Travelog

FROM The man in the front seat / May 2, 2017

Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland

General “Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes” – George Santayana When the Spanish/American writer George Santayana penned these words, there is no doubt that the events that took place in places like Auschwitz were the “past” he was referring to. Auschwitz actually consisted of three camps, Auschwitz I (the original camp), Auschwitz II – Birkenau (the concentration/extermination camp) and Auschwitz III – Monowitz (a labour camp to staff the IG Farben chemical and pharmaceutical company) Auschwitz was first constructed to hold Polish political […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 2, 2017

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

In Ireland, a country which is known for its natural beauty, the Cliffs of Moher stand out as one of the highlights of this remarkable isle. Located at the southwestern edge of the Burren Region in County Clare, the cliffs run from just north of O’Brien’s Tower, 8km south to Nags Head. The highest point is at O’Briens Tower which sits at 214m (702ft) above the Atlantic and drop to 120m (390ft) at Nags Head.   Whats in a Name The cliffs take their name from an old fort, which […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / March 28, 2017

Palace of Queluz

Located in the town of Queluz, this wonderful 18th century palace was the last of the great rococo places to be built in Europe. In 1794, the palace became the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent and his family, and remained so until the Royal Family fled to Brazil in 1807 following the French Invasion of Portugal. From 1826, the palace slowly fell out of favour with the Portuguese Royal Family an in 1908 it became the property of the state. A fire in 1934 saw the palace extensively […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / March 1, 2017

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Known officially as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It is performed each year on the esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle in August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival. Traditionally the bands performing are from the British Armed Forces as well as the Commonwealth nations however each year other nations military bands are also allowed to perform also.   What’s in a name The term “tattoo” derives from a 17th century Dutch phrase “doe den tap toe” which translates to be “turn of the tap’. It was played by a regiment […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / December 1, 2016

Christmas markets – winter is coming

Any visit to Europe over the Christmas period will invariably run into one of the numerous Christmas Markets scattered throughout the continent. Although traditionally associated with the Germanic states, they can now be seen from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. Christmas markets are street markets and normally run for the four weeks of Advent leading up until Christmas. Historically they date back to the late middle ages and traditionally come from areas that were associated with the Holy Roman Empire. at that time this included not only the German […]

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