Travelog

FROM The man in the front seat / October 29, 2019

Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore, Italy

“For however fanciful & fantastic the Isola Bella may be, and is, it is still beautiful¨ – Charles Dickens, 1844   Isola Bella, or the “Beautiful Island” is one of the Borromean Islands located on Lake Maggiore in the north of Italy. The Borromean Islands also include Isola Pescatori (Fishermans Island) and Isola Madre (Mother Island) The islands are situated in a small gulf on the lake, known as the Borromean Gulf, with Isola Bella being only 400m (1330ft) from the lakeside town of Stresa. Although quite small, the island […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / October 29, 2019

Trinity Lavra, Sergiyev Posad, Russia

Trinity Lavra is the most important Russian monastery and is also the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. Located 70km for Moscow in the town of Sergiyev Posad the monastery today is the home to more than 300 monks History The monastery was founded in 1337 by Sergius of Radonezh, one of the most venerated of all Russian Saints, who built a small wooden church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, on Makovets Hill. After only a few years, St. Sergius introduced a charter which required the building of auxiliary […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / October 29, 2019

El Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago, or in English the Way of St. James, is a network of walking routes all leading to the town of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northern Spain. In the past, most people made the journey for religious reasons as Santiago de Compostela is the final resting place of St. James the Great, who remains are buried in its Cathedral. Today however the vast majority make the journey for health and social reasons, hiking, cycling or even riding the route on horseback. Legend has it that the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 14, 2019

Catherine Palace, Pushkin

Located in 30km south of St. Petersburg in the village of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo), Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great, decided to build a small summer home as a rural retreat. Over the next 200 years Russian Tsars and their families would use the palace as a summer home, each adding something to eventually build one of the finest palaces in Europe. History In 1717, Catherine I hired a German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to design a palace to escape the city of St. Petersburg, the newly formed capital of […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 14, 2019

The Øresund Connection

Øresund Bridge Is a combined road and rail bridge which crosses the Øresund strait and running for almost 8km (5mi) from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm in the middle of the strait. The bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe and, along with the Drogden Tunnel, connects the Danish capital of Copenhagen with Sweden’s third largest city Malmö. It was the last piece in a connection that linked the Scandinavian Peninsula with continental Europe. The bridge also carries a data cable that carries […]

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