Archive for September, 2010

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    Travelling in Libya

    Posted in Africa | September 21, 2010
    There is a lot for the historical traveler’s soul to explore when in Libya. If you have a liking for antiquities, deserts, ruins and beaches, then Libya is the place for you to plan your next holiday. Tripoli is perhaps the best place for you to begin your tour of the land of Libya. This region of Tripoli will help you get settled in and get you accustomed to the feel and the culture of this country. The distances among various regions of Libya are known to be vast and some of the internal areas are known to get very primitive; so it would be advisable to carry bottled water with you wherever you go. Toilet paper is another must. Stopovers From Tripoli Region: The seaside city of Sabratha lies around 41 miles away from Tripoli and is known  [...]
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    A Historical Peek At Santiago de Compostela

    Posted in Europe | September 20, 2010
    A lot of cities are known to have interesting origins and are said to have great stories that are associated with them. But this is the story of Santiago and it is known to be almost fully historically supported. All the serious records that are available about Santiago de Compostela are known to commence in and around the ninth century and these seem to coincide with the remains of St. James being discovered in the vicinity of the current day city. Santiago and Saint James – The Connection: Saint James, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, was said to arrive in Spain and he did so in order to keep with his late master’s wishes and in order to spread Christian faith around the world.  He is said to have preached through the whole of  [...]
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    The Ancient Theater of Orange Town, Provence

    Posted in Europe | September 14, 2010
    With villages like the Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the Gigondas on either side to keep it cozy in between, the town of Orange is said to be nestled in the heart of the wine country. This region was formerly known as Arausio and was founded in 40 BC and was said to develop extremely rapidly when the Roman Emperor Augustus reigned over the region. The theater that stands here till date are said to have been created during the 1st century AD and it still stands at what can be dubbed as the center of the town. This doubled up as a post of defense during the Middle Ages, and the high walls were known to provide people with refuge during the times of the religious wars that gripped the region during the 16th century. Restoration: Restoration works on  [...]
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    Kinsale in County Cork

    Posted in Europe | September 13, 2010
    Kinsale has been an extremely important sea port for as long as 1500 years now. St. Multose was the one responsible for founding a monastery there in the 6th century; and the entire Celtic settlement that is said to have thrived around the estuary was said to primarily be boosted by a Viking trading post. The Normans were responsible for fortifying the town later (around the 13th century). This region went on to develop into a center of shipbuilding and fishing over the 200 years that followed. The Days of Irish Conflict: The Battle of Kinsale of 1601 was said to be one of the most important turning points in Irish history. The Irish forces, under the leadership of O’Donell and O’Neill were said to be defeated by the English. This led to  [...]
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    The Ancient City of Lugo, Spain

    Posted in Europe | September 6, 2010
    The City of Lugo, in Galacia, Spain is said to be one of the most historical provincial capital. The city gets dated back to about 14 BC and its original name then was Lucus Augusti. It was founded by Paulus Fabius. In today’s date, Lugo is located right next to the River Mino and is known to share its name with the territory that it encompasses. The city of Lugo lies around 2 hours away from Santiago de Compostela. The Ancient Walls: The first thing to catch your attention when you land here will be the ancient Roman walls that stand intact till date.  Once you spot these walls, they will begin to dominate your view and are one of the reasons why this place garners so much interest among the tourists. It is a matter of being curious about  [...]
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    A Walk down Grote Markt

    Posted in Europe | September 1, 2010
    Now i was feeling like a total giant, But now it feels like Silvius Brabo has sliced my hand off and thrown it in the river! Now I was just doing my job, my feet sink into the bed of the Scheldt but now my fingers are reeling about with the fishes. Big up Brabo. These are the lines from a song that is used to depict the legend of the mythical hero Silvius Brabo who was said to be a Roman soldier. Legend has it that Brabo was the one responsible for killing Druon Antigoon. Antigoon was a giant who would demand money from the people who wished to pass the bridge that runs over Scheldt. Brabo then took revenge by cutting off the hand of the giant and throwing it into the river. A statue that commemorates this legend stands in Antwerp till date. The  [...]
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