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The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid

The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid

[caption id="attachment_4408" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="Museo del Prado © Gryffindor"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it also contains important collections of oth...

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Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast - Pag Town

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast - Pag Town

[caption id="attachment_161672" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Taz666/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Pag is the largest town on the island of Pag, with a population of 4,000. Medieval Pag emerged near the salterns where the abandoned Old Town used to be, 3 kilometres (2 miles) south of the present location. According to historical documents, the name Pag was mentioned for the first time in the 10th century. In 976, the Croatian king Stjepan Držislav took Pag from the Byzantine authority and appointed a Croatian dis...

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Le Mans in the Pays de la Loire

Le Mans in the Pays de la Loire

[caption id="attachment_184697" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palais du Grabatoire © Fafner/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Le Mans is a city on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department and the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. Le Mans is a part of the Pays de la Loire region. Its inhabitants are called Manceaux and Mancelles. First mentioned by Claudius Ptolemy, the Roman city Vindinium was the capital of the Aulerci, a s...

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Theme Week Scotland - Livingston

Theme Week Scotland - Livingston

[caption id="attachment_152532" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The north-west of Livingston © Kim Traynor/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Livingston (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Dhùn Lèibhe) is the largest town in West Lothian. It is the fourth post-War new town to be built in Scotland, designated in 1962. It is about 15 miles (25 km) west of Edinburgh and 30 miles (50 km) east of Glasgow, and is bordered by the towns of Broxburn to the northeast and Bathgate to the northwest. Livingston is the second biggest sett...

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Montabaur in Westerwald

Montabaur in Westerwald

[caption id="attachment_151210" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Kora27/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Montabaur is a town and the district seat of the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate. At the same time, it is also the administrative centre of the Verbandsgemeinde of Montabaur – a kind of collective municipality – to which 24 other communities belong. The town is known throughout the country for its strikingly yellow castle and its InterCityExpress railway station on the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail li...

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Marsa Alam on the Red Sea

Marsa Alam on the Red Sea

[caption id="attachment_153538" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunrise © Marc Ryckaert/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marsa Alam is a town in south-eastern Egypt, located on the western shore of the Red Sea. It is currently seeing fast increasing popularity as a tourist destination and development following the opening of Marsa Alam International Airport in 2001. Among the most famous beaches around Marsa Alam is the Abu Dabab beach. In Abu Dabab, turtles are a common sight and it is nearly guaranteed that when d...

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Timmendorfer Strand on the Baltic Sea

Timmendorfer Strand on the Baltic Sea

[caption id="attachment_159845" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ice sailing on Lake Hemmelsdorf © Jan Kuchenbecker/cc-by-sa-3.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Timmendorfer Strand (Timmendorf Beach) is a fashionable seaside resort in the district of Ostholstein, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is situated on the Bay of Lübeck (Baltic Sea), approximately 10 km north of Travemünde, 15 km northeast of Lübeck, and 20 km southeast of Eutin. Timmendorfer Strand has simply everything: the longest beach in Schleswig-Holstei...

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Rueil-Malmaison, residence of Napoleon and Joséphine

Rueil-Malmaison, residence of Napoleon and Joséphine

[caption id="attachment_153782" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul Church © Myrabella[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rueil-Malmaison is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, in the Hauts-de-Seine department. It is located 12.6 kilometers from the center of Paris. Rueil is famous for the Château de Malmaison where Napoleon and his first wife Joséphine de Beauharnais lived. Upon her death in 1814, she was buried at the nearby Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church, which stands at the centre of the city. The Rueil...

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