Theme Week Basque Country – Mauléon-Licharre

27 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Tangopaso

© Tangopaso

Mauléon-Licharre (Basque: Maule-Lextarre; Occitan: Maulion e Lisharra) is a French commune with 2,954 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2021) in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the Basque part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region (before 2016: Aquitaine). The two towns only united into one municipality in 1841.   read more…

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

27 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  3 minutes

© flickr.com - Prayitno/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Prayitno/cc-by-2.0

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is an American seafood restaurant chain inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump. As of October 2022, 35 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants operate worldwide. 22 of these locations are in the United States, four are in Mexico, three are in Japan, and one each are in Mainland China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Canada and Qatar. The company is based in Houston, Texas, and has been a division of Landry’s Restaurants since 2010.   read more…

Theme Week Basque Country – Fuenterrabia

26 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

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© flickr.com – Miguel Ángel García./cc-by-2.0

Fuenterrabia (Basque: Hondarribia; Spanish: Fuenterrabía; French: Fontarrabie) is a town situated on the west shore of Bidasoa river’s mouth, in Gipuzkoa, in Basque Country, Spain.   read more…

Porsche Museum in Stuttgart

26 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  9 minutes

© Marek Śliwecki/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Marek Śliwecki/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Porsche Museum is an automobile museum in the Zuffenhausen district of Stuttgart, Germany on the site of carmaker Porsche. The original Porsche museum opened in 1976 in a side-road near the Porsche factory. It was a relatively small works museum with little parking space and it was only big enough to hold around 20 exhibits (in rotation).   read more…

Theme Week Basque Country – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

25 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

© W. Bulach/cc-by-sa-4.0

© W. Bulach/cc-by-sa-4.0

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (literally “Saint John [at the] Foot of [the] Pass”; Basque: Donibane Garazi; Spanish: San Juan Pie de Puerto) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France. It is close to Ostabat in the Pyrenean foothills. The town is also the old capital of the traditional Basque province of Lower Navarre. Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is also a starting point for the French Way Camino Francés, the most popular option for travelling the Camino de Santiago. In 1998, the Porte St-Jacques (city gate) was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of the sites along the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.   read more…

Ávila in Castile and León

25 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Plaza del Mercado Chico © flickr.com - Brian Adamson/cc-by-2.0

Plaza del Mercado Chico © flickr.com – Brian Adamson/cc-by-2.0

Ávila is a city of Spain located in the autonomous community of Castile and León. It is the capital and most populated municipality of the Province of Ávila. It lies on the right bank of the Adaja river. Located more than 1,130 m above sea level, the city is the highest provincial capital in Spain.   read more…

Theme Week Basque Country – Barakaldo

24 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Barakaldo Municipal Music School © Ebak/cc-by-sa-4.0

Barakaldo Municipal Music School © Ebak/cc-by-sa-4.0

Barakaldo (Spanish: Baracaldo; Basque: Barakaldo) is a municipality located in the Biscay province in the Basque Country in Spain. Located on the Left Bank of the Estuary of Bilbao, the city is part of Greater Bilbao, has a population as of the 2019 census at 100,881. Barakaldo has an industrial river-port heritage and has undergone significant redevelopment with new commercial and residential areas replacing the once active industrial zones.   read more…

Portrait: Gustave Eiffel, a French civil engineer

24 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Paris / Île-de-France, Portrait Reading Time:  17 minutes

Eiffel Tower and La Defense from the Tour Montparnasse © Wladyslaw - Taxiarchos228/cc-by-3.0

Eiffel Tower and La Defense from the Tour Montparnasse, Paris, France © Wladyslaw – Taxiarchos228/cc-by-3.0

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (: Bonickhausen dit Eiffel) was a French civil engineer. A graduate of École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, he made his name with various bridges for the French railway network, most famously the Garabit Viaduct. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, designed by his company and built for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, and his contribution to building the Statue of Liberty in New York. After his retirement from engineering, Eiffel focused on research into meteorology and aerodynamics, making significant contributions in both fields.   read more…

Theme Week Basque Country – Tudela

23 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

© flickr.com - Albert Torelló/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – Albert Torelló/cc-by-sa-2.0

Tudela is a municipality in Spain, the second largest city of the autonomous community of Navarre and twice a former Latin bishopric. Its population is around 35,000. The city is sited in the Ebro valley. Fast trains running on two-track electrified railways serve the city and two freeways (AP 68 and AP 15) join close to it. Tudela is the capital of the agricultural region of Ribera Navarra, and also the seat of the courts of its judicial district.   read more…

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