Historic Cafés Route


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Official Historic Cafés Route website

The Council of Europe, not quite the EU, but, like, the avant-garde of the EU, maintains a few dozen ‘routes’ throughout Europe, and beyond, highlighting some of the cultural, natural, and societal history of the region. A bit like UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, but, perhaps, a bit more subtle.

One such ‘routes’ is the “Historic Cafés Route”, a collection of close to 100, well, historic cafés in about a dozen countries, mostly in the northern Mediterranean.

Mixing information from the official website of the Historic Cafés Route with information from the website’s of the individual cafés, I used AI to create narrated stories of these cafés, accompanied by illustrations made with AI, and put them on the map of Placecloud.

To call this a ‘route’ is a bit ridiculous, it would take a few months to visit all of them by car, but you can stay within the comfort of your own home, listen to the stories of these cafés, and see what they look like using Google Street View. All on Placecloud.

Babak Fakhamzadeh

Founder Marŝarto23 shortlisted Online Jury 2022 Online Jury 2023 Online Jury 2024 SWS Grand Jury 2023 SWS23 shortlisted

Babak was working in ICT4D before it had a name (2001), never really left it, and knows how to throw together a pretty mean combination of a wide array of programming languages, both frontend and backend. He brought photomarathons to Africa (2007) and won ...

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