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Bad Pyrmont in Lower Saxony

Bad Pyrmont in Lower Saxony

[caption id="attachment_161206" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bad Pyrmont Castle © picasaweb.google.com / Hein[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bad Pyrmont is a city in the district of Hamelin-Pyrmont with a population of 22,000. It is located on the River Emmer, about 10 km west of the Weser, and a popular spa resort that gained its reputation as a fashionable place for princely vacations in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its large park is among the most spectacular in Germany, with a renowned outdoor palm garden. The baroque castle...

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The European Union: Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy

The European Union: Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy

[caption id="attachment_167521" align="aligncenter" width="590"] European External Action Service[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Foreign relations of the European Union Although there has been a large degree of integration between European Union member states, foreign relations is still a largely intergovernmental matter, with the 28 members controlling their own relations to a large degree. However, with the Union holding more weight as a single bloc, there are attempts to speak with one voice, notably on trade and energy matters. ...

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Manhattanhenge in New York City

Manhattanhenge in New York City

[caption id="attachment_161957" align="aligncenter" width="442"] © Hhawk/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Manhattanhenge — sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice — is an event during which the setting sun is aligned with the east–west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan in New York City. This occurs twice a year, on dates evenly spaced around the summer solstice. The first Manhattanhenge occurs around May 28, while the second occurs around July 12. The dates on which sunrise aligns with the streets on...

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Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast - Korčula Town

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast - Korčula Town

[caption id="attachment_161642" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Cord Walter/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Korčula is a historic fortified town on the protected east coast of the island of Korčula. The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds. Korčula is tightly built on a promontory that guards the narrow sound between the island and the mainland. Building outside the walls was forbidden unti...

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Rheinsberg Palace in Brandenburg

Rheinsberg Palace in Brandenburg

[caption id="attachment_169066" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Rheinsberg Palace on Lake Grienerik/Pelz-cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rheinsberg Palace lies in the municipality of Rheinsberg, about 100 kilometres (62 mi) northwest of Berlin in the German district of Ostprignitz-Ruppin. The palace on the eastern shore of the Grienericksee is a classic example of the so-called Frederician Rococo architecture style and served as a basis for Sanssouci Palace. The palace rose to literary fame when it was described by Theod...

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The Hanseatic city of Lüneburg

The Hanseatic city of Lüneburg

[caption id="attachment_161048" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Am Sande Street © Frank Vincentz[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lüneburg is a town in the German state of Lower Saxony. It is located about 45 km (28 mi) southeast of fellow Hanseatic city Hamburg. It is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, and one of Hamburg's inner suburbs. Lüneburg has a population of around 72 000. The district of Lüneburg, which includes the surrounding communities like Adendorf, Bardowick, and Reppenstedt, has a population of around 103 00...

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The Zeughaus in Berlin

The Zeughaus in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_26624" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Avda/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Zeughaus (old Arsenal) in Berlin is the oldest structure at Unter den Linden. It was built by the Brandenburg Elector Frederick III between 1695 and 1730 in the baroque style, to be used as an artillery arsenal for the display of cannons from Brandenburg and Prussia. The first building master was Johann Arnold Nering. After his death in 1695, he was followed by Martin Grünberg, then Andreas Schlüter and fi...

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Theme Week Belgium - Ghent, the proud city

Theme Week Belgium - Ghent, the proud city

[caption id="attachment_160437" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Vrijdagmakt square with statue of Van Artevelde © Volkov Vitaly[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ghent is a city and a municipality located in the Flemish region of Belgium. It is the capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys and in the Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university. The municipa...

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