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Soule

French accessdate 2011-12-24 Soule is also renowned for its singing tradition, elegant dances and local music instruments, such as ''xirula'' and ''ttun-ttun (Psalterium (instrument))''. These instruments are gaining new dynamism thanks to music schools founded to that end by local cultural activists.


Idrija

Idrija, Slovenia Cerkno is a small but important local cultural center in the ''Goriška'' Region near Idrija. The town and its surroundings were the birthplace of many prominent Slovenes including Archbishop of Gorizia (Archbishop of Gorizia (Görz)) Frančišek Borgia Sedej (1854–1931); writer France Bevk (1890–1970); photographer Rafael Podobnik; historians Milica Kacin-Wohinz and Boris Mlakar; and politicians Marjan Podobnik and Janez Podobnik. List of all towns in Slovenia Towns in Slovenia, recognised as such by the National Assembly in 2000, are: Ajdovščina, Bled, Bovec, Brežice, Celje, Črnomelj, Domžale, Gornja Radgona, Hrastnik, Idrija, Ilirska Bistrica, Izola, Jesenice (Jesenice, Slovenia), Kamnik, Kocevje, Koper, Kostanjevica ob Krki (Kostanjevica na Krki), Kranj, Krško, Laško, Lendava, Litija, Ljubljana, Ljutomer, Maribor, Metlika, Murska Sobota, Nova Gorica, Novo Mesto, Ormož, Piran, Postojna, Ptuj, Radeče, Radovljica, Ravne na Koroškem, Sevnica, Sežana, Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenske Konjice, Škofja Loka, Šoštanj, Tolmin, Trbovlje, Tržič, Velenje, Višnja Gora, Vrhnika, Zagorje ob Savi, Žalec. *the western parts of the former Duchy of Carniola: more than half of the region of Inner Carniola, with the towns of Idrija, Vipava (Vipava, Slovenia), Šturje (Ajdovščina), Postojna, Št. Peter na Krasu (Pivka) and Ilirska Bistrica, and the Upper Carniolan municipality of Bela Peč Weissenfels (later Italianized to Fusine in Valromana, now a frazione of Tarvisio); *the whole territory of former Austrian Littoral, except for the municipality of Kastav and the island of Krk, which were ceased to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes; ''Idrijski žlikrofi'' are Slovenian dumplings, regionally located in the town of Idrija. They are made from dough with potato filling and have a characteristic form of a hat. Žlikrofi are made by a traditinal recipe from the 19th century, but the source of the recipe is unknown due to lack of historical sources. The dish may be served as a starter or a side dish to meat based dishes. Žlikrofi were the first slovenian food to be clasified as a Traditional speciality guaranteed (Protected Geographical Status) dish. He spent two years as private secretary to the bishop of Seckau, and then was appointed in 1754 as physician of the mercury (mercury (element)) mines in Idrija, a small town in the Habsburg realm, remaining there till 1769. In 1761, he published ''De Hydroargyro Idriensi Tentamina'' on the symptoms of mercury poisoning among mercury miners. thumb Copper engraving from the ''Deliciæ Floræ et Faunæ Insubricæ'' (1786) (Image:Scopoli Harrier 1786.png) thumb left 220px Sketch of the olm in ''Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena'' (1768) by Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti (Image:Proteus - Laurenti.jpg) The first researcher to retrieve a live olm was a physician and researcher from Idrija, G.A. Scopoli (Giovanni Antonio Scopoli); he sent dead specimens and drawings to colleagues and collectors. Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti, though, was the first to briefly describe the olm in 1768 and give it the scientific name ''Proteus anguinus''. It was not until the end of the century that Carl Franz Anton Ritter von Schreibers from the Naturhistorisches Museum of Vienna started to look into this animal's anatomy. The specimens were sent to him by Žiga Zois. Schreibers presented his findings in 1801 to The Royal Society in London, and later also in Paris. Soon the olm started to gain wide recognition and attract significant attention, resulting in thousands of animals being sent to researchers and collectors worldwide. The basis of functional morphological investigations in Slovenia was set up by Lili Istenič in the 1980s. More than twenty years later, the Research Group for functional morphological Studies of the Vertebrates in the Department of Biology (Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana), is one of the leading groups studying the olm under the guidance of Boris Bulog. Bulog B. et al. (2003). ''Black Proteus: mysterious dweller of the Karst in Bela krajina''. Ljubljana: TV Slovenia, Video tape. There are also several cave laboratories in Europe, where olms have been introduced and are being studied. These are Moulis Wikipedia:Idrija


Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

It was during this period that the long established Descarries family reached its peak. Daniel-Jérémie Décarie (1836-1904) was mayor of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce from 1877 to 1904 and his son, lawyer Jérémie-Louis Décarie (1870-1927), was a Quebec parliamentarian. In May 1912, the Décarie Boulevard was officially designated, running north-south from Cote-des-Neiges and the Town of Mount Royal in the north to Saint-Henri (Saint-Henri, Montreal) and Cote-St-Paul in the south (a section of the road was already known as Décarie Avenue). In 1908, the first tramway made its appearance in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, running around the north side of Mount Royal from Snowdon (Snowdon, Montreal) Station to the intersection of Mount Royal and Parc avenues. Gradually the village developed around the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce which was the head church of the seven parishes on the western part of the Island of Montreal. It was around 1920 that Anglophones began settling in NDG, resulting in the construction of numerous schools and churches. The Décarie Expressway opened to motorists in 1966, in time for Expo 67. The highway construction forced the displacement of 285 families and had a major impact on the neighbourhood, severing the easternmost part from the whole and leading to the area being referred to as 'Westmount-adjacent' (a term implying housing costs and lifestyles more on par with Westmount, one of the most affluent communities in North America, rather than NDG which as a whole is more middle class). Since 2002, the area has been administratively attached to Côte-des-Neiges as the borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Geography Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is bounded on the east by the border with Westmount (Westmount, Quebec) and Cote-des-Neiges, the south by the Falaise Saint-Jacques, and the north by Côte-Saint-Luc Road, extending west to the border with Montreal West. Demographics thumb left Shops along Sherbrooke Street West in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. (File:Sherbrooke NDG 1.jpg) Broadly speaking Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is a middle class first-ring residential suburb with a culturally and linguistically diverse urban population. The cityscape and history of the community is rooted firmly in NDG's role as a home for an upwardly-mobile French Canadian middle class that developed much of the land roughly between Confederation (Canadian Confederation) and the First World War. The neighbourhood is characterized by traditional Quebecois housing styles - notably the detached or semidetached duplex - as well as being organized along the historic land division system developed by for agricultural purposes during Quebec's colonial period (i.e. long, rectangular city blocks running perpendicular to a river or ridge). It is a predominantly residential neighbourhood with considerable appeal to a wide variety of Montrealers, owing principally to its local cultural cachet, proximity to the urban core of the city, and wide variety of commercial and public services. NDG is a community of communities, as there are several somewhat distinct neighbourhoods within it. Officially the community is divided into an eastern and western ward with Cavendish Boulevard serving as the bisecting line. The eastern part of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is itself split in two parts by the Decarie Expressway (Quebec Autoroute 15) (running North-South), which was built in the late 1950s and resulted in the destruction of many hundreds of homes. The eastern ward is focused around the parish church at the intersection of Decarie and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce avenue, with many of the neighbourhood's oldest buildings being found nearby. Owing to its history, the eastern ward is primarily francophone, middle class and has a strong French and Quebecois cultural and aesthetic character. The western ward developed during the interwar and post-WW2 era and is more varied in terms of housing styles, income levels, cultural representation and spoken languages. Generally speaking NDG is associated with Montreal's multi-ethnic middle-class Anglophone community, given the presence of major Anglophone institutions like Loyola College of Concordia University and the MUHC super-hospital, but despite this association the majority of residents are fully bilingual in French and English and speak both on a regular, if not daily, basis. Affordable housing and proximity to major Anglophone post-secondary educational institutions, particularly Dawson College and Concordia University, has resulted in a large and consistent student population residing in NDG. http: www.concordia.ca now community-engagement outreach-initiatives 20110503 imagining-ndg-1.php There is also a sizeable Afro-Canadian and immigrant community, concentrated mostly around the parts of the district north of Somerled Avenue as well as south of Sherbrooke Street, and a 'Little Italy' located south of the Canadian Pacific line, colloquially referred to as Saint Raymond. In recent years, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce has developed into a highly desirable neighbourhood for young professionals. Cityscape thumb left The Empress Theatre (Montreal) Empress Theatre (File:Empress Theatre.jpg) located along Sherbrooke Street West. Geographically NDG is situated on a long plateau extending southwest from Mount Royal, cascading in wide terraces down from Cote St. Luc road (cote being the French word for ridge) to wards the far steeper Saint-Jacques Escarpment. The land is divided, as is traditional in Quebec, in long narrow strips, an evolution of the seigneurial land division system (Seigneurial system of New France) of the province's colonial era. Thus


