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Brentwood in Los Angeles

Brentwood in Los Angeles

[caption id="attachment_184693" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Getty Museum and Central Garden © flickr.com - Rennett Stowe/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Brentwood is a neighborhood in the Westside of Los Angeles. It is the home of seven private and two public schools. Brentwood is also home to many celebrities such as actors and actresses. As a member of a group of nearby neighborhoods that are affluent, it is known as one of the "Three Bs", along with Beverly Hills and Bel Air. Brentwood was part of the Rancho...

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The Ovation of the Seas

The Ovation of the Seas

[caption id="attachment_165666" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Matthias Süßen/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]MS Ovation of the Seas is a cruise ship operating for Royal Caribbean International (RCI). The vessel is the third ship in the Quantum class, which surpasses RCI's earlier Freedom-class ships by over 14,000 GT, becoming the second largest class of passenger ships behind RCI's Oasis class ships on a gross tonnage basis. The sister ships are Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. On February 11, ...

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Oʻahu in Hawaii

Oʻahu in Hawaii

[caption id="attachment_152267" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Memorial © US Navy - Petty Officer 1st Class James E. Foehl[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Oʻahu, known as "The Gathering Place", is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands; however, it is the most populous of the islands in the U.S. state of Hawaii, and is the home of Honolulu International Airport. The state capital, Honolulu, is on Oʻahu's southeast coast. Including small close-in offshore islands such as Ford Island and the islands in...

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Lyon, city of the palate

Lyon, city of the palate

[caption id="attachment_148975" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lyon Panorama © Elwood J. Blues[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lyon is a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region. With 480,000 inhabitants Lyon is the third biggest city after Paris and Marseille. Economically, Lyon is a major centre for banking and the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. The city contains a significant software industry with a particular focus on video games, and has focussed in recent years on a growing local start-up sec...

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Theme Week Provence - Orange

Theme Week Provence - Orange

[caption id="attachment_152671" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © theatre-antique.com - Culturespaces/Les chorégies/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is located about 21 kilometres (13 miles) north of Avignon. It has a primarily agricultural economy. The town is renowned for its Roman architecture and its Roman theatre, the Théâtre antique d'Orange, is described as the most impressive still existi...

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The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys

[caption id="attachment_151305" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Fort Jefferson - Dry Tortugas © U.S. National Park Service[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Florida Keys are an archipelago of 4500 islands in the southeast United States. They begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami, and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the westernmost of the inhabited islands, and on to the uninhabited Dry Tortugas. The islands lie along the Florida Straits, ...

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Liege, the cultural center of the Walloon Region

Liege, the cultural center of the Walloon Region

[caption id="attachment_160633" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Royal Opera © Benjamin Frere[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Liège is a major city and municipality of Belgium located in the province of Liège, of which it is the economic capital, in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium. The city is situated in the valley of the Meuse River, near Belgium's eastern borders with the Netherlands and Germany, where the Meuse meets the Ourthe. It is in the former sillon industriel, the industrial backbone of Wallonia. ...

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Marino in Lazio

Marino in Lazio

[caption id="attachment_151275" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Deblu68/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marino is an Italian city and comune in Lazio (central Italy), on the Alban Hills, 21 kilometres (13 miles) southeast of Rome, with a population of 38,000. The territory of Marino was inhabited by Latin tribes from the 1st millennium BC. The Grape Festival (Italian: Sagra dell'uva) is held every 1st Sunday of October. This festival is very famous in the surrounding area because, for about one hour, some of the city'...

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