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Austria in Fall

When travelling Austria in October there is a certain mood setting over the country. The heat of summer is over and nature is beginning to prepare for a more harsh season of the year. Still the weather can be pretty nice with blue skies and a more milder, gentler sun. The leaves begin to fall and brown and yellow colours are laying over the landscape. Autumn is here and it is the perfect time for a walk in the hills.

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The Trullis of Alberobello

The so called Trullis are roundhouses popular in certain parts of the region of Apuglia in Italy. They are build of stone and allow nice temperatures even in the heat of summer, similar to caves. They used to be houses for the poor but since the 20th Century they gained popularity and towns featuring them like Alberobello became magnets for visitors from around the world.

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Gloucester: The Curious Cathedral

The Cathedral of Gloucester was built in the 7th century and is well known, among other things, for being a filming location for the Harry Potter movies. It is also famous as being very mysterious and even strange. The reason is the architectural style of the church which is called “perpendicular style”, a more grotesque version of the medieval Gothic style. Also very peculiar and interesting are the glass windows, there is even one depiction of a medieval Golf player! All in all a fascinatingly grim but beautiful cathedral.

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A Voyage to the Old Kingdom

The proper history of England begins with the conquest of the island by the Anglo-Saxons in the 6th century, but for many thousand years before the country was inhabited by settlers, who cultivated the land and made it arable for the upcoming generations. During this process the landscape was altered extensively of course, England used to be covered by dense forests before like other parts of Northern Europe. A lot of the wood was used for ship making, as England was an island country and hence depended on sea trade and also on fishing. England became rich and in the middle ages beautiful castles where built and monasteries, which were surrounded by little towns, which became bigger towns with magnificent cathedrals later on. A lot of the history of England can be seen still today when travelling England. Take your time, don’t hurry and never forget the cup of tea in the afternoon!

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