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Theme Week Ukraine - Dnipropetrovsk on the Dnieper River

Theme Week Ukraine - Dnipropetrovsk on the Dnieper River

[caption id="attachment_160871" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Hoodrat/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dnipropetrovsk is Ukraine's fourth largest city, with about one million inhabitants. It is located southeast of Ukraine's capital Kiev on the Dnieper River, in the south-central part of the country. Dnipropetrovsk is the administrative centre of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Within the Dnipropetrovsk Metropolitan area the population is about 1,360,000 people. A vital industrial centre of Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk was one...

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Sunny Beach on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast

Sunny Beach on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast

[caption id="attachment_151477" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunny Beach © Ванка5/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sunny Beach is a major seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, located approximately 35 km north of Burgas in Nessebar municipality, Burgas Province. To the south Sunny Beach has grown together with Nessebar and Ravda, to the north with Saint Vlas. Sunny Beach is known for its intense nightlife with numerous bars, pubs and clubs and especially popular among younger people. Sunny Be...

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The wine village Schengen

The wine village Schengen

[caption id="attachment_154214" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Schengen Esplanade - Monument commemorating the Schengen Agreement in 1985 - The Agreement was signed on the riverboat M.S. Marie-Astrid anchored at the quai seen here © Cayambe[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Schengen is a small wine-producing village and commune in far south-eastern Luxembourg, near the tripoint where the borders of Germany, France, and Luxembourg meet. Other villages within the commune include Remerschen and Wintrange. As of 2005, the village has a p...

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Theme Week Montenegro

Theme Week Montenegro

[caption id="attachment_150654" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hotel Island Sveti Stefan in Budva © Mazbln/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Montenegro is a sovereign state in Southeastern Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea. Its capital and largest city is Podgorica, while Cetinje is designated as the Prijestonica, meaning the former Royal Capital City. Montenegro is a candidate to join the European Union and NATO. The country has a population of 625,000. It's one of the smaller European countries. Monten...

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Tainan in Taiwan

Tainan in Taiwan

[caption id="attachment_171664" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Confucius Temple © David Bronski[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tainan, officially Tainan City, is a special municipality of Taiwan, facing the Formosan Strait or Taiwan Strait in the west and south. Tainan is the oldest city on the island of Taiwan and also commonly known as the "Capital City" for its over 200 years of history as the capital of Taiwan under Koxinga and later Qing dynasty rule. Tainan's complex history of comebacks, redefinitions and renewals inspired ...

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Theme Week Oman - Salalah

Theme Week Oman - Salalah

[caption id="attachment_161721" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Downtown Salalah © StellarD/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Salalah, is the capital and seat of the wali (governor) of the southern Omani province of Dhofar. Its population is at around 200,000. Salalah is the second largest city in the Sultanate of Oman, and the largest city in the Dhofar Province. Salalah is the birthplace of the Sultan, Qaboos bin Said al Said. Salalah attracts lots of people from other parts of Oman and GCC during the Khareef se...

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The Spanish enclave of Melilla

The Spanish enclave of Melilla

[caption id="attachment_153502" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - TonioMora[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Melilla is a 12.3 square kilometres (4.7 sq mi) autonomous city of Spain and an exclave on the north coast of Morocco. Melilla, along with the Spanish exclave Ceuta, is one of the two Spanish territories located in mainland Africa. It was regarded as a part of Málaga province prior to 14 March 1995, when the city's Statute of Autonomy was passed. Melilla (like Ceuta) was a free port before Spain joined the Europe...

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Theme Week Vienna - Historic Centre

Theme Week Vienna - Historic Centre

[caption id="attachment_165336" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Neue Hofburg © Bwag/cc-by-sa-3.0-at[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]In 2001, Vienna's city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in arch...

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