imagining and we are striving for our legendary land, irrespective of the “adjectives” that might categorize us…Thank you very much for your wonderful words – as usual 🙂

  2. Sidharth

    I personally feel that a legendary land exists within each one of us, it’s just that we all are entangled in the wicked vicissitudes of the outer world that hinders us from connecting with the legendary land that resides within us. Sometimes we might just have to close our eyes on the outer world in order to see & discover the true essence of the legendary land that is manifested by our souls within us. Thanks for sharing such a mesmerizing post! It’s always a privilege to go through your posts <3

    Warm Regards

    1. Iulia Halatz Post author

      Thank you very much for your beautiful words. You are right, within each and everyone of us there lives a legendary land made even more magic by our invincible inner beauty.
      I am really sorry that Mr. Umberto Eco has so soon retreated into his legendary land. The best we can do is to relive and ponder upon his magic words.

      It is always a privilege to receive your thoughts <3
      As always,

      1. Sidharth

        You decorated my initial thought in a more majestic way, by the way I thought of few topics on which we could collaborate upon if you want i can mail them to you and if you are able to find free time & if any of those topics appeal to you then we could start with our collaboration according to your convenience😊

        1. Iulia Halatz Post author

          Please, email them to me. I will have a thought or two 🙂 about them. Thank you again. During this period I had/have to stretch myself (including my ideas) too thin in order to keep up with some events.
          I am looking forward to our word collaboration.

          1. Sidharth

            Sorry for the delay in mailing you the suggestions, was busy with a family commitment. Please don’t exert yourself because of our collaboration otherwise I would be haunted by a feeling of remorse, we’ll approach the collaboration according to our mutual convenience so as a concerned friend I hope you don’t saturate yourself too much. May you be blessed with a beautiful day 😊

          2. Iulia Halatz Post author

            Hello Sid 🙂 You do not have to apologize for anything. Thank you for your ideas and graceful words. And thank you for your understanding. I will take my time and will get back to you with a plan of words 🙂 Thank you again! I bid you and your family a blissful Sunday!

          3. Sidharth

            Sure take your time for the creativity flows when the emotions & thoughts are in equilibrium with our hearts & minds. Creativity can’t be governed by a rigid timeline, so yes go at your own pace. Wish you & your family a flawless Sunday 🙂

  3. Iulia Halatz Post author

    For me it is all about mental travelling (with or without the help of some beautiful incentives that smell like ancient Egypt :)) and the belief that stories perfect our lives in making them round.
    Thank you, dear Michael 🙂

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