St. Nicholas Church in Potsdam

13 May 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, General Reading Time:  12 minutes

© Bärwinkel,Klaus/cc-by-3.0

© Bärwinkel,Klaus/cc-by-3.0

St. Nicholas Church (German: St. Nikolaikirche) in Potsdam is a Lutheran church under the Evangelical Church in Berlin, Brandenburg and Silesian Upper Lusatia of the Evangelical Church in Germany on the Old Market Square (Alter Markt) in Potsdam. The central plan building in the Classicist style and dedicated to Saint Nicholas was built to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the years 1830 to 1837.   read more…

Andros in Greece

9 May 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Batsi © flickr.com - linmtheu/cc-by-2.0

Batsi © flickr.com – linmtheu/cc-by-2.0

Andros is the northernmost island of the Greek Cyclades archipelago, about 10 km (6 mi) southeast of Euboea, and about 3 km (2 mi) north of Tinos. It is nearly 40 km (25 mi) long, and its greatest breadth is 16 km (10 mi). It is for the most part mountainous, with many fruitful and well-watered valleys. The municipality, which includes the island Andros and several small, uninhabited islands, has an area of 380 km² (146.719 sq mi). The largest towns are Andros (town), Gavrio, Batsi, and Ormos Korthiou.   read more…

Canossa in Reggio Emilia

4 May 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  5 minutes

Canossa Castle on a cold winter night © Giorgio Galeotti/cc-by-4.0

Canossa Castle on a cold winter night © Giorgio Galeotti/cc-by-4.0

Canossa is a comune and castle town in the Province of Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. It is where Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV did penance in 1077 and stood three days bare-headed in the snow to reverse his excommunication by Pope Gregory VII. The Walk to Canossa is sometimes used as a symbol of the changing relationship between the medieval Church and State.   read more…

Ivry-sur-Seine in the Île-de-France region

2 May 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  5 minutes

Town hall © flickr.com - Guilhem Vellut/cc-by-2.0

Town hall © flickr.com – Guilhem Vellut/cc-by-2.0

Ivry-sur-Seine is a commune in the Val-de-Marne department in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 5.3 kilometres (4 mi) from the centre of Paris. Paris’s main Asian district, the Quartier Asiatique in the 13th arrondissement, borders the commune and now extends into the northern parts of Ivry. Asian commercial activity, especially Chinese and Vietnamese, has greatly increased in Ivry-sur-Seine during the past two decades. The commune contains one of the highest concentrations of Vietnamese in France, who began settling in the city in the late 1970s after the Vietnam War.   read more…

Theme Week Estonia – Kuressaare

30 April 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Kuressaare Castle © Stefan Hiienurm/cc-by-sa-4.0

Kuressaare Castle © Stefan Hiienurm/cc-by-sa-4.0

Kuressaare is a town on Saaremaa island in Estonia. It is the administrative centre of Saaremaa Parish and the capital of Saare County. Kuressaare is the westernmost town in Estonia. The recorded population on 1 January 2018 was 13,276. The town is situated on the southern coast of Saaremaa island, facing the Gulf of Riga of the Baltic Sea, and is served by the Kuressaare Airport, Roomassaare harbour, and Kuressaare yacht harbour.   read more…

Theme Week Estonia – Jõhvi

29 April 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Concert Hall © Medvedev/cc-by-sa-3.0

Concert Hall © Medvedev/cc-by-sa-3.0

Jõhvi is a town in north-eastern Estonia, and the capital of Ida-Viru County. The town is also an administrative centre of Jõhvi Parish. It is situated 50 km from the Russian border. Ethnic Estonians are a minority in Jõhvi, as about 55% of the town’s population are ethnic Russians.   read more…

Theme Week Estonia – Pärnu

28 April 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

© Kristian Pikner/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Kristian Pikner/cc-by-sa-4.0

Pärnu is the fourth largest city in Estonia. Situated in southwest Estonia, Pärnu is located 128 kilometres (80 mi) south of the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and 176 kilometres (109 mi) west of Estonia’s second largest city, Tartu. The city sits off the coast of Pärnu Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Riga, which is a part of the Baltic Sea. In the city, the Pärnu River drains into the Gulf of Riga. Pärnu is a popular summer holiday resort town among Estonians with many hotels, restaurants and large beaches. The city is served by Pärnu Airport.   read more…

Theme Week Estonia – Viljandi

27 April 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

St. Paul's church © Ivar Leidus/cc-by-sa-3.0-ee

St. Paul’s church © Ivar Leidus/cc-by-sa-3.0-ee

Viljandi is a town and municipality in southern Estonia with a population of 17,407 in 2019. It is the capital of Viljandi County and is geographically located between two major Estonian cities, Pärnu and Tartu. The town was first mentioned in 1283, upon being granted its town charter by Wilhelm von Endorpe. The town became a member of the Hanseatic League at the beginning of the 14th century, and is one of five Estonian towns and cities in the league. The once influential Estonian newspaper Sakala was founded in Viljandi in 1878.   read more…

Theme Week Estonia – Kohtla-Järve

26 April 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

First oil shale lot © Aleksandr Matrunich/cc-by-sa-4.0

First oil shale lot © Aleksandr Matrunich/cc-by-sa-4.0

Kohtla-Järve is a city and municipality in north-eastern Estonia, founded in 1924 and incorporated as a town in 1946. The city is highly industrial, and is both a processor of oil shales and is a large producer of various petroleum products. The city is also very diverse ethnically: it contains people of over 40 ethnic groups Only 21% of the population are ethnic Estonians; most of the rest are Russians. Kohtla-Järve is the fifth-largest city in Estonia.   read more…

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