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Great Moments in Travel History – December 2022

December was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, and derives its name from decem, “ten” in Latin.  It is now the 12th and final month of the year, and in the Northern Hemisphere is associated with winter, but the entire world celebrates multiple holidays including Krampus, Christmas, and Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve in the course of the month.
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2022

November, which was the ninth month in the calendar of Romulus, retained its name, which is derived from the Latin word “novem” which means “nine” when two new months, January and February, were added to the Roman calendar.
The eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and is the last full month of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the last full month of spring …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2022 Edition

October is the month inexorably associated with Oktoberfest, a celebration of Bavarian culture and Bavarian beer that typically begins at the end of September in Munich, which is held this year for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
It is the tenth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendar, is the sixth of seven months in a year that have 31 days. It was the …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2022 Edition

September, the “harvest month” in Charlegmagne’s calendar, is still called Herbstmonat, the harvest month, in Switzerland.  The month marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.
The month of September gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem. It was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar in which March was the first month.
After January and February were added …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2022 Edition

August, a holiday month in a good part of the world, is the eighth month of the year in both the Juliana and Gregorian calendars. It is named after Augustus, a Roman statesman who was the first emperor of the Roman Empire. The month was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of the ten-month Roman calendar.
The current name was chosen by Augustus because several of his greatest …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2022 Edition

Named by the Roman Senate after the general Julius Caesar as it was the month of his birth, July is the seventh month of the calendar.  Prior to that time it was known as Quintillis, or the fifth month of the ten-month Roman calendar.
The month is also the start of the second half of the year and, in the Southern Hemisphere, July is the seasonal equivalent of January in the …

Great Moments in Travel History – May 2022

May, the fifth month in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars is typically the epitome of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern. May Day, typically celebrated on May 1, is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival that celebrates the season. It is also a public holiday in many countries, in most cases referred to as Labour Day or International Workers’ Day, and intended to commemorate …