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Weimar Republic

Weimar Republic

Weimar in the state of Thüringia in Germany was the place, where after the First World War, the first German Democratic constitution was signed. This was also where the Weimar Republic period in German history (1918-1933) was formed. It was the home of the period in art called the German Enlightenment and also the home of two of the main characters in the Weimar Classicism literary genre – Goethe and Schiller. Weimar was at one point home to such artists as Franz List…

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Parikkala sculpture park in Finland

Parikkala sculpture park in Finland

In the midst of the forest in the very Eastern part of Southern Finland you can find a pool of people amidst the Pine, Birch and Fir-trees. Parikkala sculpture park is the work of Veijo Rönkkönen (1944–2010) who was a self taught artist and a full time paper mill worker that lived in this part of Southern Finland, very close to the Russian border. Below are some of the more interesting pieces in the garden, but there are many more to see. If you…

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Classic cars in Sweden

Classic cars in Sweden

Sweden is said to have the most restored 1950’s U.S. made cars in the world. For example, although only 2 1958 Cadillac convertibles were originally sold in Sweden – today there are over 200 of them registered there. Every year there are thousands of U.S. made classic cars imported into Sweden. In the town of Rättvik by lake Siljan in the landscape of Dalarna (Dalecarlia) there is an annual event called Classic Car Week , where thousands of proud owners show…

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Don Quixote in Castile-La Mancha

Don Quixote in Castile-La Mancha

Castile-La Mancha is famous for, among other things, Don Quixote and his trusted sidekick Sancho Panza in the novels written by Miguel de Cervantes Saveedra (1547-1616), two volumes published in 1605 and 1615. The full title of the books are “The Ingenious Nobleman Mister Quixote of La Mancha” or in Spanish “El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha”. This work is considered to be the first modern novel and it is also the most important novel ever published in the…

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Santa Bárbara Castle

Santa Bárbara Castle

On top of the 166m high mount Benacantil in the centre of Alicante on the Costa Blanca region of Spain sits a Muslim built castle that dates to the 9th century when the Muslims controlled the Iberian peninsula. It is called Castillo de Santa Bárbara. The castle has an elevator up to the top, it €2.70 roundtrip in August 2017 and it takes you to the top (stop 2) or you can stop at stop 1 where there is a…

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Hugo Junkers in Dessau

Hugo Junkers in Dessau

Hugo Junkers developed the worlds first commercial metal airplane, the Junker F13 in 1919 – a total of 320 of the planes were built between 1919 and 1932. Hugo Junker also developed engines, for aircrafts but also for cars, tractors and other applications such as generators. In addition the company also developed hot water heaters and stoves for the home – it seems like his hand was in all kinds of things technical. He was a true inventor and an…

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Rome – the Baths of Diocletian & the National Roman Museum

Rome – the Baths of Diocletian & the National Roman Museum

The Diocletian baths sits on one of Rome’s seven hills – Viminal the smallest of the hills. The baths were commissioned by Maximian in 298 in honor of his co-emperor Diocletian. The water for the baths came from an aqueduct, Aqua Marcia which had supplied water to Rome since the early parts of the second century. The Diocletian baths were the grandest and most impressive of Rome’s baths. In 1561 Pope Pius IV ordered a basilica built into the ruins of the…

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Chiang Mai Thailand – crossroads of cultures

Chiang Mai Thailand – crossroads of cultures

Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand (localized, but in Western alphabet it is one word – “Chiangmai”. In Thai it is “เชียงใหม่”) , this region is a part of Thailand that gets its influences from many different countries and cultures. It is close to the border with Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Laos. China is not very far away either, but Thailand has no direct border with China. The development of the region centered on the rivers and the river valleys that…

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Sunset at the Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia

Sunset at the Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia

What must be one of the most beautiful places in the world to watch the sun setting, is by the Malacca Straits and in particular with the “Floating Mosque” as a backdrop. These pictures were taken on Wednesday July 25 by our correspondent. The pictures were taken in the timespan of about 41 minutes with the first one taken at 19:06 local Malaysian time (GMT +8) and the last one at 19:47. I hope you enjoy the pictures.