The Bavarian Maibaum: A 16th Century Tradition

Erected in towns throughout Bavaria, the maibaum, or maypole, is meant to symbolize the independence, strength and community of a town. A long-standing tradition and closely governed by local regulations, the maibaum has to have a height of at least 30 meters and can only stand for a maximum of 5 years. Once a tree […]

Paris’ Parc André Citroën 150 Meters Above the City

First open to the public in 1999, Parc André Citroën’s hot-air balloon, the biggest in the world, was first introduced as part of larger pre-Millenium celebrations throughout Paris. First sponsored by Eutelsat in 2004, the balloon was recently renamed Balloon Air de Paris in 2008. Although the balloon remains tethered to the ground, it rises […]

Paris’ Last Two Windmills

Of thirteen original windmills that used to be situated on the hills of Monmartre during the 16th century, only two remain standing today, Moulin de la Galette (originally named Blute-fin) and Moulin Radet, collectively known as Moulin de la Galette. The older of the two, Moulin de la Galette was built in 1622 and was […]

Dubrovnik’s Old City Walls Walking Tour: Croatia

For the best views of the Old Town and harbor, take a leisurely stroll atop the historic city walls. Winding 1,940 meters around the city, the walls were originally constructed in the 8th century, but most of those intact today were built between the 13-16th centuries. The walls reach a peak height of approximately 25 […]

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