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Prora: the Nazi beach resort built for 10,000

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 20 March 2014 by delclem
“An imposing, austere row of buildings stretches for almost three miles along the east coast of Rügen, a German island in the Baltic Sea. Blocky and bleak, their unadorned design suggests a prison. But these buildings were meant for leisure: they form part of a Nazi-built seaside resort.” >full text (c) Atlas Obscura / SLATE, 2014


Guided Tour to a City’s Corruption

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 14 August 2013 by delclem

“While the Prague Castle, above, is a must-see for visitors, a bus tour of a variety of city sites known for corruption has been a growing tourist attraction, according to the tour operators.” >full text (c) NYT, 2013; photo (c) Mlan Bures, IHT

In the footsteps of Josefine Mutzenbacher

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 5 September 2012 by delclem

What does ‘Bambi’ have to do with a Viennese prostitute of the 19th century? What is the ‘cushion method’ or even a ‘porcelain ride’? These and similar questions are answered in the guided walk ‘Josefine Mutzenbacher – the paths of desire in Old Vienna’. Curious?”

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Hallstatt copied

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 2 August 2012 by delclem


“The UNESCO World Heritage village of Hallstatt in Austria has been around for a couple of 1000 years. But, its much newer Chinese look-a-like, built near the prosperous town ofHuizhou, has just opened for business. China Minmetals Corporation spent roughly $960 million creating a replica of Hallstatt—hoping to attract homegrown tourists and investment. Brand new homes built in the vintage European style lay empty, awaiting wealthy Chinese to snatch them up. While the first Chinese visitors took in the spectacle, the inhabitants of the Austrian original had mixed feelings.” Video (c) NTDTV, 4 June 2012