The perfect day trip to Belgium: cultural Antwerp and capital Brussels.Antwerp is one of Europe’s biggest ports and has a long and rich history. Visit the medieval fortress in the heart of the city, count the bricks of La Notre-Dame d’Anvers, stroll around the Grote Markt or follow in the footsteps of the painter Rubens, who designed and built his own picturesque house in Antwerp.Brussels, the ‘Capital of Europe’, is home to many must-sees, such as La Grande-Place which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk around this mind-blowing square, take a closer look at architectural masterpiece Hotel de Ville and visit the Sacred Island. Take a break and have a waffle or two – sometimes the best option is to try all. Order some typical pommes-frites or enjoy the local cuisine at one of the finest brasseries in town.
The story of eight courageous women who had the courage and strength for which the Anzacs are renowned and the compassion and tenderness that only a woman can bring. One brave nursing sister, Hilda Samsing, became a whistle blower. Nursing aboard the hospital ship Gascon, outraged by the bungled evacuation of wounded Anzacs which was censored out of the press, she let her diary be shown in high places, which raised questions in the House of Commons. In Belgium, Louise Creed, a Sydney journalist caught in the besieged city of Antwerp, made a hair-raising escape from a German firing squad and lived to tell the tale. Brisbane's Grace Wilson, ordered to establish an emergency hospital on drought-ridden Lemnos Island, arrived there to find suffering Anzacs but no drinking water, tents or medical supplies. Grace and her nurses tore up their petticoats to use as bandages, survived for weeks on bully beef and biscuits and saved the lives of thousands wounded at Lone Pine and the Nek. In November 1915, after a blizzard hit the trenches of Gallipoli, they cared for Anzacs with frostbitten or gangrenous feet. After surviving hardship on Lemnos, young Florence James-Wallace worked in France, near the front line in a casualty clearing, treating soldiers with hideous wounds or blinded by mustard gas. The Germans emerged from their trenches and advanced as Florence and her stretcher cases escaped by lorry. In 1918, after years spent nursing men smashed and pulverised by machine gun fire, she faced yet another challenge - an epidemic of Spanish flu. They returned to a world that recognised only male courage and were quickly forgotten, two of them awarded such meagre pensions they died destitute and forgotten. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deidre Rubenstein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002940/bk_boli_002940_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A peculiar explorer and downtrodden acrobat span the globe on a building-size hot air balloon, in search of a precious artifact and the murderous treasure hunter who seeks it.WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Summer 2018 - Best AdventureBeatrix, a spirited but abused acrobat in a traveling circus, seeks more than her prison-like employment offers. More than anything, she wants to know her place in the world of the halcyon 19th century, a time when the last dark corners of the map were being sketched out and travel still possessed a kind of magic.One night in Switzerland, the mysterious Colonel James Bacchus attends Beatrix's show. This larger-than-life English gentleman, reputed to have a voracious appetite for female conquests, is most notable for traveling the world in a four-story hot air balloon called The Ox.Beatrix flees that night to join the colonel, and the two of them make a narrow escape - Beatrix from her abusive ringleader, the colonel from a freshly made cuckold. Beatrix, feeling the colonel may have the answers to her problems, pledges to help him catch the criminal he seeks in exchange for passage on his magnificent balloon.The criminal seeks a precious figurine, The Blue Star Sphinx, but he's not alone. The sphinx's immense value has also drawn the attention of the world's most deadly treasure hunters. A murder in Antwerp begins a path of mystery that leads all the way to the most isolated island on Earth.What dangers await the colonel and the acrobat?Evolved Publishing presents a globe-trotting adventure in the tradition of such greats as Around the World in 80 Days. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mil Nicholson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/138809/bk_acx0_138809_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Paris Meridian is a meridian line running through the Paris Observatory in Paris, France now longitude 2°20 14.025 east. It was a long-standing rival to Greenwich as the prime meridian of the world, as was the Antwerp meridian in Flanders. n the year 1634, France ruled by Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu decided that Ferro's meridian should be used as the reference on maps, since this island is the most western position of the Old World. It was also thought to be exactly 20 degrees west of Paris. Indeed the exact position of Ferro was never considered to be one of the best.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The city of Antwerp and its port was captured by British 2nd Army in early September 1944. While 21st Army Group's priority at the time was Operation Market-Garden, no sense of urgency was placed in securing the approaches to the port facilities there. Walcheren Island, at the western end of the Beveland Peninsula, overlooked the Scheldt Estuary, and was strongly garrisoned by the German 15th Army who had emplaced strong concrete fortifications and large calibre guns which made it impossible to transit the waterway into Antwerp.