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Hits 1st year
Published by EF041008 on 2009/11/24
In November Sagaplanet celebrates its one year anniversary. This gives us a chance to thank you for connecting with this on this hourney. It is also an opportunity to take an initial inventory of the facets of Sagaplanet you have most enjoyed.




In November Sagaplanet celebrates its one year anniversary. This gives us a chance to thank you for connecting with this on this hourney. It is also an opportunity to take an initial inventory of the facets of Sagaplanet you have most enjoyed.

We began our journey through New England, a land of pioneers. This was Indian country, where European colonists risked their lives to settle the land in the 16th century. New England is a fascinatingly beautiful and rich place. Internet travelers were justified in putting this region at the top in terms of numbers of visitors this year.

Cape Cod came first in terms of your requests and it shows the attraction of those dunes along the ocean’s edge that inspired painters like Edward Hopper. Cape Cod is also a land of paradox: here the Mayflower landed ( cf article Pionneers )bringing heroes like William Bradford to America, but this is also the land of Provincetown, a legendary gay resort.
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The Sagaplanet VIPs you elected are not necessarily names known worldwide. Often these are strong personalities who never let life’s difficulties keep them from their goals and who managed to adapt successfully to their circumstances.

Such was the case of
Squanto, a Wampanoag Indian, who adjusted to the arrival of European immigrants without losing his own soul. And there was Tituba, a slave who became the victim of the madness at Salem ( cf The Crucible  or Hawthorne ). She resisted her tormenters and sought independence in a world of extreme cruelty.

The Vanderbilt family alone took top honors. A symbol of American success, they were also exemplary of the settlement of Newport, with its fabulous mansions on the cliff’s edge, where tourists come to marvel.

The East Coast wasn’t the only region selected as a favorite. The Navajos people of the Great American West were also the object of your fascination. A mysterious land where time stops, haunted by monsters and spirits, it reminds us that from sand comes sand, and Mankind is the eternal paradox of the ephemeral and the eternal.

In a dead heat in the category devoted to society, the Knights of Malta also captivated our visitors. Men of faith, they entered into the collective imaginary because of their appearance and their generosity (their vow to care for the sick), but also their fighting spirit. They were the last bastions of Christianity in the Mediterranean, and they fought with the courage of lions to conquer their rock of Malta, thanks to the legendary courage of La Valette ( cf also Soleyman).

It seems that all of these characters and magnificent lands gave our visitors a taste for freedom, because it was the film Easy Rider, presented in 1969 at the Cannes Film Festival that you requested the most this year in the film category.

Over the last few months, some new categories appeared, like famous routes (the wine route for example) or festivals (like Halloween) and we intend to continue to include interviews to accompany the one conducted with Isabelle Maeght at the Foundation created by her grandfather Aimé Maeght.

A very nice first year!

Emmanuelle Falsanisi

        

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