Hell on Earth: the European drought of 1540

Cora Buhlert tweeted a link to a very interesting article in the German magazine Spiegel Online. The article is in German, but I found an English article about the German article, with some of its own conclusions. This is not a translation, rather a commentary. Unlike the English article, I’m…

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History: inside one of the old canal houses in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for old houses like these. Many of them were built in the Golden Age, which started around the 1600’s. Some of the most elaborate and pretty houses can be found at the Herengracht, built back in the 1600’s to house the city’s nobles (Heren = Lords). Walking…

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