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The Tall Ships’ Races

The Tall Ships’ Races

[caption id="attachment_152937" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tall ship Christian Radich © Ulflarsen[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Tall Ships' Races are races for sail training "tall ships" (sailing ships). The races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a "cruise in company" between the legs. Over one half (fifty-percent) of the crew of each s...

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Nante's motto "May Neptune be with the travelers"

Nante's motto

[caption id="attachment_159849" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Feydeau © Jibi44[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Nantes is a city in western France, located on the Loire River, 50 km (31 mi) from the Atlantic coast. The city is the 6th largest in France, while its metropolitan area ranks 8th with over 800,000 inhabitants. Nantes is the capital city of the Pays de la Loire region and Loire-Atlantique département. It is also the major city of the historic province of Brittany, and culturally remains strongly identified with it. ...

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The Greek island of Corfu

The Greek island of Corfu

[caption id="attachment_160512" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Corfu City citadel © Stefanos Kozanis[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. The island is part of the Corfu peripheral unit, and is administrated as a single municipality. The municipality includes the island Corfu and the smaller islands Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality (pop. 33,886) is also named Corfu. Corfu is home to th...

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The Malbork Castle

The Malbork Castle

[caption id="attachment_160465" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © DerHexer / Carschten[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Castle in Malbork is the largest castle in the world by area. It was built in Prussia by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders, in a form of an Ordensburg fortress. The Order named it Marienburg (Mary's Castle). The town which grew around it was also named Marienburg. The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress, and on its completion in 1406 was the world's largest...

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Heron Island in Queensland

Heron Island in Queensland

[caption id="attachment_151676" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bread fruit © sirrob01/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Heron Island is a coral cay located near the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern Great Barrier Reef, 80 km north-east of Gladstone, Queensland and 460 km north-north-west of the state capital Brisbane. The island is situated on the leeward (western) side of Heron Reef, a fringing platform reef of significant biodiversity, supporting around 900 of the 1,500 fish species and 72% of the coral species found...

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Route 66: The longest village in America

Route 66: The longest village in America

[caption id="attachment_7252" align="aligncenter" width="590"] U.S. Route 66 © SPUI[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was a highway within the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. Highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 - with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois...

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The Narrowboats

The Narrowboats

[caption id="attachment_153106" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Modern narrowboats on the Kennet and Avon Canal © Per Palmkvist Knudsen/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]A narrowboat or narrow boat is a boat of a distinctive design, made to fit the narrow canals of Great Britain. In the context of British Inland Waterways, "narrow boat" refers to the original working boats built in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries for carrying goods on the narrow canals (where locks and bridge holes would have a maximum width of at leas...

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Theme Week Dubai - Ski Dubai

Theme Week Dubai - Ski Dubai

[caption id="attachment_161426" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ski Dubai slope from inside Mall of the Emirates © Frank Seiplax/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was developed by Majid Al Futtaim Group, which also operates the Mall of the Emirates. Opened in November 2005, the indoor resort features an 8...

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