The myth of Sebastião – A book about an ancient king and the history of Portugal by author Georg Franzky Cabral

Portugal in 1578. King Sebastião went off for a crusade in Africa – and never came back. Two years later, Spain took over the country. And while the king’s dead body was never found, the country waited for him to return. Sebastião became a myth and a symbol for hope – of freedom and a better life. Author Georg Franzky Cabral uses the character of … Continue reading The myth of Sebastião – A book about an ancient king and the history of Portugal by author Georg Franzky Cabral

Aerial photos of the Pyrenees and Spain | Exclusive report by Author, Adventurer, Economic Innovator and Pilot Garrett Fisher

It is a special series we host, here on the transatlantic diablog. Based on the special, unique and very personal stories of author, adventurer and economic innovator Garrett Fisher. Now living in the south of Germany, Fisher originally moved there from the United States – with a special airplane. Here is another one of his photo-reports – about flying with an old aeroplane. In my last post … Continue reading Aerial photos of the Pyrenees and Spain | Exclusive report by Author, Adventurer, Economic Innovator and Pilot Garrett Fisher

The end of an island: The exceptional history of Dutch island Schokland

The early 20th century. The Netherlands worked out a special plan: Reclaiming parts of land from the sea and creating one of world’s largest man-made islands – just by building dykes and pumping out the water. In 1941/42 the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed and cultivated. Today, more than 70 years later, no building, street or canal is older than that. Almost. Exceptions are Urk, a town … Continue reading The end of an island: The exceptional history of Dutch island Schokland