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  1. Europe's most bizarre buildings, according to CNN

    Meet the 11 buildings some CNN writer found the most bizarre. Strangely, I suspect that gentleman did not dig very deep and only browsed a couple of mainstream webpages to come up with this...
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    Always interesting to point at culture shock in...

    Always interesting to point at culture shock in travel writing, you'd expect the authors to be a litlle bit less narrow-minded than the average joe, and that makes you think how thick some yankees...
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    Seems like the total costs of the London Olympics...

    Seems like the total costs of the London Olympics rose to 10.3 €bn.

    http://engtechmag.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/london-2012-olympics-the-total-cost-an-annotated-graphic/
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    I think that if I had been told when I was 13...

    I think that if I had been told when I was 13 that I would visit Poland, Hungary, (now former) Czechoslovakia, and a bunch of Warsaw-pact countries, I would have laughed. As for Mitterand, that great...
  5. What I have noted is that after the fall of the...

    What I have noted is that after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we have seen a shift of power from governments to the financial and business world. The notion of a politician having a clout on the...
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    Spot on... I've been a hotel receptionist for 10...

    Spot on... I've been a hotel receptionist for 10 years now, I come to the same conclusions.
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    I have to disagree, for Matera is one gem of a...

    I have to disagree, for Matera is one gem of a city that deserves to be visited. There's more to Italy than Rome and Florence, but you need to dig a bit.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matera
  8. As a New-Yorker, you could probably make a...

    As a New-Yorker, you could probably make a similar list with California or redneck states. It's all about different lifestyles, and for having lived in Spain several years, I can only add they know...
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    The Economist stated in last week's issue that...

    The Economist stated in last week's issue that the scheduled 2,4 bn GBP costs skyrocketed to an "estimated" 9,3 bn GBP. In my opinion, still a pretty conservative figure. Enjoy the party, fellow...
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    Hi Selçuk, I believe you can find all possible...

    Hi Selçuk,
    I believe you can find all possible info in any good tourist guide (I am fond of the DK eyewitness series, it gives you an idea of what you visit, and the structure of the book is easy to...
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    Handy website for EU travel ideas

    I was looking for some ideas concerning my coming holidays and bumped into that website that I had never heard of:

    http://www.best-of-european-union.eu/

    Sounds funny to associate the EU to...
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    I think that retrospectively, the French must be...

    I think that retrospectively, the French must be relieved they don't host the Games. The costs associated to the organisation are colossal and would be a huge burden on a already stricken economy....
  13. I agree with Nasturtium, why wait for another 4...

    I agree with Nasturtium, why wait for another 4 to 5 years? If your plan is to travel, get on the road as soon as you can. However, keep in mind that Europe is in trouble now, getting a job now is...
  14. Thanks for listing, Maciamo, I will keep that in...

    Thanks for listing, Maciamo, I will keep that in mind when I next travel to France. I had the opportunity to see St Cirq from the Lot, as I went down on a kayak, the view is stunning, no wonder it's...
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    I really had no idea about how intricated the...

    I really had no idea about how intricated the question was before the start of the thread. Your argumentation has its points, taking into account the tumultuous history of the region and its Dutch,...
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    Hi Moesan, I am sadly not a specialist in...

    Hi Moesan,
    I am sadly not a specialist in linguistics, but I have a basic knowledge, and your last post seems to me a little bit of a shortcut, I'd even call it a motorway. Consider Celtic languages...
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    Moimelop, the best reference I have ever seen is...

    Moimelop,
    the best reference I have ever seen is a catalogue guide to an exhibition held in 1991 in Venice at the Palazzo Grassi that featured all specialists of the Celtic studies world. It has...
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    I agree with Zanipolo that the whole "Celtic"...

    I agree with Zanipolo that the whole "Celtic" thing is very unsettling if you start digging. The problem is that a lot of our research is based on classical texts, that can be quite vague to...
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    Actually, Walloon is a very uneven language. I...

    Actually, Walloon is a very uneven language. I was born near Mons and our dialect there is clearly Picard-related. I have also spent some time in Liège and found it very difficult to understand their...
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    What do you mean by true Celts? I checked the...

    What do you mean by true Celts? I checked the Wiki page and I found what I expected. "Celtic" in Gaul is like "European" today, it is a geographical, cultural, linguistic and civilizational compound...
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    Tongue twisters...

    Might be slightly off topic but still worth sharing. The following link gives access to tongue twisters told by female models. Hope you will enjoy as much as I did...
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  22. Here's a good place to start: ...

    Here's a good place to start:

    http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm
  23. Is Near East used in the US, as it would normally...

    Is Near East used in the US, as it would normally refer to Iceland and Ireland? Proche-Orient and Moyen-Orient are used in French and refer to Eastern Mediterranean countries (Lebanon, Syria) and...
  24. Hi Julia, Even though Erasmus is certainly a key...

    Hi Julia,
    Even though Erasmus is certainly a key figure in European history, along with Charlemagne and a few others, I don't think he shaped in any way the Europe we live in today. His field was...
  25. Poll: I found funny to find Sardinia at the end of the...

    I found funny to find Sardinia at the end of the poll, I keep forgetting it is a part of Italy, even though when I visited friends over there during a week-long stay, I could definitely feel the...
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