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First Container House in Mojave Desert

First Container House in Mojave Desert

[caption id="attachment_153977" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jack Parsons Photography[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]This is the first permitted shipping container house in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree, California, according to a statement by the architect, Walter Scott Perry, principal of ecotechdesign. The home, also known as The Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain, was built with re-purposed shipping containers and some impressive green elements such as a steel shade system, a living roof, and a 10,000 gallon water st...

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The European Union: Café Europe

The European Union: Café Europe

[responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Café Europe, Café d'Europe or also Café Europa was a cultural initiative of the Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE) during the Austrian presidency of the European Union, held on Europe Day (9 May 2006) in 27 cafés of the capitals of the then 25 EU member states and the two countries which would join the Union in 2007. Vienna, the capital of Austria, is well known for its long and vibrant café culture, dating back from the first introduction of coffee to Europe as a result of the wars with the Ottoman E...

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The seaside resort of Trouville-sur-Mer on the English Channel

The seaside resort of Trouville-sur-Mer on the English Channel

[caption id="attachment_151643" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Trouville-sur-Mer Beach © Stefi123/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Trouville-sur-Mer, commonly referred to as Trouville, is a commune in the Calvados department in the Lower Normandy region region in northwestern France with 5,000 inhabitants. The town's inhabitants are called Trouvillais. The village of fishermen is a popular tourist destination in Normandy, approximately 200 km north west of Paris. Trouville-sur-Mer borders Deauville, which is loc...

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Sölden in Tyrol

Sölden in Tyrol

[caption id="attachment_160583" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Ötztal Tourismus - Ernst Lorenzi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sölden is a municipality in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol. Sölden is also a popular ski resort. The first World Cup race of the year usually takes place in late October. At c. 467 km² (180 sq mi), it is the largest municipality in the country. The population of 3,449 (as of 2003) is outnumbered by tourists, of which 15,000 can be accommodated. With tourist bed nights running at over two million per yea...

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Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean

Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean

[caption id="attachment_151149" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Zanzibar Beach © Rcastino[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar), and Pemba. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City. Its historic cent...

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Theme Week Brussels - The Europa Building, a new home for the European Council

Theme Week Brussels - The Europa Building, a new home for the European Council

[caption id="attachment_23695" align="alignleft" width="590"] © Architects and engineers: Phillipe SAMYN, VALLE, HAPPOLD[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Résidence Palace is a complex of buildings between the Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat and the Chaussée d'Etterbeek/Etterbeeksesteenweg in the European Quarter of Brussels. It is formed of three buildings, a press centre and a building currently being renovated for use by the European Council, mainly, and even also (for some occasions) by the Council of the European Union as a summit b...

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Olympic Stadium Berlin

Olympic Stadium Berlin

[caption id="attachment_24096" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Olympic Stadium © Nikolai Schwerg/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Olympic Stadium is a sports stadium in Berlin. There have been two stadia on the site: the present facility, and one that is called the Deutsches Stadion which was built for the aborted 1916 Summer Olympics. Both were designed by members of the same family, the first by Otto March and the second by his son Werner March. It is the second biggest stadium in Germany behind Signal Iduna Park. ...

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Theme Week Sardinia

Theme Week Sardinia

[caption id="attachment_151610" align="aligncenter" width="590"] High-speed ferry in the Gulf of Olbia © BetacommandBot/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily and before Cyprus) and an autonomous region of Italy, which goes by the official name of Regione Autonoma della Sardegna / Regione Autònoma de Sardigna (Autonomous Region of Sardinia). Taken as a whole, Sardinia's economic conditions are such that the island is in the best position among Italian...

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