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The Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape at Pergamon

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is meeting in Doha these days, pondering which properties to add to its list of places that deserve special protection. As I hit ‘publish’, 22 new sites have been inscribed; the list now comprising a grand total of 1 001 sites. And I find myself becoming more and more of a [...]

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Silent Sunday: Flowery facade in Gourdon, Alpes-Maritimes

Flowery facade in Gourdon France (Alpes-Maritimes)

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Aachen Cathedral and Charlemagne’s BMI

In Aachen Cathedral lies the body of Pater Europae. And who might he be, this Father of Europe, you ask? When I was an exchange student in the USA, someone once mentioned Charlemagne, a famous emperor of Europe. ‘What?’ I thought at the time. A European emperor I had never heard of? Well, turns out [...]

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Silent Sunday: The man from the sea

The Man from the Sea, Mo i Rana in Arctic Norway

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World at a Glance: Appearances can be deceptive in Regensburg

One day, many years ago, aimlessly wandering about the beautiful German city of Regensburg, I stumbled over this odd sculpture. From the front, it looks like a pious priest, praying for the geese, perhaps – or preaching to them. Ah, but don’t be deceived by that friendly first impression. Walk around the statue. Have a [...]

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Day out London: Blenheim Palace

If you’re in London – or in the Cotswolds, one of my favourite parts of England, I recommend an outing to the little town of Woodstock and Blenheim Palace. The palace represents the early stages of the English Romantic movement – an architectural style characterised by closeness to nature. I love the medieval towers, and [...]

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Silent Sunday: The 12th century bridge on Dartmoor

The 12th century clapper bridge across the river Dart, Postbridge Dartmoor

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