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Sant Joan: Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Pyrenees

The summer solstice fire festivals of the Pyrenees, are a tradition included, since 2015, on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

23rd & 24th June: The Eve and Festival of Sant Joan is held on the Summer Solstice when the sun reaches its zenith. (Interestingly, for the Catalans, this is considered the beginning of Summer). Arguably, …

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Skyscrapers of Barcelona. XXI century architecture

New buildings in Barcelona. High tech

At the turn of the century, there were no significant changes in the future of Barcelona, which continued to rely on innovation and design as projects, along with the use of new technologies and a commitment to sustainable development.

Stylistically, the turn of the century …

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Beaujolais – UNESCO Global Geopark

The geographical area of the “Beaujolais” extends along the eastern edge of the Massif Central between the Saône river to the east and the Beaujolais mountains to the west. Located in the Rhône and Saône-et-Loire departments, it is the southern extension of wine-growing Burgundy. The vineyard begins beyond the town of Mâcon and extends over …

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The island of Nantes and its HI TECH urban planning

The island of Nantes (fr. L’île de Nantes) is currently the subject of a vast urban renewal operation which should run until 2023, with a target of 3,100 housing units built in 2012 and 7,500 in 2023. The contracting authority is provided by the Société d’aménagement de la métropole Ouest Atlantique (SAMOA), a local public …

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The Tamarita Gardens in Barcelona

The Tamarita Gardens are located on Passeig de Sant Gervasi, 47-49, in the Sant Gervasi – la Bonanova district of Barcelona. The Tamarita Gardens are one of the few listed as historic in Catalonia —there are only 25— and in Barcelona.

The origins of the gardens lie in an estate that belonged to the …

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Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch / Photo reportage

Symbols of the Cold War. Abandoned Radio Liberty Station, Pals, Catalonia

Symbols of the Cold War. Abandoned Radio Liberty Station, Pals, Catalonia

Radio Liberty was formed by American Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia (Amcomlib) in 1951. Originally named Radio Liberation, the station was renamed in 1959 after a policy statement emphasizing “liberalization” rather than “liberation”.

Radio Liberty began broadcasting from Lampertheim on March 1, …

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