Mercato Orientale in Genoa

22 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Mercato_Orientale (Eastern Market) © Twice25 e Rinina25/cc-by-2.5

Mercato Orientale (Eastern Market) entrance © Twice25 e Rinina25/cc-by-2.5

The Mercato Orientale (Eastern Market) is a market in Genoa that opened in 1899. Located in the very central via XX Settembre, it is housed in the ancient cloister, never finished, of the convent annexed to the church of the Consolazione, built between 1684 and 1706.   read more…

South Wraxall in Wiltshire

21 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

The Longs Arms public house © - Graham Horn/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Longs Arms public house © – Graham Horn/cc-by-sa-2.0

South Wraxall is a village and a civil parish in Wiltshire, England, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of Bradford-on-Avon. The village is to the east of the B3109 road from Bradford-on-Avon to Corsham. The parish includes the village of Lower Wraxall, to the south of South Wraxall; one field separates the two villages. The hamlet of Bradford Leigh is in the southeast of the parish.   read more…

Alassio on the Italian Riviera

20 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Martin Stiburek/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Martin Stiburek/cc-by-sa-4.0

Alassio (Ligurian: Arasce) is a town and comune in the province of Savona situated in the western coast of Liguria, Northern Italy, approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the French border. Alassio is known for its natural and scenic views. The town centre is crossed by a pedestrianised cobbled road known as the Budello.   read more…

Sciences Po in Paris

19 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  5 minutes

Hôtel Brochet de Saint-Prest on rue des Saints-Pères © Celette/cc-by-sa-4.0

Hôtel Brochet de Saint-Prest on rue des Saints-Pères © Celette/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Paris Institute of Political Studies (French: Institut d’études politiques de Paris), also known as Sciences Po or Sciences Po Paris, is a public research university located in Paris, France, that holds the status of grande école and grand établissement. The institute has decentralized campuses in Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Poitiers and Reims, each with their own academic program focused on a geopolitical part of the world. Sciences Po historically specialized in political science and history, then it progressively started to expand to other social sciences such as economics, law and sociology.   read more…

Sonneberg, the world toy city in Thuringia

18 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  14 minutes

German Toy Museum © Störfix/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

German Toy Museum © Störfix/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Sonneberg in Thuringia, Germany, is the seat of the Sonneberg district. It is in the Franconian south of Thuringia, neighboring its Upper Franconian twin town Neustadt bei Coburg. Sonneberg became known as the “world toy city”, and is home to the German Toy Museum and the Sonneberg observatory, founded in 1925. The Thuringian Slate Mountains border the city, with the Franconian Forest to the east.   read more…

Mendocino in California

17 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

© - Lee Coursey/cc-by-2.0

© – Lee Coursey/cc-by-2.0

Mendocino (Spanish for “of Mendoza“) is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. The name comes from Cape Mendocino 85 miles (137 km) to the north, named by early Spanish navigators in honor of Antonio de Mendoza, Viceroy of New Spain. Despite its small size, the town’s scenic location on a headland surrounded by the Pacific Ocean has made it extremely popular as an artists’ colony and with vacationers. Mendocino is located 10 miles (16 km) south of Fort Bragg at an elevation of 154 feet (47 m).   read more…

Potager du roi in Versailles

16 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Paris / Île-de-France, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

Grand Bassin © Djampa/cc-by-sa-4.0

Grand Bassin © Djampa/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Potager du roi (Kitchen Garden of the King), near the Palace of Versailles, produced fresh vegetables and fruits for the table of the court of Louis XIV. It was created between 1678 and 1683 by Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie, the director of the royal fruit and vegetable gardens. Today it is run by the École nationale supérieure du paysage, the grande école for landscape architects. It is officially recognized as a Remarkable Garden of France. Together with the Palace of Versailles and its park, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.   read more…

Tel Aviv Promenade and Charles Clore Park

15 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Union for the Mediterranean Reading Time:  10 minutes

Promenade © Dalia3177/cc-by-sa-3.0

Promenade © Dalia3177/cc-by-sa-3.0

Tel Aviv Promenade (commonly referred to as “The Promenade”) runs along the Mediterranean seashore in Tel Aviv, Israel. In the late 1930s, the city council decided to build a promenade for separation between bathing areas and hiking or promenading paths. It extended from Bograshov Beach to where Jerusalem (formerly Geula) Beach is located now. The introduction of the promenade was a turning point in common perception of the city’s coastline. In 2011, the municipality of Tel Aviv restored and renovated the promenade, and today it runs from the port of Tel Aviv to the port of Jaffa. Today’s sections are:   read more…

Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen

14 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Schorle/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Schorle/cc-by-sa-4.0

Freetown Christiania, also known as Christiania (Danish: Fristaden Christiania), is an intentional community, commune and micronation in the Christianshavn neighbourhood of the Danish capital city of Copenhagen. It began in 1971 as a squatted military base. Its Pusher Street is famous for its open trade of cannabis, which is illegal in Denmark. Christiania is considered to be the fourth largest tourist attraction in Copenhagen, with half a million visitors annually.   read more…

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