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Chelsea in Manhattan

Chelsea in Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_171969" align="aligncenter" width="590"] High Line © flickr.com - Matias Garabedian/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Chelsea is a neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City. The district's boundaries are roughly 14th Street to the south and the Hudson River and West Street to the west, with the northern boundary variously described as 30th Street or 34th Street, and the eastern boundary as either Sixth Avenue or Fifth Avenue. To the north of Chelsea is the neighborhood of Hell's Ki...

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Nizhny Novgorod, the economic and cultural center of the Volga-Vyatka economic region

Nizhny Novgorod, the economic and cultural center of the Volga-Vyatka economic region

[caption id="attachment_4859" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="Pechersky Monastery © Bestalex"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Nizhny Novgorod colloquially shortened to Nizhny, is, with the population of 1,250,615, the fifth largest city in Russia. From 1932 to 1990, the city was known as Gorky, after the writer Maxim Gorky who was born there. The city is an important economic, transport and cultural center of the Russian Federation. It is the economic and cultural center of the vast Volga-Vyatka economic region, and...

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The media city Hilversum

The media city Hilversum

[caption id="attachment_160555" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main building of the Sonneheerdt estate © DennisM[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hilversum is a municipality and a town in the province of North Holland. Located in the region called "'t Gooi", it is the largest town in that area. It is surrounded by heathland, woods, meadows, lakes, and smaller villages. Hilversum is part of the Randstad, one of the largest conurbations in Europe. Hilversum lies some 30 km south-east of Amsterdam and 20 km north of Utrecht. Th...

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The Petworth House in West Sussex

The Petworth House in West Sussex

[caption id="attachment_154267" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Josep Renalias[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Petworth House in Petworth, West Sussex, is a late 17th-century mansion, rebuilt in 1688 by Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, and altered in the 1870s by Anthony Salvin. The site was previously occupied by a fortified manor house founded by Henry de Percy, the 13th-century chapel and undercroft of which still survive. Today's building houses an important collection of paintings and sculptures, including 19 oi...

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Welcome to the fairytale land of the Brothers Grimm - The German Fairy Tale Route

Welcome to the fairytale land of the Brothers Grimm - The German Fairy Tale Route

[caption id="attachment_2404" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="German Fairy Tale Route map © deutsche-maerchenstrasse.com"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The route stretches over 600 km from Hanau near Frankfurt in the south to Bremen in the north, meandering through the towns and cities where the Brothers Grimm lived and worked, connecting the places and landscapes of their collected fairy tales into a route of wonders. The Fairy Tale Route offers culture and history, enchanting medieval towns of half-timbered houses, cas...

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Carlyle Hotel in the Upper East Side

Carlyle Hotel in the Upper East Side

[caption id="attachment_192888" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Carlyle Hotel © Jim.henderson[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Carlyle Hotel, known formally as The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, is a combination luxury and residential hotel located at 35 East 76th Street on the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and East 76th Street, on the Upper East Side of New York City. Opened in 1930, the hotel was designed in Art Deco style and was named after Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle. Owned since 2001 by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the ...

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Theme Week Japan

Theme Week Japan

[caption id="attachment_192065" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tokyo - Ginza shopping area © Jordy Meow/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Japan (Nippon or Nihon, literally "State of Japan") is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south. The kanji that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", and it is often called the "Land of the Rising Sun". ...

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Mustique, the island of the Grenadines

Mustique, the island of the Grenadines

[caption id="attachment_153452" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Foodstore © Acp/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mustique is a small private island that is part of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The island is one of a group of islands called the Grenadines, most of which are part St Vincent and the Grenadines, in the West Indies. The island is located within Grenadines Parish, an administrative area of the country. The island covers 1,400 acres (5.7 km2; 2.2 sq mi) and it has several coral reefs. The land fauna i...

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