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Theme Week Guyana - New Amsterdam

Theme Week Guyana - New Amsterdam

[caption id="attachment_184635" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Berbice River © flickr.com - madmack66/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]New Amsterdam (Dutch: Nieuw Amsterdam) is one of the largest towns in Guyana, located in the East Berbice-Corentyne Region, 62 mi (100 km) from the capital, Georgetown. It is located on the eastern bank of the Berbice River, 4 mi (6.4 km) upriver from its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean, and immediately south of the Canje River. New Amsterdam's population is approximately 33,000. New Am...

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Barcelonnette in the Ubaye valley

Barcelonnette in the Ubaye valley

[caption id="attachment_151640" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Speculos/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Barcelonnette is a commune of France and a subprefecture in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. It is located in the southern French Alps, at the crossroads between Provence, Piedmont and the Dauphiné, and is the largest town in the Ubaye Valley. The town's inhabitants are known as Barcelonnettes. Barcelonnette is situated in the wide and fertile Ubaye Valley, of w...

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Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Zermatt and the Matterhorn

[caption id="attachment_160604" align="aligncenter" width="586"] Zermatt and Matterhorn © Stan Shebs[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Zermatt is a municipality in the district of Visp in the German-speaking section of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It has a population of about 5,800 inhabitants. The village is situated at the end of Mattertal at an altitude of 1,620 m (5,310 ft), at the feet of Switzerland's highest peaks. It lies about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the over 10,800 ft (3,291.84 m) high Theodul Pass bordering Italy. ...

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The Valle Riviera in Switzerland

The Valle Riviera in Switzerland

[caption id="attachment_153938" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Iragna © biascaturismo.ch[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Descending from the North, the Riviera suddenly opens up, as the alpine valleys of Leventina and Blenio come together. From Biasca, at the end of the River Moesa, there are, on both sides of the valley, picturesque villages that give the visitor an historical vision of an important past, together with the image of modern industry. Romanesque churches and towers, stately homes of nobles past, hamlets nestl...

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Theme Week Kazakhstan - Oskemen

Theme Week Kazakhstan - Oskemen

[caption id="attachment_191953" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Theatre © Iskanderov Damir/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ust-Kamenogorsk or Oskemen is the administrative center of East Kazakhstan Region with a population of 310,000. It is served by Ust-Kamenogorsk Airport. The city has two official names. In the Russian language, its name is Усть-Каменогорск; in the Kazakh language, its accepted name is Өскемен/Óskemen. Both names appear on the seal of the city. The city has three cinemas (although...

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Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina

Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina

[caption id="attachment_27620" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Puerto Madero © Allan Aguilar/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the continent's southeastern coast. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the third-largest conurbation in Latin America, with a po...

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Svolvær on the Lofoten

Svolvær on the Lofoten

[caption id="attachment_161170" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Svolvær Harbour © Ernmuhl[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Svolvær is the administrative centre of Vågan Municipality (9,200 inhabitants) in the Nordland County in Lofoten. The town itself has a population of 4,000. The first town formation known in North Norway, Vågar, was situated around the narrow, natural harbor near Kabelvåg, just west of Svolvær. Vågar is mentioned in Heimskringla, and might have been established as early as 800. One of the first chu...

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The Maria Laach Abbey

The Maria Laach Abbey

[caption id="attachment_161229" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aerial view © Dr.G.Schmitz[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Maria Laach Abbey (in German: Abtei Maria Laach) is a Benedictine abbey situated on the southwestern shore of the Laacher See (Lake Laach), near Andernach, in the Eifel region of the Rhineland-Palatinate. It is a member of the Beuronese Congregation within the Benedictine Confederation. The abbey was known for nearly 770 years as "Abtei Laach" ("Abbatia Lacensis" or "Laach Abbey", meaning the "Lake Abbey") until...

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