Baia Mare

(heraldry) azure a church tower or (Or (heraldry)). The shield is topped by a mural crown with seven towers. The miner refers to the main local economical activity. The church tower refers to the local cultural ecclesiastical tradition. The crest shows the city's status as a county (Maramureș County) seat. Geography The city is situated in the vicinity of the Gutâi (Gutâi Mountains) and Igniș Mountains. Altitudes reach 1400 meters in some peaks. The area is famous for its


Caye Caulker

. There are only 3 roads in town, all sandy. Front Street runs along the east coast, Back Street along the west coast, and Middle Street exactly where you'd expect it. The vast majority of places of interest to a visitor will be found along Front Street and the west coast. The local cultural influences are Mestizo, Garifuna and Creole. History On early British maps the island's name is spelled "Cay Corker." Known historically for its plentiful supply of exposed fresh water at La Aguada, one theory holds that this island was a favourite stop for sailors to replenish and cork water bottles. The Spanish name of the island is Cayo Hicaco, which means "the island of the cocoplum." "Caye Caulker" could be an anglicised pronunciation of Cayo Hicaco. Another theory is that boats were caulked in the protected bay, La Ensenada, on the western side of the island leading to the "Caulker" name. Recent history of Caye Caulker began when Mestizo refugees from the Mexican Caste Wars arrived. With few inhabitants, food could be grown with sustainable methods of agriculture. The coconut and the fishing industry became important economic staples of the island. Even today a few of the older women continue to process coconut oil for their own use and to sell, although generally the coconuts themselves are harvested and shipped to the mainland. Get in By air Caye Caulker Airport ( Wikipedia:Caye Caulker Commons:Category:Caye Caulker


Balatonfüred

of Lake Balaton. Its historic monument with nationwide significance is the Christian Reformed Church built in the 11th century. The other sight of the village is its Village Museum (’Tájház’) from the 18th century. The Village House (’Faluház’) is the centre of the local cultural life. - The Children and Youth Centre, the former Pioneer Town (’Úttörõváros’), which is the national centre of youth tourism, belongs to Zánka. Its sailing and ship port is open. On the territory of the Children and Youth


