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Theme Week Paraguay - Asunción

Theme Week Paraguay - Asunción

[caption id="attachment_184007" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Calle Palma © Bruno Arriola/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Asunción is the capital and largest city of Paraguay. The city is located on the left bank of the Paraguay River, almost at the confluence of this river with the River Pilcomayo, on the South American continent. The Paraguay River and the Bay of Asunción in the northwest separate the city from the Occidental Region of Paraguay and Argentina in the south part of the city. The rest of the city is s...

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The World Heritage Site of Durham

The World Heritage Site of Durham

[caption id="attachment_152563" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Durham Market Place © Bladeofgrass[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Durham is a city in north east England. It is within the County Durham local government district, and is the county town of the larger ceremonial county. It lies to the south of Newcastle upon Tyne, Chester-le-Street and Sunderland and to the north of Darlington. Durham is well known for its Norman cathedral and 11th-century castle, both designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The cas...

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Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin

Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_169094" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Thomas Wolf - www.foto-tw.de/cc-by-sa-3.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin. It is in the Charlottenburg district of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough. The palace was built at the end of the 17th century and was greatly expanded during the 18th century. It includes much lavish internal decoration in baroque and rococo styles. A large formal garden surrounded by woodland was added behind the palace, including ...

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Theme Week Algeria - Tlemcen

Theme Week Algeria - Tlemcen

[caption id="attachment_168314" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © panoramio.com - habib Kaki/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tlemcen is a city in north-western Algeria, and the capital of the province of the same name. The city has developed leather, carpet, and textile industries, which it ships to the port of Rashgun for export. It had a population of 140,000, while the province had 950,000 inhabitants. The town is the ancient capital of central Maghreb, and was founded by the local Berbers. Its centuries of rich history...

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Mirabella V, the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world

Mirabella V, the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world

[caption id="attachment_153665" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © mirabellayachts.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]At an estimated cost of over US$ 50million, she is the largest single-masted yacht ever built and became a reality in May 2004. Mirabella V was launched in November of 2003 and her mast was stepped six weeks later. She proceeded to the Mediterranean in June and completed five weeks charter in her first season. Mirabella V is one of a fleet of super-yachts owned by former Chairman and CEO of the Avis car rental compan...

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Briançon in the Cottian Alps

Briançon in the Cottian Alps

[caption id="attachment_169442" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Benj05/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department. At an altitude of 1,326 metres (4,350 feet) it is the highest city in France, based on the French definition as a community containing more than 2,000 inhabitants. Briançon's most recent population estimate is 12,00. Briançon is built on a plateau centred on ...

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Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire

[caption id="attachment_154240" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © gailf548[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, residence of the dukes of Marlborough. It is the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1724. UNESCO recognised the palace as a World Heritage Site in 1987. Its construction was originally intended to be a gift to John...

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Wolverhampton in the West Midlands

Wolverhampton in the West Midlands

[caption id="attachment_160717" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Art Gallery © G-Man[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands. In 2004, the local government district had an estimated population of 239,100. Wolverhampton is part of the West Midlands Urban Area which had a population of 2.3 million in the 2001 census which makes it part of the second largest urban area in the United Kingdom. For Eurostat purposes Walsall and Wolverhampton is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG35) and i...

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