Theme Week La Palma – Breña Alta

22 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

© Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Breña Alta (Spanish for Upper Breña) is a municipality on the eastern side of the island of La Palma, in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. The ayuntamiento (municipal office) is in the town of San Pedro, at 350 m above sea-level, and only 9 km south of the island’s capital Santa Cruz de la Palma.   read more…

Portrait: Caspar David Friedrich, a German Romantic landscape painter

22 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  7 minutes

Caspar David Friedrich by Gerhard von Kügelgen

Caspar David Friedrich by Gerhard von Kügelgen

Caspar David Friedrich was a German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his allegorical landscapes, which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins. His primary interest was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. Friedrich’s paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that, according to the art historian Christopher John Murray, directs “the viewer’s gaze towards their metaphysical dimension”.   read more…

Theme Week La Palma – Santa Cruz de La Palma

21 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Pwagenblast/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Pwagenblast/cc-by-sa-3.0

Santa Cruz de la Palma (Spanish for Holy Cross of La Palma) is a city and a municipality on the east coast of the island of La Palma in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife of the Canary Islands. Santa Cruz de la Palma is the second-largest city (after Los Llanos de Aridane) and is the capital of the island. It is along an old lava flow coming from the Caldereta (small caldera), a volcano just south of the city. The population of the municipality is 16,330 (2013), its area is 43.38 km². Around 13,000 people live within the city limits, with the remaining population residing in other settlements.   read more…

Windermere in the Lake District

21 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  10 minutes

Looking over Windermere to the Langdale Pikes from Millerground © Ericoides/cc-by-sa-4.0

Looking over Windermere to the Langdale Pikes from Millerground © Ericoides/cc-by-sa-4.0

Windermere (sometimes tautologically called Lake Windermere to distinguish it from the nearby town of Windermere) is a ribbon lake in Cumbria, England, and part of the Lake District. It is the largest lake in England by length, area, and volume, but considerably smaller than the largest Scottish lochs and Northern Irish loughs.   read more…

Theme Week La Palma

20 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  8 minutes

Black sand beach in Puerto Naos © Rufus46/cc-by-sa-3.0

Black sand beach in Puerto Naos © Rufus46/cc-by-sa-3.0

La Palma, also known as La isla bonita (English: The Beautiful Island) and historically San Miguel de La Palma, is the most northwesterly island of the Canary Islands, Spain, which is a Spanish autonomous community and archipelago in Macaronesia in the North Atlantic Ocean. La Palma has an area of 708.32 square kilometres (273.48 sq mi) making it the fifth largest of the eight main Canary Islands. The total population at the start of 2023 was 84,338, of which 15,522 lived in the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma and 20,375 in Los Llanos de Aridane. Its highest mountain is the Roque de los Muchachos, at 2,426 metres (7,959 ft), being second among the peaks of the Canaries after the Teide massif on Tenerife.   read more…

Pullman Hotels and Resorts

20 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  8 minutes

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel © flickr.com - International Railway Summit/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel © flickr.com – International Railway Summit/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pullman Hotels and Resorts is a French multinational upscale hotel brand owned by Accor. Pullman has 145 hotels and resorts in 42 countries spread across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and Oceania.   read more…

Sushi

19 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Nesnad/cc-by-2.5

© Nesnad/cc-by-2.5

Sushi is a Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice (sushi-meshi), usually with some sugar and salt, plus a variety of ingredients (neta), such as vegetables, and any meat, but most commonly seafood (often raw but can be cooked). Styles of sushi and its presentation vary widely, but the one key ingredient is “sushi rice”, also referred to as shari, or sumeshi.   read more…

University of Amsterdam

18 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  5 minutes

Maagdenhuis houses the administration © Marcelmulder68/cc-by-sa-3.0-nl

Maagdenhuis houses the administration © Marcelmulder68/cc-by-sa-3.0-nl

The University of Amsterdam (abbreviated as UvA, Dutch: Universiteit van Amsterdam) is a public research university located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Established in 1632 by municipal authorities, it is the fourth-oldest academic institution in the Netherlands still in operation.   read more…

Jim Crow laws

17 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Segregated movie theater in Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi © Marion Post Wolcott - United States Library of Congress

Segregated movie theater in Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi
© Marion Post Wolcott – United States Library of Congress

The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws introduced in the Southern United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that enforced racial segregation, “Jim Crow” being a pejorative term for an African American. Such laws remained in force until 1965. Formal and informal segregation policies were present in other areas of the United States as well, even as several states outside the South had banned discrimination in public accommodations and voting. Southern laws were enacted by white-dominated state legislatures (Redeemers) to disenfranchise and remove political and economic gains made by African Americans during the Reconstruction era. Such continuing racial segregation was also supported by the successful Lily-white movement.   read more…

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