Mississippi paddlewheeling – and the War of 1812

Rambling along New Orleans' riverside one day, we come upon the Creole Queen. She is about to sail down the river. Do we want to come along? Now or never... Of course we hop on - and are glad we did. It wouldn't feel right [...]

The old bridge in Mostar

This week's #frifotos* theme is symbols. What first popped into my mind was Stari Most. I think the old bridge in Mostar is one of the most powerful symbols there is: of multiculturalism, of how people of different religions can co-exist, how reconciliation can actually [...]

And the waters ran red with blood…

By Alexandra Redisch at Lago Trasimeno: Last April I found myself in a palazzo in Umbria, listening to enthusiastic Hannibal scholar, professor Giovanni Brizzi. He walks me through the epic battle that played out on the banks of Lake Trasimeno more than two thousand years ago. This is where the Roman army met the fearsome Hannibal of Carthage, in what is probably the most successful ambush in military history.

Fatehpur Sikri: UNESCO’s Ghost Town

Akbar wanted Fatehpur Sikri to be the most beautiful city ever built. But style won over substance; no easy access to water. The city was soon abandoned.

Ancient Street Art in the Arctic

Walking along the paths, you'll see moose, reindeer, bears, wolves and fish, boats and hunters; in short, the kind of things our Stone Age forefathers were concerned with up here in the northern world.

Furthermore, it is my opinion that Carthage must be destroyed

Carthage was the work of a woman. Phoenician Queen Dido founded this African city, and it soon became a thriving, brilliant civilization.

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