Inside Varosha Ghost Town + Louroujina Pocket + Kokkina Exclave, on the Atilla Line, Turkish Cyprus

The 180km long United Nations Buffer Zone aka Atilla Line or Green Line divides Cyprus (Source: http://www.militaryhistories.co.uk and own) There are 330.000 ethnic Turks living in the unrecognised "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus", and 1.300.000 ethnic Greek living in the UN-recognised Greek "Republic of Cyprus" in the South. After being predominantly Greek or Byzantian since … Continue reading Inside Varosha Ghost Town + Louroujina Pocket + Kokkina Exclave, on the Atilla Line, Turkish Cyprus

The Masonic Hotel + Museum + Cigar Bar in Loket, Bohemia (“Montenegro” in Casino Royale)

Loket (formerly called "Elbogen" in German, which translates as "elbow" in both languages) is one of the most pictoresque medieval towns in Europe, in the Bohemian part of today's Czech Republic. Loket and its gothic castle stand high above a bend (elbow) in the river Ohre ... and stood in as film location for "Montenegro" … Continue reading The Masonic Hotel + Museum + Cigar Bar in Loket, Bohemia (“Montenegro” in Casino Royale)

Neu-Schwabenland, Antarctica

Welcome to ... Mysterious Antarctica! Few have ever heard of Queen Maud Land (or Dronning Maud Land in Norwegian), but even fewer of New Swabia (or Neu-Schwabenland in German). Go figure why ... Capetown Airport (South Africa) is one of the two main entry points to the white continent, together with Punta Arenas (Chile). After … Continue reading Neu-Schwabenland, Antarctica

Hosted in the FARC mountains: Marquetalia, Colombia

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The Colombian mountain territory of Marquetalia was declared an autonomous republic by the "Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia", or FARC, in 1948. FARC co-founder Jacobo Arenas (pictured right), surviving the government invasion of Marquetalia, wrote a book called "Diario de la resistencia de Marquetalia" ("Marquetalia Diary") in 1972. FARC founder Manuel Marulanda "Tirofijo" is pictured … Continue reading Hosted in the FARC mountains: Marquetalia, Colombia

A Traveller de luxe at Ernst Jünger’s house in Swabia

Under the spell of Jünger's private collection of literature, travel memorabilia and personally delivered bulletholes to the helmet of English soldiers (WW1).   Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) is arguably Germany's most unerring writer, he was definitely the most manly, and - attaining age 102 - he was certainly the bravest. I became attracted to Jünger's lonely … Continue reading A Traveller de luxe at Ernst Jünger’s house in Swabia

D-Mark Day at the secret Conclave in Rothwesten

The main cause of the inner-german border in 1948 = the D-Mark ! (Think of Demarcation Line and D-Day) In 1948, US-psy-op officer Edward Tenenbaum had 6 billion Deutsche Mark secretly shipped over from the US in Operation Bird Dog. The first DM series looked like US$. The D-Mark was brought to divide Germany (into … Continue reading D-Mark Day at the secret Conclave in Rothwesten

Tarawa Battle for the South Pacific (Country Collecting)

The Battle of Tarawa (9. -10. December 1941) was a fierce battle between the attacking US-Americans and the defending Japanese, just 2 days after the Pearl Harbour incident (but 4.000 km away ...), where US bombardments killed as many as 750 innocent Tarawa islander civilians, 90% of the Korean forced laborers (1.071) and 99.9% of … Continue reading Tarawa Battle for the South Pacific (Country Collecting)

Mystery in Prague: the Goylem and the Cemetery

04.10.2016 In this "Old New Synagogue" in Prague's Josefstadt ... ... lies the Golem, in Yiddish: Goylem, which is an artificially created dumb servant, a "goy made of lehm (mud)", originally "brought to life" by Rabbi Yehuda Löw in the 16th century. The Golem is buried and hidden up to today behind this attic door … Continue reading Mystery in Prague: the Goylem and the Cemetery

Devil’s Mountain: the NSA’s molehill in Berlin

13.07.2016 Foto: Wikipedia, Teufelsberg before the artists took over Berlin's "Teufelsberg" (devil's mountain) is actually man-made. From rubbish and debris after World War II. A total of 30 million cubic meters. Piled 80 meters high, on top of Albert Speer's "Wehrtechnische Fakultät" (a military academy which was too solid to be demolished). It is therefore … Continue reading Devil’s Mountain: the NSA’s molehill in Berlin