1. Heidelberg University is the oldest university in Germany. Established in 1386, Heidelberg’s Ruprecht-Karls-Universität remains one of Germany’s most prestigious universities - it celebrated its 625th anniversary in 2011. It counts an impressive array of national figures amongst its alumni, including the former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
2. Heidelberg is home to an amphitheater. Hidden from view from the town at the top of the surrounding wooded hills, the ‘Thingstätte’ was built in 1935 by the Nazi political party, designed by Heidelberg native Albert Speer. It was used for rallies and solstice festivals during WW2 and is now preserved as a monument, but also still used for festivals and cultural events.
3. The first bicycle was invented by a graduate of Heidelberg University. Karl Drais came up with the ‘Laufmaschine’, which represented the beginning of mechanized personal transport. It was nicknamed the Dandy Horse and was the first means of transport to make use of the 2-wheel concept, even though it didn’t have pedals.
4. The city hosts superb firework displays during the summer. Known as the ‘Schlossbeleuchtung’, there’s a fantastic firework display on the 1st Saturday in June, 2nd Saturday in July and 1st Saturday in September every year. It starts with the Heidelberg castle being lit up as though it is on fire. This is to remember the times in 1689, 1693 and 1764, when it actually went up in flames. After a few minutes of the castle ‘burning’, the fireworks begin. They’re launched from the old bridge and last about 15 mins.
5. Heidelberg is featured prominently in various poems and novels. The city is mentioned in works by the likes of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich Heine, and Mark Twain, who spent several months in Heidelberg in the late 1800′s. The novel ‘The Reader’, made into a film in 2008, was also set in the city.
6. Heidelberg escaped bombing in WW2. Unlike many German cities, it was not destroyed by air raids and therefore still has original buildings from the later Middle Ages and early Renaissance. It has been suggested that the city escaped substantial bombing because the US Army wanted to use it as a garrison after the war. In fact though, as Heidelberg was neither an industrial center nor a transport hub, there was nothing of particular strategic interest for them to bomb, so they focused on nearby industrial cities such as Mannheim.
7. The first evidence of human life in Europe was found in Heidelberg. In 1907 a jaw-bone was discovered in a gravel pit – it’s the earliest evidence found of human life in Europe. The ‘Heidelberg Man’ is the name given to a member of this extinct human species, considered closely related to “Homo erectus”.
8. It’s home to the world’s biggest wine barrel. The Heidelberg ‘Tun’ holds 220,000 liters. The vat (Fass) was built in 1751 and sits within Heidelberg’s famous castle.
9. 1 in 5 residents is a university student. As you might expect from a city with a university as prestigious as that of Heidelberg, a large proportion of the population are students. This gives the city a lively feel and ensures ample social and cultural offerings for visitors and locals to enjoy.
10. The German Pharmacy Museum is housed in Heidelberg Castle. It displays a large collection of old equipment and medicines used in a pharmacy in past centuries.
For us, Denise Belfon was the original EVERYTHING. The original winer gyal, the original bad gyal, and all the original titles in between. Holding true to traditional elements of soca Denise Belfon can out-wine anybody and everybody. Don’t believe us? Google Bicycle Wine then come back to us. Click this link for one of our favorites from Denise, Saucy Baby.
7. LADY SAW
This list would be fraudulent as all hell if it didn’t include the Queen of the Dancehall, Lady Saw. She’s probably one of, if not the only, artist on this list to have won a Grammy (for her duet with No Doubt, Underneath It All, in 2004). Though she’s given up the title for her government name and a new life with God, we cannot deny the lessons and gems she’s given us in her music. Just like Destra’s melodic teachings, never let a man run you around and have you look like a fool. Lady Saw has taught a whole generation of young women to walk with confidence and not allow anyone to talk down to you or about you. What other female deejay else you know was singing about the dangers of unprotected sex in the 90s when slackness was at its peak? We rest our case.
8. ALISON HINDS
Alison Hinds is of Bajan descent, and took the Caribbean territories by storm as part of the band, Square One. We would have added Faluma on this list, but tumblr has a limit on video posts–hence part two. Known as the Queen of Soca, Alison had her first crossover hit with Roll It Gal which is yet another example of soca and dancehall music praising women for both their physical and mental. “Go to school girl, and get your degree…if you know you smart and yuh sexy, never let dem abuse yuh body.”
9. FAY ANN LYONS
The child of soca legends, Superblue and Lady Gypsy, Fay Ann Lyons has been around the art form her entire life. Around Carnival season, Trinidad has a performance competition called Road March of which she’s won three times. She’s also won the International Soca Monarch in 2009 as the first female to win the Power category, and the first (male or female) to win the Power, Groovy and People’s Choice awards on Fantastic Friday (aka Carnival Friday) during the finals of the competition. She also went on to win the Carnival Road March that year, becoming the first soca artist to win that soca ‘triplet’ of titles–all while pregnant. Talk nah.
A woman who needs no introduction. Queen of the Pack, Patra, had her album reach #1 on the Reggae albums Billboard chart and conquered the genre with her braids, attitude, and easily has a hand in helping influence almost all the women on this list…and she got cozy with Tupac in the Romantic Callvideo. What’s better than that?
i. cough syrup // young the giant ii. the world spins madly on // the weepies iii. we will become silhouettes // the postal service iv. home // gabrielle aplin v. oblivion // bastille vi. it’s alright now // bombay bicycle club vii. cherry wine // hozier viii. bloom // the paper kites ix. the fall // imagine dragons x. the moon song // karen o xi. like real people do // hozier xii. float // pacific air xiii. featherstone // the paper kites xiv. first day of my life // bright eyes xv. chandelier piano ver. // sia xvi. it comes back to you // imagine dragons xvii. hurricane // halsey xviii. in my veins // andrew belle xix. stars // the xx xx. everlasting light // the black keys xxi. hindsight // pebaluna xxii. house by the sea // moddi xiii. roslyn // bon iver xxiv. i exist i exist i exist // flatsound xxv. white blood // oh wonder xxvi. in the embers // sleeping at last
This is a lovely Sancerre to enjoy on a picnic. Ripe green pepper, lime skin, Meyer lemon, and the tiniest whiff of basil on the nose. Bursting with Meyer lemon, green pepper, and stone on the palate with lingering acidity.