19th arrondissement of Paris

19 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris

Bassin de la Villette © Myrabella/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bassin de la Villette © Myrabella/cc-by-sa-3.0

The 19th arrondissement of Paris (XIXe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is referred to as dix-neuvième. La petite Jérusalem (Little Jerusalem) is located in the Quartier de la Mouzaïa/Quartier d’Amérique.   read more…

Gallipoli in Apulia

16 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Colar/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Colar/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gallipoli (‘Beautiful City’) is a southern Italian town and comune in the province of Lecce, in Apulia. It has a population of 20,000 and it’s one of the towns that the Greek dialect Griko is spoken.   read more…

Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam

14 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© A.A.W.J. Rietman/cc-by-sa-4.0

© A.A.W.J. Rietman/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Portuguese Synagogue<, also known as the Esnoga, or Snoge, is a late 17th-century Sephardic synagogue in Amsterdam, completed in 1675. Esnoga is the word for synagogue in Ladino, the traditional Judaeo-Spanish language of Sephardic Jews. The Amsterdam Sephardic community (History of the Jews in Spain, History of the Jews in Portugal, Alhambra Decree) was one of the largest and richest Jewish communities in Europe during the Dutch Golden Age, and their very large synagogue reflected this. The synagogue remains an active place of worship and is also a popular tourist attraction.   read more…

Ronda in Andalusia

12 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Puente Nuevo bridge © TheBoxagon

Puente Nuevo bridge © TheBoxagon

Ronda is a village in the Spanish province of Málaga. It is located about 105 km (65 mi) west of the city of Málaga, within the autonomous community of Andalusia. Its population is about 35,000 inhabitants. It now is one of the towns and villages that is included in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park and is the largest town among the White Villages of Andalusia.   read more…

La Cigale in Nantes

9 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© Selbymay/cc-by-sa-3.0

La Cigale is a brasserie located in Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France, on the same city square as the Théâtre Graslin. The locale has been classified as a historic monument since 1964.   read more…

Thomas Mann House in Pacific Palisades

7 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area

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© Mirkomlux/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Thomas Mann House (German: Thomas-Mann-Haus) in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California is the former residence of Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann, who lived there with his family during his exile from 1942 until 1952. Designed by the architect Julius Ralph Davidson, the house at 1550 San Remo Drive was built in 1941/42. In 2016, it was acquired by the German federal government, and opened on June 18, 2018 as a place for transatlantic dialogue and debate.   read more…

Alberobello in Apulia

5 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

© Yvon Fruneau/cc-by-sa-3.0-igo

© Yvon Fruneau/cc-by-sa-3.0-igo

Alberobello (Italian: literally “beautiful tree”) is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. It has 10,700 inhabitants and is famous for its unique trullo buildings. The trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.   read more…

30 years German unity

2 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Tag der Deutschen Einheit Potsdam 2020 © miteinander-brandenburg.de

Tag der Deutschen Einheit Potsdam 2020 © miteinander-brandenburg.de

The German Unity Day (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is the National Day of Germany, celebrated on 3 October as a public holiday. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990 when the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were unified, so that for the first time since 1945 there existed a single German state. The German Unity Day on 3 October has been the German National Holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed. An alternative choice to commemorate the reunification could have been the day the Berlin Wall came down: 9 November 1989, which coincided with the anniversary of the proclamation of the German Republic in 1918, and the defeat of Hitler’s first coup in 1923. However, 9 November was also the anniversary of the first large-scale Nazi-led pogroms against Jews in 1938 (Kristallnacht), so the day was considered inappropriate as a national holiday. (November 9 in German history.) Therefore, 3 October 1990, the day of the formal reunification, was chosen instead and replaced the “Day of German Unity” on 17 June, the national holiday of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1954.   read more…

Parliament Hill in Ottawa

2 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Coolcaesar/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Coolcaesar/cc-by-sa-3.0

Parliament Hill (French: Colline du Parlement), colloquially known as The Hill, is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings is the home of the Parliament of Canada and has architectural elements of national symbolic importance. Parliament Hill attracts approximately 3 million visitors each year. Law enforcement on Parliament Hill and in the parliamentary precinct is the responsibility of the Parliamentary Protective Service (PPS).   read more…

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