Freiburg, Germany

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Freiburg was founded in 1120 as a free market town.  Its name would generally be translated as “a fortified town of free citizens”.  The town was strategically located at a junction of trade routes between the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea regions, and the Rhine and Danube rivers.

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Valencia, Spain

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From Madrid we took a train southeast to the Mediterranean coast and the city of Valencia, Spain’s 3rd largest city.  The city was founded in 138 BC by Roman soldiers looking for a place for rest and relaxation.  During the 15th and 16th centuries, Valencia was one of the Mediterranean’s strongest trading centers.

Plaza de la Virgen

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