Theme Week La Palma – Breña Baja

25 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

Beach at Los Cancajos © Pwagenblast/cc-by-sa-3.0

Beach at Los Cancajos © Pwagenblast/cc-by-sa-3.0

Breña Baja (Spanish for Lower Breña) is a municipality on the eastern side of the island of La Palma, in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.   read more…

Atlas Bar in Singapore

25 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  9 minutes

Gin Tower © Dayana Rizal

Gin Tower © Dayana Rizal

Occupying the ground floors of Parkview Square in Singapore, the highly acclaimed bar specializing in gin was opened on 25 March 2017. Within the same year, Atlas bar landed itself the 15th spot on the World’s Best Bars list. It also won the ‘Highest New Entry’ title. In 2018, it moved up 7 spots to 8th. In 2019, Atlas Bar ranked 5th on the Asia’S 50 Best Bars list representing Singapore in the Top 10 alongside Manhattan Bar, Native Cocktail Bar and Jigger and Pony. Atlas was founded by Vicky Hwang, Managing Director of Chyau Fwu Development Singapore and granddaughter of CS Hwang who is the founder of the property firm, Chyau Fwu Group.   read more…

Theme Week La Palma – Los Llanos de Aridane

24 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

Beach at Puerto Naos © Hans-Peter Balfanz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Beach at Puerto Naos © Hans-Peter Balfanz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Los Llanos de Aridane is a municipality of the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. It is located in the west of the island of La Palma, in the Aridane Valley. With 20,930 inhabitants (2013) it is the most populous municipality of La Palma.   read more…

GDR Museum in Berlin

24 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Maria Krüger/cc-by-sa-2.5

© Maria Krüger/cc-by-sa-2.5

The DDR Museum is a museum in the centre of Berlin. The museum is located in the former governmental district of East Germany, right on the river Spree, opposite the Berlin Cathedral. The museum is the 11th most visited museum in Berlin.   read more…

Theme Week La Palma – El Paso

23 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Bonanza © Javier.RBarreto/cc-by-sa-4.0

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Bonanza © Javier.RBarreto/cc-by-sa-4.0

El Paso, also known as Ciudad de El Paso, is a Spanish municipality located on the island of La Palma, province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands.   read more…

75th anniversary of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany

23 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

The articles of the German Constitution in Berlin - Die Artikel des Grundgesetzes in Berlin © flickr.com - Sebastian Bergmann/cc-by-sa-2.0

The articles of the German Constitution in Berlin – Die Artikel des Grundgesetzes in Berlin
© flickr.com – Sebastian Bergmann/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany. Today, the Basic Law with its guaranteed human rights and freedoms contributes significantly to the fact that Germany is one of only 23 complete democracies in the world, outside of the EU surrounded by an international sea of autocracies, dictatorships, lack of freedoms, lack of the rule of law, violence and wars.   read more…

Theme Week La Palma – Breña Alta

22 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

© Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Breña Alta (Spanish for Upper Breña) is a municipality on the eastern side of the island of La Palma, in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. The ayuntamiento (municipal office) is in the town of San Pedro, at 350 m above sea-level, and only 9 km south of the island’s capital Santa Cruz de la Palma.   read more…

Portrait: Caspar David Friedrich, a German Romantic landscape painter

22 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  7 minutes

Caspar David Friedrich by Gerhard von Kügelgen

Caspar David Friedrich by Gerhard von Kügelgen

Caspar David Friedrich was a German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his allegorical landscapes, which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins. His primary interest was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. Friedrich’s paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that, according to the art historian Christopher John Murray, directs “the viewer’s gaze towards their metaphysical dimension”.   read more…

Theme Week La Palma – Santa Cruz de La Palma

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

© Pwagenblast/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Pwagenblast/cc-by-sa-3.0

Santa Cruz de la Palma (Spanish for Holy Cross of La Palma) is a city and a municipality on the east coast of the island of La Palma in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife of the Canary Islands. Santa Cruz de la Palma is the second-largest city (after Los Llanos de Aridane) and is the capital of the island. It is along an old lava flow coming from the Caldereta (small caldera), a volcano just south of the city. The population of the municipality is 16,330 (2013), its area is 43.38 km². Around 13,000 people live within the city limits, with the remaining population residing in other settlements.   read more…

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