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Reus in Catalonia

Reus in Catalonia

[caption id="attachment_153313" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Square © Josep Llauradó/cc-by-sa-2.0-es[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Reus is the capital of Baix Camp, in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain. The area has always been an important producer of wines and spirits, and gained continental importance at the time of the Phylloxera plague. Nowadays it is known by its commercial activity, for being a center for rock-climbing and as the birthplace of architect Antoni Gaudí. The origin of the name i...

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Theme Week Ibiza

Theme Week Ibiza

[caption id="attachment_152171" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ibiza Town © Forbfruit/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ibiza (Catalan: Eivissa) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, 150 kilometres (93 miles) off the coast of the city of Valencia, in eastern Spain. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain. Its largest cities are Ibiza Town (Catalan: Vila d'Eivissa, or simply Vila), Santa Eulària des Riu, and Sant Antoni de Portmany. Its highest point, called Sa Talaiassa (or Sa ...

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The Villa Wahnfried in Bayreuth

The Villa Wahnfried in Bayreuth

[caption id="attachment_27875" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Dickbauch~commonswiki/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Wahnfried was the name given by Richard Wagner to his villa in Bayreuth. The name is a German compound of Wahn (delusion, madness) and Fried(e), (peace, freedom). According to Richard Wagner's wife Cosima the name came to mind after visiting the picturesque town of Wahnfried in Hesse. The house was constructed from 1872 to 1874 under Carl Wölfel's supervision after plans from Berlin architect W...

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The Garment District in Midtown Manhattan

The Garment District in Midtown Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_26652" align="aligncenter" width="590"] 'The Garment Worker' and information booth with 'Button and Needle' sculpture © Jim.henderson[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Garment District is a neighborhood located in the Midtown Manhattan. The dense concentration of fashion-related uses give the neighborhood—which is generally considered to lie between Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue, from 34th to 42nd Street—its name. The Garment District has been known since the early 20th century as the center for fashion ...

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Viñales on Cuba

Viñales on Cuba

[caption id="attachment_163276" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Viñales Valley © Kirua[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Viñales is a small town and municipality in the north-central Pinar del Río Province of Cuba. The town consists mostly of one-story wooden houses with porches. The municipality is dominated by low mountain ranges of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico such as Sierra de los Órganos. Typical outcrops known as mogotes complete the karstic character of the landscape. Before European settlement, the area was the home of a...

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Madeira, the Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean

Madeira, the Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean

[caption id="attachment_152973" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market in Funchal © Hannes Grobe[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago that lies just under 400 km north of Tenerife, Canary Islands, in the north Atlantic Ocean and an outermost region of the European Union. The archipelago comprises one of the two Autonomous regions of Portugal (the other being the Azores located to the northwest), that includes the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, the Desertas and the Savage Islands. Madeira was re-disco...

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Theme Week Venezuela

Theme Week Venezuela

[caption id="attachment_172174" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cumaná © panoramio.com - Guillermo Esteves/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a federal republic on the northern coast of South America, bordered by Colombia on the west, Brazil on the south, Guyana on the east, the Dutch Lesser Antilles to the north and Trinidad and Tobago to the north-east. Venezuela covers 916,445 km² (353,841 sq mi) and has over 31 million people. The country has extremely high ...

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Viborg in central Jutland

Viborg in central Jutland

[caption id="attachment_152861" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Viborg © Calvin[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Viborg, a city in central Jutland, is the seat of both Viborg municipality and Region Midtjylland. Viborg is also the seat of the Western High Court, the High Court for the Jutland peninsula. Viborg Municipality is the second-largest Danish municipality, covering 3.3% of that country's total land area. Viborg is one of the oldest cities in Denmark, with Viking settlements dating back to the late 8th century. Its ce...

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