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The Lake Como

The Lake Como

[caption id="attachment_154242" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Villa d'Este © GhePeU[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lake Como (Lago di Como in Italian) is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 km², making it the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 m (1320 ft) deep it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres (656 ft) below sea-level. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roma...

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Theme Week Macedonia - Strumica

Theme Week Macedonia - Strumica

[caption id="attachment_151173" align="aligncenter" width="590"] World map fountain on Goce Delčev Square © Тиверополник/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Strumica is the largest city in eastern Macedonia, near the Novo Selo-Petrich border crossing with Bulgaria. About 100,000 people live in the region surrounding the city. It is named after the Strumica River which runs through it. The city of Strumica is the seat of Strumica Municipality. The town is first mentioned in the 2nd century BC with the Hellenic na...

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Theme Week Canary Islands - Gran Canaria

Theme Week Canary Islands - Gran Canaria

[caption id="attachment_153411" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hotel Santa Catalina © Pepelopex[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands, with population of 846,000 which constitutes approximately 40% of the population of the archipelago. Also, it is third most populous island in Spain after Tenerife and Majorca. Located on the Atlantic Ocean about 150 kilometers (~93 miles) off the northwestern coast of Africa and about 1350 km (~838 miles) from Europe. The capit...

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Riga, capital of Latvia

Riga, capital of Latvia

[caption id="attachment_159859" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall © Philaweb[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia, a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial centre of the Baltics, and an important seaport, situated on the mouth of the Daugava. With 706,413 inhabitants (2010) it is the largest city of the Baltic states. Riga's territory covers 307.17 km2 (118.60 sq mi) and lies between 1 and 10 metres (3.3 and 33 ft) above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain. Riga's hist...

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Baracoa near the eastern tip of Cuba

Baracoa near the eastern tip of Cuba

[caption id="attachment_163600" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunset at the Bay of Honey © Paul Postiaux/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. It was discovered by Admiral Christopher Colombus on November 27, 1492, and then founded by the first governor of Cuba, the Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar in August 15, 1511. It is the oldest Spanish settlement in Cuba and was its first capital (the basis for its nickname Ciuda...

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Floating prefab house settlement in the Netherlands

Floating prefab house settlement in the Netherlands

[caption id="attachment_153683" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Luuk Kramer[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]An amazing neighborhood of 75 modern floating homes has popped up in IJburg, Netherlands, paying tribute to close relationship that the Dutch have with water. Using docks as sidewalks and the IJ Lake as a backyard, the flotilla is a large-scale adaptive development in a country that will be disproportionately affected with rising seas due to climate change. The modular homes by Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer feature a flex...

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Lady Washington

Lady Washington

[caption id="attachment_152278" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lady Washington on Morro Bay © flickr.com - Michael L. Baird/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lady Washington is a ship name that is shared by at least 4 different small wooden merchant sailing vessels during two different time periods. The original sailed for about 10 years in the 18th century. A somewhat updated modern replica was created in 1989. Lady Washington has appeared in various films, portraying HMS Interceptor in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: T...

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Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan

Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_192927" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Pierre Hotel © Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It stretches north from Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village to West 143rd Street in Harlem. It is considered one of the most expensive and elegant streets in the world. Between 49th Street and 60th Street, Fifth Avenue is lined with prestigious boutiques and flagship stores and is consi...

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