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Theme Week Veneto - Chioggia

Theme Week Veneto - Chioggia

[caption id="attachment_150755" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Corso del Popolo © flickr.com - dalbera/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Chioggia is a coastal town and comune of the province of Venice in the Veneto region of northern Italy. The municipality, located in south of the province, is close to the provinces of Padua and Rovigo. The town is situated on a small island at the southern entrance to the Lagoon of Venice about 25 km south of Venice (50 km by road); causeways connect it to the mainland and to its frazione...

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Theme Week Sardinia - Alghero

Theme Week Sardinia - Alghero

[caption id="attachment_151116" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Alghero from the Lido's beach © flickr.com - jimmyroq/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Alghero is a town of about 44,000 inhabitants. It lies in the province of Sassari in northwestern Sardinia, next to the Mediterranean Sea. The Catalan language is co-official in the city, unique in Italy. The area of today's Alghero has been settled since pre-historic times. The so-called Ozieri culture was present here in the 4th millennium BC; while the Nuraghe civilizat...

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Theme Week New York City - The Upper East Side

Theme Week New York City - The Upper East Side

[caption id="attachment_168720" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Fifth Avenue © flickr.com - Alex Proimos/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Upper East Side is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, between Central Park/Fifth Avenue, 59th Street, the East River, and 96th Street. The area incorporates several smaller neighborhoods, including Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, and Yorkville. Once known as the Silk Stocking District, it is now one of the most affluent neighborhoods in New York City. In the 19th ...

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Theme Week Jordan - Jerash

Theme Week Jordan - Jerash

[caption id="attachment_165904" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Map of Jerash © Holger Behr[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Jerash, the Gerasa of Antiquity, is the capital and largest city of Jerash Governorate, which is situated in the north of Jordan, 48 kilometres (30 mi) north of the capital Amman towards Syria. Jerash Governorate's geographical features vary from cold mountains to fertile valleys from 250 to 300 metres (820 to 980 ft) above sea level, suitable for growing a wide variety of crops. In the late Ottoman period, the...

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Rennes-le-Château

Rennes-le-Château

[caption id="attachment_150386" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sainte Marie-Madeleine church © Hawobo[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rennes-le-Château is a commune in the Aude department in Languedoc in southern France. It is known internationally, and receives tens of thousands of visitors per year, for being at the center of various conspiracy theories. Starting in the 1950s, a local restaurant owner, in order to increase business, had spread rumours of a hidden treasure found by a 19th century priest. The story achieve...

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Theme Week Cyclades - Sifnos

Theme Week Cyclades - Sifnos

[caption id="attachment_153475" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Artemonas © Margaritaprounia/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sifnos is an island municipality. The main town, near the center, known as Apollonia, is home of the island's folklore museum and library. The town's name is thought to come from an ancient temple of Apollo on the site of the church of Panayia Yeraniofora. The second-largest town is Artemonas (800), thought to be named after an ancient temple of Apollo's sister-goddess Artemis, located at the site...

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Theme Week North Frisian Islands - Amrum

Theme Week North Frisian Islands - Amrum

[caption id="attachment_152911" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Norddorf Beach © Mathias Bigge/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The island is made up of a sandy core of geestland and features an extended beach all along its west coast, facing the open North Sea. The east coast instead borders to mud flats and tidal creeks of the Wadden Sea. Sand dunes are a characteristical part of Amrum's landscape, resulting in a vegetation that is largely made up of heath and shrubs. The island's only forest was planted in 1948. Amrum...

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Château Haut-Brion in Aquitaine

Château Haut-Brion in Aquitaine

[caption id="attachment_163258" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Château Haut-Brion © flickr.com - BillBl/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Château Haut-Brion is a French wine, rated a Premier Cru Classé (First Growth), produced in Pessac just outside the city of Bordeaux. It differs from the other wines on the list in its geographic location in the north of the wine-growing region of Graves. Of the five first growths, it is the only wine with the Pessac-Léognan appellation and is in some sense the ancestor of a classific...

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