Theme Week Dordogne – Terrasson-Lavilledieu

25 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Terrasson-Lavilledieu is a commune in the Dordogne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in France. Terrasson-Lavilledieu is about 150 kilometers east of Bordeaux in southwestern France.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne – Boulazac

24 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Château du Lieu-Dieu © Fred Scalliet/cc-by-sa-3.0

Château du Lieu-Dieu © Fred Scalliet/cc-by-sa-3.0

Boulazac Isle Manoire has been a French commune nouvelle in the Dordogne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region with a population of 10,600 since January 1, 2016. The municipality belongs to the Arrondissement Périgeux and the canton of Isle-Manoire. It emerged from the fusion of Atur, Boulazac and Saint-Laurent-sur-Manoire. On January 1, 2017, Sainte-Marie-de-Chignac joined the municipality.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne – Coulounieix-Chamiers

23 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Château des Izards © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-4.0

Château des Izards © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-4.0

Coulounieix-Chamiers (Occitan: Colonhés e Champs Niers) is a municipality in the French region of Aquitaine with 7,700 inhabitants. It is located in the Dordogne department, belongs to the Arrondissement Périgueux and is part of the canton of Coulounieix-Chamiers. The inhabitants are called Colomniérois.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne – Trélissac

22 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Trélissac is a commune in the Dordogne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in France. Administratively, it belongs to the Arrondissement Périgueux and is part of the canton of Trélissac. The inhabitants are called Trélissacois. The River Isle forms the southern boundary of the municipality, which is a banlieue of Périgueux.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne – Saint-Astier

21 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Saint-Astier on Isle River © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Saint-Astier on Isle River © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Saint-Astier is a small town and a French municipality with 5,500 inhabitants in the Dordogne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The municipality consists of the main town as well as a few hamlets (hameaux) and individual farmsteads (fermes). The continued population growth of the small town is largely due to immigration from the surrounding rural areas as a result of the increasing mechanization of agriculture and the abandonment of smallholder farms.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne

20 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Domme during morning fog © Ghezoart - www.GhezoArt.be/cc-by-sa-3.0

Domme during morning fog © Ghezoart – www.GhezoArt.be/cc-by-sa-3.0

Dordogne is a department in Southwestern France, with its prefecture in Périgueux. The department is located in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees and is named after the river Dordogne that runs through it. It corresponds roughly with the historically and culinary significant ancient county of Périgord. It had a population of 416,909 in 2013. The Dordogne department is rich in archaeological sites (Dolmens of Cantegrel, Dolmens Peyre Levade) and caves as well as rock shelter with petroglyphs, rock paintings and sculptures from the Stone Age, troglodytic buildings and villages, as well as other natural caves that are open to the public. Attractions are also some castles, numerous chateaus (list of castles and chateaus in the Dordogne) and various abbeys.   read more…

Theme Week Pakistan – Karachi

27 June 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) Head Office © Aliraza Khatri/cc-by-sa-4.0

Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) Head Office © Aliraza Khatri/cc-by-sa-4.0

Karachi is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the largest city in Pakistan, and seventh largest city proper in the world. Ranked as a beta-global city, with an estimated GDP of $114 billion (PPP) as of 2014. Karachi is Pakistan’s most cosmopolitan city, its most linguistically, ethnically, and religiously diverse city, as well as one of Pakistan’s most secular and socially liberal cities. With its location on the Arabian Sea, Karachi serves as a transport hub, and is home to Pakistan’s two largest seaports, the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim, as well as Pakistan’s busiest airport, Jinnah International Airport.   read more…

Theme Week Pakistan – Lahore

26 June 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Farah Baksh Terrace (Upper Terrace) main building © Muhammad Ashar/cc-by-sa-3.0

Farah Baksh Terrace (Upper Terrace) main building © Muhammad Ashar/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab, and is the country’s 2nd largest city after Karachi, as well as the 18th largest city proper in the world and one of Pakistan’s wealthiest cities as of 2015. Lahore is the largest city and historic cultural centre of the wider Punjab region, and is one of Pakistan’s most socially liberal, progressive, and cosmopolitan cities.   read more…

Theme Week Pakistan – Hyderabad

25 June 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Tombs of Talpur Mirs © Waheed.chandio/cc-by-sa-4.0

Tombs of Talpur Mirs © Waheed.chandio/cc-by-sa-4.0

Hyderabad is a city located in the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is the second-largest city in Sindh and 8th largest in Pakistan. Founded in 1768 by Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro of the Kalhora Dynasty, Hyderabad served as a provincial capital until the British transferred the capital to Karachi in 1843. The city was named in honour of Ali, the fourth caliph and cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. Hyderabad’s name translates literally as “Lion City” – from haydar, meaning “lion,” and ābād, which is a suffix indicating a settlement. “Lion” references Ali’s valour in battle, and so he is often referred to as Ali Haydar, roughly meaning “Ali the Lionheart,” by South Asian Muslims.   read more…

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