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A Bit Of History Europe

The Roman City Of Pompeii

Almost 2,000 years ago a wealthy Roman city, with a population of 11,000 to 15,000 people was located near the southeastern base of Mount Vesuvius, a dormant volcano. These Roman citizens enjoyed many beautiful public buildings, luxurious private houses that featured lavish decorations, furnishings and works of art. Mosaics covered the floors and frescos were […]

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A Bit Of History America

Exploring Battleships

America has never been known to back away from a fight and the American Battleship has served as a symbol of the American motto “Peace Through Strength”. Between 1895 and 1945, the United States Navy commissioned 64 battleships (sometimes referred to as dreadnoughts). As a class of ship they were the largest gun ships ever […]

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A Bit Of History Europe Odds n' Ends

Hungary’s Magyar Cowboys

Keeping the Magyar Csikós Tradition Alive Long before cowboys roamed the American West, there were Hungary’s Csikós. Nobody is really sure how far back the Hungarian cowboy tradition goes but we know they are descendants of the Magyar warriors. To understand how important the Magyar heritage is to the Hungarian population and why Hungary is […]

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A Bit Of History America

Florida’s Air Force Armament Museum

Up on Florida’s Panhandle is Eglin Air Force Base located not far from Fort Walton Beach. The base is home to the Air Force’s 96th Test Wing and a very interesting museum. The Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts […]

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A Bit Of History Destinations Europe

Visiting The City Of Belgrade

The Belgrade Fortress Any Visit to Belgrade, Serbia should start with the Belgrade Fortress. Today it is a huge complex that consists of the old citadel (Upper and Lower Town) the Kalemegdan Park (Great and Little Kalemegdan) occupying high ground above the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. The fortress constitutes the historical center […]

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A Bit Of History Europe General

Places To Visit In Bulgaria

The Belogradchik Rocks About 230 million years ago, tectonic platres were folding to create the Balkan Mountains and elevating the region of Belogradchik. Later the region became the floor of a shallow sea littered with enormous quantities of gravel, sand and clay. The sediment piled up and gradually became thicker layers of this conglomeration with […]

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A Bit Of History Europe Odds n' Ends

Franz Kafka, Prague’s Favorite Son

Prague seems to not just celebrate the life of Franz Kafka but to embrace his sense of the bizarre found in his writings. One popular attraction in the city is a giant rotating head of Franz Kafka made of a coil of polished stainless steel. Kafka t-shirts are also a popular item in the tourist […]

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A Bit Of History Europe Odds n' Ends

Dancing House Prague

On the Rašín Embankment on the Vltava River in Prague stands “The Dancing House”, sometimes referred to by its nickname Fred and Ginger. The structure is so unique that the building is recognized around the world. It was erected on the site of a building destroyed by the U.S. bombing of Prague in World War […]

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A Bit Of History Europe

The Prague Astronomical Clock

Visiting Old Town Prague In The Czech Republic In the center of Old Town Prague on the face of the medieval town hall is a truly remarkable clock. Its origins date back to the year 1410 AD when the city was the capital of the Czech Republic. The Prague Astronomical Clock is the third-oldest astronomical […]

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Prague (Praha), The Czech Republic

Peddle boats fill the river throughout the day on the weekend. Our first day in Prague and we’re overwhelmed. Mazes of cobblestone streets, castles and churches around every corner with layers of amazing gardens climbing the hillsides. In the evening at dusk people are drawn to the river as if it’s a celebration of another […]