City on a grain of salt. Tuzla means a place of salt and it lays on top of the salt lake. It is suspected it has been there for around 7000 years as one of the oldest places in Europe.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Better known as Sempervivum Tectorum, I believe.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Sempervivum tectorum it is. And in England it's known as the house leek. Your picture made me think why it would be called that. It turns out that the tectorum (roof, so presumably house) bit is because it used to be grown on thatched roofs to protect them against fires caused by lightning, because it was associated with two gods of lightning, Thor and Zeus (Jupiter). The basis of that notion seems to be that because they're succulents and consequently more fire-resistant than dried grass or petrol they might slow down the rate that a fire would spread through the thatch. Hmmmm. But I still didn't find out where the leek bit comes from except as everyone knows roofs often have leeks.

12 April, 2010 23:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes a good photo as well.

12 April, 2010 23:24  
Blogger renee said...

This is definitelly NOT Sempervivum tectorum, not even Sempervivum!

How Semperviovums look like can be see at my blog

05 May, 2010 12:19  

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