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Colonia Tovar, the Black Forrest village in Venezuela

Colonia Tovar, the Black Forrest village in Venezuela

[caption id="attachment_2055" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="Colonia Tovar - Hotel Kaiserstuhl © Fev"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Colonia Tovar (Tovar Colony) is a city located in the Tovar Municipality of the state of Aragua in Venezuela, 60 km west of Caracas. The town was named after Martín Tovar y Ponte who donated the land over 150 years ago, and was founded by Agostino Codazzi. The city is mainly known for its Germanic characteristics, culture, and a dessert called "golfeado", which is very similar to a cinnamon...

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Nizhny Novgorod, the economic and cultural center of the Volga-Vyatka economic region

Nizhny Novgorod, the economic and cultural center of the Volga-Vyatka economic region

[caption id="attachment_4859" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="Pechersky Monastery © Bestalex"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Nizhny Novgorod colloquially shortened to Nizhny, is, with the population of 1,250,615, the fifth largest city in Russia. From 1932 to 1990, the city was known as Gorky, after the writer Maxim Gorky who was born there. The city is an important economic, transport and cultural center of the Russian Federation. It is the economic and cultural center of the vast Volga-Vyatka economic region, and...

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Market Hall Rotterdam

Market Hall Rotterdam

[caption id="attachment_162865" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Steven Lek/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Market Hall (Dutch: Markthal or Koopboog) is a residential and office building with a market hall underneath, located in Rotterdam. The building was opened on October 1, 2014, by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Besides the large market hall, the complex houses 228 apartments, 4600 m2 retail space, 1600 m2 horeca and an underground 4-storey parking garage with a capacity of 1200+ cars. The Market Hall was de...

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The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel

[caption id="attachment_161262" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Savoy Hotel © geograph.org.uk - Steve F / Wikicommons[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Savoy Hotel is a hotel located on the Strand, in the City of Westminster in central London. Built by impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte with profits from his Gilbert and Sullivan operas, the hotel opened on 6 August 1889. It was the first in the Savoy group of hotels and restaurants owned by Carte's family for over a century. It was also the first luxury hotel in Britain, introduc...

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Limerick on Shannon river

Limerick on Shannon river

[caption id="attachment_148929" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Shannon and St. John's Castle © fitm[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Limerick is the capital of County Limerick in the province of Munster in the southwest of Ireland and has 53,000 inhabitants. It is the historical center of the region and in some fields the center for the West of Ireland, particularly when it comes to tourism along the coast and the national parks in the West and South-East. Limerick is a good start and end point for the exploration of the widely spre...

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The Cutty Sark in Greenwich

The Cutty Sark in Greenwich

[caption id="attachment_150906" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Karen Roe/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion. The opening of the Suez Canal (also in 1869) meant that steam ships now enjoyed a much shorter route to C...

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Portrait: Albert Ballin, inventor of modern cruise ship traveling

Portrait: Albert Ballin, inventor of modern cruise ship traveling

[caption id="attachment_165098" align="aligncenter" width="423"] Albert Ballin[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Albert Ballin was a German shipping magnate, who was the general director of the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) or Hamburg-America Line, at times the world's largest shipping company. Being the inventor of the concept of the cruise ship, he is known as the father of modern cruise ship travel. The SS Auguste Viktoria, named after the German Empress Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, was the ...

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Germany's Hotel of the Year 2012: Burg Schlitz

Germany's Hotel of the Year 2012: Burg Schlitz

[caption id="attachment_161270" align="aligncenter" width="550"] © burg-schlitz.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Read more on Burg Schlitz. [pdf-embedder url="https://www.wingsch.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/burg-schlitz-en.pdf"] ...

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