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Coburg in Bavaria, where Prince Albert was born



Coburg in Bavaria has a certain importance for the British Royal Family, in fact it was the capital of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from which Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria,  came from.

If you want to see where Prince Albert was born, you should venture to the east of Coburg and visit Schloss Rosenau. Even if you are not fond of the history of the monarchs of Great Britain there are many reasons to visit Coburg, it is located in Bavaria, not far from Nuremberg and near the Thuringian Forest. It has a lot to see and discover.

Coburg has an excellent old town, small but well kept. It also has Schloss Ehrenburg which was the residence of the Dukes of Coburg until 1918. But many come here to see Veste Coburg, one of the great medieval German castles.

The old town or Altstadt is still dominated by three of the original medieval gates. In the middle you will find the market that has a statue of Prince Albert, the duchy of Saxe-Coburg was not very large but had the diplomatic ability to marry offspring into renowned royal houses of the time. Undoubtedly that of Prince Albert with Queen Victoria remains one of their great successes.

In the small centre you will find some Renaissance buildings to admire such as the old town hall or Stadthaus, Coburger Erker or the Rathaus. Have look at the pharmacy that has existed since 1500 and is still open.

Coburg in Bavaria

The main church of Coburg in Bavaria is located in the historic centre and is called St Moriz. This is where Martin Luther preached to people, take a good look at it is definitely lopsided. If you walk towards the Veste Coburg which is located on a small hill you will have to pass by Schlossplatz which houses both the Palais Edinburgh which was the home of Alfred son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and Duke of Edinburgh and the Schloss Ehrenburg. The latter was build in a Tudor style revival although almost everything dates back to the 1800s but has an older structure inside that was built around 1500.

Parts of the Renaissance castle can still be found in the southern part, very little is left after a great fire in the late 1600s. fire the duke commissioned several Italian artists to create new interiors. Among these we have the famous Hall of the Giants with 28 Atlas figures that seem to hold the ceiling. If the exteriors are in English style and the room of the giants was created by Italians, the throne room is instead a copy of that of Napoleon and therefore definitely French.

If you continue on foot (you can also go there by bus, taking the number 5) you will arrive after about 20 minutes at the Veste Coburg, the large medieval fortress that dominates the city.

From the Schlossplatz you will find a staircase that takes you to the Hofgarten, a large park and in 20 minutes you can go up to the fortress. It is worth going up not only to see a military fortress but also for its art collection and the ducal apartments.

Among the art you can see you will find works by Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein and Matthias Grünewald. You can also visit a collection of wood carvings and the apartment where Martin Luther lived. 

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Douglas Corrigan, the man who flew to Ireland by mistake or maybe not…



We still don’t know if Douglas Corrigan intended to fly to Ireland or ended up there by mistake. We know that he became famous for a while and was even nicknames “Wrong Way”. But his story is still fascinating.  Another of his claims to fame was that he was one of the builders involved in the Spirit of St Louis, Charles Lindbergh’s place. He was born in Texas in 1907 and died in 1995. This story takes back to the romantic days of early aviation. 

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In the summer of 1938, Douglas Corrigan had landed in Dublin Ireland after a 28-hour flight from New York. Despite the grand achievement in the early days of solo transoceanic aviation, the pilot claims that he wasn’t supposed to travel to Europe. He actually filed to fly to Long […]

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In the summer of 1938, Douglas Corrigan had landed in Dublin Ireland after a 28-hour flight from New York. Despite the grand achievement in the early days of solo transoceanic aviation, the pilot claims that he wasn’t supposed to travel to Europe. He actually filed to fly to Long Beach, California! H

At the age of 31, Corrigan flew out to New York City from Long Beach. The pilot filed to return back to Southern California on July 17th, 1938, but during that foggy morning, he headed east from the 4,200-foot (1,300 m) runway of Floyd Bennett Field, flew into the mist, and vanished for over 28 hours. Nonetheless, he eventually appeared in Dublin, all the way across the Atlantic Ocean.

When explaining the situation to officials, Corrigan said that he left New York en route to California but had then gotten mixed up in the clouds and haze. He also shared that he had an issue with his compass. Overall, the airman expressed that he noticed the error after flying for approximately 26 hours. However, there is good reason to believe that this transatlantic hop wasn’t actually a mistake.

Importantly, Corrigan, a man of Irish descent, in 1935, applied to the federal government for permission to make a direct trip from New York to Ireland, which was turned down. Officials felt that the aircraft was not in the right shape to make this transatlantic hop. He then made several modifications and additions over the next few years but was continuously denied. Despite not being approved for transatlantic flight, the government did certify the plane for cross-country trips.

Moreover, the U.S Centennial of Flight Commission highlights that Corrigan grew frustrated with the bureaucracy by 1937 and flew to New York late at night after authorities had gone home. He would then have filled his tanks and set flight for Ireland. Unfortunately, there were several mechanical issues while heading to the East Coast and he lost his window of safe flying weather. Therefore, he decided to fly back west.


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The best UK attractions according to Tripadvisor



There are notable surprises in this list compiled by Tripadvisor users, for example you don’t find the great museums in London but we have museums in other places and two football stadiums. In first and second place we have two fairly predictable London attractions the Tower of London and Tower Bridge which are also close together although they don’t have much in common other than the name and proximity. The Tower dates back to 1100 and the bridge to 1800.

In third place we have Arthur’s Seat, the hill located in Edinburgh. Not only is this a nice walk, but once you get to the top you will have a nice view of the whole city. In fourth place we have Etihad Stadium, the Manchester United stadium. You can visit it when there are no matches, they organize a guided tour.

Arthur’s Seat

In fifth place we have Anfield Stadium, a practically sacred place for Liverpool fans. When there are no matches, the stadium is open for guided tours. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ranks sixth, it is Scotland’s most visited free attraction. It has 22 themed galleries displaying over 8000 objects of international importance. Birmingham Back to Back is in seventh place, back to back houses were heavily used during the industrial revolution. Not really hygienic or comfortable and they don’t make us envy those times. The museum is a very informative blast from the past. Crumlin Road Gaol is in eighth place. An old Belfast prison closed in 1996 and reopened as a museum. There are guided tours of the prison and you can discover the story when women and children were held within its walls and of the political segregation of republican and unionist prisoners. In ninth place we have the magnificent National Railway Museum in York. Home to iconic locomotives and an unrivaled collection of engineering works, the museum celebrates the railroad’s past, present and future. What’s more, free. In tenth place we have the Churchill War Rooms which are located in London. Surprised? What did you expect to see in the top ten tourist attractions in the UK?

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The strange Egyptian house in Penzance in Cornwall



In all parts of the world there are always weird things to see and Cornwall is certainly no exception. If you go to Penzance, try to pass by the strange Egyptian house. It was built on Chapel Street by Plymouth architect John Foulston around 1835. At this time everything Egyptian was in fashion. In London at Piccadilly they had built the Egyptian Hall at the same time and the province tried to adapt to trends.

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It was a Plymouth bookseller who wanted this house, his name was John Lavin and he had a passion for maps and travel guides but he also traded minerals. He had then bought two properties here, which were in fact two cottages but he wanted to stand out so he had the two buildings join together with a single facade.

In addition to transforming the architecture of the two buildings, he also built a small mineral museum inside. The house still exists now and houses three apartments, it is a listed building. The interesting thing is that it is a precursor of the Art Deco that conquered the world a century later.

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