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The three-masted barque Alexander von Humboldt

The three-masted barque Alexander von Humboldt

[caption id="attachment_150739" align="aligncenter" width="590"] All sails set © Winfried Huber[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Alexander von Humboldt is a German ship originally built in 1906 by the German shipyard AG Weser at Bremen as Reserve Sonderburg. She was operated throughout the North and Baltic Seas until being retired in 1986. Subsequently she was converted into a three masted barque by the German shipyard Motorwerke Bremerhaven and was re-launched in 1988 as Alexander von Humboldt. Planned and ordered in 1906 as ...

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Ithaka off the west coast of Greece

Ithaka off the west coast of Greece

[caption id="attachment_153482" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Vathy © flickr.com - auteur/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ithaca or Ithaka is an island located in the Ionian Sea with an area of 120 square kilometres (46 sq mi) and a little more than three thousand inhabitants. It is also a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and the only municipality of the regional unit. It lies off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west and within sight of continental Greece. The municipality of It...

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Greenwich Village in Manhattan

Greenwich Village in Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_26608" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Washington Square Park © Matthew Jesuele[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Greenwich Village, often referred to by locals as simply "the Village", is a largely residential neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan in the city of New York City. A large majority of the district is home to upper middle class families. Greenwich Village, however, was known in the late 19th to mid 20th centuries as an artists' haven, the bohemian capital, the cradle of the modern LGBT mo...

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Porto Alegre in Brazil

Porto Alegre in Brazil

[caption id="attachment_153691" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Porto Alegre Collage © Tetraktys[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Porto Alegre (Merry Harbour) is the capital and largest city in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The city population is 1,509,939 inhabitants, the tenth most populous city in the country and the centre of Brazil's fourth largest metropolitan area, with 4,405,760 inhabitants. The city is the southernmost capital city of a Brazilian state. Porto Alegre is one of the top cultural, political and economic center...

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Salem Castle School

Salem Castle School

[caption id="attachment_24559" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Schloss Salem © F. Bucher/cc-by-sa-2.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Salem Castle School is a boarding school with campuses in Hohenfels, Salem and Überlingen in Baden-Württemberg in Southern Germany. It is considered one of the most elite schools in Europe. The school was established by the educator Kurt Hahn with support of Prince Maximilian of Baden in 1920 and from the beginning accepted girls and boys. Under the Nazi regime Hahn (who was Jewish) was f...

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Manama on the Persian Gulf

Manama on the Persian Gulf

[caption id="attachment_24379" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bahrain Financial Harbour under construction in 2011 © Majed othman almajed/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain, with an approximate population of 155,000 people. Long an important trading center in the Persian Gulf, Manama is home to a very diverse population. In the 20th century, Bahrain's oil wealth helped spur fast growth and in the 1990s a concerted diversification effort led to expansion in other industries...

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Theme Week East Frisian Islands - Langeoog and Spiekeroog

Theme Week East Frisian Islands - Langeoog and Spiekeroog

[caption id="attachment_152922" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Langeoog - Lale Andersen House "Der Sonnenhof" © joho345[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]LANGEOOG Langeoog is one of the seven inhabited East Frisian Islands at the edge of the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea in the southern North Sea, located between Baltrum Island (west), and Spiekeroog (east). It is also a municipality in the district of Wittmund in Lower Saxony, Germany. The name Langeoog means Long Island in the Low German dialect. Tourism is the main source of inc...

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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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