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The porcelain and wine city of Meissen

The porcelain and wine city of Meissen

[caption id="attachment_161128" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Meissen seen from 'Juchhöh' in the nearby mountains 'Spaargebirge' © Olaf1541/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Meissen is a town of approximately 30,000 about 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Dresden on both banks of the Elbe river in the Free State of Saxony. The Grosse Kreisstadt is the capital of the Meissen district. Meissen is famous for the manufacture of porcelain, based on extensive local deposits of china clay (kaolin) and potter's clay (potter's...

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Großburgwedel in Lower Saxony

Großburgwedel in Lower Saxony

[caption id="attachment_161178" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Half-timbered house from 1570 © Losch[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Großburgwedel is a village northeast of Hanover and is the administrative centre of the town of Burgwedel. Großburgwedel is home to the town hall of Burgwedel and other town institutions such as the library, a hospital for the region of Hanover. It also has a grammar school, secondary school, secondary modern school and special needs school, as well as a builder's yard and open air swimming ...

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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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Agatha Christie's Greenway Estate

Agatha Christie's Greenway Estate

[caption id="attachment_24983" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Greenway House © MilborneOne/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Greenway is an estate on the River Dart near Galmpton in Devon. It was first mentioned in 1493 as "Greynway", the crossing point of the Dart to Dittisham. In the late 16th century a Tudor mansion called Greenway Court was built by the Gilbert family. Greenway was the birthplace of Humphrey Gilbert. The present Georgian house was probably built in the late 18th century by Roope Harris Roope and exte...

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Town and Parish Church of St. Mary's of Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Town and Parish Church of St. Mary's of Lutherstadt Wittenberg

[caption id="attachment_168037" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Stadtkirche Wittenberg © M_H.DE/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Stadt- und Pfarrkirche St. Marien zu Wittenberg (Town and Parish Church of St. Mary's) is the civic church of the German town of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The reformers Martin Luther and Johannes Bugenhagen preached there and the building also saw the first celebration of the mass in German rather than Latin and the first ever distribution of the bread and wine to the congregation - it is thu...

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Bergamo in Lombardy

Bergamo in Lombardy

[caption id="attachment_160821" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palazzo Medolago © MarkusMark[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bergamo is a town and comune in Lombardy, about 40 km northeast of Milan. The comune is home to over 120,000 inhabitants. It is served by the Orio al Serio Airport, which also serves the Province of Bergamo, and to a lesser extent the metropolitan area of Milan. The foothills of the Alps begin immediately north of the town. The town has two centres: "Città alta" (upper city), a hilltop medieval town,...

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California's Wine Country

California's Wine Country

[caption id="attachment_164331" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sonoma Vineyards in Russian River Valley © flickr.com - Simon Davison/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Wine Country is an area of Northern California known worldwide as a premium wine-growing region. Viticulture and wine-making have been practiced in the region since the mid-19th century. There are over 400 wineries in the area north of San Francisco, mostly located in the area's valleys, including Napa Valley in Napa County, and the Sonoma Valley, Alexande...

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Theme Week Channel Islands - Herm

Theme Week Channel Islands - Herm

[caption id="attachment_151191" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ferry approaching the Rosaire Landing © geograph.org.uk[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Herm is the smallest of the Channel Islands that is open to the public and is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Cars are banned from the small island just like its Channel Island neighbour, Sark. Unlike Sark, bicycles are also banned. However, Herm does allow quad bikes and tractors for the locals. Herm won the 2002 and 2008 Britain in Bloom competition in the 'Small Coastal...

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