Bradford, UNESCO City of Film

25 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, UNESCO World Heritage

University of Bradford - School of Management © Tim Green

University of Bradford – School of Management © Tim Green

Bradford lies at the heart of the City of Bradford, a metropolitan borough of West Yorkshire, in Northern England. It is situated in the foothills of the Pennines, 8.6 miles (13.8 km) west of Leeds, and 16 miles (25.7 km) northwest of Wakefield. Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897. Following local government reform in 1974, city status was bestowed upon the wider metropolitan borough.   read more…

Theme Week Potsdam – Studio Babelsberg, parks and palaces

23 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Sustainability, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Berlin Observatory in Potsdam now hosts Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research © H. Raab

Berlin Observatory in Potsdam now hosts Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research © H. Raab

Potsdam is the capital city of the German federal state of Brandenburg and part of the Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region. It is situated on the River Havel, 24 km (15 miles) southwest of Berlin city center. Potsdam has several claims to national and international notability. In Germany, it had the status Windsor has in England. It was the residence of the Prussian kings, and thus the German Emperors, until 1918. Around the city there are a series of interconnected lakes and unique cultural landmarks, in particular the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. The Potsdam Conference, the major post-World War II conference between the victorious Allies, was held at another palace in the area, the Cecilienhof. Babelsberg, in the south-eastern part of Potsdam, was a major movie production studio before the war and has enjoyed increased success as a major centre of European film production since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Filmstudio Babelsberg is the oldest large-scale film studio in the world. Potsdam developed into a center of science in Germany from the 19th century. Today, there are three public colleges and more than 30 research institutes in the city.   read more…

Cambridge, a city for all seasons

21 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General

Kings College Chapel West © Andrew Dunn www.andrewdunnphoto.com

Kings College Chapel West © Andrew Dunn www.andrewdunnphoto.com

The city of Cambridge is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England. It lies in East Anglia about 50 miles (80 km) north-by-east of London. Cambridge is at the heart of the high-technology centre known as Silicon Fen – a play on Silicon Valley and the fens surrounding the city. Cambridge is well known as the home of the University of Cambridge. The university includes the renowned Cavendish Laboratory, King’s College Chapel, and the Cambridge University Library. The Cambridge skyline is dominated by the last two buildings, along with the chimney of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the far south of the city and St John’s College Chapel tower in the north. According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, the city’s population was 108,863 (including 22,153 students), and the population of the urban area (which includes parts of the neighbouring South Cambridgeshire district) is estimated to be 130,000.   read more…

Wolfenbüttel – Ernst August Library and Jägermeister

20 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries

Wolfenbuettel Palace © Brunswyk

Wolfenbuettel Palace © Brunswyk

Wolfenbüttel is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, located on the Oker river about 13 kilometres south of Brunswick. It is the seat of the District of (Landkreis) Wolfenbüttel and of the bishop of the Protestant Lutheran State Church of Brunswick. It is also the southernmost of the 172 towns in northern Germany whose names end in büttel, meaning “residence” or “settlement.”   read more…

Plovdiv, one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in Europe

19 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, European Union, General, European Capital of Culture

Street view © Nikola Gruev

Street view © Nikola Gruev

Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria with a population of 381,738. Plovdiv’s history spans some 6,000 years, with traces of a Neolithic settlement dating to roughly 4000 BC. It is the administrative center of Plovdiv Province in southern Bulgaria and three municipalities (Plovdiv, Maritsa and Rodopi) and Bulgaria’s Yuzhen tsentralen planning region (NUTS II), as well as the largest and most important city in Northern Thrace and the wider international historical region of Thrace. The city is an important economic, transport, cultural and educational center. Known in the West for most of its history by the Greek name Philippopolis, it was originally a Thracian settlement before becoming a major Roman city. In the Middle Ages, it retained its strategic regional importance, changing hands between the Byzantine and Bulgarian Empires. It came under Ottoman rule in the 14th century. In 1878, Plovdiv was made the capital of the autonomous Ottoman region of Eastern Rumelia; in 1885, it became part of Bulgaria with the unification of that region and the Principality of Bulgaria.   read more…

Sailing boats for beginners – advantages of smaller boats

19 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

Skippi 750 © boat-duesseldorf.com

Skippi 750 © boat-duesseldorf.com

You are not yet a seasoned sailor but want to experience the joys of sailing on your very own boat together with your family or friends? If you are looking to start your sailing career, small sailing boats are perfect for you. Ideally suited for sailing beginners’ needs, they offer a number of advantages compared to their larger counterparts.   read more…

Avignon, city of the Popes

18 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage

Pope Palace and Philipp Tower © Jean-Marc Rosier (de/from www.cjrosier.com + www.gordes-immobilier.com)

Pope Palace and Philipp Tower © Jean-Marc Rosier (de/from www.cjrosier.com + www.gordes-immobilier.com)

Avignon is a commune in the Vaucluse department in southeastern France on the river Rhône. The city is well known for its Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), where several popes and antipopes lived from the early 14th to early 15th centuries.   read more…

The schooner Western Union

16 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Tall ships

© schoonerwesternunion.org

© schoonerwesternunion.org

A restored schooner that served the Western Union Telegraph Company and now carries visitors on leisure trips from Key West has been fully refurbished after a three-year, $1.25 million effort.   read more…

Theme Week London – City of Westminster

15 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London, UNESCO World Heritage

Westminster Palace - Parliament at Sunset - UNESCO World Heritage Site © Mgimelfarb

Westminster Palace – Parliament at Sunset – UNESCO World Heritage Site © Mgimelfarb

The City of Westminster is a London borough occupying much of the central area of London, England, including most of the West End. It is located to the west of and adjoining the ancient City of London, directly to the east of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and its southern boundary is the River Thames. It is an Inner London borough and was created in 1965 when Greater London was established. At its creation Westminster was awarded city status, which had been previously held by the smaller Metropolitan Borough of Westminster.   read more…

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