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Theme Week Alsace - Colmar

Theme Week Alsace - Colmar

[caption id="attachment_150574" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Sanseiya/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Colmar is the third-largest commune of the Alsace region in north-eastern France. It is the seat of the prefecture of the Haut-Rhin department and the arrondissement of Colmar. Colmar is 64 kilometres (40 mi) south-southwest of Strasbourg on the Lauch River, a tributary of the Ill River. It is located directly to the east of the Vosges Mountains and connected to the Rhine in the east by a canal. The town is...

Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country

Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country

[caption id="attachment_151750" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Plaza Virgen Blanca © Mikelcg/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital city of Basque Autonomous Community and of the province of Álava in northern Spain. It holds the autonomous community's House of Parliament, headquarters of the Government and Lehendakari's (Prime Minister's) official residency. It is also the largest city in Basque Country with a population of 242,082 people (2014). The dwellers of Vitoria-Gasteiz are called vitor...

Theme Week Frankfurt - St. Paul's Church

Theme Week Frankfurt - St. Paul's Church

[caption id="attachment_7221" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Simsalabimbam/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]St Paul's Church (German: Paulskirche) in Frankfurt am Main is a church with important political symbolism in Germany. It was started as a Lutheran church in 1789 - coincidentally the same year as the French Revolution. By 1849, it had become the seat of the Frankfurt Parliament, the first publicly and freely-elected German legislative body. From 31 March until 3 April 1848, it was the meeting place for ...

The National School of Administration in Strasbourg

The National School of Administration in Strasbourg

[caption id="attachment_25428" align="aligncenter" width="590"] ENA Strasbourg © Rémi LEBLOND/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The École nationale d'administration, one of the French graduate schools (Grandes écoles), was created in 1945 by Charles de Gaulle to democratise access to the senior civil service. It is now entrusted with the selection and initial training of senior French officials. The ENA is one of the symbols of the Republican meritocracy, along with École normale supérieure and Ecole polytechnique ("X...

Abaco in the Bahamas

Abaco in the Bahamas

[caption id="attachment_150633" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hopetown Lighthouse on Elbow Cay © Dmadeo/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Abaco Islands lie in the northern Bahamas 180 miles (290 km) east of south Florida with similar weather with the exception of local patterns. They comprise the main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, along with smaller barrier cays. The northernmost are Walker's Cay, and its sister island Grand Cay. To the south, the next inhabited islands are Spanish Cay and Green T...

Boulogne-sur-Mer

Boulogne-sur-Mer

[caption id="attachment_151255" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City Gate © Michel wal[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Boulogne-sur-Mer is a city in northern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department of Pas-de-Calais. The population of the city was 44,859 in the 1999 census, whereas that of the whole metropolitan area was 135,116. Boulogne-sur-Mer is the most important fishing port in France. 7,000 inhabitants derive part or all of their livelihoods from fishing. IFREMER (the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the ...

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