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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Poienari Castle

Back to business. Targoviste was not the only place that Vlad the Impaler called home: he also lived in Poienari Castle. The original castle dates from the 13th century, but its rulers abandoned it and soon the whole structure was in ruins.  When Vlad’s brother was assassinated, the infamous leader took revenge; he had the elite of Targoviste murdered and forced the…

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In The Footsteps of Vlad The Impaler – Targoviste

After having spent his childhood in Sighișoara, Vlad, his father and his brother Radu moved to Targoviste, which at that time was the capital of Wallachia. Here they lived at the Princely Court, where the boys received an education in martial arts, science, arts, history and philosophy. The Princely Court still exists and is one of the most important sites of…

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Tuscan Gems – Sassetta

This time Lars and I take you to a small historical village. The road from Campiglia Marittima to Sassetta is a very pleasant one. Half of it takes you through meadows and vineyards, the other half is a curvy road through hilly forests. Sassetta itself is located on a hilltop. The center of the village has the usual pub, pizzeria and…

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The Shelter

It’s not often that Lars and I find remnants of World War II in Denmark. Maybe it’s because we have never looked for them or maybe it’s because we were simply in the wrong places… That changed when we had a stop in Ollerup. 1943. The Germans requisitioned 3 schools in Ollerup. In the beginning of 1944, they decide to…

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The Big City Gate

In the Middle Ages, Lübeck had become a wealthy city. In order to protect itself from its enemies, Lübeck built three city gates. Two of them remain and the Holstentor is one of them. The gate dates from the 15th century. During the centuries afterwards, the Holstentor underwent various stages of demolition and restoration. Nowadays, it consists of a north…

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Cute Little Devil

When Lars and I left the Marienkirche, a funny surprise awaited us in the courtyard: a small statue of a devil, right next to the church. People in Lübeck like to talk about a local legend. Many centuries ago, the devil helped the people of the town with the construction of a big building, thinking it would be a drinking…

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Anne And The Hills

A couple of facts about Bergen – Belsen: Originally, it was a prisoner of war camp. Near the end of World War II, it expanded into a concentration camp. More than 100.000 people died here. There were no gas chambers in this camp; most people died from illness, starvation or exhaustion. Not only Jews ended up here, but also intellectuals,…

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