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Alcázar of Segovia in Castile and León

Alcázar of Segovia in Castile and León

[caption id="attachment_169415" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Javicoves/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, "Segovia Fortress") is a castle, located in Segovia in Castile and León, a World Heritage Site. Rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of two rivers near the Guadarrama mountains, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape – like the bow of a ship. The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, ...

The Hotel Negresco in Nice

The Hotel Negresco in Nice

[caption id="attachment_161223" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jolly Janner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hotel Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais on the Baie des Anges in Nice was named for Henri Negresco (1868–1920) who had the palatial hotel constructed in 1912. In keeping with the conventions of the times, when the Negresco first opened in 1913 its front opened facing the Mediterranean sea. Henri Negresco, born the son of an innkeeper in Bucharest, Romania, left home at the age of 15 going first to Paris th...

The Shard in London

The Shard in London

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Oslo in Norway

Oslo in Norway

[caption id="attachment_151029" align="aligncenter" width="432"] Oslo Montage © Cnygard[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Oslo is a county and municipality, as well as the capital and largest city in Norway. Oslo was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Founded around 1048 by King Harald III "Hardraade" of Norway, the city was largely destroyed by a fire in 1624. The Danish–Norwegian king Christian IV rebuilt the city as Christiania (briefly also spelt Kristiania). In 1925 the city reclaimed its...

Theme Week Algarve - Évora

Theme Week Algarve - Évora

[caption id="attachment_152688" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Joananv22[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Due to its well-preserved old town centre, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple, Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. Évora is ranked number two in the Portuguese most livable cities survey of living conditions published yearly by Expresso. It was ra...

Business Bay in Dubai

Business Bay in Dubai

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