Theme Week Honduras – La Ceiba

25 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Anarqista/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Anarqista/cc-by-sa-4.0

La Ceiba is a municipality, the capital of the Honduran department of Atlántida and a port city on the northern coast of Honduras in Central America. It is located on the southern edge of the Caribbean, forming part of the south eastern boundary of the Gulf of Honduras. With an estimated population of 199,080 living in approximately 170 residential areas (called colonias or barrios), it is the fourth most populous and third most important city in the country.   read more…

The Churchill Arms in London

25 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London Reading Time:  3 minutes

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© CVB/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Churchill Arms is a public house at 119 Kensington Church Street on the corner with Campden Street, Notting Hill, London. There has been a pub on the site since at least the late nineteenth century. Previously known as the “Church-on-the-Hill”, the pub received its current name after the Second World War. It is known for its exuberant floral displays, and extravagant Christmas displays in the winter, and has been described as London’s most colourful pub.   read more…

Theme Week Honduras – Tegucigalpa

24 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

American Airlines Boing 757 landing at Toncontin International Airport © flickr.com - enrique galeano morales/cc-by-2.0

American Airlines Boing 757 landing at Toncontin International Airport © flickr.com – enrique galeano morales/cc-by-2.0

Tegucigalpa, formally Tegucigalpa, Municipality of the Central District (Spanish: Tegucigalpa, Municipio del Distrito Central or Tegucigalpa, M.D.C.), and colloquially referred to as Tegus or Teguz, is the capital and largest city of Honduras along with its twin sister, Comayagüela.   read more…

Mercer Island on Lake Washington

24 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Mercer Island © Dllu/cc-by-sa-4.0

Mercer Island © Dllu/cc-by-sa-4.0

Mercer Island is a city in King County, Washington, United States, located on an island of the same name in the southern portion of Lake Washington. Mercer Island is in the Seattle metropolitan area, with Seattle to its west and Bellevue to its east. The population was 22,699 at the 2010 census and an estimated 25,894 in 2019. Mercer Island is the most populated island in a lake within the United States. The ZIP code 98040 is unique to Mercer Island. Mercer Island has the fifth highest per-capita income in the state of Washington and is one of the 100 richest ZIP codes in the USA according to the IRS figures for Adjusted Gross Income.   read more…

Theme Week Honduras – San Pedro Sula

23 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  15 minutes

Municipal Palace © Steven Craig/cc-by-sa-3.0

Municipal Palace © Steven Craig/cc-by-sa-3.0

San Pedro Sula is the capital of Cortés Department, Honduras. It is located in the northwest corner of the country in the Sula Valley, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Puerto Cortés on the Caribbean Sea. With a population of 671,460 in the central urban area (2020 calculation) and a population of 1,445,598 in its metropolitan area in 2020, it is the nation’s primary industrial center and second largest city after the capital Tegucigalpa.   read more…

Theme Week Honduras – Comayagua

22 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  13 minutes

Comayagua Cathedral © Einkimadu/cc-by-sa-4.0

Comayagua Cathedral © Einkimadu/cc-by-sa-4.0

Comayagua is a city and municipality in Honduras, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of Tegucigalpa on the highway to San Pedro Sula and 594 metres (1,949 feet) above sea level. The accelerated growth experienced by the city of Comayagua led the municipal authorities to structure a territorial reorganization plan. Between the years of 1945 -1975 the population of the city quadrupled due to the high rate of population growth achieved at that time (4.8%) and to migratory movements in the interior of the country. In 2020 the estimated population of the city was 111,700. It is the capital of the Comayagua department of Honduras and it is noted for its wealth of Spanish Colonial architecture. The cathedral, at the central square, has the oldest clock in the Americas.   read more…

Longmen Grottoes in China

22 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Anagoria/cc-by-3.0

The Longmen Grottoes or Longmen Caves are some of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of statues of Shakyamuni Buddha and his disciples, they are located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of present-day Luoyang in Henan province, China. The images, many once painted, were carved as outside rock reliefs and inside artificial caves excavated from the limestone cliffs of the Xiangshan and Longmenshan, running east and west. The Yi River flows northward between them and the area used to be called Yique (‘The Gate of the Yi River’). The alternative name of “Dragon’s Gate Grottoes” derives from the resemblance of the two hills that check the flow of the Yi River to the typical “Chinese gate towers” that once marked the entrance to Luoyang from the south.   read more…

Theme Week Honduras

21 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

A Mayastela, an emblematic symbol of the Honduran Mayan civilization at Copan © Talk2winik

A Maya stela, an emblematic symbol of the Honduran Mayan civilization at Copan © Talk2winik

Honduras, officially the Republic of Honduras, is a country in Central America. The republic of Honduras is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.   read more…

Slavkov u Brna or Austerlitz in the Czech Republic

21 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Slavkov u Brna © flickr.com - flightlog/cc-by-2.0

Slavkov u Brna © flickr.com – flightlog/cc-by-2.0

Slavkov u Brna (historically known in German as Austerlitz) is a town in Vyškov District in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 6,900 inhabitants. The town gave its name to the Battle of Austerlitz which took place several kilometres to the west of the town. Baroque Slavkov Castle has 115 rooms and an impressive garden in the French style. The Palace was designed by Italian architect Domenico Martinelli. In its historic salon, an armistice was signed between Austria and France after the battle of Austerlitz on 2 December 1805. There is a small historic museum (only in Czech) and a multimedia presentation about the battle. On the main square is a late Renaissance town hall and mansion. Parts of the old town wall can also be seen. Church of the Resurrection of the Lord (on the south side of the main square). The classicist building with three pulpits was designed from 1786–1789 by the Viennese architect Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg. Only the synagogue (built in 1858) remains from the Jewish ghetto. There is also a Jewish cemetery a little bit outside the town. “Austerlitz” is a Jewish family name, of which the bearers are nowadays spread worldwide but which indicate and ultimate family origin in the town – Austerlitz (family). The dancer Fred Astaire was born Fred Austerlitz, and thus it could be assumed that his ancestors lived in this town.   read more…

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