Greece - Olympia

by Kimp 9. April 2018 06:22
The ancient Olympic Games, occurred every 4 years for over 1,200 years at the ancient complex in Olympia Greece. The only recorded competition during the first 13 Olympiad's, was a single foot race of 192m(640 ft or 1/8 mile). The winner of the first recorded race, was Koroibos, who was a cook by profession. Ancient Olympia, was also a sacred religious grounds, dedicated to the Olympian Gods, where thousands would make the pilgrimage to partake in its yearly religious festival. In 393 AD, the Christian emperor Theodosius I, forbade the celebration of pagan cults, which included the Olympic Games. In 426 A.D., Theodosius II ordered the Olympia complex destroyed. Earthquakes in 522 and 551 further devastated the ruins. Around 600 A.D., Olympia was covered by up to 24 ft (8 m) of sediment by a Tsunami that occurred in the Mediterranean. It was lost until 1776 when Englishman Richard Chandler, in search of antiquity items discovered it. In 1874, the Greek state signed an agreement with Germany for an archaeological exploration of the Olympia site. The German Archeological Society started excavation and have been working on it ever since. [More]

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Switzerland - Lausanne

by Kimp 31. January 2018 17:51
Lausanne is the capital of International Sports and yet another beautiful Swiss city. Surrounded by vineyards, French speaking and located on the Swiss plateau, a high ground, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. It slopes down a steep incline, to share a pleasant shoreline with Lake Geneva. Peace, serenity, and a love of sports, pretty much describe all that is Lausanne. [More]

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Germany - Nuremburg - Christmas Market

by Kimp 6. January 2018 22:10
The smell of wine mulling, chestnuts roasting, and gingerbread baking. The taste of Original Nurenburger Sausage hot off the grill and the sight of hand painted Christmas Ornaments. Christmas is just around the corner and I am one of the 2,000,000 people who will visit Nurenburg this year, to partake of the atmosphere and meander through the 180 spruce stalls of German handcrafted goodness. The largest and most visited Christkindlesmarket (Christ Childs Market) in Germany. Besides German crafts, vendors from several countries, rent booths to pedle their wares. It starts on the Friday before the first Sunday in Advent and goes until Dec 24th, unless that is on a Sunday. [More]

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Italy - Venice

by Kimp 9. April 2017 01:00
In 400 A.D., when the Western Roman Empire was starting to fall, the people of Northern Italy sought refuge from the barbarian's, on the Islands in the Veneta lagoon. Over the next 50 years, they tried to go back to the mainland, but when "Attila the Hun" was on his way to take Rome, he was destroying everything in Northern Italy. Atilla failed to take Rome and left, but by that time, Venetian's had built up enough infrastructure to make Venice a nice place to live, so they stayed and other's joined them. [More]

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Sicily - Monreale

by Kimp 16. March 2017 03:54
The Cathedral Santa Maria la Nuova in Monreale Sicily is one of Italy's national treasures. Built from 1172-1189 A.D. in a Norman-Benedictine-Arabic style, the inside contains 130 Biblical Byzantine Mosaic scenes and a very large adjoining Benedictine Monk's Cloister, with 106 column capitals, each hand carved with it's own biblical scene. [More]

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Germany - Esslingen - Christmas Market

by Kimp 21. December 2016 22:21
The Esslingen Christmas Market is one of my personal favorites. Just about every village in Germany that has an old town, has a Christmas Market. Some last only a week, and some, the entire Month of December. To attract more people, a few have gone to the effort of creating a uniqueness that sets them apart from the rest. Esslingen's theme is medieval, and most of the vendors are artisans, who sell their hand crafted items. It the artistry, and the personal touch, that makes it my favorite. [More]

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Germany - Tubingen - Chocolate Festival

by Kimp 15. December 2016 13:25
Every year Tubingen is host to the world's most prestigious Chocolate Festival. ChocolArt, which will see master chocolatiers from five continents, competing for the title of the best cocoa-based products. More than 200 thousand visitors of ChocolArt judge the artworks prepared during the festival. About a hundred chocolatiers from Africa, South and North America, Europe, Asia meet here to put on live performances and showcase of their talents. [More]

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France - Capbreton

by Kimp 10. December 2016 11:31
Every October, Hurricane's stir up the Atlantic Ocean in about the same location, about 100 miles off the coast of France. The water transfer's that energy all of the way to Hossegor beach where it meets land and creates the best beach break in the world. It is so consistent, that every year the world surfing league stages a pro surfing competition there. Hossegor is a residential area and Capbreton is a small village very close by. [More]

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Germany - Bad Durkheim

by Kimp 20. November 2016 01:57
The Durkheimer Wurstmarkt (Sausage Market) started in 1417 and has been held every year since. It is now, Europe’s largest wine festival, accommodating about about 600,000 people each year.
This is where wine meets relaxation and great times. The standard size glass at most wine festivals is 250 ml (1/3 of a bottle), here it is 500 ml (2/3 of a bottle). This isn’t cheap low grade box wine, it is of the highest quality, and is poured straight from the bottle that was vinted in.
It is held in the spa town of Bad Durkheim, which is in the Rhineland-Palatinate region in Western Germany, near the Rhine River which is known for producing some of the world’s greatest wines. All of the area around the town, is vineyard. It looks like a town sprouted in the middle of a massive vineyard. [More]

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Scotland - Edinburgh Military Tatto

by Kimp 14. October 2016 04:30
Tattoo was the name of the military bugle call, used to signal the bartender's, to stop serving to Military members and to send them back to the base. Kind of a Military curfew. Today it's an elaborate show, involving theatrics and musical performances. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo was started in 1950 and has been an annual event ever since, featuring about 10 military bands from different parts of the world, dancers, light shows, narration, military in action, fireworks, and lots of smiles. [More]

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