Chapter 4, Part 4 As the Age of Discovery began in the 15th century, Portugal and Castille (Spain) sent a large number of maritime missions to seek direct sea route from Europe to India and the fabled Spice Islands, as well as to discover lands previously unheard to the Europeans. With the Atlantic Ocean at […]
For a huge city, London is quite a friendly place. We didn’t even make the list of the most unfriendly cities of 2016 and Londoners are many things but they don’t have a reputation as being eternally grumpy like Paris or Moscow or entirely lacking in concepts of personal space and good manners like others. […]
Chapter 4, Part 2
At the turn of the 16th century, the Portuguese significantly increased their presence around the Indian Ocean by conquering strategic ports in the region. It was Afonso de Albuquerque, by the order of King Manuel I of Portugal, who led naval military campaigns to capture Aden (the gateway to the Red Sea) and Ormuz (the gateway to the Persian Gulf, known as Hormuz today). Albuquerque’s conquest of Goa, however, was never part of the king’s plan although in the decades that followed the Portuguese colony in the Indian subcontinent would prove to be a very important colonial post.
The same king ordered Albuquerque to capture Malacca, a major port strategically located in Mainland Asia separated from Sumatra by the Strait of Malacca – a busy sea route connecting East Asia and the Indian Ocean. Controlling the trade route from India to China…
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It’s funny, because when I think back to our time in Granada it feels like a different time and place, even though as I sit here contemplating the holiday, I do so still surrounded by Spain. Of course I always knew that Mallorca was very different from Andalucia, but Granada has something about it which […]
Munich- Johanneskirchen, Bavaria.
Whats HOT: Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) – Tough incline combined with the summer heat makes for an unpleasant trek but the rewards are unparalleled views over the entire lake and the town. The castle itself is rather unspectacular, but there is a cafe where you can enjoy a wedge of cream cake (a local specialty). […]
The Iles Lavezzi are a group of small, rocky islands that lie part way between Corsica and Sardinia. They are easily reachable by boat from Bonifacio and are an absolute “must do” on my list of things to visit In high season, be sure to book in advance.. Spring is the ideal time to visit. That tip […]