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White Villages Route of Andalusia

White Villages Route of Andalusia

[caption id="attachment_27454" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cuesta de Alhacaba - Typical house in the province of Granada © Claudio Landi/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The White Towns of Andalusia, or Pueblos Blancos, are a series of more then 30 places, towns and large villages in the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga in southern Spain, mostly within the UNESCO biosphere reserve Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. All of the villages are characterised by whitewashed walls and red or brown tiled ro...

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Casa di Goethe in Rome

Casa di Goethe in Rome

[caption id="attachment_165193" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Goethe in the Roman Campagna by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein © Tom86/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Casa di Goethe is a museum in Rome, in Via del Corso 18, dedicated to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, his Italian Journey and his life at Rome in the years from 1786 tthrough 1788. During his journey Goethe wrote a journal and also many letters which would be published in 1816-17 as the Italian Journey. The museum is located in the house and in ...

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Trieste on the Adriatic Sea

Trieste on the Adriatic Sea

[caption id="attachment_151679" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Trieste Collage © DanieleDF1995[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Trieste is a city and seaport in northeastern Italy. It is situated towards the end of a narrow strip of land lying between the Adriatic Sea and Italy's border with Slovenia, which lies almost immediately south and east of the city. Trieste is located at the head of the Gulf of Trieste and throughout history it has been influenced by its location at the crossroads of Germanic, Latin, Austro-Hungarian and Sl...

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Theme Week Argentina

Theme Week Argentina

[caption id="attachment_163440" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mar del Plata © Leandro Kibisz/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Argentina is a federal republic located in southeastern South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with its neighbor Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest i...

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The IJsselmeer

The IJsselmeer

[caption id="attachment_153695" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Volendam © FaceMePLS[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]IJsselmeer is a shallow artificial lake of 1100 km² in the central Netherlands bordering the provinces of Flevoland, North Holland and Friesland, with an average depth of 5 to 6 m. It is named after the IJssel river that drains into it via a smaller lake, the Ketelmeer. The IJsselmeer is the largest lake in Western Europe. The IJsselmeer functions as a major fresh water reserve, serving as a source for agriculture an...

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Erbil in Iraq

Erbil in Iraq

[caption id="attachment_25172" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City Park © Myararat83/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Erbil, with a population of approximately 1.3 million (2009), the fourth largest city in Iraq after Baghdad, Basra and Mosul. The city is located in Iraqi Kurdistan. It lies 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of Mosul, and is the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The city officially has been appointed Arab Tourism Capital 2014 by the Arab Council of Tourism. Urban life at Erbil (Hewlêr) can be...

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Frankenmuth in Michigan

Frankenmuth in Michigan

[caption id="attachment_171478" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Zehnder's © AndrewHorne/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in Michigan. The population is at 5,000. The city is located within Frankenmuth Township survey area. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, which bills itself as "the World's Largest Christmas Store", is located in Frankenmuth. The city's name is a combination of two words. "Franken" represents the Province of Franconia in the Kingdom of Bavaria, home of the Franks, wh...

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Portrait: Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann and the modernization of Paris

Portrait: Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann and the modernization of Paris

[caption id="attachment_152151" align="aligncenter" width="442"] Baron Haussmann monument on the cross road of Boulevard Haussmann and Rue de Laborde © Ralf.treinen/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Georges-Eugène Haussmann, commonly known as Baron Haussmann, 27 March 1809 – 11 January 1891), was the Prefect of the Seine Department in France, who was chosen by the Emperor Napoleon III to carry out a massive program of new boulevards, parks and public works in Paris, commonly called Haussmann's renovation of Paris. Criti...

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