Sweden – some interesting places

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TANUMSHEDE. The Bronze Age rock carvings, no/Iristningarat vitlycke, 2.5 km south. Thls is on the west coast north of Gathenburg. Some 30,000 carvings in this area, Scandlmvla’s greatest concentration of such carvings. Now a Unesccl World Herltage listed site. Images…

Spanish Culture

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Fiestas In Spain national religious occasions are celebrated with fiestas, as are local thanksgivings. The people of the town or city dress up and enjoy food and drink in order to celebrate. Everyone is involved and the town practically comes…

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Some Significant Swedes

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Swedish Vikings in England! Amongst the Danish Vikings who took part In the ralds on England and then traded and settled as farmers in the east and south of England were some from what is now Sweden. The evidence for…

Valencia

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Valencia, the most Mediterranean of Spain’s large cities, is often overlooked by visitors, which is a pity. It has its own culture and feel to it, is very friendly and has the best nightlife in Spain outside Madrid. Deceptively, much…

Alicante

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The capital of the most southerly province in the region of Valencia, Alicante is a little overshadowed by its more boisterous neighbour, Benidorm. To the visitor, it is an elegant city, a little shabby in places, but with an unmistakeable…

Granada

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The city which is today Granada was founded by the Romans under the name of “Illibris.” It was the Moors, who invaded in the eighth century A.D. and stayed on for seven centuries, who deemed the city “Granada.” Ferdinand and…

Minorca / Menorca

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*Minorca – Menorca in Spanish (or Catalan) – is the second largest and the least developed of the Balearic Islands. Though it has a long tradition of tourism, particularly catering to the British market, the industry is far more restrained…

Via de la Plata

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The Ruta de la Plata or Vía de la Plata is the second most important long-distance itinerary in Spain after the Camino de Santiago, specifically, the Camino Francés, the French Way. It is an enticing route for walkers or cyclists (mountain bikes, not touring bikes), especially…

Madeira Islands

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The Madeira archipelago is a group of islands that form an autonomous region of Portugal. It consists of two major inhabited islands, the Madeira Island and Porto Santo, and numerous little islets. With a population of around 250,000, the islands…