Theme Week Calabria – Pizzo

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

© Piervincenzo Madeo/cc-by-3.0

© Piervincenzo Madeo/cc-by-3.0

Pizzo (Calabrian: U Pizzu), also called Pizzo Calabro, is a seaport and comune in the province of Vibo Valentia (Calabria, southern Italy), situated on a steep cliff overlooking the Gulf of Saint Euphemia. Fishing is one of the main activities, including that of tuna and coral. The nearest airport is Lamezia Terme International Airport.   read more…

Theme Week Calabria – Corigliano Calabro

20 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Il Conte Suino Atomico/cc-by-sa-4.0

Corigliano Calabro is a town and a frazione of Corigliano-Rossano located in the province of Cosenza, c. 40 km northeast of the city of Cosenza, in Calabria, southern Italy.   read more…

Göta Canal in Sweden

20 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Göta Canal at Söderköping © Barnos/cc-by-sa-4.0

Göta Canal at Söderköping © Barnos/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Göta Canal (Swedish: Göta kanal) is a Swedish canal constructed in the early 19th century. The canal is 190 km (120 mi) long, of which 87 km (54 mi) were dug or blasted, with a width varying between 7–14 m (23–46 ft) and a maximum depth of about 3 m (9.8 ft). The speed is limited to 5 knots in the canal.   read more…

Theme Week Calabria

19 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  10 minutes

Cliff at Tropea © Przemyslaw "Blueshade" Idzkiewicz/cc-by-sa-2.5

Cliff at Tropea © Przemyslaw “Blueshade” Idzkiewicz/cc-by-sa-2.5

Calabria is a region in Southern Italy. It is a peninsula bordered by Basilicata to the north, the Ionian Sea to the east, the Strait of Messina to the southwest, which separates it from Sicily, and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west. It has almost 2 million residents across a total area of 15,222 km² (5,877 sq mi). Catanzaro is the region’s capital.   read more…

Hotel Telegraphenamt in Berlin

18 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Hotels Reading Time:  7 minutes

Hotel Telegraphenamt © Fridolin freudenfett/cc-by-sa-4.0

Hotel Telegraphenamt © Fridolin freudenfett/cc-by-sa-4.0

The former main telegraph office at Oranienburger Straße 73–76 in the Berlin Mitte neighborhood in the district of the same name is a listed architectural monument. From its opening in 1916 until 1992, it served as the headquarters of Berlin’s telegraph facilities. The monumental building complex has been owned by an investor since 2001. After several years of renovation, a hotel opened in the building in 2022.   read more…

Biot on the French Riviera

17 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Jean Pierre Lozi/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Jean Pierre Lozi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Biot (Occitan: Biòt) is a small fortified medieval hilltop village in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur near Antibes, between Nice and Cannes. Many people come to Biot for its renowned cubist art museum of Fernand Leger as well as the winding cobbled lanes on the elevated fort. This village, that is now known for its ceramics and glassblowing, dates to prehistoric times.   read more…

Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche in Lorraine

15 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  4 minutes

Saint-Louis crystal glass manufacturer © Gryffindor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Saint-Louis crystal glass manufacturer © Gryffindor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche (literally St. Louis near Bitche; German: Münzthal; Lorraine Franconian: Minzdal) is a commune in the Moselle department of the Grand Est administrative region in north-eastern France.   read more…

Café de la Paix in Paris

13 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Arthur Weidmann/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Arthur Weidmann/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Café de la Paix is a famous café located on the northwest corner of the intersection of the Boulevard des Capucines and the Place de l’Opéra, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, France. Designed in the Napoleon III style by the architect Alfred Armand, who also designed the historic Grand-Hôtel in which the café is located, its florid interior decorations, historic location, and high-profile clientele have all brought it international recognition as a site of great cultural significance.   read more…

Tarte tropézienne

10 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Bon appétit Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Fortetclair75/cc-by-sa-4.0

Tarte tropézienne, also known as “La Tarte de Saint-Tropez”, is a dessert pastry consisting of a halved brioche filled with a mix of two creams, thick pastry cream (crème pâtissière) and buttercream, and topped with pearl sugar. It was created in 1955 by Polish confectioner Alexandre Micka, a pâtisserie owner in Saint-Tropez, where he moved in 1945 just after the war.   read more…

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