Cultural History

The bedroom in Arles

"The Bedroom in Arles" (or "Vincent's Bedroom") is the title of three oil paintings and two drawings by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The first sketches date from 1888, when the artist moved into his first own home, the so-called "Yellow House". Originally he...

Storming the Bastille

In the summer of 1789 all of Paris was in turmoil. Although the people had been rumbling about for a long time, the thought of the legitimacy of the kingdom, which was more deeply rooted in France than anywhere else in Europe, had so far kept people from revolting....

All good things come in threes

In Christian symbolism the number three plays an important role, I am thinking for example of the Three Kings or the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). That is why it is usually assumed that the proverb "Three are all good things" has Christian roots or can...

Der Erlkönig

Who rides through night and wind at this time of night? It's the father with his child; He must have the boy in his arms, He'll grab him, keep him warm. My son, why do you hide your face? – You see, Father, not the Erl King? The alder king with crown and tail? My son,...
The Pharisee

The Pharisee

High in the north, where the land seems to sink into the sea, where people in their coarsely knitted sweaters trudge...

A young man loves a girl

A young man loves a girl

A boy loves a girl, she chose someone else; the other one loves another and has married this one. The girl marries for...

Bean counter

Bean counter

A bean counter is the term used to describe a person who has driven precision in all his actions to the point of...

Puente de Vizcaya

Puente de Vizcaya

In the northern Spanish province of Bizkaia, more precisely above the river that separates the municipality of...

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The Cossacks

The Cossacks

Today the Cossacks are regarded as the archetype of the Russian being. But the history show us a completely different...

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Coffee House London

Coffee House London

By 1700 there were already more than 2000 coffee houses in London. They were also known as "Pfennig Universities",...

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Chopin’s Mazurkas

Chopin’s Mazurkas

During his short life F. Chopin has written more than fifty mazurkas. He composed the first as a 15-year-old boy, the...

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Coffee Stain

Coffee Stain

Maria Theresa (1717-1780) is one of the most influential figures in Austrian history. It is only natural that, in...

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Coffee City Bremen

Coffee City Bremen

In 2004 the Bremer Marketplace was awarded the title "World Cultural Heritage". Rightly so, I think, as the town hall...

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Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight Sonata

"This change has brought forth a dear, magical girl who loves me and whom I love; it is a few blissful moments again...

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