Europe

On this day: Antoni Gaudí was Born

On June 25, 1852, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí was born. Renowned for his elaborate building forms, often inspired by nature, Gaudí left an indelible mark on his adopted city of Barcelona, with his body of work being recognised as a…

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Wednesday, 25th June 2014

On this day: Paul McCartney Was Born

On June 18, 1942, Paul McCartney was born. His childhood home was 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool. Fifteen years later he joined John Lennon’s band The Quarrymen before going on to form a new band that you may have heard…

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Wednesday, 18th June 2014

On this day: Literary History

June 16, 1816, was a rather important day in literary history. At the Villa Diodati in Switzerland, Lord Byron and his guests were forced to stay inside by “incessant rain”, so he read his story Fantasmagoriana, and then issued a…

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Monday, 16th June 2014

On this day: W.B. Yeats Was Born

On June 13, 1865, Irish poet W.B. Yeats was born in Dublin. His family soon relocated to Sligo, where he is honoured with a statue on Stephen Street (at least we think it’s him – Google blurred his face for…

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Friday, 13th June 2014

On this day: The First Boat Race

On June 10, 1829, the first Boat Race took place at Henley-on-Thames, when Cambridge confidently challenged Oxford to a race, only to be soundly beaten.  It took a number of years for the race became a permanent fixture on the…

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Tuesday, 10th June 2014

On this day: The Afsluitdijk Opened

On May 28, 1932, the (unpronounceable for those of us outside the Netherlands) Afsluitdijk opened. This 32km (20mile) dike is part of a larger flood-protection scheme. Near the mid point is a monument and viewing tower. On the inland side…

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Wednesday, 28th May 2014
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The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind is an American architect known for his bold and unconventional designs for buildings which often significantly (and controversially)…

Trollstigen (Troll’s path)

In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s…

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

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