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Helsingborg in southern Sweden

Helsingborg in southern Sweden

[caption id="attachment_152826" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dunkers Kulturhus © Jesper Olsson[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Helsingborg is a town and the seat of Helsingborg Municipality in Skåne County. It had 97,122 inhabitants in 2010. Helsingborg is the centre of an area in the Øresund region of about 320,000 inhabitants in north-west Scania, and is Sweden's closest point to Denmark, with the Danish city Helsingør clearly visible on the other side of the Øresund about 4 km to the west. Historic Helsingborg, wit...

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Theme Week Queensland - Cooktown

Theme Week Queensland - Cooktown

[caption id="attachment_151131" align="aligncenter" width="590"] HM Bark Endeavour replica in Cooktown © John Hill/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cooktown is a small town at the mouth of the Endeavour River, on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland where James Cook beached his ship, the Endeavour, for repairs in 1770. Both the town and Mount Cook (431 metres or 1,415 feet) which rises up behind the town were named after James Cook. It is the northernmost town on the east coast of Australia and was founded on 25 Oc...

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Cherry Hills Village in Colorado

Cherry Hills Village in Colorado

[caption id="attachment_26662" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cherry Hill Trail sign © Xnatedawgx/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The city of Cherry Hills Village is located in Arapahoe County in Colorado. It is a suburb of Denver. The population is at 6,000. It is one of the most affluent places. The city hosted two PGA Championships (1941 & 1985) and the 2005 U.S. Women's Open at the Cherry Hills Country Club. According to common stories amongst members, the classic Arnold Palmer iced tea drink is reported to...

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Theme Week Iran - Birjand

Theme Week Iran - Birjand

[caption id="attachment_162647" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © صادق1605413/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Birjand is the east Iranian provincial capital of South Khorasan and the centre of the county Birjand resp. Quhestan, known for its saffron, barberry, rug and handmade carpet exports. The city of Birjand has a population of 180,000 people. Being close to the Afghanistan border, Birjand is located on the "Silk Road" of opium smuggled from Afghanistan on the way to Europe (also dubbed the "opium crescent"). ...

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Theme Week Panama - Colón

Theme Week Panama - Colón

[caption id="attachment_168518" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cruise ship terminal Colon 2000 and Colon Free Trade Zone © flickr.com - Roger Wollstadt/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Colón is a city and sea port beside the Caribbean Sea, lying near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. It is the capital of the Colón Province and has traditionally been known as Panama's second city. Originally, it was located entirely on Manzanillo Island, surrounded by Limon Bay, Manzanillo Bay and the Folks River, but, since t...

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Lappeenranta in South Karelia

Lappeenranta in South Karelia

[caption id="attachment_151377" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lappeenranta Harbour - Photo by Petritap[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lappeenranta is a city and municipality that resides on the shore of the lake Saimaa in South-Eastern Finland, about 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the Russian border. It belongs to the region of South Karelia. With approximately 72,000 inhabitants Lappeenranta is the 13th largest city in Finland. The neighboring municipality of Joutseno was consolidated with Lappeenranta on January 1, 2009, and the nei...

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Theme Week Wales

Theme Week Wales

[caption id="attachment_153082" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Llandudno © Noel Walley/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Wales is a generally mountainous country, with its highest peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit, on the western side of central southern Great Britain. It is about 274 km (170 mi) north–south and 97 km (60 mi) east–west. The oft-quoted 'size of Wales' is about 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales is bordered by England to the east and by sea in all other directions...

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Varna, the summer capital of Bulgaria

Varna, the summer capital of Bulgaria

[caption id="attachment_159829" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Stoyan Bachvarov Theatre © Nikola Gruev[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Varna is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and third-largest in Bulgaria after Sofia and Plovdiv, with a population of 334,870 inhabitants according to Census 2011. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous province and Varna Municipality. Commonly referred to as the marine (or summer) capital of Bulgaria, Varna is a major tourist destination, busin...

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