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Leicester at the edge of the English National Forest

Leicester at the edge of the English National Forest

[caption id="attachment_160514" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Leicester Montage © NotFromUtrecht[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands area of England. It is also the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest. In 2006, the population of the Leicester unitary authority was estimated at 289,700, the largest in the East Midlands, whilst 441,213 people lived in the wider Leicester Urban Area. Eurostat's Larger Urba...

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Palmyra in Syria

Palmyra in Syria

[caption id="attachment_185897" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cella of the Temple of Bel - destroyed in 2015 © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Palmyra is an ancient Semitic city (Tadmor) in present-day Homs Governorate, Syria. Archaeological finds date back to the Neolithic period, and documents first mention the city in the early second millennium BC. Palmyra changed hands on a number of occasions between different empires before becoming a subject of the Roman Empire in the first century AD. T...

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Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon

Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon

[caption id="attachment_193039" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Paul Arps/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Mercado da Ribeira is a market hall on Avenida 24 de Julho of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, where fresh fish, vegetables and fruits have been sold since the 19th century. It can be reached by public transport from the Carris via the Cais do Sodré station. The hall was built from 1876 to plans by the engineer Frederico Ressano Garcia on the northern bak of the Tagus in the immediate vicin...

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The Stolpersteine

The Stolpersteine

[caption id="attachment_4940" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="© stolpersteine.com"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Stolperstein is the German word for "stumbling block", "obstacle", or "something in the way". (The plural form of the word is Stolpersteine.) The artist Gunter Demnig has given this word a new meaning, that of a small, cobblestone-sized memorial for a single victim of Nazism. These memorials commemorate individuals - both those who died and survivors – who were consigned by the Nazis to prisons, euthanasia fa...

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Treasure Coast in Florida

Treasure Coast in Florida

[caption id="attachment_192689" align="aligncenter" width="590"] St. Lucie River and Stuart from Sewall's Point © DannyCush[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Treasure Coast is a region of Florida. It is located on the state's Atlantic coast, comprising Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin, and in some definitions, Palm Beach counties. The region, whose name refers to the Spanish Treasure Fleet lost in a 1715 hurricane, evidently emerged from residents' desire to distinguish themselves from Miami and the Gold Coast region to the sout...

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Taybeh in the West Bank

Taybeh in the West Bank

[caption id="attachment_27851" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Ralf Lotys/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Taybeh is a Palestinian village in the West Bank, 15 kilometers northeast of Jerusalem and 12 kilometers northeast of Ramallah in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, 850 meters above sea level. Taybeh has a population of 2,100. It is the last all-Christian community in the Palestine region. The Al-Khidr Church, or St. George Church, is located east of the centre of Taybeh, and was constructed during two pe...

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Theme Week Morocco - Marrakesh

Theme Week Morocco - Marrakesh

[caption id="attachment_167308" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Jemaa el-Fnaa © Boris Macek/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marrakesh, also known by the French spelling Marrakech, is a major city of the Kingdom of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. It is the capital city of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakesh-Safi. Located to the north of the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is located 580 km (360 mi) southwest of Tangier, 327 km (203 mi)...

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The Gheto di Venezia in Venice

The Gheto di Venezia in Venice

[caption id="attachment_169407" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Campo de Gheto Novo © Didier Descouens/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews were compelled to live by the government of the Venetian Republic. The English word ghetto is derived from the Jewish ghetto in Venice. The Venetian Ghetto was instituted on 29 March 1516 and is the oldest Jewish ghetto in the world. It was not the first time that Jews in Venice were compelled to live in a segregated area of the ci...

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