Central Universal Department Store Kyiv

1 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Nosy Mount/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Nosy Mount/cc-by-sa-3.0

Central Universal Department Store Kyiv (Ukrainian: TSUM Kyiv is Ukraine’s one and only department store of the classical format. It is located at the intersection of Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Khreshchatyk streets in the heart of Kyiv. The department store’s building in the Art Deco style was erected from 1936 to 1939. From 2012 to 2016, the building was reconstructed while preserving the historical facade from 1939.   read more…

Portrait: Baron Munchausen

31 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  10 minutes

Munchhausen Museum in the former Schulenburg (residential tower) in Bodenwerder © JoachimKohler-HB/cc-by-sa-4.0

Munchhausen Museum in the former Schulenburg (residential tower) in Bodenwerder © JoachimKohler-HB/cc-by-sa-4.0

Baron Munchausen is a fictional German nobleman created by the German writer Rudolf Erich Raspe in his 1785 book Baron Munchausen’s Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia. The character is loosely based on baron Hieronymus Karl Friedrich, Freiherr von Münchhausen.   read more…

Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

30 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Kiril Simeonovski/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Kiril Simeonovski/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Museum of Broken Relationships (Croatian: Muzej prekinutih veza) is a museum in Zagreb, Croatia, dedicated to failed love relationships. Its exhibits include personal objects left over from former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions. The “museum” began as a traveling collection of donated items. Since then, it has found a permanent location in Zagreb. It received the Kenneth Hudson Award for Europe’s most innovative museum in 2011. In 2017, the museum saw more than 100,000 visitors, making it the 11th most visited museum in Croatia.   read more…

Ada in Ohio

29 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  4 minutes

Wilson American football 'The Duke' © Torsten Bolten/cc-by-sa-4.0

Wilson American football ‘The Duke’ © Torsten Bolten/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ada is a village in Hardin County, Ohio, United States, located about 69 miles (111 km) southwest of Toledo. The population was 5,334 at the 2020 census. It is the home of Ohio Northern University. The National Arbor Day Foundation has qualified Ada as a Tree City USA since 1981.   read more…

Syntagma Square in Athens

28 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Syntagma Square as seen from atop Pallis Mansion © C messier/cc-by-sa-4.0

Syntagma Square as seen from atop Pallis Mansion © C messier/cc-by-sa-4.0

Syntagma Square (“Constitution Square”) is the central square of Athens, Greece. The square is named after the Constitution that Otto, the first King of Greece, was obliged to grant after a popular and military uprising on 3 September 1843. It is located in front of the 19th-century Old Royal Palace, housing the Greek Parliament since 1934. Syntagma Square is the most important square of modern Athens from both a historical and social point of view, at the heart of commercial activity and Greek politics. The name Syntagma alone also refers to the neighbourhood surrounding the square. The metro station underneath the square, where lines 2 and 3 connect, along with the tram terminal and the numerous bus stops, constitutes one of the busiest transport hubs in the country.   read more…

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…

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