Musée d’Orsay in Paris

5 December 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  14 minutes

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© Daniel Vorndran/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Musée d’Orsay (English: Orsay Museum) is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum’s opening in 1986. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe.   read more…

La Rambla in Barcelona

4 December 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

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© Sergi Larripa/cc-by-sa-3.0

La Rambla is a street in central Barcelona. A tree-lined pedestrian street, it stretches for 1.2 km (0.75 mi) connecting the Plaça de Catalunya in its center with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. La Rambla forms the boundary between the neighbourhoods of the Barri Gòtic to the east and the El Raval to the west. La Rambla can be crowded, especially during the height of the tourist season. Its popularity with tourists has affected the character of the street, which has shifted in composition to pavement cafes and souvenir kiosks. It has also suffered from the attention of pickpockets. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that La Rambla was “the only street in the world which I wish would never end.” La Rambla can be considered a series of shorter streets, each differently named, hence the plural form Les Rambles (the original Catalan form; in Spanish it is Las Ramblas). The street is successively called:   read more…

Burano in the Venetian Lagoon

1 December 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Burano as seen from Mazzorbo © Unofeld781/cc-by-sa-3.0

Burano as seen from Mazzorbo © Unofeld781/cc-by-sa-3.0

Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy, near Torcello at the northern end of the lagoon, known for its lace work and brightly coloured homes. The primary economy is tourism. Burano is 7 kilometres (4 miles) from Venice, a 45-minute trip from St. Mark’s Square by vaporetto, a Venetian water bus.   read more…

Theme Week Navarre – Burlada-Burlata

26 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Town hall © Zarateman

Town hall © Zarateman

Burlada-Burlata (Spanish/Basque) is a commune in the Autonomous Community of Navarre (Comunidad Foral de Navarra) in Spain. It borders Pamplona and Villava to the north, Huarte to the east, Egüés to the south and Pamplona to the west. The town is located in the Pamplona valley and is part of the extended urban space of the Navarrese capital.   read more…

Berlin-Dahlem

26 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin Reading Time:  17 minutes

Free University of Berlin - Rost- und Silberlaube complex © Unify~commonswiki/cc-by-sa-3.0

Free University of Berlin – Rost- und Silberlaube complex © Unify~commonswiki/cc-by-sa-3.0

Dahlem is a locality of the Steglitz-Zehlendorf borough in southwestern Berlin. Until Berlin’s 2001 administrative reform it was a part of the former borough of Zehlendorf. It is located between the mansion settlements of Grunewald and Lichterfelde West. Dahlem is one of the most affluent parts of the city and a center for academic research. It is home to the Freie Universität Berlin, with its architecturally significant Philological Library (“The Brain”). Several other research institutions and museums, as well as parts of the Grunewald forest with its renaissance hunting lodge, are located in Dahlem. The U3 line of the Berlin U-Bahn system connects Dahlem to central Berlin.   read more…

Theme Week Navarre – Valle de Egüés

25 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

© Zariquiegui

© Zariquiegui

Egüés (Spanish: Valle de Egüés, Basque: Eguesibar) is a municipality of Navarre, Spain, in the metropolitan area of Pamplona. Its population is 19,014.   read more…

Theme Week Navarre – Estella-Lizarra

24 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© Mattana/cc-by-2.0

Estella (Spanish) or Lizarra (Basque) is a town located in the autonomous community of Navarre, in northern Spain. It lies south west of Pamplona, close to the border with La Rioja and Álava. In 1927, Club Deportivo Izarra was formed who currently play in the Segunda División B. The town regularly hosts the GP Miguel Induráin.   read more…

Bergen auf Rügen

24 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

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© THFR/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bergen auf Rügen is the capital of the former district of Rügen in the middle of the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. Since 1 January 2005, Bergen has moreover been the administrative seat of the Amt of Bergen auf Rügen, which with a population of over 23,000 is Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s most populous Amt.   read more…

Theme Week Navarre – Tafalla

23 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Iñaki LL

© Iñaki LL

Tafalla is a town and municipality located in the province and autonomous community of Navarre, northern Spain. Tafalla is an industrial and agricultural town. It produces beef, mutton, pork and chicken.   read more…

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