House of One in Berlin

24 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin Reading Time:  8 minutes

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House of One model © Thaler Tamas/cc-by-sa-4.0

The House of One is a religious structure being built in Berlin. It will be the world’s first house of prayer for three religions, containing a church, a mosque, and a synagogue. The construction costs, which are estimated at 43.5 million euros, come roughly equally from the federal government, the city of Berlin as well as donations and a crowdfunding campaign.   read more…

Neuer Wall in Hamburg

23 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, Shopping Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© – sezaun/cc-by-sa-2.0

Neuer Wall is an upmarket shopping street in Hamburg, Germany. The 1,200 m of shop-fronts are almost entirely lined with luxury brands. According to international real estate and retail reports, Neuer Wall is among the most exclusive shopping streets in Europe.   read more…

Grafton Street in Dublin

22 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© – Robert Linsdell/cc-by-2.0

Grafton Street (Irish: Sráid Grafton) is one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin city centre — the other being Henry Street. It runs from St Stephen’s Green in the south (at the highest point of the street) to College Green in the north (the lowest point).   read more…

Aleksanterinkatu in Helsinki

21 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  4 minutes

Kiseleff House © Mahlum

Kiseleff House © Mahlum

Aleksanterinkatu (“Alexander Street”) is a street in Kluuvi, the commercial centre of Helsinki, Finland. In the city plan by Carl Ludvig Engel, it was the Decumanus Maximus, the main east–west street in the city, crossing the Cardo, Unioninkatu (Union Street) at the corner of the Senate Square.   read more…

Quadrilatero della moda in Milan

20 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  3 minutes

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Via Monte Napoleone © FlavMi/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Quadrilatero della moda (literally “fashion square”), or Via Montenapoleone fashion district, is a high-class shopping district in the centre of the Italian city of Milan, characterised by the presence of numerous boutiques and related retail outlets which represent most of the world’s major fashion houses.   read more…

Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich

19 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  6 minutes

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Hauptbahnhof © Roland zh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bahnhofstrasse is Zürich‘s main downtown street and one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. In 2011, a study named the Bahnhofstrasse the most expensive street for retail property in Europe, and the third most expensive worldwide. In 2016, the street ranked ninth. It came into existence when the city fortifications were demolished in 1864 and the ditch in front of the walls was filled in. Until that time, the name of the location had been Fröschengraben (“Ditch Of The Frogs”), which then was changed to Bahnhofstrasse (“Railway Station Street”).   read more…

Madonna Inn in California

18 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© – Omar Omar/cc-by-2.0

The Madonna Inn is a motel in San Luis Obispo, California. Opened for business in 1958, it quickly became a landmark on the Central Coast of California. It is noted for its unique decor, pink dining room, and themed rooms. It was created by Alex Madonna, a successful construction magnate and entrepreneur, and his wife Phyllis. The inn includes a restaurant and bakery, and is located on the west side of US Route 101 and situated on the lower eastern portion of Cerro San Luis Obispo.   read more…

Andøya in Norway

17 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

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Andøya is the northernmost island in the Vesterålen archipelago, situated about 300 kilometres (190 mi) inside the Arctic circle. Andøya is located in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The main populatihttps://en.wikipedia.orgn centres on the island include the villages of Andenes, Bleik, and Risøyhamn.   read more…

Petit Champlain in Quebec City

16 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© – jockrutherford/cc-by-sa-2.0

Quartier du Petit Champlain is a small commercial zone in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It is located in the neighbourhood of Vieux-Québec–Cap-Blanc–colline Parlementaire in the borough of La Cité-Limoilou, near Place Royale and its Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. Its main street is the Rue du Petit-Champlain at the foot of Cap Diamant. It is claimed that it’s the oldest commercial district in North America.   read more…

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