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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

[caption id="attachment_163015" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Argenberg/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It is both a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, and an attempt to rekindle something of the brilliance that this earlier center of study and erudition represented. The idea of reviving the old library dates back to 1974, w...

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The bull runs in Pamplona

The bull runs in Pamplona

[caption id="attachment_160523" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Plaza del Castillo © Eaeaea[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Pamplona is the capital city of Navarre, Spain and of the former kingdom of Navarre. The city is famous worldwide for the San Fermín Festival, from July 6 to 14, in which the running of the bulls or encierro is one of the main attractions. This fiesta, known as Sanfermines to the local population, was first brought to widespread attention by Ernest Hemingway in his novel, The Sun Also Rises. Pamplona i...

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Theme Week Tuscany

Theme Week Tuscany

[caption id="attachment_153279" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Poppi © flickr.com / 74701705@N00[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tuscany is a region in Italy. It has an area of about 23,000 square kilometres (8,900 sq mi) and a population of about 3.75 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence (Firenze). Tuscany is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and its vast influence on high culture. Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of t...

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The port city of Cartagena in Colombia

The port city of Cartagena in Colombia

[caption id="attachment_153945" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Colonial street © Cbrough[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cartagena de Indias is a large Caribbean beach resort city on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region and capital of Bolívar Department. The city had a population of 892,545 as of the 2005 census, making it the fifth-largest city in Colombia and giving the Cartagena urban area the status of fifth-largest urban area in Colombia. Cartagena is a centre of economic activity in the Caribbean, as ...

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Elmau Palace in Bavaria

Elmau Palace in Bavaria

[caption id="attachment_169024" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Schloss Elmau/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Schloss Elmau, built by the architect Carl Sattler in the style of Reformarchitektur during WW1 between 1914 and 1916, is a two-story listed monument with hipped roof, tower and porch, situated between Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald in Bavaria. It lies at the foot of the Wetterstein mountains in a Naturschutzgebiet (nature reserve), belonging to the Krün municipality. The land was purchased in 1912 by ...

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The Hackesche Höfe in Berlin

The Hackesche Höfe in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_161239" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Times[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Berlin’s Hackesche Höfe (Hof means courtyard) - just off S-Bahn Station Hackescher Markt, is a heritage site consisting of eight communicating, restored rear courtyards accessible through Rosenthalerstrasse 40’s main arched entrance. The area, also known as the Scheunenviertel is one of Berlin’s top entertainment hubs, popular with Berliners and visitors alike and a magnet for club-goers since the 1990’s. The rest...

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Svolvær on the Lofoten

Svolvær on the Lofoten

[caption id="attachment_161170" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Svolvær Harbour © Ernmuhl[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Svolvær is the administrative centre of Vågan Municipality (9,200 inhabitants) in the Nordland County in Lofoten. The town itself has a population of 4,000. The first town formation known in North Norway, Vågar, was situated around the narrow, natural harbor near Kabelvåg, just west of Svolvær. Vågar is mentioned in Heimskringla, and might have been established as early as 800. One of the first chu...

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Dundee is the fourth largest city in Scotland

Dundee is the fourth largest city in Scotland

[caption id="attachment_152545" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Caird Hall and Desperate Dan © Gerd Thiele[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dundee is the fourth-largest city in Scotland and the 38th most populous settlement in the United Kingdom. It lies within the eastern central Lowlands on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, which feeds into the North Sea. Under the name of Dundee City, it forms one of the 32 council areas used for local government in Scotland. The town developed into a burgh in Medieval times, and expande...

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