World War II bomb explodes in a German field

It's not unusual for World War II era bombs to turn up during construction work in German cities – as much as 10 percent of the millions of bombs dropped on Germany during the war did not explode, and ended up buried by rubble, dirt, and time – but it is unusual for one to explode. The Local has more.

Travel Thought for the Week

“Objects which are usually the motives of our travels by land and sea are often overlooked and neglected if they lie under our eye. We put off from time to time going and seeing what we know we have the opportunity of seeing when we please.”
– Pliny the Younger (c. 61 - 112 AD), Roman orator and historian

Travel Thought for the Week

“When the virus of restlessness begins to take possession of a wayward man, and the road away from here seems broad and straight and sweet, the victim must first find in himself a good and sufficient reason for going. This to the practical bum is not difficult.”

– John Steinbeck (1902-1968), Travels with Charley

Turning Alabaster in Volterra

The town of Volterra is famous for its alabaster. Lots of shops sell items created from this marble-like stone, but most of the pieces are mass produced, many from alabaster powder that has been mixed with resin and formed in a mold. If you know where to look, you can still find a few places that produce their pieces by hand.

Travel Thought for the Week

“Like many English travelers, I find it difficult to live for long periods with my own kind.”

– Wilfred Thesiger, The Last Nomad, 1979

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