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De Koog on the island of Texel

De Koog on the island of Texel

[caption id="attachment_160946" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Public seal feeding at Ecomare © Traitor/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Den Koog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Texel, and lies about 17 km north of Den Helder. It is the main centre of tourism on the island. The small village is surrounded with many hotels and campgrounds. The village is located on the North Sea coast of the island. Only two narrow lines of dunes separate the village from the beach. ...

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Theme Week Los Angeles - Santa Catalina Island

Theme Week Los Angeles - Santa Catalina Island

[caption id="attachment_151973" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Catalina Casino and Avalon Bay © flickr.com - Justin Ennis/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Santa Catalina Island is a rocky island off the coast of the U.S. state of California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is 22 miles (35 km) long and 8 miles (13 km) across at its greatest width. The island is located about 22 miles (35 km) south-southwest of Los Angeles. The highest point on the island is 2,097 feet (639 m) Mt. Orizaba. Santa Catalina is part of ...

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Theme Week Canary Islands

Theme Week Canary Islands

[caption id="attachment_153402" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Canary Islands map © Hansen[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. The Canaries are a Spanish Autonomous Community and an Outermost Region of the European Union. The islands include (from largest to smallest): Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and the islets La Gra...

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Bayside Marketplace in Miami

Bayside Marketplace in Miami

[caption id="attachment_185199" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Kolossos/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bayside Marketplace is a marketplace in Downtown Miami. It is located between the Bayfront Park to the south end, and the American Airlines Arena to the North. As its name suggests, it wraps along the banks of the bay wall. The entertainment complex opened during a major real estate boom in Miami in 1987. Instead of being planned to revitalize a specific area as its brother properties had, Bayside complemen...

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Theme Week South Africa - Pretoria

Theme Week South Africa - Pretoria

[caption id="attachment_166155" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Union Buildings, seat of the South African government, with statue of Louis Botha © Robbie Aspeling/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Pretoria is a city in the northern part of Gauteng Province. It is one of the country's three capital cities, serving as the seat of the executive branch of government (Cape Town is the legislative capital and Bloemfontein the judicial capital). Pretoria has a reputation for being an academic city with three universities and th...

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Mittenwald in Upper Bavaria

Mittenwald in Upper Bavaria

[caption id="attachment_150742" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mittenwald and Lake Lautersee © Kogo[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mittenwald is a municipality in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen with 7,500 inhabitans, in Bavaria. Mittenwald is located approx. 16 kilometers to the south-east of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is situated in the Valley of the River Isar, on the northern foothills of the Alps, on the route between the old banking and commercial centre of Augsburg, to the north, and Innsbruck to the south-east, beyo...

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The Majesty of the Seas

The Majesty of the Seas

[caption id="attachment_165260" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Penny Higgins/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]MS Majesty of the Seas is a Sovereign-class cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyards in Saint-Nazaire, France, and placed in service on April 26, 1992. Her Godmother is Queen Sonja of Norway. Plans to transfer Majesty of the Seas to Pullmantur in 2016 had been announced on November 21, 2...

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Gullet, the motor glider of the Turkish Riviera

Gullet, the motor glider of the Turkish Riviera

[caption id="attachment_153669" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Gulet type schooners near Bodrum © Georges Jansoone/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]A gulet is a traditional design of a two-masted or three-masted wooden sailing vessel (the most common design has two masts) from the southwestern coast of Turkey, particularly built in the coastal towns of Bodrum and Marmaris; although similar vessels can be found all around the eastern Mediterranean. Today, this type of vessel, varying in size from 14 to 35 metres, is popu...

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