Saint-Louis in Senegal

20 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© LamourYves/cc-by-sa-4.0

Saint Louis or Saint-Louis (Wolof: Ndar), is the capital of Senegal‘s Saint-Louis Region. Located in the northwest of Senegal, near the mouth of the Senegal River, and 320 kilometres (200 mi) north of Senegal’s capital city Dakar. It had a population of 254,171 in 2023. Saint-Louis was the capital of the French colony of Senegal from 1673 until 1902 and French West Africa from 1895 until 1902, when the capital was moved to Dakar. From 1920 to 1957, it also served as the capital of the neighboring colony of Mauritania.   read more…

Balat in Istanbul

19 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Union for the Mediterranean Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© flickr.com – Moyan Brenn/cc-by-2.0

Balat is a neighbourhood in the municipality and district of Fatih, Istanbul Province, Turkey. Its population is 11,656 (2022). It is in the old city on the European side of Istanbul, on the western shore of the Golden Horn, sandwiched between Fener and Ayvansaray. Historically, it was the center of the Jewish community in Istanbul.   read more…

Palais Bourbon in Paris

18 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© ZeusUpsistos/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Palais Bourbon is the meeting place of the National Assembly, the lower legislative chamber of the French Parliament. It is in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, on the Rive Gauche of the Seine across from the Place de la Concorde.   read more…

Ōsu Shopping District in Nagoya

17 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Shopping Reading Time:  4 minutes

Ōsu Shopping District © Bariston/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ōsu Shopping District © Bariston/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ōsu is an area located in the Naka ward of Nagoya, Central Japan. Ōsu Kannon Station is located at Ōsu.   read more…

Royal Mile in Edinburgh

16 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Shopping, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© flickr.com – Timo Newton-Syms/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Royal Mile (Scottish Gaelic: Am Mìle Rìoghail; Scots: Ryal Mile) is a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. The term was first used descriptively in W. M. Gilbert’s Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century (1901), describing the city “with its Castle and Palace and the royal mile between”, and was further popularised as the title of a guidebook by R. T. Skinner published in 1920, The Royal Mile (Edinburgh) Castle to Holyrood(house).   read more…

75th anniversary of NATO

15 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Flag Of Nato The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO; French: Organisation du traité de l’Atlantique nord, OTAN), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance of 32 member states—30 European and 2 North American. Established in the aftermath of World War II, the organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty, signed in Washington, D.C., on 4 April 1949. NATO is a collective security system: its independent member states agree to defend each other against attacks by third parties. During the Cold War, NATO operated as a check on the threat posed by the Soviet Union. The alliance remained in place after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, and has been involved in military operations in the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. The organization’s motto is animus in consulendo liber (Latin for ‘mind unfettered in deliberation’). The organization’s strategic concepts include deterrence.   read more…

Bagel

14 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, New York City Reading Time:  8 minutes

Bagel with sesame © Shisma/cc-by-4.0

Bagel with sesame © Shisma/cc-by-4.0

A bagel (Polish: bajgiel; Yiddish: beygl; also spelled beigel) is a bread roll originating in the Jewish communities of Poland. Bagels are traditionally made from yeasted wheat dough that is shaped by hand into a torus or ring, briefly boiled in water, and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior.   read more…

Fontenay-le-Comte in the Pays de la Loire

13 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

Château de Terre Neuve © Gdf85/cc-by-sa-3.0

Château de Terre Neuve © Gdf85/cc-by-sa-3.0

Fontenay-le-Comte (Poitevin: Funtenaes or Fintenè) is a commune and subprefecture in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region of Western France. In 2018, it had a population of 13,302, while its functional area had a population of 41,273. The river Vendée flows through the town. The town has an area of 34 km² (13 sq mi).   read more…

Poros in the Saronic Gulf

12 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

Docks and the iconic clock tower © flickr.com - Julien Seguinot/cc-by-sa-2.0

Docks and the iconic clock tower © flickr.com – Julien Seguinot/cc-by-sa-2.0

Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, about 58 km (36 miles; 31 nautical miles) south of the port of Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by a 200 m (656 ft) wide sea channel, with the town of Galatas on the mainland across the strait. Its surface area is about 31 square kilometres (12 sq mi) and it has 3,261 inhabitants (2021). The ancient name of Poros was Pogon. Like other ports in the Saronic, it is a popular weekend destination for Athenian travellers.   read more…

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