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The Silicon Valley

[caption id="attachment_6555" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Stanford University © Zadonix[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Silicon Valley is the southern region of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. The region, whose name derives from the Santa Clara Valley in which it is centered, is home to many of the world's largest technology corporations as well as thousands of small startups. The term originally referred to the region's large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers, but eventually came to refer to...

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Theme Week Corsica - Bastia

Theme Week Corsica - Bastia

[caption id="attachment_160178" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bastia at night © Jean-Michel Raggioli/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bastia is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France located in the northeast of the island of Corsica at the base of Cap Corse, 50 km (31 mi) West from Elba, an Italian island, and 90 km (56 mi) away from continental Italy which can be seen a few days per year when visibility is excellent.. It is also the second-largest city in Corsica after Ajaccio and the capital of the departm...

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Essen, European Cultural Capital 2010

Essen, European Cultural Capital 2010

[caption id="attachment_151128" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ronald McDonald House by Friedensreich Hundertwasser © Thomas Schoch[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Essen is a city in the central part of the Ruhr area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Located on the River Ruhr, its population of approximately 579,000 makes it the 9th-largest city in Germany. For the year 2010, Essen was the European Capital of Culture on behalf of the whole Ruhr area. Formerly one of Germany's most important coal and steel centres and hist...

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Theme Week Paraguay - Asunción

Theme Week Paraguay - Asunción

[caption id="attachment_184007" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Calle Palma © Bruno Arriola/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Asunción is the capital and largest city of Paraguay. The city is located on the left bank of the Paraguay River, almost at the confluence of this river with the River Pilcomayo, on the South American continent. The Paraguay River and the Bay of Asunción in the northwest separate the city from the Occidental Region of Paraguay and Argentina in the south part of the city. The rest of the city is s...

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Theme Week Istria - Motovun

Theme Week Istria - Motovun

[caption id="attachment_153456" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Aconcagua/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Motovun is a village in central Istria. The population of the village itself is 500, with a total of 1,000 residents in the municipality. The Parenzana was a narrow gauge railroad that ran from Trieste to Poreč between 1902-1935, passed valley below the town. Motovun is a medieval town that grew up on the site of an ancient city called Kastelijer. It is situated on a hill 270 metres (886 feet) above sea level wit...

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Theme Week Sicily - Corleone

Theme Week Sicily - Corleone

[caption id="attachment_153575" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palazzina Ficuzza © Azotoliquido/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Corleone is a small town and comune of approximately 11,000 inhabitants in the Province of Palermo. It is located in the valley between the "Rocca ri Maschi", the "Castello Soprano" and the "Castello Sottano". Corleone is the "city of the 100 churches". Within the territory of Corleone, a short walk from the historic center of the city is the " Natural Park of the cascade of two fortresses ." ...

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Venice, Queen of the Adriatic Sea

Venice, Queen of the Adriatic Sea

[caption id="attachment_153013" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Venice Collage © DaniDF1995[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Venice is a city in northern Italy known both for tourism and for industry, and is the capital of the region Veneto, with a population of about 270,660 (census estimate 30 April 2009). Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE) (population 1,600,000). The name is derived from the ancient people of Veneti that inhabited the region as of 1...

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Theme Week Alsace - Colmar

Theme Week Alsace - Colmar

[caption id="attachment_150574" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Sanseiya/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Colmar is the third-largest commune of the Alsace region in north-eastern France. It is the seat of the prefecture of the Haut-Rhin department and the arrondissement of Colmar. Colmar is 64 kilometres (40 mi) south-southwest of Strasbourg on the Lauch River, a tributary of the Ill River. It is located directly to the east of the Vosges Mountains and connected to the Rhine in the east by a canal. The town is...

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