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.

Hotel Majestic – Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Hotel Majestic – Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

As the name implies, the Hotel Majestic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is just that, really really – Majestic. It is full of old world charm and the staff is fantastic, they all take such pride in their jobs and it is all centered on making you feel as welcome as it is humanly possible to make you feel, it is just a really great hotel and well worth the trip all on it’s own! If you are lucky, Reza, the…

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Visiting – Louisiana

Visiting – Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana is a town where things are different from the rest of the US. The oldest part of New Orleans is the French Quarter or Le Vieux Carré, settled in 1718 by Jean Baptiste le Moine de Bienville. The French Quarter was built during a brief period of Spanish rule so the architecture in the French Quarter is to a large extent Spanish in style but blends Spanish, French and American architectural styles  in a charming way. The French…

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Visiting – California – Solvang

Visiting – California – Solvang

In the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley there is a little slice of Denmark in the small town of Solvang. Some may call it kitschy, others just love it – see for yourself and you make the call – maybe it’s a bit of each? Driving up there from Los Angeles is a nice and easy drive and once you arrive, the scene is so much more tranquil. There are many wineries in this part of California and the wine industry…

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Visiting-California Venice sign transformations

Visiting-California Venice sign transformations

You may want to stop by and take a look at the famous Venice sign at Windward and pacific Avenues while visiting the area. This signs transforms throughout the year thanks to the Venice Chamber of Commerce . They foot the bill for the changes throughout the year and they also pay for the upkeep of the iconic sign. At Christmas time, the sign is shining in Christmas colored lights, red and green and there is a block party for the…

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Visiting – California Gaviota state beach

Visiting – California Gaviota state beach

Gaviota state beach is on the Pacific coast, just South from the Santa Ynez valley. It is a small beach and it does get crowded during the summer, but during winter early spring it is a quiet place made for enjoyment and reflection. Gaviota is Spanish for seagull and there are plenty of birds around this area, seagulls included. The  boat launch is not functional because the pier suffered damage during a storm and has not been repaired. The bridge…

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