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Kleinmachnow in Brandenburg

[caption id="attachment_153348" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Checkpoint Bravo © GBeckmann[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kleinmachnow is a municipality in the Potsdam-Mittelmark district, in Brandenburg. It is situated 19 km (12 mi) southwest of the centre of Berlin, immediately neighbouring the borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, and 12 km (7.5 mi) east of Potsdam. The municipality encompasses the settlement of Dreilinden. Kleinmachnow arose at the former Bäke creek, today replaced by the Teltow Canal built in 1906. Parvo ...

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Venlo on river Meuse

Venlo on river Meuse

[caption id="attachment_154324" align="aligncenter" width="590"] De Parade © Joaquin Maturana Contti[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Venlo is a municipality and a city in the southeastern Netherlands, next to the German border. It is situated in the province of Limburg. In 2003 Venlo was awarded the title Greenest city of Europe by the EU. In 2012 it will host the Floriade. In 2001, the (now former) municipalities of Belfeld and Tegelen were merged into the municipality of Venlo. Tegelen was originally part of the Duchy of J...

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Toledo, capital of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha

Toledo, capital of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha

[caption id="attachment_153333" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Plaza de Zocodover © MartinPutz[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Toledo is a municipality located in central Spain, 70 km south of Madrid. It is the capital of the province of Toledo. It is also the capital of autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage as one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire and place of coexistence of Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultur...

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Hattusa, capital of the Hittite Empire

Hattusa, capital of the Hittite Empire

[caption id="attachment_26548" align="aligncenter" width="441"] One of the first peace treaties of the world, between Hattushili III of Hatti and Ramesses II of Egypt © deror avi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hattusa was the capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age. Its ruins lie near modern Boğazkale, Turkey, within the great loop of the Kızılırmak River. Hattusa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1986. The landscape surrounding the city included rich agricultural fields and hill lands for pastu...

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Ballymena in Northern Ireland

Ballymena in Northern Ireland

[caption id="attachment_160797" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ballymena Town © geograph.org.uk - Kenneth Allen[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ballymena is a large town in County Antrim in Northern Ireland and the seat of Ballymena Borough Council. Ballymena had a population of 28,717 people in the 2001 Census. The town is built on land given to the Adair family by King Charles I in 1626, on the basis that the town hold two annual fairs and a free Saturday market in perpetuity. As of 2012, the Saturday market still runs. ...

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Theme Week Bahrain - Sitra Island

Theme Week Bahrain - Sitra Island

[caption id="attachment_164200" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bahrain Petroleum Company - First Oil Well plaque © flickr.com - David Brossard/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sitra, also known as Sitrah, is an island in Bahrain. It has a distance of 5 km (3.1 mi) south of the capital, Manama, on Bahrain Island. Sitra Island had a mixed Shia and Sunni Arab population. The Sunni inhabitants (including the Al Buainain) tribe which inhabited the now deserted village of Salba, west of Sitra eradicated during the early 1920s...

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Zurich, the city with the highest quality of life and the highest cost of living

Zurich, the city with the highest quality of life and the highest cost of living

[caption id="attachment_160424" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Fraumuenster and St. Peter's Church © Ikiwaner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is located in central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich. While the municipality itself has approximately 380,500 inhabitants, the Zurich metropolitan area is an urbanised area of international importance constituted by a population of nearly 2 million inhabitants. Zurich is a mixed hub for r...

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Theme Week Paris - Arrondissement du Palais Bourbon (7th) and Arrondissement de l’Élysée (8th)

Theme Week Paris - Arrondissement du Palais Bourbon (7th) and Arrondissement de l’Élysée (8th)

[caption id="attachment_151895" align="aligncenter" width="590"] 7th arrondissement - Palais Bourbon - Seat of the National Assembly © Webster[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"] 7th arrondissement - Arrondissement du Palais BourbonThe 7th arrondissement includes some of Paris's major tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Hôtel des Invalides (Napoléon's resting place), and a concentration of such world famous museums as the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée du quai Branly. Situated on the Rive Gauche -- the "Left,...

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