Archive for the ‘History and Architecture’ Category

Sigmaringen Castle

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Sigmaringen Castle is one of the most beautiful castles I’ve ever visited. If you are ever in the south of Germany, I strongly recommend you go and see it. Gorgeous!

My Home Away From Home: Bremen

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Found these clips with great pictures and recordings of the city of Bremen from the first half of the 20th century. Like!

Dresden – Then And Now

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

I find it always interesting to see the waves of time move over the various aspects of life. And a good example for large waves is the city of Dresden in Germany. Dresden was one of the biggest and most impressive cities in Germany before WWII:

However, during the final stages of the war, most of the city got destroyed by a set of bombing raids:

(I can’t really agree with the second part of this video, but the first half is informative)



After being almost completely destroyed, Dresden started to come to live again during the GDR period. However, many buildings remained in ruins until the reunification:

Today, Dresden is a vibrant city again, with a mix of legacy, multi-layered history and modern life. Still, I can’t help to wonder how it would have been to walk these streets during the 20th century.



Berlin In Peace And War

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Some color footage of Berlin before and at the end of WWII:

German Castles On The Waves Of History

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Here’s a selection of great castles from Germany. While I like all of the ones presented in the following clips, these are certainly not the only ones, or ever necessarily my absolute favorites. So I will keep posting these documentarie and descriptions as I find them.

Burg Trifels. In case you want to see the castle where Richard Richard the Lionheart was captive for a couple of years.

Burg Eltz. The most visited castle in Germany.

Here’s also a clip in English, with images also from the interior of the castle:

Burg Hohenzollern. The ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern dynasty, the family that ruled Prussia throughout its existence, and later became the royal line of the united German Empire in the 19th Century.

Who Was Mother Teresa?

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

And was she actually a saint? Well, here are a couple of aspects of her life that I didn’t know about, and that seem to actually be well founded.

Most painful to me is the topic that is emphasized in the second part (2 of 3) of this last clip: abortion and contraception. While I can see why the topic of abortion is clearly complex, involving many different arguments, I always had a hard time to accept the views of the church on contraception. So, when I heard Mother Teresa’s words when she spoke in Ireland about abortion and contraception, I was again shocked. I couldn’t help but think of the recent case of a women dying in Ireland from complications due to her pregnancy. The bad part is that she could have been saved if the doctors would have accepted to do an abortion. They didn’t. They didn’t because of fear, because of the law, because of religious views. And it’s not like the baby survived either, so…

I’m not sure how to conclude… topics like this bring out a more thoughtful side of me. Still, let me try to snap out of it. It seems Mother Teresa might not have been a saint after all. And much more importantly, I can’t wait for the day when the church will change its policy about abortion, but especially contraception and the women’s empowerment.

The Return Of The King

Monday, October 31st, 2011

This is a documentary about the Romanian monarchy and King Mihai I.

You can also find the clip here (in Romanian, no subtitles).

Just A Little Russian History

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

First a quick summary…

And then, a 20-part documentary about Russia in the period of the tsars.

A Quick History Of The World Wars

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Chernobyl After Over 20 Years

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Sorry everyone, but these documentaries about Chernobyl are in German.

Here is what happened then:

And what is happening today:

And here’s some background information: