Edinburgh’s Timeless Brilliance

March 28, 2014

Edinburgh Scotland

The Scottish capital city is celebrated as much for its rich cultural offerings as it is its wealth of natural sights. Many of the islands surrounding the city are dubbed “seabird cities”, as they are home to hundreds of thousands of, you guessed it, sea birds.

Mapping Europe’s Unemployment

January 25, 2014

Unemployment Map Europe

Greece, Spain, Italy. All are dream travel destinations, all are relatively hellish dead ends for its denizens. This past year, Spain and Greece’s unemployment rates soared to over 25 percent.

Christmas In Estonia

December 15, 2013

Christmas In Estonia

Despite being banned under Soviet occupation, Estonia’s rich Christmas-time traditions have re-emerged entirely unscathed. To Estonians, the holiday blends the religious, secular, modern and old, as it is the day of Christ’s birth as well as the culmination of late autumn festivals. Unlike most Western states, the Christmas tree tradition is relatively new, and was an important from 19th century Germany.

The Glamorous And Gruesome History Of The Masquerade Ball

November 23, 2013

Every now again, it’s nice to swap the sweatpants and boxed wine for a bit of decadence and luxury. A quick–but not always economical–fix? Throwing a majestic and mysterious Masquerade Ball. Dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, the Masquerade Ball began as part of Europe’s carnival season. Less high society and more cirque du célébration, villagers would gather in masks and costumes to take part in elaborate pageants and glamorous processions.

Ball Des Ardents

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Paris Shimmers At Night

July 17, 2013

Paris From Above At Night

While Paris was first dubbed the “City of Light” to recognize its status as a haven for the enlightened, the moniker took a more literal turn when the city began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps in 1828. As Paris was the first city in Europe to do so, its nickname, “La Ville-Lumière” assumed a new meaning.

An Animated History Of The Holy Roman Empire

June 27, 2013

Holy Roman Empire GIF

While the Holy Roman Empire kept itself together for over 800 years, the region was never able to achieve the same kind of unity found in other republics, like France. While its decentralized monarchy granted the empire an ample opportunity to expand, it also greatly contributed to its 1806 demise.