My chronicles in english

The Infant Jesus of Prague

Franck Fernandez - translator, interpreter and philologist The first time I visited Prague was in August 1980, then I returned in 1982. However, in those years, this beautiful capital, also called the City of a Thousand Towers, is experiencing a sad moment in its history. The city looked mistreated, dirty and gray and in none of the tourist guides was reference made to the church of Our Lady Victorious. Later, ...
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Queen Astrid

Franck Franck Fernández, translator, interpreter and philologist We all remember that fatidic day, August 31st of 1997, when the press reported the tragic death of Princess Diana of Wales, in a car accident. It happened at the Pont du Soul, in Paris. Diana was the quintessence of grace, elegance, and goodness. But, before Diana, there was another noblewoman who embodied these characteristics as well. Coincidentally, she passed away that same ...
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Among restaurants, bistros and coffee shops

Franck Fernández, translator, interpreter and philologist The word "restaurant" comes from the French "restaurant", which comes from the Latin word "restaurare". It means to compose, rebuild or repair. From the 10th Century onwards, this French verb has a medical connotation, the idea of healing and fortifying a sick person through food. Later on, the name "restaurant" was given to a concentrated meat-based broth, recommended for the sick. Especially for women ...
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Hungary

Franck Fernández, translator, interpreter, philologist If you wish to go to a place where fine gastronomy goes hand in hand with good wines, where music and folklore are of great joy and one finds elegant ladies sitting in tea rooms, who are able to speak 4 or 5 languages, and a place where laughter is mandatory and bad moods are left at home ... You have an easy choice to ...
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The gold of the Baltic Republics

Franck Fernandez - Translator, interpreter, philologist Back on September 1st, 1939, German troops invaded the independent Republic of Poland from the east, and the Soviet troops from the west. This portrayed what would happen to the rest of the European countries. Beginning with the fate of the 3 small Baltic Republics, namely, from north to south, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Their governments, expecting an invasion from one of the two ...
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Young Prince Seeks Dream Girlfriend or Born To Be Princess

Franck Fernandez. Translator, interpreter and philologist 46 meters of taffetas, 290 meters of lace, a cake of 90 kilos and 2 meters high. A wedding dress fitted at the top with the help of a sash that stylized the figure, a very feminine cut made with lace and buttoned high neck, the body of lace and long sleeves and a high-volume skirt, made of silk. As accessories, a bouquet of ...
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Saint Genoveva of Paris

Franck Fernandez Estrada - Translator, interpreter, philologi To the west of Paris is the city of Nanterre (today conglomerate within Greater Paris), where many public buildings in that region are located. It was there, in Nanterre, that a girl named Genoveva was born in 420. Her father was a Roman military man and later a municipal magistrate, for which reason her father's curia corresponded to her from an early age, ...
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The origin of the word marmalade

Franck Fernandez (translator, interpreter and philologist) About the origin of the word marmalade, there are two theories. One says that it comes from the Portuguese marmelade, which means quince marmalade. In Portuguese and Galician quince, it is called marmelo, which in turn comes from the Latin melimelum and has its origins in turn in Greek. In ancient Greece, they liked to cook quinces, with skin and everything, and with honey, ...
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Henry II of France

Franck Fernandez, translator, interpreter and philologist The young lion will outnumber the old In a warlike field due to a unique duel, In a cage of gold. It will pierce the eyes, Two crashes one after dying cruel death. Nostradamus, 35th quartet of the first century. Thus Nostradamus prophesied the death of Henry II, the French king who succeeded Francis I. Henry II was the husband of Catherine de’ Medici ...
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The Raft of the Medusa

Franck Fernandez - translator and interpreter The year is 1816. Napoleon had just been definitively defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in current Belgium and, by the treaties of 1814 and 1815, France recovered territories that during the Napoleonic era England had taken from it. In particular, it was the St. Louis port in Senegal. Louis XVIII reigns, once restored the French monarchy. Let us remember that first Louis XVI ...
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The Inverted Monument

Translator and interpreter Whenever I have been to see a monument, I have been able to appreciate it from far away and some from relatively close. I think of the Statue of Liberty that can be glimpsed from both Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey. However, I know a monument that to see it you have to get closer and not only get closer but bend down and look inside the ...
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Fortnum and Mason

Franck Fernandez - translator and interpreter Refinement, luxury, prestige, history and good taste have their address: 181 Piccadilly Street in London, corner with Duke Street Saint James in Westminster, opposite the Burlington House, home of the Royal Academy and five other scientific societies. It also has a name: Fortnum & Mason and since 1707, this refined 6-storey terracotta brick building caters to the finest of tastes. It all started with ...
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A Very Large Little One

Franck Fernandez - translator, interpreter, philologist It is that the Eiffel Tower measures 300 meters, that the Moscow Kremlin has 28 hectares, that the CN Tower in Toronto is 553 meters high and that the Morro de los Tres Reyes Magos de La Habana reaches 30 meters high. These are all symbols of their respective cities, but you do not have to be big or tall to compete with the ...
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Queen after her death

Franck Fernandez - translator, interpreter, philologist There is no better title for the sad and macabre story that I want to tell you. The stories of Portugal and Spain are very mixed and the one that occupy us today takes place in the first half of the 14th century. At the time, Alfonso IV was Portuguese king and his son and heir was the Infante Peter, who was imposed as ...
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The Dollar

Franck Fernandez - translator, interpreter, philologist Surely, you have seen one of the many films that have been made about Hercules, the famous hero of Greek mythology. He was the son of the god of the gods, Zeus, and one of the many mortals whom he seduced, Queen Alcmena. The fact is that among the feats that Hercules carried out was that of separating the two columns that separate the ...
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