Renaissance city – Liverpool

October 4, 2012

TWO cities in the United Kingdom were to play a crucial role in the huge cultural shift globally that epitomizes the Swinging Sixties – London and…Liverpool.

As unlikely as it seems this gritty port and industrial was to spawn a musical legacy unrivalled anywhere in the world.

And the legacy of pioneering Liverpudlian or “Scouser” musicians have led to the city claiming titles that have yet to be challenged. Liverpool is known as the World Capital City of Pop – a title bestowed upon it  by Guinness World Records because the record 56 number one singles produced by the city’s musicians still stands.

The names are synonymous with Western pop culture –  The Beatles…Gerry and the Pacemakers…Billy Fury.

Later acts like Frankie Goes to Hollywood have further added to that status.

While, many believe the city peaked with the Mersey Beat sound of the ’60s, before becoming a symbol of economic decline and stagnation, this is a city rapidly on the comeback.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the song that launched Beatlemania and the Beatles – Love Me DoBooked.net samples Liverpool.

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Discover Le Mont Saint Michel

September 18, 2012

ABOUT 400 kilometers (and an easy day-trip) from Paris is a stunning island commune known as  Mont Saint-Michel.

Located in Normandy, it is one kilometer off the north-western coast, at the Couesnon River mouth near Avranches and is home to a population of less than 50.

The island was home to strategic fortifications since antiquity, and since 709 AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it gets its’ name.

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