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Bled

Bled is a town on Lake Bled in the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. It is the administrative seat of the Municipality of Bled, it is most notable as a popular tourist destination in the Upper Carniola region and in Slovenia as whole, attracting visitors from abroad too. The town was first attested in written sources as Ueldes in 1004; the etymology of the name is unknown and it is believed to be of pre-Slavic origin. The German name of the town, was either borrowed from Old Slovene *Beldъ before AD 800 or is derived from the same pre-Slavic source as the Slovene name. Bled is located on the southern foot of the Karawanks mountain range near the border with Austria, about 50 km northwest of the state capital Ljubljana. South of Lake Bled are the densely forested Pokljuka and Jelovica plateaus, the easternmost parts of the Julian Alps. Here the Sava Bohinjka and the parallel Bohinj Railway lead up to the Bohinj basin, Lake Bohinj, the Triglav massif. A number of rises separate the localities of Bled around the lake, the former villages of Grad, Mlino, Rečica, Želeče.

The lake is 0.5 to 1 kilometre wide. In summer, the surface water retains a temperature up to 18 °C until autumn; as such, it is suitable for swimming. In colder winters it is used for ice skating. There is a thermal spring near the lake, next to the Bled Fault, its water is used in indoor pools in two hotels. A settlement area since Mesolithic times, the present-day locality arose about 600 during the Slavic settlement of the Eastern Alps. After the Slavic principality of Carantania was conquered by Frankish forces in 788, the area came under Bavarian influence. German King Henry II ceded ownership of the area in 1004 to Albuin, Bishop of Brixen as a sign of gratitude for the assistance the Church was giving to the king in his attempt to strengthen imperial rule in that part of northern Italy. In 1011, Henry II signed another deed of donation that added the castle and an area of land the size of thirty king's farms; that area, between the Sava Bohinjka and the Sava Dolinka, became known as the Lordship of Veldes.

These donations marked a turning point in the history of Bled and, for the following 800 years, the area remained under the sovereignty of the prince-bishops of Brixen. The bishops seldom visited their remote possession 300 km away; the lordship was administered by ministeriales and castle staff in accordance with feudal practices, but in the middle of the 14th century the prince-bishops decided instead to lease the estate. Under one of the 16th-century lessees, Bled Castle became a Protestant stronghold for a time; when the leasehold era came to an end, the prince-bishops began to appoint governors to manage their distant lordship. Until the middle of the 18th century, those administrators were aristocratic, but they included non-nobles. In 1803, Brixen's rule came to an end when the prince-bishopric was secularized in the course of the German Mediatization. Bled came under Austrian sovereignty but in 1808, along with Carniola, it was included in the Napoleonic Illyrian Provinces, it returned under Austrian sovereignty in 1813, in 1838 the Austrian Emperor returned Bled to the bishops of Brixen as a private estate.

With the abolition of the feudal system in 1848, Bled ceased to have the characteristics of a feudal economy and from on it experienced several changes in ownership, including industrialists and a bank. After the dissolution of Austria-Hungary in 1918, Bled and the rest of Carniola came under the rule of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and became a summer domicile of the ruling House of Karađorđević, a tradition that Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito continued when he built his residence here in 1947. Today's town began to form in the mid-19th century from the villages of Grad, Mlino, Rečica, Želeče, which were encircling the lake. At that time, farmers started to sell the land along the eastern lakeshore to wealthy individuals for their villas, the villages of Grad, Želeče began to merge. Bled was recognised as a town in 1960. Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled. Perched on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle; the town is known in Slovenia for its vanilla and cream pastry. Naturopath Arnold Rikli from Switzerland contributed to the development of Bled as a health resort in the second half of the 19th century.

Due to its mild climate, Bled has been visited by aristocratic guests from all across the world. Today it is an important convention centre and tourist resort, offering a wide range of sports activities, it is a starting point for mountain treks and hikes within nearby Triglav National Park. A small island in the middle of the lake is home to Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church. Human traces from prehistory have been found on the island. Before the church was built, there was a temple consecrated to Živa, the Slavic goddess of love and fertility. One can get to the island on a traditional flat-bottomed wooden boat, a fixed fleet of 23 boats since 18th century to protect the river's cleanliness, now a family-owned business; the island on Lake Bled has 99 steps. A local tradition at weddings is for the husband to carry his new bride up these steps, during

Sheep, Dog & Wolf (musician)

Daniel McBride, better known under the moniker Sheep, Dog & Wolf, is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Wellington, New Zealand. McBride released his first EP under this name at 17 years old, he was signed to Lil' Chief Records for his debut album. The music of Sheep, Dog & Wolf is characterised by its often-dense instrumentation, unusual time signatures, McBride's use of vocal layering and harmonisation, his'bedroom artist' approach to recording and engineering. Notably, all releases are performed and produced by McBride. Sheep, Dog & Wolf is in the process of mastering his next album. Sheep, Dog & Wolf's debut EP, was released in May 2011, was praised internationally; the album was one of 8 finalists for the Taite Music Prize for Best New Zealand Album, alongside Lorde and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Sheep, Dog & Wolf was awarded the Critics' Choice Prize at the 2013 New Zealand Music Awards. Egospect Ablutophobia EP

Yport

Yport is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in northern France. The residents are known as Yportaises. Yport is located on the D104 road, about 19 miles north of Le Havre, on the coast of the English Channel; the site was occupied during the neolithic period, the Pays de Caux was inhabited by the Calates. During the Roman time, a road connecting Fécamp to Étretat passed through the locality at Pitron Fund from where a junction towards the village existed; the current D940 follows the route of this Roman road. The Roman presence was discovered following various archaeological excavations but nothing proves that it was permanently inhabited, it may have been only a fishing site. Starting from the early Middle Ages the village was attached to Criquebeuf-en-Caux, where the church, the cemetery and the school were located, several kilometres away from Yport. Only in the 19th century did the commune of Yport come into existence because of the construction of the church.

The commune of Yport was created on January 1, 1843 and its first mayor was Jean-Baptiste Feuilloley. The 19th century marked the beginning of the rise of sea-fishing. Many people were attracted to the area by the work and the population reached 1800; the sea front evolved during this period. As a working port, the sea front had fishing-smacks, skiffs, caïques and other vessels moored up to the bollards. During the 19th century, sea-bathing came into fashion, Yport did not escape from it. In 1849 and 1884, the village was hit by cholera epidemics. In the 1960s, fishing disappeared, like everywhere on the Côte d'Albâtre; the pace of life in the fishing village changed only little. Yport is nowadays a tourist town, with the casino, the beach and many quality restaurants. A large car-park has now replaced most of the fishing boats at the sea-front. Cliffs Pebble beach St. Martin's church: building started in 1838, it was finished only in 1876 after many modifications. Casino Yport is the place where Guy de Maupassant set his novel Une Vie Torch-light parade on July 13.

Festival of the sea and painting on August 15. An exhibition of paintings and sculptors in the streets and on the beach, auction sale at 5pm of the art created during the course of the day. Communes of the Seine-Maritime department INSEE Tourisme à Yport Yport on the Insee website Yport on the Quid website