Sunday Special – Potosí, Bolivia

Lying at the base of a mountain that many claim to be made of silver is the Bolivian town of Potosí. Located in the southern region of this South American country is a locale steeped in history and commerce. One of the world’s highest cities (at 4,090 m / 13,420 ft) it dates back to 1545 CE where it made its mark as a mining town. The mountain of Cerro Rico was an abundant source of silver for years. The silver made Potosí very rich and popular, much to the benefit of the Spanish. It even earned the moniker of “Imperial City”.

View of Potosí and Cerro Rico, Bolivia – Photo credit:
Martin St-Amant (S23678), Potosi Décembre 2007 – Panorama 1CC BY 3.0

Today the mines are still there and used in mining for tin. Visits can be arranged. Sadly the working conditions are horrible for the workers yet many rely on the mine for their livelihood. The influence of the silver through the centuries can be seen in the colonial-era architecture of the town, many which have been well preserved and lending it a very colourful appearance. The long history of Potosí led to it’s addition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Local silver on the door of Potosí’s Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas – Photo credit:
Dan Lundberg20170807 Bolivia 1373 crop Potosí sRGB (37270469644)CC BY-SA 2.0

Sunday Special – Bridgetown, Barbados

The Caribbean island of Barbados has sun and beaches to spare as most islands in the Caribbean Sea do. As much as I am looking forward to upcoming travels to warmer climes and would love to showcase that aspect of Barbados, I have chosen instead to take a look at the capital of this sun-soaked isle: Bridgetown.

Carlisle Bay in Bridgetown, Barbados – Photo is Public Domain (
PontificalibusCarlisle Bay, BarbadosCC0 1.0 )

This vibrant and colourful capital city is home to 110,000 people, lying on the southwest coast of the island. Often referred to as “The City” by locals, it is a wonderful mix of history, culture, and modernity. In 2011 UNESCO added Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison to their list of World Heritage Sites. This area of the city has retained much of its historic layout and architecture (including the serpentine layout of medieval roads) for centuries. The examples of colonial-era British architecture and St Ann’s Garrison show some of the roots of commerce, the port, and the military standings of its history.

These days it has a variety to offer those visiting here. The history of course is the backdrop as is the sea. Carlisle Bay, a natural harbour, is the place to go for fun water sports, sun-seekers, and taking in the local cuisine. Head to the Careenage, the waterfront of the city and stroll along the boardwalk to take you along various points of interest in the city. Once you have seen the sites you can shop to your heart’s content at local markets, cool malls and designer shops. As for you rum aficionados I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that Bridgetown is where this amber elixir was born. Bridgetown certainly seems to be a wonderful place to spend some time while on this warm island.

Bridgetown, Barbados – Photo credit:
Barry haynesBarbados Parliament and Central BankCC BY-SA 4.0

Sunday Special – Golden Bridge, Vietnam

They appear as age-old weathered hands upholding a golden rope above the lush forests of the Bà Nà Hills. Not far from Da Nang, Vietnam, The Golden Bridge (Cau Vang) overlooks the Annamese Mountains (Dãy Trường Sơn) providing both a vast view of nature while taking in modern engineering and sculpture. Although you may think the hands have existed here for centuries they were, in fact, purposely designed to appear aged, as though they were always presenting the gold hued bridge as an offering.

The Golden Bridge, Vietnam. Photo credit:
Trung Le, Golden Bridge (Vietnam)CC BY 2.0

Bà Nà Hills was originally created as a resort town that opened in the early twentieth century CE by French colonists. Although the old resort no longer remains other attractions have come to the area over the years including a single-track cable car that is the longest in the world. The newest addition is the 150 m/ 492 ft bridge and it has wowed those who have visited. It may seem you can touch the clouds as you meander along at 1,400 m / 4,600 ft above sea level, marvelling at both nature and the engineering of man.

Sunday Special – Museo Ferrari, Italy

There are all types of museums. From the arts to the odd and everything in between. We all have different interests and museums can and do cater to many of those interests. And cars are no exception. Today will will take a look at that Italian icon in both racing and luxury sports cars – Ferrari.

Ferrari race cars at the Ferrari Car Museum, Italy – Photo credit:

I will spare you much of the history of Enzo Ferrari’s founding and lasting legacy of his car brand and take a brief look at what the twin museums in
Modena and Maranello offers car enthusiasts. As mentioned, there are two Ferrari museums, both in close proximity to one another; an easy day trip from Bologna, Italy to both. Although both are dedicated to the world renown vehicles they do offer different aspects. The
Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena combines the life history of Enzo Ferrari with the luxury sports cars he produced through the years. It seems you would be walking through car history while using modern tech to project the past onto the walls around you. Once you have had your fill here, hop over the the Ferrari Engine Museum to see some of the ‘under the hood’ history.

The second museum, Museo Ferrari Marnello should be easy enough to visit with a shuttle that runs between the two. This museum showcases Ferrari’s race cars through the years, many proudly on display. This place really seems to be a haven for those who love cars and love Ferarri.

Museo Ferrari collection – Photo credit: