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Opole, the historical capital of Upper Silesia

Opole, the historical capital of Upper Silesia

[caption id="attachment_154206" align="aligncenter" width="590"] North part of Opole's centre © Kaww[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Opole is a city in southern Poland on the Oder River (Odra). It has a population of 126,000 and is the capital of the Upper Silesia, Opole Voivodeship and, also the seat of Opole County. Opole hosts the annual National Festival of Polish Song. The city is also known for its 10th century Church of St. Adalbert and the 14th century Church of the Holy Cross. Alongside German and Polish, many citize...

Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, in Midtown Manhattan

Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, in Midtown Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_165627" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Terabass/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as "The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of the Universe", "the he...

The Santa Fe National Historic Trail

The Santa Fe National Historic Trail

[caption id="attachment_4684" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="Map of Santa Fe Trail © US National Park Service"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Santa Fe Trail was a 19th-century transportation route through central North America that connected Franklin, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pioneered in 1821 by William Becknell, it served as a vital commercial and military highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880. At first an international trade route between the United States and Mexico, it was ...

The Freedom Bell in Berlin

The Freedom Bell in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_24891" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Freedom Bell © ANKAWÜ[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Freedom Bell in Berlin, is a bell that was given as a gift from Americans to the city of Berlin in 1950 as a symbol of the fight for freedom and against communism in Europe, and was inspired by the American Liberty Bell. Since 1950, the bell has been located in the Rathaus Schöneberg, the former city hall of West Berlin. The 10-ton bell arrived from the British foundry of Gillett and Johnston to a ticker...

RICS shows the impact of energy labels in the housing market (EU)

RICS shows the impact of energy labels in the housing market (EU)

[responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Energy performance certificates not only provide citizens with accurate information on their homes' energy savings, but they also have a clear impact on homes value, showing a green premium of 2.8% in the Dutch housing market, according to the latest research commissioned by RICS. With this study, RICS provides one of the first evidences to demonstrate that homebuyers are willing to pay more for homes that have been labeled as more energy efficient in the European residential market. Findings are based o...

Earthship: Self-sufficient and sustainable living in recycling home

Earthship: Self-sufficient and sustainable living in recycling home

[caption id="attachment_153967" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Earthship Zwolle © Erik Wannee[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]An earthship is a type of passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials. Designed and marketed by Earthship Biotecture of Taos, New Mexico, the homes are primarily constructed to work as autonomous buildings and are generally made of earth-filled tires, using thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature. They also usually have their own special natural ventilation system. E...

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