Category Archives: Western Europe

San Marino – the most Serene Republic of..

A tiny little enclave in Italy, San Marino is nevertheless the oldest constitutional republic in the world. The monastic community got their independence from the Roman Empire no less. On 3 September 301 🙂

Their motto is Libertas – freedom 🙂

This is what it looks like in San Marino

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starting to get the idea of how they managed to convince the Romans to leave them alone?

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The theme is expended on with more walls, towers, cliffs and castles

and then people and monks can also call on a higher power

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Nothing like a fire on a chilly spring morning..

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Doesn’t matter how small your country is, you get your own international code and EU number plate. You can also put an Afrikaans word on your Italian car to make it more romantic…

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San Marino – Build good walls + Write a good constitution + Pray = Freedom

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Seems ‘Most Serene’ to me 🙂

Monaco

This is how you develop a rock in the middle of nowhere that your great grandfather stole..

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just over 2 square kilometers

They have a pretty plaque commemorating the take over. The Grimaldi’s disguised themselves as priests, knocked on the gates and asked to be let in. Once in, they murdered everyone and took over.

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What a heritage.

Duesseldorf

The Duessel river delta empties into the Rhine here and gives the city both its name and its atmosphere.

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Currently the capital of the area, they are in competition with the nearby Cologne, on the same river, holders of the cathedral and previously more important than they.

Also good shopping on the Konigsallee. There is a flea market on the river side of the street as well. With art and books and of course beer and sausages 🙂

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They also have this wonderful park.

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A local lady stopped to tell me that during the war all the statues were removed and only restored much later.

A Japanese garden on the Rhine.

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This was in a window.

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