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Sassnitz on the island of Rügen

Sassnitz on the island of Rügen

[caption id="attachment_160896" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Old Town © Tacachie/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sassnitz is a town on the Jasmund peninsula, Rügen Island, in the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The population as of 2012 was 9,500. It is a well-known seaside resort and port town, and is a gateway to the nearby Jasmund National Park with its unique chalk cliffs. Sassnitz is the home of Rügen's only zoo, the Sassnitz Wildlife Park. The decommissioned British submarine HMS Otus was pur...

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Theme Week Saudi Arabia - Hofuf

Theme Week Saudi Arabia - Hofuf

[caption id="attachment_166029" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Al Hasa Oasis © Shijan Kaakkara/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Al-Hofuf is the major urban center in the Al-Ahsa Oasis in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. It is also very well known for being one of the largest date producers in the world, and for its old souks and palaces. Historically, Hofuf made textiles out of wool, silk, and cotton. The town was also renowned for its fruit of the date palm, the Arabs considering the khalasi variety of dates, grow...

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Kuşadası on the Aegean Sea

Kuşadası on the Aegean Sea

[caption id="attachment_152946" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kuşadası © Vikimach/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kuşadası is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district of the same name in Aydın Province. Kuşadası lies at a distance of 95 km (59 mi) to the south from the region's largest metropolitan center of İzmir, and 71 km (44 mi) from the provincial seat of Aydın situated inland. Its primary industry is tourism. The district neighbours on the northeast to Germencik distric...

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Almería in Andalusia

Almería in Andalusia

[caption id="attachment_153040" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Gernot Keller - www.gernot-keller.com/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Almería is a city in Andalusia, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. It is the capital of the province of the same name. Almería originated with the need for a better defence system that the Arab towns in the area had. It was Abd-al-Rahman III who founded the Alcazaba (the Citadel), which gave this city its name: Al-Mariy-yat (the Watchtower). One of Al...

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Schwerin, the city of seven lakes and forests

Schwerin, the city of seven lakes and forests

[caption id="attachment_160184" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Schwerin Castle - Parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern © Kolossos[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Schwerin is the capital and second-largest city of the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The population, as of end of 2007, was 96,000. Schwerin is surrounded by many picturesque lakes. The largest of these lakes, the Schweriner See, has an area of 60 km². In the midst of these lakes there was once an Obotrite settlement (dated back to the 11th century). The...

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World One in Mumbai

World One in Mumbai

[caption id="attachment_172132" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © lodhaworldtowers.in[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]World One is a supertall residential skyscraper under construction in Mumbai, India. It is located in Lower Parel, South Mumbai on the 7.1-hectare (17.5-acre) site of the defunct Shrinivas Mill. The site also houses two other towers—World View and World Crest. World One is being built at an estimated cost of over US$321 million. Construction began in 2011, and is expected to be completed in 2018. It will be the tal...

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The Cook Islands in the South Pacific

The Cook Islands in the South Pacific

[caption id="attachment_151338" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Parliament of the Cook Islands © Mr Bullitt[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Cook Islands is a self-governing parliamentary democracy in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. It is composed of 15 small islands whose total land area is 240 square kilometres (92.7 sq mi), divided into two distinct groups: the Southern Cook Islands and the Northern Cook Islands of coral atolls.. The Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), however, covers 1,8...

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Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera

[caption id="attachment_201484" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Greger Ravik/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dubai Opera is a 2,000-seat, multi-format, performing arts centre, which is located within The Opera District in Downtown Dubai. It was developed by Emaar Properties to host a variety of performances and events including theatre, opera, ballet, concerts, conferences and exhibitions. Its plans were announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in March 2012 and it was completed in 2016. It open...

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