Forte dei Marmi is still a popular seaside resort today – the population nearly triples every summer. It takes its name (‘fort of marbles’) from its main sight, the Fortino (fortress) in the main square which, once no longer a defensive fort, was used in the 18th and 19th centuries to stock quarried marble before it was exported by sea.
At first known for its art and antiques dealers, Bond Street has developed into the home of luxury fashion and jewellery boutiques and is one of the most expensive strips of property in the world. The street is divided into two nominal sections – Old Bond Street in the south and New Bond Street in the north – and features on a Monopoly board as one of the expensive green properties.
Currently undergoing a project to expand the exhibition space, the Uffizi is one of Florence’s most popular attractions. It houses works of art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Michelangelo and Raphael to name but a few.
The Golden Goose is a traditional German fairytale from the Brothers Grimm.
It tells the tale of the youngest of three brothers, a simple boy who is sent to chop wood after his older brothers have been injured. In the forest he meets a small man who begs some food and drink; generous where his brothers were mean, the boy shares his provisions with the man and avoids an accident. The man points out a tree to him – he chops it down and discovers a golden goose inside.
On his way home, the boy stops in a tavern where his goose is much admired. The innkeeper’s daughter attempts to pluck one of its feathers but she sticks to the goose; when her sisters and other onlookers attempt to touch her or the goose they also get stuck. The boy picks up the goose and marches home with the procession of stuck people behind him.
The king’s daughter, an unhappy girl, is looking out of her window when she sees the unlikely parade pass her. Having never laughed before, the princess is moved to laugh until she cries. Thrilled, the king offers the boy his daughter’s hand in marriage and the tale ends happily.
Read the full text of the story here.
A very different goose-related fable is Aesop's story of the Goose that laid the Golden Eggs.
The red light district is also home to several brothels, sex shops, a sex museum and ‘coffee shops’ which sell marijuana, adding to its attraction for tourists. A recent change to legislation has, however, restricted the selling of marijuana and will see many coffee shops forced to close.
In Greek mythology a sphinx guarded the entrance to the city of Thebes and would ask anyone wishing to pass a riddle – if they failed to answer, they would be devoured. The most famous riddle in history: ‘Which creature walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?’, was finally answered by Oedipus: ‘Man – who crawls on all fours as a baby, walks upright as an adult and uses the aid of a stick in old age.’ The sphinx, finally defeated, threw herself off a nearby cliff and the entrance to Thebes was once again free.
Interpol is the International Criminal Police Organisation. Established in 1923 as the International Criminal Police Commission, it took its current name in 1956. 190 countries are members, making it the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations. The headquarters are in Lyon, France, where it employs over 500 staff under the leadership of President Khoo Boon Hui.
Interpol is a politically neutral organization, which attempts to work exclusively to develop international police cooperation and focus on public safety. It deals with a number of issues including terrorism, genocide, war crimes, human and drug trafficking, environmental crime, missing persons, corruption and money laundering.
Famously difficult to catch, Al Capone was eventually caught in 1931, in the wake of the St Valentine’s Day Massacre in which seven gangsters were killed in Chicago – however, he was sentenced for tax evasion as his criminal dealings were impossible to prove. After a period of time in prison, including Alcatraz, Al Capone began to suffer from ill health and eventually died in 1947 from a stroke.
He has been immortalised in popular culture in books, films and plays.