University of Michigan (1855) by Jasper Francis Cropsey

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KaDeWe, Department Store of the West in Berlin

KaDeWe, Department Store of the West in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_26107" align="aligncenter" width="590"] KaDeWe in 2013 © Beek100/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Kaufhaus des Westens (English "Department Store of the West"), usually abbreviated to KaDeWe, is a department store in Berlin. With over 60,000 square metres of selling space and more than 380,000 articles available, it is the largest department store in Continental Europe. It attracts 40,000 to 50,000 visitors every day. The store is located on Tauentzienstraße, a major shopping street, b...

Theme Week Corsica, a mountain in the sea

Theme Week Corsica, a mountain in the sea

[caption id="attachment_160231" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of L'Île-Rousse © Jean-Pol GRANDMONT[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located west of Italy, southeast of the French mainland, and north of the island of Sardinia. Corsica is the least economically developed region in Metropolitan France. Tourism plays a big part in the Corsican economy. The island's climate, mountains and coastlines make it popular among tourists. The island has not had the same level of intensi...

Meran in South Tyrol

Meran in South Tyrol

[caption id="attachment_160585" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palms in Tyrol © Tappeiner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Merano is a town and comune in South Tyrol, Italy. Generally best known for its spa resorts, it is located within a basin, surrounded by mountains standing up to 3,335 m (11,000 ft), at the entrance to the Passeier Valley, the Vinschgau and the Ulten Valley. In the past the town has been a popular place of residence for several scientists, literary people, and artists, including Franz Kafka, Ezra Pound and Paul ...

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

[caption id="attachment_165301" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Tony Hisgett/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hotel Nacional de Cuba is a historic luxury hotel located on the Malecón in the middle of Vedado in Havana, Cuba. It stands on Taganana hill a few metres from the sea, and offers a view of Havana Harbour, the seawall and the city. The New York architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White designed the hotel, which features a mix of styles. It opened in 1930, when Cuba was a prime travel destination...

The four-masted steel barque Passat

The four-masted steel barque Passat

[caption id="attachment_153000" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Aconcagua[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Passat is a German four-masted steel barque and one of the Flying P-Liners, the famous sailing ships of the German shipping company F. Laeisz. The name "Passat" means trade wind in German. She is one of the last surviving windjammers. In 1957, a few weeks after the tragic loss of Pamir in mid-Atlantic and shortly after having been severely hit by a storm, Passat was decommissioned. She had almost experienced the same f...

Theme Week Queensland - Cooktown

Theme Week Queensland - Cooktown

[caption id="attachment_151131" align="aligncenter" width="590"] HM Bark Endeavour replica in Cooktown © John Hill/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cooktown is a small town at the mouth of the Endeavour River, on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland where James Cook beached his ship, the Endeavour, for repairs in 1770. Both the town and Mount Cook (431 metres or 1,415 feet) which rises up behind the town were named after James Cook. It is the northernmost town on the east coast of Australia and was founded on 25 Oc...

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