Mogilev

'', Russian: ''Могилёв'') is a city in eastern Belarus, the third biggest city in a country with 367,788 inhabitants (2007 estimate). Mogilev is major local cultural, educational and industrial center. Get in By plane By train Regular trains arrive and departure from and to Gomel, Minsk, Moscow (Russia), Vilnius (Lithuania) and many small local stations. Railroad transportation is quite reliable with ok service and probably your best choice for travel. Without Belarusian or Russian language skills though you will find it next to impossible. Nothing at even the main train station in Minsk is translated into other languages so consider that you have to be able to understand your ticket and the billboard to work out which platform (платформа) you need to go to, which train (поезд), which car carriage (вагон) and which seat (места). The platforms are downstairs in Minsk. There is a conductor for each carriage who will take your ticket (called a beel-yet) at the carriage doorway on the platform and give it back to you before you are due to get off. A website on train travel is being developed so check in to see how the languages are coming along seats are really hard with plenty of storage when you lift the seat. B class sleepers are open to the corridor with another two seats facing each other on the opposite side. There are bedrolls, pillows and blankets down the end of the car along with hot water and tea. Obviously you should take your shoes off if you're going to lie down. There is a little table for those with a window seat. By bus Reliable service from anywhere in Belarus. Safe, cheap and comfortable. There is a bus from Mogilev to Minsk that takes 3 hours. It cost US$9 in 2012 and is very safe. By car There are highways from Minsk and Moscow (through Orsha). If you are crossing the border, ensure you have a visa or are from a country that is permitted 3 day transit entry. If you have the language skills, you can hire a driver from Minsk to Mogilev for about US$100 one way (very expensive) or you can hire one through a travel agent. Train is a far better alternative for the budget conscious. Get around Local transportation system includes buses, trolleys and minibuses (marshruka's). They are quite cheap: buses and trolleys as of March 2008 are 500 rubles(roughly 25 US cents) and minibuses are around 800 rubles. Cabs prices can be quite different, especially they might be expensive for not fluent in Russian language travelers. See File:Комплекс Мікольскага манастыра.jpg thumb Monastery of Saint Nicholas * Wikipedia:Mahilyow Commons:Category:Mahilyow Dmoz:Regional Europe Belarus Localities Mogilev


Cherkasy

local cultural clubs. The city has 3 modern movie theaters - "Salut" (a very old building, was the first cinema in Cherkasy), "Ukraine", and "Dnipro Plaza". Кинотеатры Черкасс на KINOafisha.ua Recreation thumb 230px right Park Peremohy (Victory Park) in summer (File:Парк Перемога1.JPG) Cherkasy is famous as a ''green city''. The main parks are Park Peremohy (Victory Park) with a zoo, Sobornyi Park (Cathedral Park), Juvileyniy Park (Jubilee Park), Park Himikiv (Park of Chemists), Dolyna Troiand (Rose Valley), and 2 chilred's parks. Сади та Парки розміщені за алфавітом Ландшафтна архітектура Черкащини Traditional places of summer recreation are beaches of Dnipro River. The coastline of the city is as long as


Tomsk

thumb Example of wood carving in Tomsk wooden architecture (File:Shishkov House Window Carving.jpg) Tomsk has many local cultural institutions including several drama theaters as well as a children's theater and a puppet theater. Major concert venues in the city include the Conservatory Concert hall and the Tomsk Palace of Sport. The city also has cultural centers dedicated to German (Germany), Polish (Poland) and Tatar languages and culture. One of the city's prominent theaters was destroyed


Dongguan

shì zōngqīn huì ). In 2001, he led a group of Hong Kong and Shenzhen-based Yuan clan businessmen to Ru'nan, where they attended local cultural events and discussed with provincial officials the possibility of investing in local industry. arena Dalang Arena city Dongguan, Guangdong, China (People's Republic of China) colors white, blue '''Dongguan New Century Leopards''' (东莞新世纪烈豹) or '''Dongguan Leopards''' or '''Dongguan New Century''' are a basketball team in the South Division of the Chinese Basketball Association, who take their name from Dongguan, Guangdong and play home games at Dalang (Dalang, China) (大朗). The Games were co-hosted by Dongguan, Foshan and Shanwei, the three neighbouring cities. A total of 53 venues were used to host the events including 11 constructed for use at the Games. The design concept of the official logo of these Asian Games was based on the legend about the Guangzhou, featured a stylised calligraphic "Stone Statue of Five Goats in Yuexiu Hill", a symbol of the host city. Wikipedia:Dongguan


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