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PalenQ Jan 30th, 2015 09:56 AM

Euro Travel Quiz - Places Reeking of History
1- This airport in the center of Berlin was closed to air traffic around 2006 and was turned into Berlin's largest public park (free entry) - the terminals sport a very unique and treasured architecture and now host trade shows and the like. The airport played a crucial role in the Berlin Airlift on the early 1950s.

2- This wall in the U.K. was built on orders of a Roman emperor - what is the name of the wall and why was it built and about how long was it? (within 10 miles either way accepted).

3- Stonehenge gets all the ink and droves of visitors yet this amazing in its own right kind oif similar stone thing gets relatively few - what is the name of this 'circle' not far north of Stonehenge? (Indeed more than a few folks think this place, where sheep and visitors still mingle amongst and can touch the stones, was more fun to visit than crowded roped-off Stonehenge

4- This building, one of the most imposing medieval Gothic structures in Europe, was home to some Popes after they fled the Vatican in Rome in the 1200s - what is the name of the building and where is it?

5- Where was Archimedes born and lived - where around 214 BC he led the city's defenses against invaders with some novel means.

6- In the 1200s and for a few centuries later this Flemish town became a world leader in the making of woolen goods - cloth, tapestries, and was one of Europe's most active ports - when the canal access to the city from the sea was cut off by access waterways siulting up the intense port industry moved to Antwerp and this city slumbered around as a backwater that slumbered along for centuries - restored to it former glory it is one of northern Europe's most popular tourist destinations..

7- The Spanish name of the path that pilgrims, many from France, took to reach their pilgrimage mecca at Sanitago de Compestela?

8 - This southern French town was taken over by King Louis XIV of France and used as a staging ground for two Crusades expeditions he mounted in the 13th century. Today it is a nice smaller ancient port town.

9- Ancient Greeks flocked to the Oracle in central Greece to consult it before making any important decisions. Today there is a vast archaeological site here in this now small town.

10 - This aptly named Amsterdam museum contains a church that belonged to a Catholic congregation who lost their legal right to worship as Catholics around 1680 and thus had to camoflague itself to keep going as a church- what today is the museum's name?

tom_mn Jan 30th, 2015 10:09 AM

1. Tempelhof

2. Hadrian's Wall, built to contain the Picts (who must have been pretty short), 110 miles?

3. Avebury

4. Avignon, no idea about the building

6. Brugge or Bruges

7. Camino Santiago

9. Delfi

quokka Jan 30th, 2015 10:09 AM

1. Tempelhof
2. Hadrian's Wall
4. Place of the Popes in Avignon
5. Syrakus/Siracusa in Sicily
6. Brugge
7. Camino di Santiago
8. Did Louis XIV really have a time machine, or how did he manage to join the crusades?
9. Delphi

PalenQ Jan 30th, 2015 10:27 AM

tom gets 6 right
quokka posting a same time gets 7 right

technically tom posted first but subject to Percy's nod, let's decalre co-winners - we will ignore the length of the Wall.

And yes # 8 should have said King Louix IX not XIV as quokka realized could not be true.

# 10 remains the only unanswered question besides # 8.

BTW the answers to the questions are always hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar and kept on the steps of Funk and Wagnals until quiz time (If anyone remembers that American show that used that line).

Michael Jan 30th, 2015 10:33 AM

<i>This southern French town was taken over by King Louis XIV of France and used as a staging ground for two Crusades expeditions he mounted in the 13th century. </i>

Wrong Louis

tom_mn Jan 30th, 2015 10:38 AM

BTW: The Tonight Show.

PalenQ Jan 30th, 2015 10:44 AM

Should have been King Louis IX not XIV - sorry for mixup by a few centuries or more!

hetismij2 Jan 30th, 2015 10:55 AM

10. Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

PalenQ Jan 30th, 2015 10:58 AM

10 - Don't read Dutch so need an English translation but assuming you are saying Our Lord in the Attic and that is of course correct!

Only # 8 to go.

dwdvagamundo Jan 30th, 2015 11:12 AM

8. Aigues-Mortes

Percy Jan 30th, 2015 11:51 AM

Thanks hetismij2 for # 10.
This is a lovely Church in the "attic". I have bneen there and know the history of how it happened.

Percy Jan 30th, 2015 12:10 PM

Well with six right ,there will be no one to beat tom_mn, but ignoring the length of the wall I make it a co-winner with quokka.. BUT

like I said if there is a tie ( co-winners) the win goes to the non-European.

I do not know where quokka or tom_mn live :)

You have both done a good job and I thank hetismij2 for always adding helpful comments from the Netherlands (and elsewhere)

Psst !! Where is the heck is annhig.

Be back later, have some last minutes things to do.

PalenQ Jan 30th, 2015 01:38 PM

Percy you're doing a fine fine job - congrtulations (plus S & H!)

I think I read that the wall was about 76 miles long originally - not all of it survives.

tom_mn Jan 30th, 2015 03:28 PM

I am in the US. Quokka is a Western Australian animal but that may not indicated the poster's location.

PalenQ Jan 31st, 2015 05:01 AM

I always thought quokka, with his/her enclyopaedic knowledge of Germany, was a German - surprised to see he/she is from Oz.

quokka Jan 31st, 2015 06:13 AM


Indeed, I am neither a marsupial nor Australian... I'm in Germany.

bilboburgler Jan 31st, 2015 06:19 AM

2, Antonine Wall, by Antoninus Pius 142 AD 39 miles to keep the Caledonians out.

bilboburgler Jan 31st, 2015 06:21 AM

just a thought, neither Hadrian's or Antonine's wall was built in the UK as the UK did not exist then, you could argue it was built in Britain.

Percy Jan 31st, 2015 07:47 AM


tom_mn is the winner because the tie goes to the non- European.

Good work tom_mn !!

Sorry quokka , I still love you ((F))

annhig Jan 31st, 2015 08:02 AM

shame I missed this one - i had to go and earn a crust in the city which is built on the banks of the river that divides Cornwall from England. a special prize for the person who gets the names of the river and the city.

anyway, congrats to tom_mn and quokka and thanks to PalenQ for the continued entertainment.

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