Mount Lu in China

8 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Hanpo Pass © panoramio.com - rheins/cc-by-3.0

Hanpo Pass © panoramio.com – rheins/cc-by-3.0

Mount Lu or Lushan, also known as Kuanglu in ancient times, is situated in the northern part of Jiangxi province in Central China, and is one of the most renowned mountains in the country. It is located primarily in Lushan county-level city in Jiujiang Prefecture, although the northern portions are found in Lianxi District which was formerly known as Lushan District and until 2016 covered the majority of the Mount Lu. The oval-shaped mountains are about 25 kilometers (16 mi) long and 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) wide, and neighbors Jiujiang city and the Yangtze River to the north, Nanchang city to the south, and Poyang Lake to the east. Its highest point is Dahanyang Peak, reaching 1,474 meters (4,836 ft) above sea level, and is one of the hundreds of steep peaks that towers above a sea of clouds that encompass the mountains for almost 200 days out of the year. Mount Lu is known for its grandeur, steepness, and beauty, and is part of Lushan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, and a prominent tourist attraction, especially during the summer months when the weather is cooler in the mountains than elsewhere.   read more…

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the French Riviera

5 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: French Riviera, General Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Myosotismail/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Myosotismail/cc-by-sa-3.0

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France between Monaco and Menton. The name was changed from Roquebrune to differentiate the town from Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the neighboring Var department.   read more…

Lido Isle in Newport Beach

3 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

© D Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-4.0

© D Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Lido Isle is a man-made island located in the harbor of Newport Beach, California. Surrounded by the city, Lido Isle was incorporated as part of Newport Beach in 1906. At that time it was part sandbar and part mudflat. There are no commercial facilities on the island other than a small snack bar open in the summer, and its only link to the city is a small bridge. The man-made island is solely residential with approximately 1,800 people living on the island.   read more…

City Gate Ramat Gan in Israel

1 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Union for the Mediterranean Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Oren Peles/cc-by-2.5

© Oren Peles/cc-by-2.5

Moshe Aviv Tower is a 235-metre-tall (771 ft) skyscraper located in the demarcated area of the Diamond Exchange District (Israel Diamond Exchange) on Jabotinsky Road (No. 7) in the Tel Aviv District city of Ramat Gan, Israel. The 68-story building is commonly known as City Gate, its original name. It is the second tallest building in Israel, following Tel Aviv‘s 238-meter-high (781 ft) Azrieli Sarona Tower.   read more…

Borough Market in London

1 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London Reading Time:  8 minutes

© flickr.com - Jeremy Keith/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Jeremy Keith/cc-by-2.0

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail market hall in Southwark, London, England. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, with a market on the site dating back to at least the 12th century. The present buildings were built in the 1850s, and today the market mainly sells speciality foods to the general public. Borough Market is located on Southwark Street and Borough High Street just south of Southwark Cathedral on the southern end of London Bridge. The retail market operates Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland – Middelburg

27 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Kloveniersdoelen, former seat of the Dutch East India Company © Chris06/cc-by-sa-4.0

Kloveniersdoelen, former seat of the Dutch East India Company © Chris06/cc-by-sa-4.0

Middelburg is a city and municipality in the south-western Netherlands serving as the capital of the province of Zeeland. Situated on the central peninsula of the Zeeland province, Midden-Zeeland (consisting of former islands Walcheren, Noord-Beveland and Zuid-Beveland), it has a population of about 48,000. In terms of technology, Middelburg played a role in the Scientific Revolution at the early modern period. The town was historically a center of lens crafting in the Golden Age of Dutch science and technology. The invention of the microscope and telescope is often credited to Middelburg spectacle-makers (including Zacharias Janssen and Hans Lipperhey) in the late 16th century and early 17th century.   read more…

Gilroy, the Garlic Capital of the World

27 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, San Francisco Bay Area Reading Time:  8 minutes

Old City Hall © Sanfranman59/cc-by-sa-3.0

Old City Hall © Sanfranman59/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gilroy is a city in Northern California’s Santa Clara County, south of Morgan Hill and north of San Benito County. Gilroy’s origins lie in the village of San Ysidro that grew in the early 19th century out of Rancho San Ysidro, granted to Californio ranchero Ygnacio Ortega in 1809. Following Ygnacio’s death in 1833, his daughter Clara Ortega de Gilroy and son-in-law John Gilroy inherited the largest portion of the rancho and began developing the settlement. When the town was incorporated in 1868, it was renamed in honor of John Gilroy, a Scotsman who had emigrated to California in 1819, naturalized as a Mexican citizen, adopted the Spanish language, and converted to Catholicism, taking the name of Juan Bautista Gilroy.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland – Hulst

26 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Hulst Church © Vitaly Volkov/cc-by-2.5

Hulst Church © Vitaly Volkov/cc-by-2.5

Hulst is a municipality and city in southwestern Netherlands in the east of Zeelandic Flanders, which is connected by land only to Belgium, on the Dutch-Belgian border.   read more…

Lindau on Lake Constance

26 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

The famous harbour entrance © Julian Herzog/cc-by-4.0

The famous harbour entrance © Julian Herzog/cc-by-4.0

Lindau is a major town and island on the eastern side of Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany. It is the capital of the county (Landkreis) of Lindau, Bavaria and is near the borders of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg and the Swiss cantons of St. Gallen and Thurgau. The coat of arms of Lindau town is a linden tree, referring to the supposed origin of the town’s name (Linde means linden tree in German). The historic town of Lindau is located on the 0.68-square-kilometre (0.26 sq mi) island of the same name which is connected with the mainland by a road bridge and a railway dam leading to Lindau station.   read more…

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