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Flagstaff in Arizona, gate to the Grand Canyon

Flagstaff in Arizona, gate to the Grand Canyon

[caption id="attachment_193119" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hotel Monte Vista © flickr.com - SearchNet Media/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Flagstaff is a city in and the county seat of Coconino County in northern Arizona, in the southwestern United States. In 2015, the city's estimated population was 70,320. Flagstaff's combined metropolitan area has an estimated population of 139,097. The city is named after a ponderosa pine flagpole made by a scouting party from Boston (known as the "Second Boston Party") to celebr...

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Theme Week Israel - The port city of Ashdod

Theme Week Israel - The port city of Ashdod

[caption id="attachment_152008" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of Ashdod © Amos Meron/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ashdod is the fifth-largest city in Israel, located in the Southern District of the country, located 32 kilometres (20 mi) south of Tel Aviv, 20 km (12 mi) north of Ashkelon and 53 km (33 mi) west of Jerusalem. Ashdod is an important regional industrial center. The Port of Ashdod is Israel's largest port, accounting for 60% of the country's imported goods. Blue Marina in Ashdod is one of the newest...

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Trondheim in Norway

Trondheim in Norway

[caption id="attachment_152768" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Overview of Trondheim © Åge Hojem/Trondheim Havn[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Trondheim, historically, Nidaros and Trondhjem, is a city and municipality in Sør-Trøndelag, Norway. With a population of 171,000, it is the third most populated municipality and fourth most populated city in the country. It is the country seat of Sør-Trøndelag. Trondheim lies on the south shore of the Trondheimsfjord at the mouth of the river Nidelva. The city is dominated by the Norw...

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Portrait: Steinway & Sons, manufacturer of grand pianos and pianos

Portrait: Steinway & Sons, manufacturer of grand pianos and pianos

[caption id="attachment_162558" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Steinway & Sons[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Steinway & Sons, also known as Steinway, is an American and German piano company, founded in 1853 in Manhattan, New York City, by German immigrant Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later known as Henry E. Steinway). The company's growth led to the opening of a factory in Queens, New York City, and a factory in Hamburg, Germany. The factory in Queens supplies the Americas and the factory in Hamburg supplies the rest of the wor...

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Portrait: George Washington, Founding Father and 1st President of the United States of America

Portrait: George Washington, Founding Father and 1st President of the United States of America

[caption id="attachment_168744" align="aligncenter" width="485"] Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]George Washington was an American politician and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. He is popularly conside...

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Cape Ferret on the Atlantic

Cape Ferret on the Atlantic

[caption id="attachment_153200" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cap Ferret Lighthouse © Larrousiney/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cap Ferret (English: Cape Ferret) is a headland, situated at the south end of the commune of Lège-Cap-Ferret in the French department of Gironde and region of Aquitaine. The headland takes the form of a spit, which separates the Atlantic Ocean from Arcachon Bay. At the same time, the entrance to Arcachon Bay separates Cap Ferret from the resort town of Arcachon. Under Napoleon III. the oys...

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Theme Week New Zealand - The Sky Tower in Auckland

Theme Week New Zealand - The Sky Tower in Auckland

[caption id="attachment_167443" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Heinz Albers/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland in New Zealand. It is 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and the 23rd tallest tower in the world. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland's skyline ...

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Växjö in Southern Sweden

Växjö in Southern Sweden

[caption id="attachment_160748" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Växjö Theatre © Mikael Ekbäck[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Växjö is a city and the seat of Växjö Municipality, Kronoberg County, with 60,887 inhabitants. It is the administrative, cultural and industrial centre of Kronoberg County. The town is home to Linnaeus University. Växjö houses Sweden's National Glass Museum and claims to be the capital of the Kingdom of Crystal as well as of the "Kingdom of Furniture". The Swedish Emigrant Institute was estab...

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