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Genuine winter adventures in the Lillehammer region

Genuine winter adventures in the Lillehammer region

[caption id="attachment_152766" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lillehammer © Hasse A[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lillehammer (literally "Little Hammer") is a town and municipality in Oppland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Gudbrandsdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Lillehammer. As of May 2011, the population of the town of Lillehammer was 26,639 . The city centre is a late 19th century concentration of wooden houses, which enjoys a picturesque location overlooking the nort...

Hearst Castle on the Pacific Coast Highway

Hearst Castle on the Pacific Coast Highway

[caption id="attachment_192206" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dining Room © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. Designed by architect Julia Morgan, it was a residence for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst between 1919 and 1947. Hearst died in 1951, and it became a California State Park in 1954. The site was opened to visitors in 1958. Since that time, it...

Theme Week Sicily - Syrakus

Theme Week Sicily - Syrakus

[caption id="attachment_150932" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - I FRATELLI ANGELO e GIORGIO BONOMO/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Syracuse is a historic city and the capital of the province of Syracuse. The city is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes. This 2,700-year-old city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Syracuse is located...

The Lake Como

The Lake Como

[caption id="attachment_154242" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Villa d'Este © GhePeU[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lake Como (Lago di Como in Italian) is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 km², making it the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 m (1320 ft) deep it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres (656 ft) below sea-level. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roma...

The city of Santander in Cantabria

The city of Santander in Cantabria

[caption id="attachment_161163" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall © Year of the Dragon[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The port city of Santander is the capital of the autonomous community and historical region of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain. Located east of Gijón and west of Bilbao, the city has a population of 183,446. From 1950 to the 70's urban growth takes off with the construction of many housing blocks with solid buildings of 5 to 6 stories but few housing developments for the working popul...

The archipelago of the Azores

The archipelago of the Azores

[caption id="attachment_160422" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Angra do Heroísmo - Terceira Island © Luissilveira[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. The Portuguese archipelago is located about 1,500 km (930 mi) west from Lisbon and about 3,900 km (2,400 mi) east from the east coast of North America. The archipelago, and economic exclusion zone, forms the Autonomous Region of the Azores, one of the two autonomous regi...

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