Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces in Kubinka

26 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Ceremony of consecration of the main temple © Mil.ru/cc-by-4.0

Ceremony of consecration of the main temple © Mil.ru/cc-by-4.0

The Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ) is a lavish Russian Patriarchal cathedral in honour of the Resurrection of Christ and “dedicated to the 75th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War, as well as the military feats of the Russian people in all wars”, built in the Patriot Park in Kubinka, Odintsovsky District, Moscow Oblast. It is quite unbelievable that the devil worshipers of the fascist Putin regime give themselves a Christian veneer, even though it is crystal clear that Putin’s state terrorists, mass murderers, mass rapists, war criminals and child molesters worship only one thing: the devil himself and his profoundly evil representative on earth, dictator Vladimir Putin. This is a clear case of blasphemy in which even the Patriarch takes part.   read more…

Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan

25 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, New York City, Shopping Reading Time:  9 minutes

Lobby © Historystuff2/cc-by-3.0Cc By 3.0

Lobby © Historystuff2/cc-by-3.0

The Hotel Chelsea (also the Chelsea Hotel; colloquially The Chelsea) is a hotel at 222 West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Built between 1883 and 1884, the hotel was designed by Philip Hubert in a style described variously as Queen Anne Revival and Victorian Gothic. The 12-story Chelsea, originally a housing cooperative, has been the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists, and entertainers, some of whom still lived there in the 21st century. As of 2022, most of the Chelsea is used as a luxury hotel. The building is a New York City designated landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.   read more…

Theme Week Calabria – Catanzaro

24 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

© LIL.PAOLO/cc-by-sa-4.0

© LIL.PAOLO/cc-by-sa-4.0

Catanzaro Catanzarese: Catanzaru), also known as the “City of the two Seas” (Italian: Città tra i due Mari), is an Italian city of 86,183 inhabitants (2020), the capital of the Calabria region and of its province and the second most populated comune of the region, behind Reggio Calabria. The archbishop’s seat was the capital of the province of Calabria Ultra for over 200 years. It houses the “Magna Græcia” University, the second-largest university in Calabria.   read more…

Rue de Rivoli in Paris

24 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France, Shopping Reading Time:  9 minutes

Hôtel de Ville, City Hall of Paris © Luc Viatour/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hôtel de Ville, City Hall of Paris © Luc Viatour/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rue de Rivoli (English: “Rivoli Street”) is a street in central Paris, France. It is a commercial street whose shops include leading fashionable brands. It bears the name of Napoleon‘s early victory against the Austrian army, at the Battle of Rivoli, fought on 14–15 January 1797. Developed by Napoleon through the heart of the city, it includes on one side the north wing of the Louvre Palace and the Tuileries Gardens. The Rue de Rivoli is an example of a transitional compromise between an environment of prestigious monuments and aristocratic squares, and the results of modern town-planning by municipal authorities.   read more…

Theme Week Calabria – Palmi

23 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  5 minutes

Monte Sant'Elia © Nikater

View from Monte Sant’Elia © Nikater

Palmi (Reggino: Parmi; Latin: Palmae) is a comune (municipality) of about 19,303 inhabitants in the province of Reggio Calabria in Calabria. It is seat of the district, which includes 33 municipalities in the plain of Palmi, with a population of approximately 170,000 inhabitants.   read more…

Escargots

23 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  13 minutes

Escargots à la bourguignonne © Marianne Casamance/cc-by-sa-4.0

Escargots à la bourguignonne © Marianne Casamance/cc-by-sa-4.0

Snails are considered edible in many areas such as the Mediterranean region, Africa, France as a whole and Southeast Asia, while in other cultures, snails are seen as a taboo food. In American English, edible land snails are also called escargot, taken from the French word for “snail”, and the production of snails for consumption is called snail farming or heliciculture. Snails as a food date back to ancient times, with numerous cultures worldwide having traditions and practices that attest to their consumption. Snails were a popular fasting food in monasteries because they are “neither fish nor meat” and therefore eating them does not violate the fasting laws.   read more…

Theme Week Calabria – Cosenza

22 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Old town © Pianopera/cc-by-sa-4.0

Old town © Pianopera/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cosenza (local dialect: Cusenza) is a city in Calabria, Italy. The city centre has a population of approximately 70,000, while the urban area counts more than 200,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the Province of Cosenza, which has a population of more than 700,000. The demonym of Cosenza in English is Cosentian.   read more…

Knaresborough in North Yorkshire

22 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

The town crier in the market place © Adrian Pingstone

The town crier in the market place © Adrian Pingstone

Knaresborough is a market and spa town and civil parish on the River Nidd in North Yorkshire, England. It is three miles (five kilometres) east of Harrogate and was in the Borough of Harrogate until April 2023.   read more…

Theme Week Calabria – Pizzo

21 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Piervincenzo Madeo/cc-by-3.0

© Piervincenzo Madeo/cc-by-3.0

Pizzo (Calabrian: U Pizzu), also called Pizzo Calabro, is a seaport and comune in the province of Vibo Valentia (Calabria, southern Italy), situated on a steep cliff overlooking the Gulf of Saint Euphemia. Fishing is one of the main activities, including that of tuna and coral. The nearest airport is Lamezia Terme International Airport.   read more…

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