Bad Honnef, the Nice on the Rhine

6 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Bad Honnef seen from Rolandseck © Leit

Bad Honnef seen from Rolandseck © Leit

Bad Honnef is a spa town in Germany near Bonn in the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located on the border of the neighbouring state Rhineland-Palatinate. To the north it lies on the slopes of the Drachenfels (“Dragons’s Rock”) mountain, part of the Siebengebirge.   read more…

Le Bon Marché, the first department store in the world

4 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Living, Working, Building, Paris

Le Bon Marché © François Rejeté

Le Bon Marché © François Rejeté

Le Bon Marché (“the good market”, or “the good deal” in French) is the name of one of the most famous department stores in Paris, France. It is sometimes regarded as the first department store in the world. Although this depends on what is meant by ‘department store’, it may have had the first specially-designed building for a store in Paris. The founder was Aristide Boucicaut.   read more…

Marbella, Spain’s former jet-set capital

2 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Puerto Banús © __Lolo__

Puerto Banús © __Lolo__

It is not so long ago, Marbella Spain’s undisputed capital of the jet-set was – until their rank Mallorca expired. The atmosphere is still fashionable, though not universally associated with good taste. Marbella is a city in Andalusia, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea, situated in the province of Málaga, beneath the La Concha mountain.   read more…

Temporary Eco-House, Brixen, Italy :: International Mountain Summit ’10 / Cimini Architettura

1 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month

© Cimini Architettura

© Cimini Architettura

The increasing activity of the mountain as a recreational area for tourists, climbers and hikers, is leaving the dramatic consequences for its delicate ecosystem. From year to year the increase of housing construction and permanent shelters in the high mountains, are the cause of indelible scars and points of no return. The project intends to place himself in contrast, suggest alternative ways to enjoy the mountains, promoting sustainable development and use of solutions with minimum environmental impact. “Eco-temporary refuge” is a building to stay in the mountains, designed to be self-sufficient, flexible and easily removable. Built in the factory and transported by helicopter, aim at a zero impact on the environment. Try to decrease the contact with the ground by raising the building on pillars that fit the pre-existing condition of the soil. It is a revolutionary conceptual approach, in which the human presence is suitable and complies with the peculiarities of the natural environment. Designed to accommodate up to six people, offers the comfort necessary to live properly in cold weather.   read more…

German Half-Timbered House Road

31 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Living, Working, Building, Museums, Exhibitions

Complete overview of the seven regional routes of the German Half-Timbered House Road © Wolfgang A. Köhler

Complete overview of the seven regional routes of the German Half-Timbered House Road © Wolfgang A. Köhler

The German Half-Timbered House Road (German: Deutsche Fachwerkstraße) is a German tourist route leading from the river Elbe in the north to Lake Constance in the south. Along the road you can find nearly 100 cities and towns with remarkable timber-framed houses. It is divided into seven sections, leading through the following states of Germany: Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Hesse, Thuringia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The total length is nearly 3,000 km (1,864 mi).   read more…

Naples, the European Shanghai

31 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, UNESCO World Heritage

Historic center - UNESCO World Heritage Site © Inviaggiocommons

Historic center – UNESCO World Heritage Site © Inviaggiocommons

Naples is a city in Italy; it is the capital of the region of Campania and of the province of Naples. Known for its rich history, art, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy, Naples has played an important role in the Italian peninsula and beyond for much of its existence, which began more than 2,800 years ago. Situated on the west coast of Italy by the Gulf of Naples, the city is located halfway between two volcanic areas, Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields.   read more…

Theme Week Moscow, the third Rome

30 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge, Kremlin in the background © Ikar.us

Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge, Kremlin in the background © Ikar.us

Moscow is the capital, the most populous city, and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, scientific, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the world. A global city, Moscow is the most populous city on the continent of Europe and the seventh largest city proper in the world. Its population, as of 1 January 2010, is 10,563,038. Based on Forbes 2011, Moscow had 79 billionaires as the city with greatest billionaires number displaced New York.   read more…

Trier, probably Germany’s oldest city

29 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sustainability, UNESCO World Heritage

Trier Palace © Berthold Werner

Trier Palace © Berthold Werner

Trier is a city in Germany on the banks of the Moselle River. It is the oldest city in Germany, founded in or before 16 BCE. Trier lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills of ruddy sandstone in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the German border with the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (some 15 km distance) and within the important Mosel wine-growing region. Trier sits in a hollow midway along the Moselle valley, with the most significant portion of the city on the east bank of the river. Wooded and vineyard-covered slopes stretch up to the Hunsrück plateaux in the South and the Eifel in the North.   read more…

Barcelona, “la gran encisera”, the great enchantress

28 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, UNESCO World Heritage

Plaça Catalunya © tango7174

Plaça Catalunya © tango7174

Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits on a land area of 101.4 km2 (39 sq mi). The urban area of Barcelona extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of over 4,200,000 on an area of 803 km2 (310 sq mi), being the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Ruhr area, Madrid and Milan. About five million people live in the Barcelona metropolitan area. It is also Europe’s largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast.   read more…

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