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Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire

[caption id="attachment_154240" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © gailf548[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, residence of the dukes of Marlborough. It is the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1724. UNESCO recognised the palace as a World Heritage Site in 1987. Its construction was originally intended to be a gift to John...

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Theme Week Amsterdam, Hollands party capital

Theme Week Amsterdam, Hollands party capital

[caption id="attachment_151628" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Amsterdam inner city © Emes2k[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, with an urban population of 1,209,419 and a metropolitan population of 2,158,592. The city is in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. It comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of approximately 8.1 million according to larger estimates. Its name is de...

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Crans-Montana in the Valais Alps

Crans-Montana in the Valais Alps

[caption id="attachment_160665" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lac Moubra © Johnw[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Crans-Montana is a ski resort in western Switzerland, in the heart of the Swiss Alps in the canton of Valais. It is located on a plateau above Sierre at an elevation of about 1500 m (4921 ft) above sea level, allowing good view over the Valais Alps and Weisshorn in particular. The resort is a fusion of the two centers of Crans and Montana and belongs to 6 municipalities (Chermignon, Icogne, Lens, Mollens, Montana and Ra...

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Guadeloupe, the southernmost islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean

Guadeloupe, the southernmost islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean

[caption id="attachment_152969" align="aligncenter" width="590"] I'let du Gosier © bobyfume[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Guadeloupe is a Caribbean island located in the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles, with a land area of 1,628 square kilometres (629 sq. mi) and a population of 400,000. It is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. Its departmental code is "971". As the other overseas departments, Guadeloupe is also an integral part of the Republic. Besides Guadeloupe island, the smaller i...

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Federal Constitutional Court

Federal Constitutional Court

[caption id="attachment_165117" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Dr. Ronald Kunze/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Federal Constitutional Court (German: Bundesverfassungsgericht; abbreviated: BVerfG) is the supreme constitutional court for the Federal Republic of Germany, established by the constitution or Basic Law (Grundgesetz) of Germany. Since its inception with the beginning of the post-WW2 republic, the court has been located in the city of Karlsruhe—intentionally distanced from the other federal institutions i...

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Corona del Mar in Newport Beach

Corona del Mar in Newport Beach

[caption id="attachment_164421" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Zereshk[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Corona del Mar (Spanish for "Crown of the Sea") is a neighborhood in the affluent city of Newport Beach. It generally consists of all land on the seaward face of the San Joaquin Hills south of Avocado Avenue to the city limits, as well as the development of Irvine Terrace, just north of Avocado. Corona del Mar is known for its fine beaches, tidepools, cliffside views and quaint village shops. Beaches in the area include Corona d...

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Theme Week Cyclades

Theme Week Cyclades

[caption id="attachment_153479" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mykonos © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Cyclades is a Greek island group in the Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece and a former administrative prefecture of Greece. They are one of the island groups which constitute the Aegean archipelago. The name refers to the islands around the sacred island of Delos. The Cyclades is where the native Greek breed of cat (the Aegean cat) originated. In recent decades the Cyclades islands ...

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Portrait: Pablo Picasso, painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright

Portrait: Pablo Picasso, painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright

[caption id="attachment_203538" align="aligncenter" width="502"] Pablo Picasso in 1962 © Argentina. Revista Vea y Lea - magicasruinas.com.ar[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variet...

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Le Havre in the Haute-Normandie

Le Havre in the Haute-Normandie

[caption id="attachment_153648" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Le Havre Beach © Urban[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Le Havre is a city in the Seine-Maritime department of the Haute-Normandie region in France. It is situated in north-western France, on the right bank of the mouth of the river Seine on the English Channel. Le Havre is the most populous commune in the Haute-Normandie region, although the total population of the greater Le Havre conurbation is smaller than that of Rouen. It is also the second largest subprefecture in...

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Theme Week East Anglia - Burnham Thorpe

Theme Week East Anglia - Burnham Thorpe

[caption id="attachment_151495" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Birthplace of Admiral Lord Nelson © geograph.org.uk - Nigel Jones/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Burnham Thorpe is a small village and civil parish on the River Burn and near the coast of Norfolk. It is famous for being the birthplace of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, victor at the Battle of Trafalgar and one of Britain's greatest heroes. At the time of his birth, Nelson's father, Edmund Nelson, was rector of the church in Burnham Thorpe. The house i...

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