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The port city of Port Said

The port city of Port Said

[caption id="attachment_153663" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Building of Suez Canal Authority © Abdelrhman 1990[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Port Said is a city that lies in north east Egypt extending about 30 kilometres (19 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, north of the Suez Canal, with an approximate population of 604,000. The city was established in 1859 during the building of the Suez Canal. Port Said has been ranked the first among the Egyptian cities according to the Human Development Index in 2009 an...

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The Old Royal Palace, seat of the Hellenic Parliament

The Old Royal Palace, seat of the Hellenic Parliament

[caption id="attachment_24663" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Old Royal Palace © flickr.com - Gerard McGovern/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Old Royal Palace is the former royal palace in Athens. The palace faces onto the Syntagma Square and now houses the Hellenic Parliament. The palace was designed by Friedrich von Gärtner for King Otto of Greece, Prince of Bavaria and was completed in 1843. As it served originally as a palace for the Greek monarchs, it is sometimes still referred to as the "Old Palace". A...

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Cape Town on the shore of Table Bay

Cape Town on the shore of Table Bay

[caption id="attachment_28235" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Greater Cape Town © Andrew Massyn[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cape Town is a city in South Africa. It ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa, after Johannesburg, and has roughly the same population as the Durban Metropolitan Area. It is also the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape. As the seat of the National Parliament, it is also the legislative capital of the country. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan ...

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Theme Week Havana - Havana Harbor

Theme Week Havana - Havana Harbor

[caption id="attachment_164461" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lighthouse and Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro at the entrance to Havana Harbor © Mariordo/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Havana Harbor is the port of Havana, the capital of Cuba, and it is the main port in Cuba (not including Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, a territory on lease by the United States). Most vessels coming to the island make port in Havana. Havana is located on the northwest coast of Cuba, south of the Florida Keys, where the Gulf of Mexico ...

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Theme Week Brittany - Vannes

Theme Week Brittany - Vannes

[caption id="attachment_153432" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Vannes and his wife © Myrabella[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vannes (Breton: Gwened) is a commune in the Morbihan department in Brittany in north-western France. It was founded over 2000 years ago. Vannes is located on the Gulf of Morbihan at the mouth of two rivers, the Marle and the Vincin. It is around 100 km northwest of Nantes and 450 km south west of Paris. Vannes is a market town and often linked to the sea. In 1759 Vannes was used as the staging point...

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Canada: Bon appétit!

Canada: Bon appétit!

[caption id="attachment_171212" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © George F.G. Stanley[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Canadian cuisine varies widely depending on the regions of the nation. The three earliest cuisines of Canada have First Nations, English, Scottish and French roots, with the traditional cuisine of English Canada closely related to British cuisine, while the traditional cuisine of French Canada has evolved from French cuisine and the winter provisions of fur traders. With subsequent waves of immigration in the 19th an...

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Theme Week Lombardy

Theme Week Lombardy

[caption id="attachment_153438" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Villa Isola del Garda © Luca Capuccini[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lombardy is one of the 20 regions of Italy. The capital is Milan. A sixth of Italy's population lives in Lombardy and about a fifth of Italy's GDP is produced in the region, making it the most populous and richest region in the country. It is also the region with the most Unesco World Heritage Sites in Italy. Although Lombardy is often identified as merely an economic and industrial powerhouse, it ha...

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Marlborough in Wiltshire

Marlborough in Wiltshire

[caption id="attachment_152557" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Marlborough College Court © Dabbler[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marlborough is a market town and civil parish in the English county of Wiltshire on the Old Bath Road, the old main road from London to Bath. It is reputed to have one of the widest high streets in Britain, second only to Stockton-on-Tees. The town is on the river Kennet. William II established the neighbouring Savernake Forest as a favourite Royal hunting ground and Marlborough Castle became a ...

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