Thanks to reading recommendations here on Afar.com, I picked up a copy of Sarajevo Marlboro at a bookstore, just as we crossed the famous, historic bridge in Mostar, Bosnia.
At the bookstore, a short film played over and over, documenting the bridge’s destruction, step by step, and later its rebuilding. A piece of classical music played over documentary footage, until one fateful moment, when a blast drowned out the soundtrack, and the bridge finally collapsed. Tears ran down my cheeks. I thought the piece wasn’t too violent for my children, ages 4 and 5, to watch with me. After all, it played like a newsreel, looping in a bookstore. Then came the explaining.
Weeks later, my son still asks about it, and makes analogies. He does not seem terrified. At four years old he seems to understand the seriousness and the gravity of such a moment in history. It’s exactly the kind of mindfulness...
Now there is a new reason to visit Modena, the mother city of supercars in northern Italy. An inspiring museum for Enzo Ferrari has just opened.
Enzo Ferrari was an Italian icon, a real genius that created the absolute myth in Formula 1 and the most valuable brand in automotive industry.
Last March, the new Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari was inaugurated to become the new hotspot in the so called Motor Valley of Modena.
The museum was built next to the house where Enzo Ferrari was born. The house was neglected for years till an Italian journalist discovered it. It still belongs to a wealthy Italian family and up to some years ago it was used as a garage.
On the outside, the historic building was restored to its original state. Inside it was transformed to an interactive museum that tells Ferrari’s story through his personal archive and memorabilia, pictures and video material.
Looking for delicious home cooked comfort food, and a great breakfast served in the hip funky area of soho London- then look no further. The Breakfast Club is so good you will want to go everyday. There are some great egg dishes you must try with a big cup of great coffee- this is the place to be. Cool tunes are always playing in this no frills atmosphere for the hip and cool. If your not cool enough. No worries - there are 3 other locations in other parts of London. Enjoy!!!
In the limestone gorge country of SW France, this bridge is a medieval monument to a legendary pact: a man wagered his soul to the Devil, and the Devil lost.
While living in Paris, a friend of mine asked if I would like to visit his childhood home on the way to stay with friends down in the Pyrenees. (My quick reply was “bien-sûr-que-oui-merci! Of-course-I-would-thank-you!!”) After a long night of traffic (thousands of Parisians all getting out of town for Christmas) and raiding his family’s country house pantry for a late dinner (home-canned tomatoes and pâté), we spent the next morning driving through icy fog. As it was burning off we found ourselves along the banks of the Lot River, in the town of Cahors, by the Pont Valentré bridge.
Voilà la légende: the master builder, challenged by the design and slow construction of this defensive span, made a deal with the Devil: help me finish...
Climb some four hundred steps up the bell tower of Notre Dame Cathedral, and you end up about 20 stories above Paris. Take in the view, from the monumental--the Pantheon! the Eiffel Tower!--to the domestic--a rooftop terrace garden on the Île de la Cité. Few cities are as celebrated in images as The City of Light, but even Paris has its quiet corners.
Enjoy few hours of relaxing paddling in a boat along River Thames in historic Oxford, and surrounding countryside