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Dinant

Dinant is a Walloon city and municipality located on the River Meuse, in the Belgian province of Namur. It lies 90 kilometres south-east of Brussels, 30 kilometres south-east of Charleroi and 30 kilometres south of Namur. Dinant is situated 20 kilometres north of the border with France; the municipality includes the old communes of Anseremme, Bouvignes-sur-Meuse, Dréhance, Falmignoul, Foy-Notre-Dame, Lisogne and Thynes. Dinant is positioned in the Upper Meuse valley, at a point where the river cuts into the western Condroz plateau. Sited in a steep sided valley, between the rock face and the river; the original settlement had little space in which to grow away from the river, it therefore expanded into a long, thin town, on a north-south axis, along the river shore. During the 19th century, the former Île des Batteurs to the south was attached directly to the town when a branch of the river was filled in. Dinant has been enriched by the agricultural opportunities presented by the fertile land on the plateau that overlooks it.

Within the town, brassware production is a traditional craft that has benefited from the presence of the broad and, at this point navigable river which has facilitated easy delivery of the raw materials and ready distribution of the resulting products of the artisans' workshops. Another traditional source of wealth is provided by the limestone cliffs overlooking the town, which supported a high-end quarrying industry, producing black marble and bluestone, whose distribution benefitted from the proximity of the wide and deep navigable river; the name Dinant comes from the Celtic Divo-Nanto, meaning "Sacred Valley" or "Divine Valley". The Dinant area was populated in Neolithic and Roman times; the first mention of Dinant as a settlement dates from the 7th century, when Saint Perpete, bishop of Tongeren, which at the time had its capital in Maastricht, took Dinant as his residence and founded the church of Saint Vincent. In 870, Charles the Bald gave part of Dinant to be administered by the Count of Namur, the other part by the bishop of Tongeren, by that time based in Liège.

In the 11th century, the emperor Henry IV granted several rights over Dinant to the Prince-Bishop of Liège, including market and justice rights. From that time on, the city became one of the 23 ‘‘bonnes villes’’ of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège; the first stone bridge on the Meuse and major repair to the castle, built earlier date from the end of the 11th century. Throughout this period, until the end of the 18th century, Dinant shared its history with its overlord Liège, sometimes rising in revolt against it, sometimes partaking in its victories and defeats against the neighbouring County of Namur, its strategic location on the Meuse exposed Dinant to battle and pillage, not always by avowed enemies: in 1466, Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, uncle of Louis de Bourbon, Prince-Bishop of Liège, Philip’s son Charles the Bold punished an uprising in Dinant during the Liège Wars, by casting 800 burghers into the Meuse and setting fire to the city. The city's economic rival was downriver on the opposite shore of the Meuse.

Late Medieval Dinant and Bouvignes specialised in metalwork, producing finely cast and finished objects in a silvery brass alloy, called dinanderie and supplying aquamaniles, candlesticks and other altar furniture throughout the Meuse valley, the Rhineland and beyond. Henri Pirenne gained his doctorate in 1883 with a thesis on medieval Dinant. In the 16th- and 17th-centuries wars between France and Spain, Dinant suffered destruction and epidemics, despite its neutrality. In 1675, the French army under Marshal François de Créquy occupied the city. Dinant was taken by the Austrians at the end of the 18th century; the whole Bishopric of Liège was ceded to France in 1795. The dinanderies fell out of fashion and the economy of the city now rested on leather tanning and the manufacture of playing cards; the famous couques de Dinant appeared at that time. The city suffered devastation again at the beginning of the First World War. On the 15 August 1914, French and German troops fought for the town in the Battle of Dinant, among the wounded was Lieut.

Charles de Gaulle. On 23 August, 674 inhabitants were summarily executed by Saxon troops of the German Army — the biggest massacre committed by the Germans in 1914. Within a month, some five thousand Belgian and French civilians were killed by the Germans at numerous similar occasions; the city's landmark is the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame de Dinant. It was rebuilt in Gothic style on its old foundations after falling rocks from the adjacent cliff destroyed the former Romanesque style church in 1227. Several stages for a pair of towers on the west end were completed before the project was abandoned in favour of the present central tower with a famous onion dome and facetted multi-staged lantern. Above the church rises the vertical flank of the rocher surmounted by the fortified Citadel of Dinant, first built in the 11th century to control the Meuse valley; the Prince-Bishops of Liège rebuilt and enlarged it in 1530. Its present aspect, with the rock-hewn stairs, is due to rebuilding in 1821, during the United Kingdom of the Netherlands phase of Dinant's chequered history.

A cable car is available during the high season to take visitors from the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame to the top of the Citadel. Apart from the main block

Schöneseiffen

Schöneseiffen is a village southwest of Schleiden in the county of Euskirchen| in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Dieffenbach stream rises north of the village. Schöneseiffen has a population of about 415. Schöneseiffen has a Bürgerhaus and a youth centre. Schöneseiffen lies in North Rhine-Westphalia in der Rur Eifel region, west of the town of Schleiden, not far from the Belgian border on the Dreiborn Plateau above the valley of the Olef. In the parish of Schöneseiffen is the Hollerscheid, the highest point on the Dreiborn Plateau, 622.7 metres above sea level. Schöneseiffen is first recorded on 19 October 1322 along with Harperscheid. In accordance with § 9 of the 1971 Aachen Act, the village was incorporated into the borough of Schleiden on 1 January 1972. To the west, on the B 258, is the Schleiden-Schöneseiffen wind park with 18 wind turbines. In 2014–2015, 12 of the 17 generators underwent a repowering from the Tacke TW 1.5 and were replaced by 13 Enercon E-101s. Together with the remaining Enercon E-82 E2s and the remaining five Tacke TW 1.5 MW turbines the wind farm has a total capacity of 49.45 MW, making it one of the seven largest in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The highland area is attractive to tourists with its long views over the valley of the Olef, the nearby Eifel National Park and the Dreiborn Plateau. Its proximity to the Olef Reservoir and the Hellenthal Wildlife Enclosure and the extensive network of waymarked trails make it popular; the B 258 runs through Schöneseiffen. The nearest motorway junctions are Nettersheim on the A 1, Aachen-Lichtenbusch on the A 44 and Wißkirchen on the A 1 Home page of the Schöneseiffen Residents Club

Top Chef Brasil

Top Chef Brasil is a Brazilian cooking competition television series based on the American television series Top Chef. The series premiered on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 10:30 p.m. on RecordTV. Source: Chef Rodrigo Ribeiro – Episode 2 Chef Alex Atala – Episode 3 Chef Benny Novak – Episode 4 Chef Bel Coelho – Episode 5 Chef Oscar Bosch – Episode 6 Arnaldo Lorençato – Episode 7 Ricardo Garrido – Episode 7 Chef Rafael Barros – Episode 8 Chef Jefferson Rueda – Episode 8 André Bankoff – Episode 11 Juliana Knust – Episode 11 Jaqueline Carvalho – Episode 11 Mylena Ciribelli – Episode 11 Marcos Mion – Episode 11 All numbers are in points and provided by Kantar Ibope Media. In 2019, each point represents 254.892 households in 15 market cities in Brazil. Tof Chef Brasil on R7.com