Homeside Financial - February 2020

1051 13th St . SE Hickory, NC 28602

PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID BOISE, ID PERMIT 411

pg1

Are You Thinking About Refinancing?

pg2

Meet the Dog Who Helped Take Down al-Baghdadi

What Is a Construction-to- Permanent Loan?

pg3

Homes for Heroes

Learn All About Leap Year

pg4

Your Epic Adventure Awaits

Create Your Own Odyssey MYTHICAL ADVENTURES AWAIT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

One of the oldest stories in Western literature is Homer’s “The Odyssey.”This epic poem tells the story of Odysseus and his long journey home after the Trojan War. While Odysseus’ travels were fraught with mythical monsters and magic, many of the places he visited are said to be inspired by real islands in the Mediterranean. Even today, travelers flock to these islands looking for peace, adventure, and epic stories of their own. Sicily, Italy One of the most popular stories in “The Odyssey” is the tale of Odysseus rescuing his crew from Polyphemus, a man-eating Cyclops. It’s said that Polyphemus made his home on what is now modern-day Sicily. Fortunately, there are no Cyclopes in Sicily today; there are only cultural festivals, world- class golf courses, and delicious food.

seven years on the mythical island of Ogygia, home of the nymph Calypso. Historians suspect that Ogygia was Gaudos, now modern-day Gozo, Malta. Gozo is home to the Ġgantija temples, which are older than the Egyptian pyramids. In addition to exploring its archaeological marvels, Gozo’s visitors can also enjoy snorkeling, horseback riding, and other memorable adventures. Ithaca, Greece If you want to chart your own odyssey, make your final stop Odysseus’ home, the island of Ithaca. Covered in lush greenery and quaint villages, Ithaca is a wonderful place to relax at the end of your trip. Visitors can enjoy their morning coffee by a seaside cafe before lounging on a secluded beach for the rest of the day. It’s no wonder why Odysseus fought so hard to get back to Ithaca! With dozens of other islands to explore, the Mediterranean is the perfect place to plan your own odyssey —minus the mythical monsters, of course.

Gozo, Malta

While Odysseus’ journey was perilous, he did enjoy one peaceful stop. Odysseus spent

4

jharrington@gohomeside.com

Published by The Newsletter Pro • www.TheNewsletterPro.com

Made with FlippingBook - Online catalogs