Mont Aiguille, The Birthplace Of Mountaineering

May 8, 2013

Mont Aiguille France

1492 proved a seminal year for exploration both upward and outward. As Christopher Columbus so famously sailed the ocean blue, France’s Mont Aiguille had been discovered for climbing. From then on, the French Pre-Alp plateau was considered the birthplace of mountaineering.

How The Black Death Plagued Europe

May 6, 2013

Spread Of Black Death Europe Map

For a while, the black death’s etiology was uncertain. But thanks to ever-improving technology, scientists have determined that the plague originated in a Chinese rodent population in the form of the rod-shaped Yersinia pestis, which likely made its way to Europe via the Silk Road and merchant ships between 1346 and 1353. Science jargon aside, the plague took with it between 75 and 200 million people, or at least one-third of Europe’s population at the time. It took over 150 years for all of Europe to recover from a mere bacteria, but not without monumental social, political and economic upheavals.

Midnight In Barcelona

May 2, 2013

The second largest city in Spain and the sixth largest metropolis within Europe offers a panoply of tastes, heights and sites. If you don’t have the budget or the stomach for a long-distance flight, try this six-minute slice of Barcelona on for size.

Paris In Winter

April 22, 2013

True, winter is finally over, but Paris’ beauty springs eternal. Here’s a four-minute slice of it.

The Rich Heritage Of Toledo, Spain

April 13, 2013

Toledo Spain

Like most cities within Spain, Toledo has gone through many “owners” and cataclysmic transfers of ownership before becoming the face of tranquil radiance that it is today. After the Roman Empire collapsed, Toledo saw Visigoth, Moor and Christian leaders presiding over the region with marked amounts of turmoil and violence. There was one exception, however: for a brief period of time known as La Convivencia, the three major monotheistic religions (Judaism, Islam and Christianity, respectively) cast aside their weaponry and coexisted relatively peacefully.

An Aerial View Of London

April 9, 2013

Aerial View Of London

Though The Clash can hear London calling to this day, the foggy city has been called many other names in its history. At the time of the Roman Invasion, it was called Londinium. In Saxon times, it became known as Lundenwic. And during the kingdom of Alfred the Great, the city was known as Lundenburg.