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Place de la République in Paris

Place de la République in Paris

[caption id="attachment_162027" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Monument de la Republique Francaise © Britchi Mirela/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Place de la République (formerly known as the Place du Château d'Eau) is a square in Paris, located on the border between the 3rd, 10th and 11th arrondissements. The square has an area of 3.4 ha (8.4 acres). It is named after the French Republic and was called the Place du Château-d'Eau until 1879. The Métro station of République lies beneath the square. Th...

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Château d’If off the coast of Marseille

Château d’If off the coast of Marseille

[caption id="attachment_24410" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Château d'If © Philippe Alès/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Château d'If is a fortress (later a prison) located on the island of If, the smallest island in the Frioul Archipelago situated in the Mediterranean Sea about a mile offshore in the Bay of Marseille in southeastern France. Île d’If measures 3 hectares (0.03 km2) and is located 3.5 kilometers west of the Vieux Port in Marseille. The entire island is heavily fortified; high ramparts with gu...

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The sail training ship Amerigo Vespucci

The sail training ship Amerigo Vespucci

[caption id="attachment_152985" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Americo Vespucio in Venice © Celio Maielo/GFDL[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Amerigo Vespucci is a tall ship of the Marina Militare, named after the explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Its home port is Livorno in Tuscany, and it is in use as a training ship. In 1925, the Regia Marina ordered two school ships to a design by General Lieutenant Francesco Rotundi of the Italian Navy Engineering Corps, inspired by the style of large late 18th century 74-cannon ships of the line...

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Alba in the Piedmont region

Alba in the Piedmont region

[caption id="attachment_160698" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Piazza Risorgimento © Davide Papalini[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Alba is a town and comune of Piedmont, Italy, in the province of Cuneo. It is considered the capital of the hilly area of Langhe, and is famous for its white truffle and wine production. The confectionery group Ferrero is based in Alba. In addition to traditional agriculture, Alba is a very important center of wine. In the area of Alba, in fact, there are 290 wineries that cultivating an area of 700 h...

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Theme Week Andalusia - Isla Cristina

Theme Week Andalusia - Isla Cristina

[caption id="attachment_153227" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Plaza Flores © Fanattiq/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Isla Cristina is a city and municipality located in the province of Huelva. The city has a population of 21,324 inhabitants. Isla Cristina remains one of the most important fishing ports in Huelva province, its catch being highly prized throughout Spain. It is a popular summer holiday resort, particularly with the Spaniards themselves. Sevillanos flock to the area in July and August, much of the a...

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Portrait: Carl Friedrich Gauss, the Prince of Mathematicians from Brunswick

Portrait: Carl Friedrich Gauss, the Prince of Mathematicians from Brunswick

[caption id="attachment_6607" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Oil painting of mathematician and philosopher Carl Friedrich Gauss by G. Biermann © Gauß-Gesellschaft Göttingen e.V. - Foto: A. Wittmann[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (* 30 April 1777 in Braunschweig - † 23 February 1855 in Göttingen) was a German mathematician and physical scientist who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, electrostatics, ast...

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Gleneagles in Scotland

Gleneagles in Scotland

[caption id="attachment_152515" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Gleneagles Hotel and grounds © geograph.org.uk - Simon Ledingham/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Gleneagles is a glen which connects with Glen Devon to form a pass through the Ochil Hills of Perth and Kinross in Scotland. The name's origin has nothing to do with eagles, and is a corruption of eaglais or ecclesia, meaning church, and refers to the chapel and well of Saint Mungo, which was restored as a memorial to the Haldane family which owns the Gleneagles...

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Arkhangelsk in northern Russia

Arkhangelsk in northern Russia

[caption id="attachment_151350" align="aligncenter" width="586"] Arkhangelsk © Ларин Андрей/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Arkhangelsk, sometimes Archangel, is a city and the administrative center of Arkhangelsk Oblast, in the north of Russia. It lies on both banks of the Northern Dvina River near its exit into the White Sea. The city spreads for over 40 kilometers (25 mi) along the banks of the river and numerous islands of its delta. Arkhangelsk was the chief seaport of medieval Russia until 1703. A 1,133-k...

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