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Place de la Bastille in Paris

Place de la Bastille in Paris

[caption id="attachment_192547" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Place de la Bastille © Kaihsu Tai[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Place de la Bastille is a square in Paris where the Bastille prison stood until the storming of the Bastille and its subsequent physical destruction between 14 July 1789 and 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution. No vestige of the prison remains. The square straddles 3 arrondissements of Paris, namely the 4th, 11th and 12th. The square and its surrounding areas are normally called simply Bastille....

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L’Estaque in Marseille

L’Estaque in Marseille

[caption id="attachment_192350" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of L'Estaque © Irønie/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]L'Estaque is a former fishing village, located on the Rade de Marseille, which was incorporated in 1946 as part of the 16th Arrondissements to Marseille. West of L'Estaque begins the Côte Bleue. The hill chain Chaîne de l'Estaque gave the place its name. A bit of this former artists' village or its past is still noticeable today: the inhabitants differ from the other Marseillais and make ...

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The Cadillac Ranch in Texas

The Cadillac Ranch in Texas

[caption id="attachment_152056" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Richie Diesterheft/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cadillac Ranch is not a ranch but a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the ...

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Theme Week Andalusia - Torremolinos

Theme Week Andalusia - Torremolinos

[caption id="attachment_153231" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Tiia Monto/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Torremolinos is a municipality on the Costa del Sol of the Mediterranean, immediately to the west of the city of Málaga, in the province of Málaga. It belongs to the comarca of Costa del Sol Occidental. A poor fishing village before the growth in tourism beginning in the late 1950s, Torremolinos was the first of the Costa del Sol resorts to develop. It is located on the western shore of the Bay of Málaga and b...

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The Russian warship Aurora

The Russian warship Aurora

[caption id="attachment_152988" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Fisss/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Aurora is a 1900 Russian protected cruiser, currently preserved as a museum ship in St. Petersburg. Aurora was one of three Pallada-class cruisers, built in St. Petersburg for service in the Pacific Far East. All three ships of this class served during the Russo-Japanese War. The second ship, Pallada, was sunk by the Japanese at Port Arthur in 1904. The third ship, Diana, was interned in Saigon after the Battle of the...

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500 years German Beer Purity Law

500 years German Beer Purity Law

[caption id="attachment_160247" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Munich beer purity law from 1487 © Evergreen68/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Reinheitsgebot, sometimes called the "German Beer Purity Law" in English, is the collective name for a series of regulations limiting the ingredients in beer in Germany and its predecessor states. The most well-known version of the law was adopted in Bavaria in 1516, but similar regulations predate the Bavarian order, and modern regulations also significantly differ from the ...

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Theme Week Bahrain - Muharraq

Theme Week Bahrain - Muharraq

[caption id="attachment_164191" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Muharraq with Manama in the background © Leshonai/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Muharraq is Bahrain's third largest city and served as its capital until 1932 when it was replaced by Manama. The city is located on Muharraq Island and has long been a centre of religiosity. Bahrain International Airport is also located on the island. Adjacent to Muharraq are the man-made Amwaj Islands, known for their large buildings, hotels and beaches. Muharraq is home to ...

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Kitzbühel in Tyrol

Kitzbühel in Tyrol

[caption id="attachment_161074" align="aligncenter" width="590"] 2010 World Cup Hahnenkamm Race © Anonymous[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kitzbühel is a small medieval town in Tyrol and the administrative centre of the Kitzbühel district. It has a population of 8,100. The town is situated in the Kitzbühel Alps about 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of the state capital of Innsbruck. It is a ski resort of international renown. In summer there are 120 km (75 mi) of mountain bike paths and 500 km (311 mi) of hiking trails. Other...

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