Travelog

FROM The man in the front seat / July 8, 2017

Jasna Góra Monastery & the Black Madonna

Located in the Polish town of Częstochowa, Jasna Góra, founded in 1382 by Pauline monks who arrived in Poland at the request of Władysław, the Duke of Opole, is not only one of country’s places of pilgrimage, it is for many the religious capital of the country. Millions of people flock to the monastery each year to see the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa, to which miraculous powers are attributed. Since 1711, every August 06th pilgrims leave Warsaw on a 230km (140mi) trek to […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 6, 2017

Geiranger Fjord & its Waterfalls

Located in the Norwegian county of Møre og Romsdal, the fjord home to some of the most spectacular scenery on the west coast of Norway. The fjord is surrounded by some of the steepest mountains on the west coast which is made even more spectacular by the narrow shoreline. The fjord is actually a 15km (9.3mi) branch of the Sunnylvsfjorden which, itself is a branch of the Storfjorden (Great Fjord). The small village of Geiranger, which gives the fjord its name, is located at the end of fjord, where the […]

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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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