My chronicles in english

Mont Pelée

Franck Fernandez - translator, interpreter, philologist The Antilles, which are east of the Caribbean Sea, are made up of the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles. The Lesser Antilles, in turn, are made up of an arch of small and very exuberant islands, of which I have the pleasure of knowing some of them. They range from Puerto Rico to off the coast of Venezuela. Some of them remain as ...
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The Katyn Massacre

Franck Fernandez - translator, interpreter, philologist They say that the winners write history and this is the case of many fragments of history related to World War II in which France, England and the United States were allies of the Soviet Union and ignored many things. Today, I want to talk about a forest called Katyn, on the outskirts of the Russian city of Smolensk. At the end of the ...
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The New Year’s Concert in Vienna

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist Vienna. Just hearing this word reminds us of times past when ballrooms were filled with elegant ladies and handsome gentlemen captivated by sound of waltzes and polkas. We are talking about the peak of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the time of one of its last emperors, Franz Joseph I, husband of the well-known Sissi. At that time, in Vienna there lived a family of ...
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The Mariinsky Theater

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist Classical ballet is an integrated art because it involves music, dance, scenery and mime. Several ballet schools train the new generations in this art and when a show is presented in the great theaters of the world, the attendees usually know they are going to enjoy the plastic beauty of the event. There are many great renowned ballet companies, but we cannot deny that ...
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The Romantic Route

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philolohist The old Roman saying, "All roads lead to Rome", could not be truer, as the Romans, in their desire to expand their Empire, built roads that crossed all their territory. They thought them to be the best way to get from one place to another, and relatively quickly. Many of today's great highways that cross Europe, lie on, or are drawn close to, the ...
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Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist There was a province called Italy, in times of the Roman Empire, but at the fall of the Empire, it was split in different independent regions. It was after Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, which gave birth to a contemporary and common Italian language, that, once more, all the different regions were unified into which what we know today as Italy. Italy was divided and ...
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The Lisbon Earthquake

Franck Fernández - Translator, interpreter and philologist November 1, 1755, All Saints' Day. Lisbon. Churches and chapels across the country are full of the very devoted Portuguese. At 9:40 in the morning the church bells began to ring alone. No one knew what was to come. So far the strongest earthquake in Europe with which seismology studies began. At that time it was not possible to make measurements on the ...
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The Sistine Madonna

Franck Fernández - translator, interpreter, philologist Franck Fernández - translator, interpreter, philologist When, after learning from photographs and reproductions of a work admired from the earliest youth and after years, the opportunity presents itself to present it and contemplate and admire it in person, in all its splendor, life-size and with the colors given by the artist, it is a revelation and a great joy to the heart. I have ...
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Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist No one cares that she is over 3,300 years old and that her right eye is missing. There are queues to see her for a few seconds and you can even buy her exact replica for the modest sum of €7,800. If you want to see her in person, you will have to go to the Neues Museum in Berlin where she is jealously ...
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The Bloody Mary

Franck Fernandez - translator, interpreter, philologist Tomato is a fruit native to Aztec lands and its name comes from Nahuatl ‘tomatl”, which passed to the rest of the languages in more or less likewise, except in Italian, which is “pomodoro”. This has a logical explanation: the first tomato varieties that arrived in Europe were yellow and for Italians it was like "a golden apple". From Italian it went to Russian ...
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Zsa Zsa Gabor

Franck Fernandez - translator, interpreter, philologist - "A woman must marry for love ... in the meantime; she must marry all the men necessary until she finds him." - "These are just my working diamonds!" - "I have never hated a man enough to return the jewelry he gave me." - "I deserve attention not for any talent, but for who I am. I am famous for being famous." - ...
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The Widow

Franck Fernández - translator, interpreter, philologist Since immemorial times, human beings have harvested the vine, which is the grape bush, and has learned more about how to process it to obtain what we know as wine. Wine has not always been as we know it today. Its modernization and quality have greatly improved throughout the millennia. There are several types of wine, winemakers list 12 types. One of these types ...
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The misfortune of the Valbanera ship

Translator, interpreter, philologist There was a time when Cubans did not leave Cuba in search of a better life, but it was foreigners who came to Cuba for the multiple opportunities that the country offered and until 1959, it was the destination of immigrants not only from Europe, but also from almost the whole world. The story that concerns us today is that of a group of immigrants from the ...
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The art of traveling by train

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist The train is a means of transport widely used throughout the world. In Switzerland, large articulated lorries passing through that country must board specially equipped trains to pollute their country as little as possible. However, there are ways of traveling by train that are exceptional and I cannot stop thinking about the famous Orient Express. This idea is due to the young Belgian engineer ...
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With Saint Basil the Blessed

Franck Fernandez Estrada - Translator, interpreter and philologist Sydney Opera House we immediately recognize that city, when we see the Statue of Liberty we recognize New York and when we see the Eiffel Tower we recognize Paris. Decidedly, the monument that best represents Moscow is the Saint Basil’s Cathedral. This well-known cathedral is located on the south side of Moscow's Red Square. On the north side of the Square is ...
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