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Theme Week Rome - Villa Borghese, Villa Massimo and Villa Medici

Theme Week Rome - Villa Borghese, Villa Massimo and Villa Medici

[caption id="attachment_150695" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Galleria Borghese © Alessio Damato[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]VILLA BORGHESEVilla Borghese is a large landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums (see Galleria Borghese) and attractions. It is the second largest public park in Rome (80 hectares or 148 acres) after that of the Villa Doria Pamphili. The gardens were developed for the Villa Borghese Pinciana ("Borghese villa on the Pincian Hill"), built by the...

Michelstadt in the Odenwald

Michelstadt in the Odenwald

[caption id="attachment_160694" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Timber-framed houses at the market square with the market well © Joachim Köhler[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Michelstadt in the Odenwald is a town in the Odenwaldkreis (district) in southern Hesse, Germany between Darmstadt and Heidelberg. Michelstadt is the biggest town in the Odenwaldkreis and borders on the district seat of Erbach. The building of the railway line and its completion through to Darmstadt in 1870 and then Eberbach in 1881 brought Michelstad...

Theme Week Washington, D.C.

Theme Week Washington, D.C.

[caption id="attachment_24533" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lincoln Memorial by night © flickr.com - CrashingWaves/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, "the District", or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the country's East Coast. As permitted by the U.S. Constitution, the District is under ...

Neustadt on the German wine route

Neustadt on the German wine route

[caption id="attachment_159835" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Franzfoto/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Neustadt an der Weinstraße (formerly known as "Neustadt an der Haardt") is a town located in Rhineland-Palatinate. With 52,000 inhabitants, it is the largest town called Neustadt. Officially abbreviated as Neustadt a. d. Weinstr., the name can be shortened as Neustadt/Weinstrasse (as on train departure and arrival boards) or Neustadt (Weinstrasse). The name means new city on the wine route, as it lies on ...

Judenburg - The Styrian market place for over 900 years

Judenburg - The Styrian market place for over 900 years

[caption id="attachment_151263" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Seen from Reifling © David Bauer[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Judenburg is a historic town in the state of Styria in Austria, the capital of the Murtal district. It is located on the western end of the Aichfeld basin at the banks of the Mur river. The municipality also comprises the Katastralgemeinden of Tiefenbach and Waltersdorf. The town was first mentioned in 1074 near Eppenstein Castle, the ancestral seat of the Eppensteiner noble family, who ruled as Styrian ma...

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

[caption id="attachment_163204" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (also known as Fontainebleau Hotel) is one of the most historically and architecturally significant (Miami Modern architecture) hotels in Miami Beach. Opened in 1954 and designed by Morris Lapidus, it was arguably the most luxurious hotel in Miami Beach, and is thought to be the most significant building of Lapidus's career. In 2007, the Fontainebleau Hotel was ranked ninety-third in the...

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