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Theme Week Indonesia

Theme Week Indonesia

[caption id="attachment_196207" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Borobudur, the world's largest Buddist temple © Gunawan Kartapranata/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is the world's largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands, and at 1,904,569 square kilometres (735,358 square miles), the 14th largest by land area and the 7th largest in combined sea and land area. With over 261 million people, it is the world's 4th mo...

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Theme Week Corsica - Bonifacio

Theme Week Corsica - Bonifacio

[caption id="attachment_161090" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Gabridelca[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bonifacio is a commune at the southern tip of the island of Corsica, in the Corse-du-Sud department of France. Its inhabitants are called Bonifaciens, feminine Bonifaciennes. The commune in this case is identical to the canton and is the largest commune of Corsica. The town is served by Figari Airport (car or taxi required), and ferry service to Sardinia is available multiple times daily. Bonifacio is located direc...

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Nottingham and Robin Hood

Nottingham and Robin Hood

[caption id="attachment_160567" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Nottingham Montage © PawełMM[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Nottingham is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England. It is located in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire and represents one of eight members of the English Core Cities Group. Whilst Nottingham has always had a tightly-drawn boundary (accounting for its relatively small population of 307,000), Nottingham's Urban Area has a population of approximately 806,000; it is the seventh larg...

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Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

[caption id="attachment_185661" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jorge Morales Piderit[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 metres (98 ft) tall, excluding its 8-metre (26 ft) pedestal. The a...

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Fort Myers on the Gulf of Mexico

Fort Myers on the Gulf of Mexico

[caption id="attachment_167363" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Fort Myers Beach sign © Sanibel sun[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Fort Myers is the county seat and commercial center of Lee County in Florida, with a population of 74,000. Fort Myers is a gateway to the Southwest Florida region and a major tourist destination within Florida. The city is located 125 miles (200 km) southwest of Tampa and 137 miles (220 km) northwest of Miami. The winter homes of Thomas Edison ("Seminole Lodge") and Henry Ford ("The Mangoes") are a prim...

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Theme Week New Caledonia - Païta

Theme Week New Caledonia - Païta

[caption id="attachment_150841" align="aligncenter" width="590"] High Street © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Païta is a commune in the suburbs of Nouméa in the South Province. New Caledonia's international airport, La Tontouta International Airport, is located there. The catholic church in the centre of Paita was built in 1875. The modern Cultural Centre in the High Street is worth a look as well. It is used for various exhibitions and cultural performances. The Town Hall (Mairie) is close by.[g...

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The Somerset House in London

The Somerset House in London

[caption id="attachment_25018" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jan van der Crabben/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Somerset House is a large Neoclassical building situated on the south side of the Strand in central London overlooking the River Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge. The building, originally the site of a Tudor palace, was designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776, and further extended with Victorian wings to the north and south. The East Wing forms part of the adjacent King's College London. In t...

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Theme Week Libya

Theme Week Libya

[caption id="attachment_168386" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ancient Roman Leptis Magna Theatre east of Khums © David Gunn[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Libya is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. The country is made of three historical regions, Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. With an area of almost 1.8 million square kilometres (700,000 sq mi), Libya is th...

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