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MARQ, Alicante, Espagne © Eurofluence

The most beautiful archaeological museum in Europe: the MARQ in Alicante, Spain

Without a doubt, the MARQ is the most beautiful archaeological museum in Europe. Its name lives up to its ambition: to be the first 21st century archaeological museum. Challenge accomplished. The MARQ’s whole scenography has one goal: knowledge. Each of the five routes one can take through the permanent displays is an invitation to listen to our ancestors’ voices, from…

Mirabelles de Nancy sur l'arbre, photo de Stanislas Perrin  (CC BY-SA 2.5, 2.0, 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

The Lorraine mirabelle

It’s been three days of intense media coverage. Everyone is talking about it, even in the national press: war? the financial crisis? No (at least, not only): it’s the Lorraine mirabelle! Let’s zoom in on this little fruit, rich in vitamin C and fiber that exists almost nowhere else. A species of plum This delicate fruit is found almost only…

Vue de Baden-Baden, Allemagne © Eurofluence

An express to: Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden spreads leisurely at the heart of the Oos Valley, along a small tributary of the Rhine. This sprezzatura is characteristic of antiquated fashionable spa-towns. Baden-Baden, however, came out well from the “thermal transition” and has always remained, ever since the Antiquity, a small, but dynamic city. Indeed, the Romans first made the most of its hot water-springs, which are…

La Dolce Vita, Fellini, 1960

10 movies to discover Rome

The wealth and diversity of Italian cinema is well-known and has earned it a prominent place in the 7th art Pantheon. Funny, moving or outraged, Italian cinema gave the era its biggest icons. But Sofia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Anna Magnani, Valeria Golino or Jasmine Trinca all have a serious rival: Rome. A little tour of the Italian capital on the…

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An unusual Bastille Day: in Liège, Belgium

This 14th of July, the Walloon city of Liège will have been fervently celebrating the French national holiday for more than seventy years. Yet, until now, nothing had changed since your last history lesson. Some primary-school geography reminders: Liège is a city in Belgium. And Belgium, until proven otherwise, is not France. Why then, every 14th of July, do 35.000 people…

Sassi di Matera, Basilicate, Italie, 2006 © Eurofluence.

An express to: Matera, Italy

It is also called “the second Bethlehem“: a little bit away from the main touristic roads, Matera is nonetheless listed as a World Heritage site, because of its “Sassi“, hollowed out in the tuff by the water of the Galvina river, by time and by men. This 60.000-people town is located in the Basilicata, previously known as Lucania, a quiet…

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