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Would you leap over a charging bull?

Excerpt from A Child's Geography: Explore the Classical World On the island of Crete, the bull was celebrated and worshiped by the ancient Minoans, as well as by other nearby Mediterranean civilizations. The scenes in these old frescoes show young...

Windmills Used to Grind Grain

Excerpt from A Child's Geography: Explore the Classical World From the ferry, I can point out the last landmark I want you to see. The old windmills of Mykonos are giant sentinels guarding the island and can be seen from nearly any point in Mykonos...

Submersible Bridge on the Corinth Canal

Excerpt from A Child's Geography: Explore the Classical World Let’s cross the canal and see what’s on the other side of this four-fingered peninsula. We can cross by train or by car on one of the five bridges spanning the canal. We’ll cross on one...

Oro Dance of Montenegro

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World Speaking of traditions, the people of Montenegro have another interesting tradition—a folk dance called Oro. As the dance commences, a group of young men and women form a large circle and...

Bridge of Sighs

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World Around this same time, people from Venice began traveling all over the known world to trade. One particularly famous Venetian explorer was Marco Polo. You have probably heard of him. Marco...

Piazza San Marco

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World Crowds can be dense at this time of year. At least we can be thankful that this is not the time of Acqua Alta [ak-wa AHL-tah], or seasonal flooding. During the winter months, the whole city...

Would You Like to be a Gondolier?

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World Our gondolier tells us that his name is Giancarlo and that he will give us the best tour of the back canals of his city. He tells us that he has been a gondolier since he was a strapping ...

Harmonize with Yourself?

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World What a beautiful view! From up here at the pinnacle of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we notice that there is plenty more to see down in the square. The Duomo is the main cathedral and the baptistry...

Hold Your Horses!

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World Here is the Piazza del Campo where the race will be held later today. This main square in Siena has been covered with several inches of dirt in preparation for the race. They have blocked...

No Photography Please!

Did you know that it is forbidden to take photos in the Sistine Chapel? Yes, it’s true, but the Khan Academy has created a simulation of the chapel so that you can get a good (and close-up) look inside. (Parental Caution: there is quite a bit of nudity...

Beneath this Very Ground

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World After a peaceful night sleeping in a quiet convent run by Catholic nuns, we will check out some final sites on our way out of town. Just outside the ancient city walls on the south side of...

What Makes the Blue Grotto Blue?

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World If you look north across the bay, you can see Mount Vesuvius off in the distance. Directly on the other side of the bay is the city of Naples. Now, if you look due west you can see an island...

Sicilian Pizza… Yum!

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World Perhaps what Sicily is best known for is its rich and unique culture, especially with regard to music and food. Sicily has been nicknamed God’s Kitchen because of the wonderfully delicious...

How to Make Pecorino Cheese

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World Sardinia is world famous for its special cheeses. The two favorite local cheeses are the Pecorino Sardo and the Pecorino Romano. The name pecorino comes from the Italian word pecora, which...

A Special Way of Singing

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World Sardinia is home to a unique style of singing and music, called cantu a tenore [KAN-too ah ten-OR-eh]. It is one of the oldest forms of vocal polyphony [pol-IF-an-ee], which means to sing...

Waves Collide and Shipwrecks Happen

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World The islands of Malta are located south of Sicily, Italy’s largest island. Malta, however, is not part of Italy. It is an independent nation, not subject to outside rule by any other country...

Spain Living

Flamenco dancer of Spain Pamplona, Spain: Running of the Bulls I'll Have What Phil's Having-Jamon The Men at Arms: Reforged creates Aragorn's sword from The Lord of the Rings movie Segovia Castle Bilbao Guggenheim Museum

Portugal Tour

Cork Harvesting Video tour of Lisbon Style of music called Fado (parental warning: skip from 2:20 – 3:00 to avoid opening up discussion about the oldest profession in the world.) Funicular ride through Lisbon

Andorra and Monaco

Get an idea of the size of Andorra by comparing it to your home country! SEE MORE Here you can see what the Gicafer caterpillar ride is like Let’s watch a portion of the Monaco Grand Prix Andorra's Airtrekk sky trail Changing...

France's Wonders

Notre Dame Cathedral Video Tour Visit the Louvre Museum The Eiffel Tower Watch here as some women show us how to form these tiles perfectly: I hear that Julia Child’s recipe is mouth-watering! VIEW RECIPE

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