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Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada

Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada

[caption id="attachment_152113" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jocelynhade/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM) (English: Montreal International Jazz Festival) is an annual jazz festival held in Montreal, Quebec. The Montreal Jazz Fest holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world's largest jazz festival. Every year it features roughly 3,000 artists from 30-odd countries, more than 650 concerts (including 450 free outdoor performances), and welcomes close to 2.5 m...

Alcázar of Segovia in Castile and León

Alcázar of Segovia in Castile and León

[caption id="attachment_169415" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Javicoves/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, "Segovia Fortress") is a castle, located in Segovia in Castile and León, a World Heritage Site. Rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of two rivers near the Guadarrama mountains, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape – like the bow of a ship. The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, ...

The seaside resort of Hastings

The seaside resort of Hastings

[caption id="attachment_153764" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hastings Pier © Jarlhelm[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hastings is a town and borough in the county of East Sussex on the south coast of England. The town is located 24 miles (39 km) east of the county town of Lewes and 53 miles (85 km) south east of London, and has an estimated population of 86,900. In historical terms, Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman conquest of England; and also because it became one of the medieval Cinque Por...

Theme Week Washington, D.C. - Georgetown

Theme Week Washington, D.C. - Georgetown

[caption id="attachment_161529" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Healy Hall at Georgetown University © Daderot[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Georgetown is a historic neighborhood, commercial, and entertainment district located in northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River. Founded in 1751 in the Province of Maryland, the port of Georgetown predated the establishment of the federal district and the City of Washington by 40 years. Georgetown remained a separate municipality until 1871, when the United States Congres...

Theme Week Moscow - The House on the Embankment

Theme Week Moscow - The House on the Embankment

[caption id="attachment_154142" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Moscow river with House on the Embankment and Kremlin in the background © flickr.com - longmandancer@btopenworld.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"] The House on the Embankment (Russian: Дом на набережной) is a block-wide apartment house in downtown Moscow, Russia. It faces Bersenevskaya Embankment on one side and Serafimovicha Street on the other side. It was completed in 1931 as the Government Building, a residence of Soviet elite. It was designed by ...

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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