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Europe's End: The North Cape

Europe's End: The North Cape

[caption id="attachment_151704" align="aligncenter" width="590"] North Cape © W. Rebel[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Nordkapp (or North Cape in English) is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Honningsvåg. Nordkapp (originally named Kjelvik) was separated from Porsanger on 1 July 1861. The western part of the island of Magerøya was transferred from the municipality of Måsøy to Nordkapp on 1 January 1984. The municipality encompasses mainly the island of Mager...

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Theme Week Cuba - Varadero

Theme Week Cuba - Varadero

[caption id="attachment_161605" align="aligncenter" width="590"] La Casa de Al, Al Capone's warhouse during prohibition, today a restaurant © Laslovarga/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Varadero is a resort town in the province of Matanzas, and one of the largest resort areas in the Caribbean. The first mention of Varadero was in 1555. The place was first used as a dry dock (Spanish: varadero) and the salt mines of the peninsula (closed in 1961) supplied most of the Spanish Latin America Fleet since 1587. However, the fou...

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The Miami Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables

The Miami Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables

[caption id="attachment_168970" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Alex Feldstein/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Miami Biltmore Hotel is a luxury hotel in Coral Gables in Florida. It was designed by Schultze and Weaver and was built in 1926 by John McEntee Bowman and George Merrick as part of the Bowman-Biltmore Hotels chain. When completed it became the tallest building in Florida at 315 feet (96m) holding the record until 1928 when the Dade County Courthouse was built. The Miami-Biltmore Hotel & Country Club was desi...

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Symi in the southern Aegean

Symi in the southern Aegean

[caption id="attachment_150692" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Karelj/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Symi is a Greek island and municipality. It is mountainous and includes the harbor town of Symi and its adjacent upper town Ano Symi, as well as several smaller localities, beaches, and areas of significance in history and mythology. Symi is part of the Rhodes regional unit. The shipbuilding and sponge industries were substantial on the island and, while at their peak near the end of the 19th century, the population ...

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Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan

Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_192927" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Pierre Hotel © Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It stretches north from Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village to West 143rd Street in Harlem. It is considered one of the most expensive and elegant streets in the world. Between 49th Street and 60th Street, Fifth Avenue is lined with prestigious boutiques and flagship stores and is consi...

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Theme Week Beirut - The Phoenicia

Theme Week Beirut - The Phoenicia

[caption id="attachment_165004" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Hussein Abdallah/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Phoenicia Hotel Beirut is a historic 5-star luxury hotel situated in the Minet El Hosn neighborhood of Beirut in Lebanon. It is located on Rue Fakhreddine near the Corniche Beirut promenade and walking-distance from Beirut Central District, and a few kilometers from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. The Phoenicia is part of the worldwide InterContinental Hotels Group, but it dropped t...

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Manchester in North West England

Manchester in North West England

[caption id="attachment_153114" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall © flickr.com - Stevo1000/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Manchester Listeni/ˈmæntʃɛstər/ is a city and metropolitan borough in North West England with an estimated population of 503,000. Manchester lies within the United Kingdom's third largest urban area which has a population of 2,240,230. The local authority is Manchester City Council. Manchester is situated in the south-central part of North West England, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the...

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Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast - Hvar Town

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast - Hvar Town

[caption id="attachment_161661" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Maîtresse[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hvar is a city and port on the island of Hvar, part of Split-Dalmatia County. The municipality has a population of 4,300 while the city itself is inhabited by 3,800 people, making it the largest settlement on the island of Hvar. It is situated on a bay in the south coast of the island, opposite from the other nearby towns of Stari Grad and Jelsa. The city of Hvar has a long and distinguished history as center for trad...

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