Category Archives: Europe

Cities with three (3) or more matching letters in their name


The following list identifies those cities around the globe that have at least three (3) of the same letter from the English/Latin alphabet in their name. Those cities shown in bold contain at least two (2) sets of three (3) matching … Continue reading

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Atomic “doomtowns” contaminated by the Kyshtym Disaster


The two (2) most well-known peacetime atomic/nuclear disasters are Fukushima in 2011 and Chernobyl in 1986. However, what is considered the third most serious atomic/nuclear disaster? No, it is not Three Mile Island… The third most serious peacetime atomic/nuclear disaster in … Continue reading

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“Hydrograds” built by the former Soviet Union


  Following last week’s post on American Hydrograds, this blogpost explores the “Hydrograds“ built by the former Soviet Union. Hydrograds are cities and towns constructed specifically to house workers building the hydroelectric project, as well as the support staff to … Continue reading

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Atomic “doomtowns” that once surrounded Chernobyl


The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster occurred on April 26, 1986, when reactor #4 exploded. Before being brought under control weeks later, extreme levels of radiation had spread outward from the nuclear plant by both wind and rain. This inundated communities all … Continue reading

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Soviet-era “Atomgrads,” part 2 – Nuclear Energy Cities


http:// Part 2 of this series on Soviet-era “Atomgrads” focuses on those that were developed to build, service, and support nuclear power plants in the Soviet Union. Of the 12 cities listed and mapped, all but one remain active communities … Continue reading

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Soviet-era “Atomgrads,” part 1 – Nuclear Weapon Cities


http:// During the Cold War, the Soviet Union developed a series of “Atomgrads“ or nuclear cities.   Nearly all of these cities were newly planned and designed to provide housing and community services for the future scientists and their families … Continue reading

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Largest “grad” suffix cities and towns on the planet


The following list identifies all the cities and towns exceeding 1,000 in population that have the suffix “grad” in their name. The Old Slavic term “grad” means city, town, or castle. Beograd (Belgrade) and Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) are by far … Continue reading

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Largest “ville” suffix cities in the world


  Returning to a series of posts about city suffix names, below is the list of the largest cities in the world that contain the suffix of “ville.”  Minimum of 50,000 population was necessary for inclusion. Cities from 17 states … Continue reading

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Tall Timbers – The rise of the wooden skyscraper – UPDATE #1


In recent years, a new trend in high-rise construction has emerged – the development of skyscrapers constructed largely of wood products (can also referred to as mass timber, cross-laminate timber, and/or engineered-wood). Use of these natural materials have the benefits of … Continue reading

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Favorite beers by state and country


Below is my list of favorite beers by state and country. Most of the ones in the United States have been tried at the brewery or brewpub. Brands from outside the United States have been tried in restaurants there or … Continue reading

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