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The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg

The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg

[caption id="attachment_25947" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Winter Palace at night © Robert Breuer/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. Beside the Lo...

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Theme Week Bangladesh

Theme Week Bangladesh

[caption id="attachment_201039" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Saint Martin's Island © Niaz morshed Shovon[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bangladesh ("The country of Bengal"), officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia. It shares land borders with India and Myanmar. The country's maritime territory in the Bay of Bengal is roughly equal to the size of its land area. Bangladesh is the 92nd-largest sovereign state in the world, with an area of 147,570 square kilometres (56,980 sq mi). It is also the wo...

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Theme Week Abu Dhabi - Capital Gate, the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi

Theme Week Abu Dhabi - Capital Gate, the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi

[caption id="attachment_24848" align="aligncenter" width="393"] Capital Gate, July 2012 © FritzDaCat/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Capital Gate is a skyscraper in Abu Dhabi adjacent to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre designed with a striking lean. At 160 m (520 ft) and 35 stories, it is one of the tallest buildings in the city and features an 18° incline to the west. The owner and developer of Capital Gate is Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company. The tower (also known as the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi) is t...

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

[caption id="attachment_151086" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mayreau - Saline Bay © Moiom[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Lesser Antilles chain, namely in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lie at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean. Its 389-square-kilometre (150 sq mi) territory consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines, which are a chain ...

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Miramare Castle in Trieste

Miramare Castle in Trieste

[caption id="attachment_169158" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Žiga[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Miramare Castle is a 19th-century castle on the Gulf of Trieste near Trieste, northeastern Italy. It was built from 1856 to 1860 for Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium, later Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota of Mexico, based on a design by Carl Junker. The castle's grounds include an extensive cliff and seashore park of 22 hectares (54 acres) designed by the archduke. The grounds were...

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The seaside resort of Trouville-sur-Mer on the English Channel

The seaside resort of Trouville-sur-Mer on the English Channel

[caption id="attachment_151643" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Trouville-sur-Mer Beach © Stefi123/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Trouville-sur-Mer, commonly referred to as Trouville, is a commune in the Calvados department in the Lower Normandy region region in northwestern France with 5,000 inhabitants. The town's inhabitants are called Trouvillais. The village of fishermen is a popular tourist destination in Normandy, approximately 200 km north west of Paris. Trouville-sur-Mer borders Deauville, which is loc...

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Kimberley, the world capital of diamonds in South Africa

Kimberley, the world capital of diamonds in South Africa

[caption id="attachment_160259" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Big Hole sign © Conrad88/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is located approximately 110 km east of the confluence of the Vaal and Orange Rivers. The city has considerable historical significance due to its diamond mining past and the siege during the Second Boer War. Notable personalities such as Cecil Rhodes and Barney Barnato made their fortunes here, and the roots of the De Beers co...

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The city of Hong Kong

The city of Hong Kong

[caption id="attachment_4617" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="© Mbaeckmann / Thomas doerfer"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of the People's Republic of China, the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most ...

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