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Split on the Adriatic Sea

Split on the Adriatic Sea

[caption id="attachment_160953" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Split © E.coli/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Split is a city situated in the Mediterranean Basin on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, centred around the ancient Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian and its bay and port. With a population of 178,192 citizens, and a metropolitan area numbering up to 350,000, Split is by far the largest Dalmatian city and the second-largest city of Croatia. Spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings, Split'...

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Theme Week Paraguay - Encarnación

Theme Week Paraguay - Encarnación

[caption id="attachment_184040" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Encarnación Beach © Motorway065/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Encarnación is a district and the capital city of Itapúa Department in Paraguay, located at the south-east of the department, on the right-hand (western) shore of the Paraná River, opposite Posadas in Argentina. The city has an area of 274 km² and a population of 128,000. Encarnación is the third-largest city of Paraguay. Encarnación is connected to Posadas by the San Roque González de ...

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Theme Week French Riviera - Nice

Theme Week French Riviera - Nice

[caption id="attachment_151925" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Harbour © Martinp1[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, with a population of 348,721 within its administrative limits on a land area of 71.92 km2 (28 sq mi). The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of over 955,000 on an area of 721 km2 (278 sq mi). Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second large...

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The Oasis of the Seas

The Oasis of the Seas

[caption id="attachment_152647" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Leaving STX shipyard in Turku, Finland © Zache/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]MS Oasis of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship, delivered to her owner, Royal Caribbean International, in October 2009. The first of her class, she was joined by her sister ship MS Allure of the Seas in December 2010. Both vessels cruise the Caribbean from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She set a new record of carrying over 6,000 passengers. The ship surpassed t...

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The Quantum of the Seas

The Quantum of the Seas

[caption id="attachment_151667" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © royalcaribbean.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Quantum class is an upcoming class of cruise ships from Royal Caribbean International. On February 11, 2011, Royal Caribbean announced that they had ordered the first of a new class of ships from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg scheduled to be delivered by Fall 2014. At the time, the project was code-named "Project Sunshine". The Quantum-class ships will surpass the earlier Freedom-class ships by over 14,000 GT, ...

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Oranienburg on the Havel river

Oranienburg on the Havel river

[caption id="attachment_167644" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Oranienburg Palace © Kds11/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Oranienburg is a town in Brandenburg. It is the capital of the district of Oberhavel. Oranienburg is a town located on the banks of the Havel river, 35 km north of the centre of Berlin. The original name of Oranienburg was Bötzow. The town was founded in the 12th century and was first mentioned in 1216. Albert the Bear is believed to have ordered the construction of a castle on the banks of the Hav...

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Theme Week South Korea - Busan

Theme Week South Korea - Busan

[caption id="attachment_193247" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Seomyeon © flickr.com - Carey Ciuro/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Busan, formerly known as Pusan and now officially Busan Metropolitan City, is South Korea's second most-populous city after Seoul, with a population of over 3.5 million inhabitants. It is the economic, cultural and educational center of southeastern Korea, with its port—Korea's busiest and the 9th-busiest in the world—only about 120 miles (190 km) from the Japanese islands of Kyushu and Ho...

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Willis Tower in Chicago

Willis Tower in Chicago

[caption id="attachment_165512" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Potro/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Willis Tower, built as and still commonly referred to as Sears Tower, is a 108-story, 1,450-foot (442.1 m) skyscraper in Chicago. At completion in 1973, it surpassed the World Trade Center towers in New York to become the tallest building in the world, a title it held for nearly 25 years. The Willis Tower is the second-tallest building in the United States and the 14th-tallest in the world. More than one million p...

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