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The Conch Republic celebrates Independence Day on April 23

The Conch Republic celebrates Independence Day on April 23

[caption id="attachment_7014" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Flag of the Conch Republic © Jmckean/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Conch Republic is a micronation declared as a tongue-in-cheek secession of the city of Key West, Florida from the United States on April 23, 1982. It has been maintained as a tourism booster for the city since. Since then, the term "Conch Republic" has been expanded to refer to "all of the Florida Keys, or, that geographic apportionment of land that falls within the legally defined boundari...

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Lüderitz in Namibia

Lüderitz in Namibia

[caption id="attachment_24654" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lüderitz, seen from Nautilusberg (Mount Nautilus) © Peter Stenglein/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lüderitz is a harbour town in south-west Namibia, lying on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa. It is a port developed around Robert Harbour and Shark Island. The town is known for its colonial architecture, including some Art Nouveau work, and for wildlife including seals, penguins, flamingos and ostriches. It is also home to a museum, and lies at ...

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Port de Sóller on Mallorca

Port de Sóller on Mallorca

[caption id="attachment_160905" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © jpm2112/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Port de Sóller is a village and the port of the town of Sóller, in Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands. Along with the village of Fornalutx and the hamlet of Biniaraix they combine to form Sóller. The combined population is around 12,000. A tramway links the inland town of Sóller to Port de Sóller, running along the beach-side road. Some of its original, 1913-built cars are still in service on the line. A bus ser...

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Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi

Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi

[caption id="attachment_185993" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © reem-island.ae[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Reem Island is a natural island 600 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi island. Sorouh Real Estate, Reem Investments, and Tamouh are independently developing parts of the island with projects like Shams Abu Dhabi. Reem Developers define the overall dimensions of the project as 6.5 million square metres and investment costs as exceeding $30 billion. The project has gained international interest as one of the first free zones...

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Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast

Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast

[caption id="attachment_151391" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Xcaret Eco Park © Karla Quiñonez/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera, is a tourism district following the coastal Highway 307 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. This district historically started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos situated to the n...

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Kirkenes in Northern Norway

Kirkenes in Northern Norway

[caption id="attachment_152787" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Bair175/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kirkenes is a town with a population of 3,500 in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, in the far northeastern part of Norway. The town lies on a peninsula along the Bøkfjorden, an arm of the large Varangerfjorden. The main church for Kirkenes is Kirkenes Church, located in the Haganes area of the town. Kirkenes is served by Kirkenes Airport in Høybuktmoen. There are non-stop flights to Oslo and Tromsø. ...

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The Museum Island in Berlin

The Museum Island in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_161243" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © museumsinsel-berlin.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Museum Island (German: Museumsinsel) is the name of the northern half of an island in the Spree river in the central Mitte district of Berlin, Germany, the site of the old city of Cölln. It is so called for the complex of five internationally significant museums, all part of the Berlin State Museums, that occupy the island's northern part: The Altes Museum (Old Museum) completed on the orders of Karl Frie...

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Theme Week Algarve

Theme Week Algarve

[caption id="attachment_152685" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Beach of Carvoeiro © Haloorange[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal. It has an area of 5,412 square kilometres (2,090 sq mi) with approximately 450,484 permanent inhabitants, and incorporates 16 municipalities. The region coincides with the Faro District, and has as its administrative centre the city of Faro, where both the region's international airport at Faro (FAO) and public university (the University of the Al...

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