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[caption id="attachment_153260" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Parque de las Víctimas del Terrorismo © Zarteman/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Calahorra is a municipality in the comarca of Rioja Baja, near the border with Navarre on the right bank of the Ebro. The city is located on a hill at an altitude of 358 metres at the confluence of the Ebro and Cidacos rivers. Calahorra is the second-largest city in La Rioja in population and importance, after the capital, Logroño. Its population is at 24,000 inhabitants. ...

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Theme Week Venezuela - Maracaibo

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[caption id="attachment_172203" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Calle Carabobo © The Photographer[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Maracaibo is a city and municipality in northwestern Venezuela, on the western shore of the strait that connects Lake Maracaibo to the Gulf of Venezuela. It is the second-largest city in the country (after the national capital Caracas) and the capital of the state of Zulia. The population of the city is approximately 2.7 million with the metropolitan area estimated at 3.9 million. Maracaibo is nicknamed L...

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Theme Week Sylt - Rantum

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Theme Week Lombardy - Desenzano del Garda

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[caption id="attachment_153442" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Old port of Desenzano © RicciSpeziari/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Desenzano del Garda is a town and comune in the province of Brescia, on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda. It borders the communes of Castiglione delle Stiviere, Lonato, Padenghe sul Garda and Sirmione. Sometime in the first century, the area around lake Garda, including what is now Desenzano del Garda, became a favourite vacation spot for the Veronese élite, Verona being one of the l...

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United States presidential election of 2016

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London 2012 - Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and Cultural Olympiad

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Theme Week Castile-La Mancha - Guadalajara

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[caption id="attachment_153325" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Calle Mayor © Pavlemadrid/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Guadalajara is a city and municipality in the natural region of La Alcarria. It is the capital of the province of Guadalajara. It is located roughly 60 kilometres (37 miles) northeast of Madrid on the Henares River, and has a population of 85,000. The town of Guadalajara was founded by the Andalusians in the 8th century. They named it Wadi-al-Hejara, meaning "Valley of Stones"; in theory the ...

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