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Theme Week Normandy - The seaside resort Étretat

Theme Week Normandy - The seaside resort Étretat

[caption id="attachment_152728" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © M. Pfeiffer/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Étretat is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region. It is a tourist and farming town situated about 32 km (20 mi) northeast of Le Havre. It's located on the coast of the Pays de Caux area. Étretat is best known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed "needle". These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Co...

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The island of St. Lucia

The island of St. Lucia

[caption id="attachment_153768" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Marigold Bay - Soufrière © Amertner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Saint Lucia is an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 617 km2 (238.23 sq mi) and has an population of 174,000 (2010). Its capital is Castries. The island nation has been the home of two Nobel l...

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_192782" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Orator/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (German: Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas), also known as the Holocaust Memorial (German: Holocaust-Mahnmal), is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000-square-metre (200,000 sq ft) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid patte...

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Judenburg - The Styrian market place for over 900 years

Judenburg - The Styrian market place for over 900 years

[caption id="attachment_151263" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Seen from Reifling © David Bauer[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Judenburg is a historic town in the state of Styria in Austria, the capital of the Murtal district. It is located on the western end of the Aichfeld basin at the banks of the Mur river. The municipality also comprises the Katastralgemeinden of Tiefenbach and Waltersdorf. The town was first mentioned in 1074 near Eppenstein Castle, the ancestral seat of the Eppensteiner noble family, who ruled as Styrian ma...

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The Miami Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables

The Miami Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables

[caption id="attachment_168970" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Alex Feldstein/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Miami Biltmore Hotel is a luxury hotel in Coral Gables in Florida. It was designed by Schultze and Weaver and was built in 1926 by John McEntee Bowman and George Merrick as part of the Bowman-Biltmore Hotels chain. When completed it became the tallest building in Florida at 315 feet (96m) holding the record until 1928 when the Dade County Courthouse was built. The Miami-Biltmore Hotel & Country Club was desi...

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Växjö in Southern Sweden

Växjö in Southern Sweden

[caption id="attachment_160748" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Växjö Theatre © Mikael Ekbäck[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Växjö is a city and the seat of Växjö Municipality, Kronoberg County, with 60,887 inhabitants. It is the administrative, cultural and industrial centre of Kronoberg County. The town is home to Linnaeus University. Växjö houses Sweden's National Glass Museum and claims to be the capital of the Kingdom of Crystal as well as of the "Kingdom of Furniture". The Swedish Emigrant Institute was estab...

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Musée des Confluences in Lyon

Musée des Confluences in Lyon

[caption id="attachment_185203" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Tibidibtibo/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Musée des Confluences is a science centre and anthropology museum which opened on 20 December 2014 in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon, (Rhône department). It is located at the southern tip of the Presqu'île at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône, adjacent to Autoroute A7, and comprises part of a larger redevelopment project of the Confluence quarter of Lyon. The deconstructivist architectural desig...

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Theme Week Dubai - Ski Dubai

Theme Week Dubai - Ski Dubai

[caption id="attachment_161426" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ski Dubai slope from inside Mall of the Emirates © Frank Seiplax/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was developed by Majid Al Futtaim Group, which also operates the Mall of the Emirates. Opened in November 2005, the indoor resort features an 8...

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