Arab Souk in the Old City of Jerusalem

14 September 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Union for the Mediterranean Reading Time:  3 minutes

© Radoslaw Botev/cc-by-3.0-pl

© Radoslaw Botev/cc-by-3.0-pl

The Arab Souk Couk, also known as the Arab Souq Couq, Arabic Market of Wondrous Expectations or Suq El-Bazar, is a large bazaar occupying approximately 100 acres (400,000 m²) of area in the Old City of Jerusalem. About 800 merchants operate a variety of businesses in closely-packed shop stalls along a network of alleyways primarily in the Muslim Quarter and the Christian Quarter, located in the northern part of the Old City. The New York Times described the market in a 1982 publishing as “an explosion of colour, movement and smell.”   read more…

Strøget in Copenhagen

15 August 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Amagertorv © - Olga Itenberg/cc-by-2.0

Amagertorv © – Olga Itenberg/cc-by-2.0

Strøget is a pedestrian, car free shopping area in Copenhagen, Denmark. This popular tourist attraction in the centre of town is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe at 1.1 km. Located at the centre of the old city of Copenhagen, it has long been one of the most high-profile streets in the city. The pedestrianisation of Strøget in 1962 marked the beginning of a major change in the approach of Copenhagen to urban life; following the success of the initiative the city moved to place a much greater emphasis on pedestrian and bicycle access to the city at the expense of cars. This approach has in turn become internationally influential.   read more…

Regent Street in London

7 August 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London Reading Time:  5 minutes

Pink sunrise © - Alper Çu%u011Fun/cc-by-2.0

Pink sunrise © – Alper Çu%u011Fun/cc-by-2.0

Regent Street is a major shopping street in the West End of London. It is named after George, the Prince Regent (later George IV) and was laid out under the direction of the architect John Nash and James Burton. It runs from Waterloo Place in St James’s at the southern end, through Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus, to All Souls Church. From there Langham Place and Portland Place continue the route to Regent’s Park.   read more…

Portrait: Salman Schocken, a German Jewish publisher, co-founder of the Schocken Department Store chain, and Zionist

26 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  11 minutes

Salman Schocken © - Alfred Bernheim

Salman Schocken © – Alfred Bernheim

Salman Schocken was a German Jewish publisher, and co-founder of the large Kaufhaus Schocken chain of department stores in Germany. Stripped of his citizenship and forced to sell his company by the German government, he immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1934, where he purchased the newspaper Haaretz (which is still majority-owned by his descendants).   read more…

Mercato Orientale in Genoa

22 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Mercato_Orientale (Eastern Market) © Twice25 e Rinina25/cc-by-2.5

Mercato Orientale (Eastern Market) entrance © Twice25 e Rinina25/cc-by-2.5

The Mercato Orientale (Eastern Market) is a market in Genoa that opened in 1899. Located in the very central via XX Settembre, it is housed in the ancient cloister, never finished, of the convent annexed to the church of the Consolazione, built between 1684 and 1706.   read more…

Miracle Mile in Coral Gables

11 June 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  3 minutes

Miracle Theater © - Rob Olivera/cc-by-2.0

Miracle Theater © – Rob Olivera/cc-by-2.0

Miracle Mile is a 0.503-mile-long (0.810 km) section of Coral Way between LeJeune Road (SW 42nd Avenue) and Douglas Road (SW 37th Avenue) in Coral Gables, Florida. It is the main east-west road through the city’s downtown central business district, consisting of many shops, financial institutions, restaurants and arts institution. The LeJeune Road end of Miracle Mile is anchored by the Coral Gables City Hall.   read more…

Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona

9 June 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture Reading Time:  5 minutes

Casa Amatller and Casa Batlló © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0

Casa Amatller and Casa Batlló © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0

Passeig de Gràcia is one of the major avenues in Barcelona (Catalonia) and one of its most important shopping and business areas, containing several of the city’s most celebrated pieces of architecture. It is located in the central part of Eixample, stretching from Plaça Catalunya to Carrer Gran de Gràcia. Passeig de Gràcia is regarded as the most expensive street in Barcelona and in Spain.   read more…

Fish Auction Hall in Hamburg

7 May 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Frank Schwichtenberg/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Frank Schwichtenberg/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Fish Auction Hall (German: Fischauktionshalle) was built in Altona, today part of Hamburg, Germany, in 1895/96 at the newly constructed fishing port. It is located at 9, Große Elbstraße. From 1982 to 1984 it was fully renovated. Since 1984 it has been a cultural heritage monument, demonstrating the importance of fish trade for the former rival cities of Hamburg and Altona. Today, it is used for events, such as Hafengeburtstag.   read more…

Bond Street in London

30 March 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London Reading Time:  8 minutes

Rolls-Royce on New Bond Street © - 35mmMan/cc-by-2.0

Rolls-Royce on New Bond Street © – 35mmMan/cc-by-2.0

Bond Street in the West End of London links Piccadilly in the south to Oxford Street in the north. Since the 18th century the street has housed many prestigious and upmarket fashion retailers. The southern section is Old Bond Street and the longer northern section New Bond Street—a distinction not generally made in everyday usage.   read more…

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