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Mount Athos in Greece

Mount Athos in Greece

[caption id="attachment_153855" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mount Athos © flickr.com - Gabriel[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in the Macedonia region, Greece. A World Heritage Site and self-governed state in the Hellenic Republic, Athos is home to 20 stavropegial Eastern Orthodox monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the patriarch of Constantinople. Today Greeks commonly refer to Mount Athos as the "Holy Mountain" (Greek: Άγιον Όρος, Agion Oros). In Classical times, while ...

Theme Week Rome

Theme Week Rome

[caption id="attachment_152604" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Vittoriano © Alessio Damato[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rome is the capital of Italy and the country's largest and most populated city and comune, with over 2.7 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi). The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy. Rome's history spans two and a half thousand years. It was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and th...

Haiti in the Greater Antilles

Haiti in the Greater Antilles

[caption id="attachment_153043" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The National Palace in 2009 © flickr.com - DrGulas[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Haiti is a Caribbean country. It occupies the western, smaller portion of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Ayiti (land of high mountains) was the indigenous Taíno or Amerindian name for the island. The country's highest point is Pic la Selle, at 2,680 metres (8,793 ft). The total area of Haiti is 27,750 square ki...

Fulton Fish Market in New York

Fulton Fish Market in New York

[caption id="attachment_25821" align="aligncenter" width="590"] New Fulton Fish Market © Doc Searls / ArnoldReinhold/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Fulton Fish Market is a fish market in The Bronx in New York City. It was originally a wing of the Fulton Market, established in 1822 to sell a variety of foodstuffs and produce. In November 2005, the Fish Market relocated to a new facility in Hunts Point in the Bronx, from its historic location near the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River waterfront at and above Fulton...

Khor Fakkan on the Gulf of Oman

Khor Fakkan on the Gulf of Oman

[caption id="attachment_153624" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunrise over Oman Bay © Stzeman/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Khor Fakkan is a town located along the Gulf of Oman on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The town, the second largest on the east coast after Fujairah, is set on the picturesque bay of Khor Fakkan, which means "Creek of Two Jaws". Khor Fakkan belongs to the emirate of Sharjah but is geographically surrounded by the emirate of Fujairah. It is a natural deep water port that is no...

Glückstadt on the Elbe

Glückstadt on the Elbe

[caption id="attachment_154370" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Inner Harbour © Nightflyer/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Glückstadt is a town in the Steinburg district of Schleswig-Holstein. It is located on the right bank of the Lower Elbe at the confluence of the small Rhin river, about 45 km (28 mi) northwest of Altona. Glückstadt is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. In 1845 Glückstadt station opened on the Marsh Railway line from Elmshorn, which in 1857 was continued to Itzehoe. Today trains run ...

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