Europe

Vasa's Short Sailing

05/10/2018 10:11
What must have been seventeenth century largest warship destined to dominate the Baltic waters along the confrontation that Sweden maintained against Poland and Latvia in the framework of the Thirty Years War, ended up being a fiasco that barely sailed a mile before sinking in front of the island...

Desiderius' Cross

25/08/2018 12:44
Santa Giulia Museum, in Brescia, Italy, exhibits an old and exceptional Lombard crucifix. It is covered on both sides by dozens of stone, glass and even Roman patrician portraits inlays. This is the Desiderius’ Cross. Desiderius, or Didier of Istria, was, between the years 756 and 774, the last...

Utrecht, where the Treaty

18/05/2018 11:26
Utrecht was one of the cities which created the Republic of the Seven United Provinces, embryo of the Netherlands. Here also was signed the treaty by which Europe was redistributed between the houses of Austria and the one of Bourbon, without forgetting the British interests. Taking a glance at...

Braga's Old Cafes

06/04/2018 08:44
In the old town of the Portuguese city, neighbour of Oporto, three coffees are preserved as we usually call with no hidden satisfaction, those of lifelong. In this case lifelong began at the second half of the XIX century. They are A Brasileira, Vianna and Astoria, three classics that have...

Les Baux de Provence

21/03/2018 09:41
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France is an association of 157 municipalities that gathers and promotes the most beautiful villages in France. Les Baux de Provence, perched on a high rocky outcrop in the Alpilles Mountains, is one of them. And really deserves it. The stony plateau rises steeply six...

Rotterdam, Work in Progress

24/01/2018 09:36
The conquest of Holland by Nazi Germany was brief due to its forcefulness. Rotterdam was practically erased from the map, forcing the surrender of the country. After the war, reconstruction began. The one of the city was different and nowadays it has become a catalogue of avant-garde outdoor...

Goya's Birthplace

01/12/2017 09:29
Fuendetodos is a small Spanish town where barely one hundred seventy souls live. It is quiet, a real haven of peace until a coach download a students’ bunch coming to visit the heart of the town where painter Francisco de Goya, here omnipresent, was born. On the road, before taking the detour that...

Welcome to the Land of Ch'tis

13/10/2017 10:31
Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis is the original title of the French comedy of Dany Boon released in 2008. The film is an acidic comedy on life in northern France, Nord-Pas de Calais. Southwards, is the Somme department, the flowery Picardy region and the bitter memories of the war in the trenches. In...

Goin' Beatnik

21/07/2017 17:22
In the late seventies and early eighties, finished adolescence without understanding what happened during military service, it was time to discover the first books published is this part of Europe about a then little known generation of rebels without a cause, which, also here, launched some young...

Onyar River Houses

07/07/2017 09:23
It is one of the most known Girona landmarks, the facades looming to the Onyar River reflecting their colourful facades on the waters along city’s bridges. Although actually they are not properly the facades but the back of the buildings that were built from the Rambla and Argenteria Street, along...

The Heaven's Embassy

16/06/2017 17:13
It’s a state within a state occupying only a little bit of a city, just half one square kilometre. The Vatican is like a Heaven’s Kingdom embassy on Earth. No other religion aspires to such earthly legation. A state with such dimensions must necessarily generate some curious facts. It is the only...

In the Land of Foie Gras

13/04/2017 10:12
Dordogne matches roughly with the old Perigord province in France's Aquitaine. It deserves the visit for its gentle landscapes cut by their placid rivers, for its rich and varied cuisine and wines despite not being recognized as those of Bordeaux or Burgundy. Also for its many castles, one of them,...

London Hampstead

20/02/2017 10:24
Hampstead Village is an elegant neighbourhood in Camden borough, north London, which also has one of the largest green areas of the City, Hampstead Heath. Residence of wealthy families also attracted artists, painters and poets to found their inspiration here. The first news of the place appeared...

On Ebro River Meanders

31/01/2017 10:43
In Ribera Baja shire, in Aragon, Spain, the river runs lazily on a layer of clay and limestone that forcing it to squirm on their way down to the Mediterranean, forming sinuous meanders one after another, winding among towns that live on the waters. And so, it meanders that the straight line...

A Place Called Granyena

30/12/2016 16:58
Granyena de Segarra is a small town where scarcely one hundred and forty souls live. It gathers on the southern slope of a hill standing out among the wavy plains where cereal grows in Lleida lands, in the shadow of an ancient Templar fortress. In 1054, when the town was frontier with Al Andalus...
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