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Them Week Galicia - A Coruña

Them Week Galicia - A Coruña

[caption id="attachment_152943" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of A Coruña © Marrovi/cc-by-sa-2.5-mx[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]A Coruña is the second-largest city in the autonomous community and seventeenth overall in the country. The city is the provincial capital of the province of the same name, having also served as political capital of the Kingdom of Galicia from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and as a regional administrative centre between 1833 and 1982, before being replaced by Santiago de Compostela. A Coruña...

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Dunvegan Castle, seat of the chief of the Clan MacLeod

Dunvegan Castle, seat of the chief of the Clan MacLeod

[caption id="attachment_23575" align="alignleft" width="590"] Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, home to the MacLeod family for over 800 years© Dunvegancastle/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dunvegan Castle is a castle a mile and a half to the north of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, situated off the West coast of Scotland. It is the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod. Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. A curtain wall was built round the hill in the 13th centur...

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Icehotel Jukkasjärvi in Sweden

Icehotel Jukkasjärvi in Sweden

[caption id="attachment_27326" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Icehotel © Tom Corser - www.tomcorser.com/cc-by-sa-3.0-uk[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Icehotel (styled as ICEHOTEL) is a hotel built each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjärvi, in northern Sweden, about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Kiruna. It is the world's first ice hotel. After its first opening in 1990, the hotel has been built each year from December to April. The hotel, including the chairs and beds, is constructed from snow and ice blocks take...

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Theme Week Bahrain - Umm an Nasan Island

Theme Week Bahrain - Umm an Nasan Island

[caption id="attachment_164197" align="aligncenter" width="590"] King Fahd Causeway and Umm an Nasan Island © NASA World Wind[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Umm an Nasan island is the fifth largest island in Bahrain. It has a distance of 17.5 km (10.9 mi) west of the capital, Manama, on Bahrain Island. Umm an Nasan lies in the Gulf of Bahrain in Persian Gulf to the west of Bahrain Island, and to the east of the Saudi coastal city of Khobar. Umm an Nasan is connected to Bahrain Island through the King Fahd Causeway. Umm an Na...

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Theme Week La Rioja - Haro

Theme Week La Rioja - Haro

[caption id="attachment_153264" align="aligncenter" width="442"] Wine barrels of the famous wine of Haro in the City Hall, waiting for the beginning of the Haro Wine Festival © Bigsus/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Haro is a town and municipality in the northwest of La Rioja province in northern Spain. It is known for its fine red wine and every year the Haro Wine Festival (Batalla de Vino) is held where locals hold a wine battle. There are several theories about the founding of Haro, though the most realistic t...

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Theme Week Panama - Antón

Theme Week Panama - Antón

[caption id="attachment_168511" align="aligncenter" width="590"] El Valle © Smithsonian Institution - Lee Siebert[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Antón is a corregimiento in Antón District, Coclé Province. It is located near the north-western shore of the Gulf of Panama. It is the seat of Antón District. It has a land area of 106.3 square kilometres (41.0 sq mi) and had a population of 12,000. Most of them are mestizos, Chinese or African Americans. For Panamanian standards, the city is quite small, in the center there is a casin...

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2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia: The venues

2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia: The venues

[caption id="attachment_181851" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © FIFA[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. All but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains to keep travel time manageable. ...

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Manaus, capital city of Amazonas

Manaus, capital city of Amazonas

[caption id="attachment_168702" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Teatro Amazonas © Pontanegra/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Manaus is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in the North Region of Brazil. It is situated near the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. With a population of more than 2 million, it is the most populous city of both the Brazilian state of Amazonas and the Amazon rainforest. Due to the great economic power and tourism it is the fourth richest city in Brazil, after São Paulo, Rio de...

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