Theme Week Moldova – Dubăsari

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

Liberal Arts College © flickr.com - Clay Gilliland/cc-by-sa-2.0

Liberal Arts College © flickr.com – Clay Gilliland/cc-by-sa-2.0

Dubăsari is a city in Transnistria region of the Republic of Moldova, with a population of 23,650 and functions as the seat of the Dubăsari (Dubossary) District. The origin of the town name is the plural form of the Romanian archaic word dubăsar (“boatman”), a derivative of dubă (“a small wooden boat“), so “Dubăsari” means “boatmen”.   read more…

Theme Week Moldova – Soroca

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

Soroca Fort © Photobank MD

Soroca Fort © Photobank MD

Soroca is a city and municipality in Moldova, situated on the Dniester river about 160 km north of Chișinău. It is the administrative center of the Soroca District. Soroca had an estimated 37,500 inhabitants. The city has a sizable Romani (Gypsy) minority and is popularly known as the “Romani capital of Moldova.”   read more…

Theme Week Moldova – Comrat

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

Shopping © Mafo/cc-by-sa-4.0

Shopping © Mafo/cc-by-sa-4.0

Comrat (Gagauz: Komrat) is a city and municipality in Moldova and the capital of the autonomous region of Gagauzia. It is located in the south of the country, on the Ialpug River. Comrat’s population is at 26,000, of which the vast majority are Gagauzians.   read more…

Boulogne-Billancourt in the Île-de-France region

27 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France

Auditorium of 'La Seine Musicale' © GraphyArchy/cc-by-sa-4.0

Auditorium of ‘La Seine Musicale’ © GraphyArchy/cc-by-sa-4.0

Boulogne-Billancourt, often colloquially called simply Boulogne, until 1924 Boulogne-sur-Seine) is a commune in the western suburbs, and 8 km (5 mi) from the centre, of the French capital Paris. Boulogne-Billancourt is a subprefecture of the Hauts-de-Seine department and the seat of the Arrondissement of Boulogne-Billancourt. With an average household income in 2013 of €47,592, nearly twice the French average of €25,548, Boulogne-Billancourt is one of the wealthiest cities in France. Boulogne-Billancourt is the most populous suburb of Paris and one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe. Formerly an important industrial site, it has successfully reconverted into business services and is now home to major communication companies headquartered in the Val de Seine business district.   read more…

Theme Week Moldova

26 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

National Enoteca at Cricova © Cepaev/cc-by-sa-3.0

National Enoteca at Cricova © Cepaev/cc-by-sa-3.0

Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south. The capital city is Chișinău (List of cities and towns in Moldova). Due to a decrease in industrial and agricultural output following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the service sector has grown to dominate Moldova’s economy and is over 60% of the nation’s GDP. It is the poorest country in Europe by GDP per capita, and it has the lowest Human Development Index in the continent.   read more…

Simon Dach Street in Berlin

21 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General

© Bernt Müller/cc-by-sa-2.0/de

© Bernt Müller/cc-by-sa-2.0/de

Simon-Dach-Straße is a street that was laid out towards the end of the 19th century and is located in Berlin’s Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district, Friedrichshain. In 1903 it was named after the German song writer Simon Dach. Together with the neighboring roads Wühlischstraße, Boxhagener Straße, Krossener Straße and Gabriel-Max-Straße, it forms the area known as Simon-Dach-Kiez, which has developed into the preferred tourist mile since the 2000s. Numerous clubs, restaurants, hotels and guest houses as well as trendy bars have settled in the areas mentioned.   read more…

19th arrondissement of Paris

19 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France

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…

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