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The German Colony in Palestine

The German Colony in Palestine

[caption id="attachment_26976" align="aligncenter" width="590"] German Colony Jerusalem - Templer Communal House © Shayzu/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Templers, a religious Protestant sect formed in southern Germany in the 19th century, settled in Palestine at the urging of their leader, Christoff Hoffman, in the belief that living in the Holy Land would hasten the second coming of Christ. The Templers built a colony in keeping with strict urban planning principles and introduced local industries that brought mode...

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Theme Week Warsaw - The Palace of Culture and Science

Theme Week Warsaw - The Palace of Culture and Science

[caption id="attachment_23844" align="alignleft" width="590"] © Stanislav Kozlovskiy/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw is the tallest building in Poland, the sixth tallest building in the European Union. The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science, but in the wake of destalinization the dedication to Stalin was revoked; Stalin's name was removed from the interior lobby and one of the building's sculptures. Currently it is the 187th tallest...

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500 years German Beer Purity Law

500 years German Beer Purity Law

[caption id="attachment_160247" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Munich beer purity law from 1487 © Evergreen68/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Reinheitsgebot, sometimes called the "German Beer Purity Law" in English, is the collective name for a series of regulations limiting the ingredients in beer in Germany and its predecessor states. The most well-known version of the law was adopted in Bavaria in 1516, but similar regulations predate the Bavarian order, and modern regulations also significantly differ from the ...

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The Upper West Side in New York

The Upper West Side in New York

[caption id="attachment_168727" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Upper West Side and Central Park from Rockefeller Center Observatory © Nmattson10[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Upper West Side is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, that lies between Central Park and the Hudson River and between West 59th Street and West 110th Street. The Upper West Side is sometimes also considered by the real estate industry to include the neighborhood of Morningside Heights. The area north of West 96th Street and east o...

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Brijuni Islands National Park in Croatia

Brijuni Islands National Park in Croatia

[caption id="attachment_23897" align="alignleft" width="590"] Hotel Carmen © Zumbulka[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Islands are a group of fourteen small islands in the Croatian part of the northern Adriatic Sea, separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the narrow Fažana Strait. The largest island, Veliki Brijun Island (also known as Brioni Grande or Veli Brijun), (5.6 km2), lies 2 km off the coast. Famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a Croatian National Park. In 1945 a...

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The Norwegian Sky

The Norwegian Sky

[caption id="attachment_168186" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Norwegian Sky in Freeport, Bahamas © Blackfist/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Norwegian Sky is a Sun-class cruise ship owned and operated by Norwegian Cruise Line. She was originally ordered by Costa Cruises as Costa Olympia from the Bremer Vulkan shipyard in Germany, but she was completed in 1999 by the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany for the Norwegian Cruise Line under the name Norwegian Sky. Between 2004 and 2008 she sailed as Pride of Aloh...

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

[responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD; French: Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques, OCDE) is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 35 member countries, founded in 1960 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. It is a forum of countries describing themselves as committed to democracy and the market economy, providing a platform to compare policy experiences, seeking answers to common problems, identify good practices and coordinate domestic an...

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Welcome to the fairytale land of the Brothers Grimm - The German Fairy Tale Route

Welcome to the fairytale land of the Brothers Grimm - The German Fairy Tale Route

[caption id="attachment_2404" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="German Fairy Tale Route map © deutsche-maerchenstrasse.com"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The route stretches over 600 km from Hanau near Frankfurt in the south to Bremen in the north, meandering through the towns and cities where the Brothers Grimm lived and worked, connecting the places and landscapes of their collected fairy tales into a route of wonders. The Fairy Tale Route offers culture and history, enchanting medieval towns of half-timbered houses, cas...

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