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The Lake Starnberg

The Lake Starnberg

[caption id="attachment_153424" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Rose Island in Lake Starnberg © Petermann/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lake Starnberg — called Lake Würm until 1962, and also known as Prince's Lake — is Germany's fifth largest freshwater lake in terms of area and, due to its great average depth, the second largest in terms of water volume. The lake and its surroundings are an unincorporated area within the rural district of Starnberg; the lake itself is the property of the state of Bavaria and is ...

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Briançon in the Cottian Alps

Briançon in the Cottian Alps

[caption id="attachment_169442" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Benj05/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department. At an altitude of 1,326 metres (4,350 feet) it is the highest city in France, based on the French definition as a community containing more than 2,000 inhabitants. Briançon's most recent population estimate is 12,00. Briançon is built on a plateau centred on ...

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The European Union: The Brexit

The European Union: The Brexit

[caption id="attachment_205083" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dover - Brexit by Banksy © Paul Bissegger/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"](Latest update: 18 September 2019) Brexit, not even legally binding (insofar, the Brexit vote has about the same weight as if the British would had voted on the weather, with the result that from now on the sun would have to shine 365 days a year over the island – but at least there would be a chance to get upset about heaven’s mistakes, instead of trying to blame Brussels...

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Theme Week Netherlands - Maastricht

Theme Week Netherlands - Maastricht

[caption id="attachment_161287" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Old Quarter © Mussklprozz[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Maastricht is a city in the Netherlands. It is located in the southern part of the Dutch province of Limburg, of which it is the capital. Maastricht is widely known as a city of history, culture, local folklore and education. The town is popular with tourists for shopping and recreation. Maastricht is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Networkt. The city has a large growing international student populati...

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A former military base on its way to a zero energy city

A former military base on its way to a zero energy city

[caption id="attachment_4038" align="aligncenter" width="586" caption="© Enwerk"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The planning area is an abandoned former American military base in the Mietraching district, with a total surface area of 70 hectares. Most of the residential buildings in this small autonomous garden city were built in the 1930s, as the base was originally established in 1936 as a German air base. The first planning section comprises the so-called leisure neighbourhood in the north. The existing hotel is to be converted ...

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Theme Week Jerusalem, Al-Quds and The Holy, many names for one of the oldest cities in the world

Theme Week Jerusalem, Al-Quds and The Holy, many names for one of the oldest cities in the world

[caption id="attachment_24448" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque © Sheepdog85/cc-by-sa-3.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Jerusalem/al-Quds, located on a plateau in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Israelis (Jerusalem Law) and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital, as Israel maintains its pri...

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Theme Week Cyclades

Theme Week Cyclades

[caption id="attachment_153479" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mykonos © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Cyclades is a Greek island group in the Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece and a former administrative prefecture of Greece. They are one of the island groups which constitute the Aegean archipelago. The name refers to the islands around the sacred island of Delos. The Cyclades is where the native Greek breed of cat (the Aegean cat) originated. In recent decades the Cyclades islands ...

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Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai Disney Resort

[caption id="attachment_201129" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main entrance © Baycrest/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Shanghai Disneyland Park is a theme park located in Pudong, Shanghai, China, that is part of the Shanghai Disney Resort. The park is operated by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products and Shanghai Shendi Group, through a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Shendi. Construction began on April 8, 2011. The park opened on June 16, 2016. The park operated in its first half-year with a visito...

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