Stressless in Segóbriga, Spain

Theater Segobriga, Spain
Theater Segobriga, Spain

Segóbriga

 

The first mention of the Roman city of Segobriga was by Greek mapmaker, Strabo in the first century BC.

The cities of Segobriga and Bilbilis both belong to the Celtiberians, and it is near these cities that Metellus and Sertorius had their war [80 BC to 72 BC]. Strabo, Geography, Book III, Chapter 4, Section 13.

Under Augustus, the city became a municipium, populated and governed by Roman citizens. The construction of the theater began under the emperor Tiberius and was completed during the Flavian period, circa AD 79.

The lower portion of the theater was for the orchestra, the first level of tier seating was reserved for the authorities. The stage was wooden and behind the stage stood monumental scenery with two levels of columns and marble sculptures representing the nine muses and the Roman imperial family. The goddess Roma stood at the center.

Segóbriga Archaeological Park

The park and museum give the visitor an overview of the city of Segobriga and daily life. Included in the museum are many sculptures, including the head of Vipsania Agrippina, wife to Tiberius.

Vipsania Agrippina
Vipsania Agrippina

Vipsania Agrippina (36 BC – 20 AD) was the daughter of Roman general, statesman, and architect, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. Agrippa was a close friend of Augustus, and largely responsible for his victory at Actium against Mark Antony and Cleopatra. In 19 BC, Vipsania married Tiberius and they had a son. When she was pregnant with a second child, the emporer Augustus forced Tiberius to divorce Vipsania and marry his daughter Julia the Elder, third wife of Agrippa, who had by then died.

Tiberius pined away for Vipsania. Their son was responsible for commissioning many sculptures of his mother.

Learn more about Segobriga.

Theater reconstruction from the Segóbriga Archaeological Park Museum with the forum at the top right of the image.

Theater reconstruction at Segobriga
Theater reconstruction, Segóbriga Archaeological Park Museum
Advertisements

I am still searching for happiness

How to find happiness

Happiness is a state of mind, it is said, but those are empty words, for happiness is not something we think of, but something we experience, like the smile of a newborn child, the gift of a single rose on Valentine’s Day, a kind word when the day is long.

Don’t overthink it

Happiness is just one seat away.

spring-window

Searching for the perfect Stressless chair takes time…, down time, to be exact.
Sit down in this chair or that, try another, check out the size, small, medium, or large, choose the classic base with its oval wooden shape or the signature base with its gleaming chrome and wood accents. Do you like the plush padding of the Mayfair recliner or the sleek modern look of the Nordic recliner?

Sit, recline, relax in a Stressless recliner

Sit, recline, relax, while you experience the ultimate in comfort. It takes time., but while you are searching, you are experiencing the patented features of the glide system that automatically adjusts the inner workings to give you the right angle to support your lumbar and neck regions.

To be honest, Stressless has done all the work for you. Stressless is the number one recliner for comfort. Designed and made in Norway to exacting standards, Stressless is made with a commitment to bringing you the very best in comfort.
And when you have completed your search for the perfect chair, what will you have found?

I can’t define it, but I know it when I feel it

Happiness, a state of well-being and contentment, joy, peace of mind, a pleasurable experience, words that are can not describe the feeling you experience when you sit in a Stressless recliner.
I am still searching for happiness, but that is the point. The journey, not the destination, the rewarding feeling of sitting in a Stressless recliner and relaxing takes time.

 

Stressless chair in Norway
Stressless chair in Norway along the fjord

God jul!

God jul og ha et godt nytt år!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

God jul!

Christmas time is that special time when families gather near. Christmas time is that pleasant time with thoughts of Christmas past – of sour cream and raisin pies, pepperkrakker, and rømmegrøt, of cloudberry cream and candies and Christmas trees and child-laughter, and pretty little rosy mouths, sweetened by sugarplums, puckering into Christmas kisses underneath the mistletoe, in cozy cottages covered in piles of snow.

 

3600-Ekornes-winter-top-2

Winter Solstice

In Trondheim, Norway, during the winter solstice, the day is only 4 hours 30 minutes long. Can spring be far away?

spring-window

Try a little kindness sale at Traditions Home

Until January 15 only, turn a small donation into Stressless savings of up to $400. Give $50 to the charity of your choice and receive $200 off any Stressless recliner, office chair, sofa, or theater group, or $400 off a Stressless Mayfair recliner and ottoman, office chair or Mayfair with LegComfort in select colors.

Learn-More-Button

present-box-1280

Solitude

Whitefish, Montana City Lake
Whitefish, Montana City Lake

Ode on Solitude

By Alexander Pope

Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground.

Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,

Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire.

Blest, who can unconcernedly find
Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day,

Sound sleep by night; study and ease,
Together mixed; sweet recreation;
And innocence, most does please,
With meditation.

Let me live, unseen, unknown;
Unlamented let me die;
Alone

And not a stone
Tell where I lie.

3800-milky-way

In the middle of a billion stars

Happy the woman
Who dreams and dares

Unseen, unknown, and quite alone
In the middle of a billion stars

Who finds a bit of piece of mind
Quoting verse
In her corner of the universe
All the while

In peaceful meditation
Chanting sweet incantations
In a Stressless chair

 

Success

It is said that to succeed one has to get up before the others, before the birds, before the sun, drink a cup of coffee, eat a piece of toast and an egg, put on your shoes and run, run just to keep in the same place, and run faster if you want to succeed.

Oh, but the trees, the mountains, and the lakes know better. They are always there watching me, wordlessly, knowing that there is a joy in sitting back and watching silently. Lessons are learned by listening, not just with the ears, but the eyes.

Life is meant to be enjoyed, Stresslessly.

kintla_lake_cowboy

What a beautiful place to be, I thought, gazing around Kintla Lake. Calm, peaceful, serene, about as far north in Montana one could go without going over the border into Canada.

“Be mindful of the bears,” the park ranger said.

“Oh, I know,” I replied, “I come from a place full of them.”

 

Castaway

Shipwrecked on a desert isle

There is much wisdom books, but wisdom, by this I mean true wisdom, wisdom which we apply and use, is not found it is learned.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

[Shipwrecked on a desert isle]

SEPTEMBER 30, 1659. – I, poor miserable Robinson Crusoe, being shipwrecked during a dreadful storm in the offing, came on shore on this dismal, unfortunate island, which I called “The Island of Despair”; all the rest of the ship’s company being drowned, and myself almost dead.

Castaway on a dessert isle with a Stressless recliner
Castaway on a desert isle with a Stressless recliner

[By the end of the second year]

From this moment I began to conclude in my mind that it was possible for me to be more happy in this forsaken, solitary condition than it was probable I should ever have been in any other particular state in the world; and with this thought I was going to give thanks to God for bringing me to this place…

[In the fifth year wherein he makes a great discovery]

In the first place, I was removed from all the wickedness of the world here. I had neither the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, or the pride of life. I had nothing to covet, for I had all that I was now capable of enjoying. I was lord of the whole manor; or if I pleased, I might call myself king or emperor over the whole country which I had possession of. There were no rivals: I had no competitor, none to dispute sovereignty or command with me. I might have raised shiploadings of corn, but I had no use of it; so I let as little grow as I thought enough for my occasion. I had tortoise or turtles enough, but now and then one was as much as I could put to any use. I had timber enough to have built a fleet of ships. I had grapes enough to have made wine, or to have cured into raisins, to have loaded that fleet when they had been built.

[Finding a footprint in the sand]

How strange a chequer-work of Providence is the life of man! and by what secret different springs are the affections hurried about, as different circumstances present! To-day we love what to-morrow we hate; to-day we seek what to-morrow we shun; to-day we desire what to-morrow we fear, nay, even tremble at the apprehensions of. This was exemplified in me, at this time, in the most lively manner imaginable; for I, whose only affliction was that I seemed banished from human society, that I was alone, circumscribed by the boundless ocean, cut off from mankind, and condemned to what I call silent life; that I was as one whom Heaven thought not worthy to be numbered among the living, or to appear among the rest of His creatures; that to have seen one of my own species would have seemed to me a raising me from death to life, and the greatest blessing that Heaven itself, next to the supreme blessing of salvation, could bestow; I say, that I should now tremble at the very apprehensions of seeing a man, and was ready to sink into the ground at but the shadow or silent appearance of a man having set his foot in the island.

[His return to England]

When I took leave of this island, I carried on board, for relics, the great goat-skin cap I had made, my umbrella, and one of my parrots; also, I forgot not to take the money I formerly mentioned, which had lain by me so long useless that it was grown rusty or tarnished, and could hardly pass for silver till it had been a little rubbed and handled, as also the money I found in the wreck of the Spanish ship. And thus I left the island, the 19th of December, as I found by the ship’s account, in the year 1686, after I had been upon it eight-and-twenty years, two months, and nineteen days; being delivered from this second captivity the same day of the month that I first made my escape in the long-boat from among the Moors of Sallee. In this vessel, after a long voyage, I arrived in England the 11th of June, in the year 1687, having been thirty-five years absent.

Read Robinson Crusoe online