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The Royal Clipper

The Royal Clipper

[caption id="attachment_151952" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Monique Allard Jobe / www.Instant-MAJ.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Royal Clipper is a steel-hulled five masted fully rigged tall ship used as a cruise ship. She was designed by Zygmunt Choreń, and built using an existing steel hull that was modified by the Gdańsk Shipyard, and the Merwede shipyard completed the ship's interior in July 2000. The renovations included frescography murals by Rainer Maria Latzke completing the ships' Mediterranean interior. Her de...

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Theme Week Brussels - Grand Place

Theme Week Brussels - Grand Place

[caption id="attachment_161813" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Museum of the City of Brussels © Paasikivi/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Grand Place or Grote Markt is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city's Town Hall, and the Breadhouse (French: Maison du Roi, Dutch: Broodhuis) building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels. The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. It measures 68 by 110 m...

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Theme Week South Korea

Theme Week South Korea

[caption id="attachment_192144" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Changdeokgung Injeongjeon in Seoul © flickr.com - eimoberg/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and lying to the east of the Asian mainland. The name Korea is derived from Goguryeo which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time, ruling most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East and Inner M...

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The Stolpersteine

The Stolpersteine

[caption id="attachment_4940" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="© stolpersteine.com"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Stolperstein is the German word for "stumbling block", "obstacle", or "something in the way". (The plural form of the word is Stolpersteine.) The artist Gunter Demnig has given this word a new meaning, that of a small, cobblestone-sized memorial for a single victim of Nazism. These memorials commemorate individuals - both those who died and survivors – who were consigned by the Nazis to prisons, euthanasia fa...

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Theme Week Washington, D.C. - Georgetown

Theme Week Washington, D.C. - Georgetown

[caption id="attachment_161529" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Healy Hall at Georgetown University © Daderot[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Georgetown is a historic neighborhood, commercial, and entertainment district located in northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River. Founded in 1751 in the Province of Maryland, the port of Georgetown predated the establishment of the federal district and the City of Washington by 40 years. Georgetown remained a separate municipality until 1871, when the United States Congres...

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The Costa Luminosa

The Costa Luminosa

[caption id="attachment_168189" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Costa Luminosa in Trondheim © flickr.com - Trondheim Havn/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]MS Costa Luminosa is a cruise ship, owned and operated by Costa Crociere. Costa Luminosa entered service on May 5, 2009. The ship's design is a hybrid, taking the best elements of Spirit-class and Vista-class cruise ships. A sister ship, Costa Deliziosa, was launched in February 2010 and is based on the same design. Costa Luminosa departed Civitavecchia in Italy on Jun...

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Canterbury in England

Canterbury in England

[caption id="attachment_149000" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Canterbury Cathedral © Hans Musil[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Canterbury is an English city which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a district of Kent in South East England. It lies on the River Stour. Many historical structures remain in the city, including a city wall founded in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and a Norman castle, and perhaps the oldest school in England, The King's School. Modern additions...

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Syros in the Cyclades

Syros in the Cyclades

[caption id="attachment_153489" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ermoupouli © Jeremy Avnet[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Syros is a Greek island in the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea. It is located 78 nautical miles (144 km) south-east of Athens. The area of the island is 83.6 km2 (32 sq mi) and it has 21,000 inhabitants. The largest towns are Ermoupoli, Ano Syros, and Vari (el). Ermoupoli is the capital of the island and of the Cyclades. It has always been a significant port town, and during the 19th century it was even more signific...

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