Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

27 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  11 minutes

Anne Frank in May 1942, two months before she and her family went into hiding © Photo collection Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Anne Frank in May 1942, two months before she and her family went into hiding
© Photo collection Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

The Anne Frank House (Dutch: Anne Frank Huis) is a writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.   read more…

Theme Week Armenia – Yerevan

27 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  10 minutes

Republic Square and Government House © Sonanik/cc-by-sa-3.0

Republic Square and Government House © Sonanik/cc-by-sa-3.0

Yerevan (sometimes spelled Erevan) is the capital and largest city of Armenia, as well as one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country, as its primate city. It has been the capital since 1918, the fourteenth in the history of Armenia and the seventh located in or around the Ararat Plain. The city also serves as the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese, which is the largest diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one of the oldest dioceses in the world.   read more…

Moules-frites, an advance on your next vacation on the coasts of Belgium, France and the Netherlands

27 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  5 minutes

© flickr.com - Archangel12/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Archangel12/cc-by-2.0

Moules-frites or moules et frites (Dutch: mosselen-friet) is a main dish of mussels and French fries originating in Belgium. The title of the dish is French, moules meaning mussels and frites fries, with the Dutch name for the dish meaning the same. It is considered the national dish of Belgium.   read more…

Theme Week Armenia – Ararat City

26 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Ararat City entrance from the M2 highway © Armineaghayan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ararat City entrance from the M2 highway © Armineaghayan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ararat is a town in the Ararat Municipality of the Ararat Province of Armenia, located on the YerevanNakhchivan highway, 42 km (26 mi) southeast of the capital Yerevan and 19 km (12 mi) south of the provincial centre Artashat. In the 2011 census, the population of the town was 20,235. As per the 2016 official estimate, the population is around 20,300.   read more…

Pello in Finland

26 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

Arctic circle in Juoksenki © panoramio.com - dr.eros/cc-by-3.0

Arctic circle in Juoksenki © panoramio.com – dr.eros/cc-by-3.0

Pello (formerly Turtola) is a municipality of Finland. It is located approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the Arctic Circle in the western part of the province of Lapland, and is part of the Lapland region. The municipality is on the national border with Sweden, by the Tornionjoki river. The municipality has a population of 3,260 (30 September 2023) and covers an area of 1,864.66 square kilometres (719.95 sq mi) of which 126.12 km² (48.70 sq mi) is water. The population density is 1.88 inhabitants per square kilometre (4.9/sq mi).   read more…

Theme Week Armenia – Gyumri

25 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

City Hall © Valen1988/cc-by-sa-4.0

City Hall © Valen1988/cc-by-sa-4.0

Gyumri is an urban municipal community and the second-largest city in Armenia, serving as the administrative center of Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. By the end of the 19th century, when the city was known as Alexandropol, it became the largest city of Russian-ruled Eastern Armenia with a population above that of Yerevan. The city became renowned as a cultural hub, while also carrying significance as a major center of Russian troops during Russo-Turkish wars of the 19th century.   read more…

Fish market in the Old Port of Marseille

25 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Shopping Reading Time:  5 minutes

© flickr.com - smallkaa/cc-by-2.0

Bouillabaisse fishes © flickr.com – smallkaa/cc-by-2.0

The fish market in the Old Port of Marseille is a small fish market made up of around ten stands located in the middle of the Quai de la Fraternité, at the exit of the “Vieux-Port” stop of the M1 metro line. Since Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture, the fish market is partially covered by the Ombrière du Vieux-Port de Marseille, an immense mirror ceiling reflecting the activity of the quay.   read more…

Theme Week Armenia – Vagharshapat

24 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  9 minutes

Zvartnots Cathedral and Mount Ararat © Vahagn Grigoryan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Zvartnots Cathedral and Mount Ararat © Vahagn Grigoryan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Vagharshapat is the 4th-largest city in Armenia and the most populous municipal community of Armavir Province, located about 18 km (11 mi) west of the capital Yerevan, and 10 km (6 mi) north of the closed Turkish-Armenian border. It is commonly known as Ejmiatsin (also spelled Echmiadzin or Etchmiadzin), which was its official name between 1945 and 1995. It is still commonly used colloquially and in official bureaucracy, a case of dual naming.   read more…

American Dream Meadowlands in East Rutherford

24 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping, Sport Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Dough4872/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Dough4872/cc-by-sa-4.0

American Dream Meadowlands is a large retail and entertainment complex in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States. It houses the first ever Mr. Beast restaurant. The first and second of four opening stages occurred on October 25, 2019, and on December 5, 2019. The remaining opening stages occurred on October 1, 2020, and thereafter.   read more…

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