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Fauves in Collioure

06/01/2024 10:28
At the beginning of the 20th century, Collioure had begun to attract the attention of artists who went to the coastal town as the preferred centre for their work stays. Since 1905, Henri Matisse and André Derain took it as their headquarters. Matisse resided periodically until 1914. Other painters...

Oviedo Bronzes

22/11/2023 10:57
The Asturian capital is dotted with more than a hundred statues, mostly bronze that, impassive under the Cantabrian rain, decorate downtown streets. They represent real and fictional characters, who are or have been famous and to whom the city pays tribute. Starting the tour in the same centre, in...

The Book Village

11/11/2023 11:14
Urueña is a unique town, not because of its well-preserved medieval walls or for the views it has over the Valladolid plains of Tierra de Campos, but because of the particularity that its barely two hundred inhabitants have more bookstores than bars. From the hermitage of La Anunciada, a...

Aneu Valley Churches

22/07/2023 10:03
Parallel to Andorra, Aran or Boi valleys, with their famous Romanesque churches, Aneu valley, with its hidden detours, also hides its architectural treasures from the turn of the millennium, although they are not as spectacular or famous as its neighbours. At the time when the Romanesque temples...

Perez Line

09/07/2023 11:09
After Spanish Civil War and with the uncertain evolution of World War II in Europe, the new Spanish fascist government decided to create a defensive line along the Pyrenees to prevent a potential invasion into the peninsula. Between 1944 and 1957 the new regime invested a disconcertingly...

Morituri te Salutant

28/01/2023 11:07
There were basically two types of shows that filled with public Roman amphitheatres: those where couples or groups of fighters fought each other, known as munera, and those where protagonists were wild beasts facing their hunters or fighting among themselves. These were called venationes. These...

Beaumaris, by the window

10/11/2022 12:24
“L'absence n'est-elle pas la plus certaine, la plus efficace, la plus vivace, la plus indestructible, la plus fidèle des présences?” Marcel Proust Beaumaris is a pretty little town that straddles one end of the Menai Strait. It separates the island of Anglesey from the rest of Wales. Cute and tiny...

Stavkirkes, the Dragon Churches

11/10/2022 16:45
In Denmark and Sweden, as in other Northern Europe regions, old churches progressively replaced by stone buildings, however the tradition of building them out of wood endured in Norway and admirably revived in the 12th century. They are characterized by the lines of their roofs evoking, someway,...

Ebre's Delta

26/08/2022 08:38
The accumulation of sediments carried by Ebro River over the centuries has created this great changing space of more than three hundred square kilometres, which, in its wetlands, hosts an abundant wildlife protected by the Natural Park and an agriculture characterized by the rice crops. Delta’s...

Joyce's Tower

20/05/2022 09:05
On the outskirts of Dublin city there is an old defence tower. It is in front of the coast and it inspired the great Irish writer James Joyce the beginning of his encyclopaedic human adventure of Ulysses with a Mass parody by the character Buck Mulligan. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the...
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