Theme Week Navarre – Tafalla

23 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Iñaki LL

© Iñaki LL

Tafalla is a town and municipality located in the province and autonomous community of Navarre, northern Spain. Tafalla is an industrial and agricultural town. It produces beef, mutton, pork and chicken.   read more…

Portrait: Josephus

23 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  7 minutes

Josephus - Fictional portrait in William Whinston's English translation of 'Antiquitates'

Josephus – Fictional portrait in William Whinston’s English translation of ‘Antiquitates’

Titus Flavius Josephus was a first-century Romano-Jewish historian and military leader, best known for The Jewish War, who was born in Jerusalem—then part of Roman Judea—to a father of priestly descent and a mother who claimed royal ancestry.   read more…

Theme Week Navarre – Villava-Atarrabia

22 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario © Zarateman/cc-by-sa-3.0

Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario © Zarateman/cc-by-sa-3.0

Villava (Basque: Atarrabia) is a town and municipality located in the province and autonomous community of Navarre, northern Spain. The population is about 10,000, and the town is located 4 km away from Pamplona, the capital of Navarre.   read more…

Glendale in Arizona

22 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Glendale Glitters around Christmas © Gage Skidmore/cc-by-sa-3.0

Glendale Glitters around Christmas © Gage Skidmore/cc-by-sa-3.0

Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located approximately 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Downtown Phoenix. It hasd a population of 248,325. In the late 1800s the area that is now Glendale was all desert. William John Murphy, a native of New Hartford, New York, who resided in the town of Flagstaff in what was then the territory of Arizona, was in charge of building the 40-mile-long (64 km) Arizona Canal from Granite Reef to New River for the Arizona Canal Company. In 1885, he completed the canal, which would bring water to the desert land. Murphy was deep in debt, since he had agreed to be paid in Arizona Canal Company stock and bonds and land instead of cash.   read more…

Theme Week Navarre

21 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  10 minutes

Parliament of Navarre in Pamplona © Mgoni4

Parliament of Navarre in Pamplona © Mgoni4

Navarre, officially the Chartered Community of Navarre, is a foral autonomous community and province in northern Spain, bordering the Basque Autonomous Community, La Rioja, and Aragon in Spain and Nouvelle-Aquitaine in France. The capital city is Pamplona. The present-day province makes up the majority of the territory of the medieval Kingdom of Navarre, a long-standing Pyrenean kingdom that occupied lands on both sides of the western Pyrenees, with its northernmost part, Lower Navarre, located in the southwest corner of France. Navarre is in the transition zone between Green Spain and semi-arid interior areas, and thus its landscapes vary widely across the region. Being in a transition zone also produces a highly variable climate, with summers that are a mix of cooler spells and heat waves, and winters that are mild for the latitude. Navarre is one of the historic Basque districts: its Basque features are conspicuous in the north, but virtually absent on the southern fringes. The best-known event in Navarre is the annual festival of San Fermín held in Pamplona in July. Navarre is one of the wealthiest regions in Spain per capita, with a diversified economy primarily focused on the energy sector, healthcare services and manufacturing.   read more…

Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire

21 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© flickr.com - Cristian Bortes/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Cristian Bortes/cc-by-2.0

Beaconsfield is a market town and civil parish within the unitary authority of Buckinghamshire, England, 23 1/2 miles (38 kilometres) west-northwest of central London and 16 miles (26 kilometres) south-southeast of Aylesbury. Three other towns are within five miles (eight kilometres): Gerrards Cross, Amersham and High Wycombe.   read more…

Nelson in New Zealand

20 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

© Markus Koljonen/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Markus Koljonen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nelson (Māori: Whakatū) is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay / Te Tai-o-Aorere. Nelson is the oldest city in the South Island and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand – it was established in 1841 and became a city by royal charter in 1858. Nelson City is bordered to the west and south-west by Tasman District Council and to the north-east, east and south-east by Marlborough District Council. The Nelson urban area has a population of 50,800, making it New Zealand’s 15th most populous urban area. Nelson is well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene; each year, the city hosts events popular with locals and tourists alike, such as the Nelson Arts Festival. The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a local museum, World of WearableArt now showcases winning designs alongside a collection of classic cars.   read more…

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon

19 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London, Sport Reading Time:  8 minutes

Main entrance © Gabinho/cc-by-sa-4.0

Main entrance © Gabinho/cc-by-sa-4.0

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also known as the All England Club, based at Church Road, Wimbledon, London, England, is a private members’ club. It is best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships, the only Grand Slam tennis event still held on grass. Initially an amateur event that occupied club members and their friends for a few days each summer, the championships have become far more prominent than the club itself. However, it still operates as a members’ tennis club. The club also houses the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.   read more…

Toronto in Ontario

18 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  28 minutes

Toronto skyline from Snake Island © Jchmrt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Toronto skyline from Snake Island © Jchmrt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Toronto is the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario. With a recorded population of 2,794,356 in 2021, it is the most populous city in Canada and the fourth most populous city in North America. The city is the anchor of the Golden Horseshoe, an urban agglomeration of 9,765,188 people (as of 2021) surrounding the western end of Lake Ontario, while the Greater Toronto Area proper had a 2021 population of 6,712,341. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, sports and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.   read more…

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