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The bizarre medieval trials against animals

Even if it might seem bizarre to modern observers, animal trials were commonplace public events in medieval and early modern Europe. Pigs, cows, goats, horses, and dogs that allegedly broke […]

10 bizarre Easter traditions around Europe

As Christmas, Easter is one of the most important religious festivities for Christians and it’s the day when religious people celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Holy Week begins […]

Guillotine: a “human form” of execution.

As strange as it may seem, the instrument of capital execution that became the emblem of the French revolutionary excesses of the eighteenth century, the guillotine, was born with humanitarian […]

The Mystery of Rennes le Chateau.

It was a simple country priest to discover (and to keep hidden) what Rennes-le-Chateau has kept since the times of the Knights Templar. It has little more than a handful […]

The sad story of Pirou-Plage Ghost Village

We are in France, Normandy, in the resort of Pirou-Plage which remained a half-built ghost town, until its colorful houses were discovered by squatters and ravers in the 2000s. The […]

Phare de Trézien

182 steps face visitors to this 37 meter high lighthouse, with a range of 23 miles. Built in 1894, it stands inland, 500 meters from the shore. Its white beam […]

Notre Dame des Laves

We are at the foot of an active volcano, where sits a church miraculously spared by its lava. France’s Réunion island is no strangers to volcanic activity, in fact, since […]