Theme Week La Palma

20 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  8 minutes

Black sand beach in Puerto Naos © Rufus46/cc-by-sa-3.0

Black sand beach in Puerto Naos © Rufus46/cc-by-sa-3.0

La Palma, also known as La isla bonita (English: The Beautiful Island) and historically San Miguel de La Palma, is the most northwesterly island of the Canary Islands, Spain, which is a Spanish autonomous community and archipelago in Macaronesia in the North Atlantic Ocean. La Palma has an area of 708.32 square kilometres (273.48 sq mi) making it the fifth largest of the eight main Canary Islands. The total population at the start of 2023 was 84,338, of which 15,522 lived in the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma and 20,375 in Los Llanos de Aridane. Its highest mountain is the Roque de los Muchachos, at 2,426 metres (7,959 ft), being second among the peaks of the Canaries after the Teide massif on Tenerife.   read more…

Pullman Hotels and Resorts

20 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  8 minutes

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel © flickr.com - International Railway Summit/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel © flickr.com – International Railway Summit/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pullman Hotels and Resorts is a French multinational upscale hotel brand owned by Accor. Pullman has 145 hotels and resorts in 42 countries spread across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and Oceania.   read more…

Sushi

19 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Nesnad/cc-by-2.5

© Nesnad/cc-by-2.5

Sushi is a Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice (sushi-meshi), usually with some sugar and salt, plus a variety of ingredients (neta), such as vegetables, and any meat, but most commonly seafood (often raw but can be cooked). Styles of sushi and its presentation vary widely, but the one key ingredient is “sushi rice”, also referred to as shari, or sumeshi.   read more…

University of Amsterdam

18 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  5 minutes

Maagdenhuis houses the administration © Marcelmulder68/cc-by-sa-3.0-nl

Maagdenhuis houses the administration © Marcelmulder68/cc-by-sa-3.0-nl

The University of Amsterdam (abbreviated as UvA, Dutch: Universiteit van Amsterdam) is a public research university located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Established in 1632 by municipal authorities, it is the fourth-oldest academic institution in the Netherlands still in operation.   read more…

Jim Crow laws

17 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Segregated movie theater in Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi © Marion Post Wolcott - United States Library of Congress

Segregated movie theater in Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi
© Marion Post Wolcott – United States Library of Congress

The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws introduced in the Southern United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that enforced racial segregation, “Jim Crow” being a pejorative term for an African American. Such laws remained in force until 1965. Formal and informal segregation policies were present in other areas of the United States as well, even as several states outside the South had banned discrimination in public accommodations and voting. Southern laws were enacted by white-dominated state legislatures (Redeemers) to disenfranchise and remove political and economic gains made by African Americans during the Reconstruction era. Such continuing racial segregation was also supported by the successful Lily-white movement.   read more…

Ghent University

16 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Daniuu/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Daniuu/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ghent University (Dutch: Universiteit Gent, abbreviated as UGent) is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. Ghent University consists of eleven faculties with over 130 individual departments. In addition, the university maintains the Zwijnaarde science park and Greenbridge science park.   read more…

University of Sydney

15 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  5 minutes

The Quadrangle © flickr.com - Christopher Neugebauer/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Quadrangle © flickr.com – Christopher Neugebauer/cc-by-sa-2.0

The University of Sydney (USYD) is a public research university in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1850, it is the oldest university in both Australia and Oceania. One of Australia’s six sandstone universities, it was one of the world’s first universities to admit students solely on academic merit, and opened its doors to women on the same basis as men. The university comprises eight academic faculties and university schools, through which it offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.   read more…

Tel Aviv University

14 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Union for the Mediterranean, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  7 minutes

Tel Aviv University © אור-פ /cc-by-sa-4.0

Tel Aviv University © אור-פ /cc-by-sa-4.0

Tel Aviv University is a public research university in Tel Aviv, Israel. With over 30,000 students, it is the largest university in the country. Located in northwest Tel Aviv, the university is the center of teaching and research of the city, comprising 9 faculties, 17 teaching hospitals, 18 performing arts centers, 27 schools, 106 departments, 340 research centers, and 400 laboratories. It is ranked 7th in the world by PitchBook data index.   read more…

European Broadcasting Union

13 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

European Broadcasting Union Logo The European Broadcasting Union (EBU; French: Union européenne de radio-télévision, UER) is an alliance of public service media organisations whose countries are within the European Broadcasting Area or who are members of the Council of Europe. As of 2023, it is made up of 113 member organisations from 56 countries, and 31 associate members from a further 20 countries. It was established in 1950, and has its administrative headquarters in Geneva.   read more…

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