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Theme Week Berlin - Alexanderplatz and Gendarmenmarkt

Theme Week Berlin - Alexanderplatz and Gendarmenmarkt

[caption id="attachment_146328" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © bilderbook.org[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Alexanderplatz The Alex to Berliners, a cattle market in the Middle Ages, a military parade square and an exercise ground for nearby barracks until the mid 19th century - Alexanderplatz is the square named to honour Alexander I, Tsar of Russia, on his visit to Berlin in 1805. It was here that Alfred Döblin took the pulse of the cosmopolitan metropolis portrayed in his 1929 novel "Berlin Alexanderplatz" filmed by Fassbin...

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Karelia, the historical landscape in Northern Europe

Karelia, the historical landscape in Northern Europe

[caption id="attachment_4979" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="Kotkatjärvi village © MaSii"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Karelia, the land of the Karelian peoples, is an area in Northern Europe of historical significance for Finland, Russia, and Sweden. It is currently divided between the Russian Republic of Karelia, the Russian Leningrad Oblast, and Finland (the regions of South Karelia and North Karelia). Various subdivisions may be called Karelia. Finnish Karelia was a historical province of Finland, now divid...

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Altes Land, the largest contiguous fruit-producing region in Central Europe

Altes Land, the largest contiguous fruit-producing region in Central Europe

[caption id="attachment_153378" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Steinkirchen © Christoph Matthias Siebenborn/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Altes Land is an area of reclaimed marshland straddling parts of Lower Saxony and Hamburg. The region is situated downstream from Hamburg on the southwestern riverside of the Elbe around the towns of Stade, Buxtehude, Jork and Lühe. In Hamburg it includes the quarters of Neuenfelde, Cranz, Francop and Finkenwerder. The region – the biggest contiguous fruit-producing regi...

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Quirinal Palace in Rome

Quirinal Palace in Rome

[caption id="attachment_217470" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Wolfgang Moroder/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Quirinal Palace (Italian: Palazzo del Quirinale) is a historic building in Rome, Italy, one of the three current official residences of the President of the Italian Republic, together with Villa Rosebery in Naples and the Tenuta di Castelporziano, an estate on the outskirts of Rome, some 25 km from the centre of the city. It is located on the Quirinal Hill, the highest of the seven hills of Rome in an a...

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Al Faisaliyah Center in Saudi Arabia

Al Faisaliyah Center in Saudi Arabia

[caption id="attachment_161895" align="aligncenter" width="590"] King Fahd Road © BroadArrow/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Al Faisaliyah Centre is a commercial skyscraper located in the business district of Riyadh. It is the fourth tallest building in Saudi Arabia after the Kingdom Centre, Burj Rafal and Abraj Al Bait. It is also called Star Dome. The construction of Al Faisaliyah Centre was completed on 14 May 2000. It is about 267 meters high and consists of 44 floors.[gallery size="medium" gss="1" ids="1...

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Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea

Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea

[caption id="attachment_153626" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Daniel Csörföly[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sharm el-Sheikh is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in South Sinai Governorate, on the coastal strip along the Red Sea. Its population is approximately 35,000. Sharm el-Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt's South Sinai Governorate which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, Saint Catherine's Monastery (built between 548 and 565, the...

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Dijon, capital of Burgundy

Dijon, capital of Burgundy

[caption id="attachment_153800" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Maille Mustard Store © Arnaud 25[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dijon is a city in eastern France, the capital of the Côte-d'Or département and of the Burgundy region. Dijon is the historical capital of the province of Burgundy. Population 155,000 within the city limits; 251,000 for the greater Dijon area. This province was home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th until the late 15th centuries and Dijon was a place of tremendous wealth and power and one of t...

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United States presidential election of 2016

United States presidential election of 2016

[caption id="attachment_164853" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Lipton sale/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]In the face of the 18-month presidential election campaign, which more and more degenerated into the mud fight, not only the Americans will be happy about the fact that at least this very inglorious episode has now been surpassed. The US voters initially elected the electors of choice in their federal state. On 19 December 2016 the so-called Electoral College will officially elect the new president. The inaugura...

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Theme Week Bahrain - Hawar Islands

Theme Week Bahrain - Hawar Islands

[caption id="attachment_164210" align="aligncenter" width="583"] Hawar Islands Resort © Rudolph Jouber/cc-by-sa-1.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hawar Islands is an archipelago of desert islands owned by Bahrain, situated off the west coast of Qatar in the Gulf of Bahrain of the Persian Gulf. The islands used to be one of the settlements of the Bahraini branch of the Dawasir who settled there in the early 19th century. The islands were first surveyed in 1820, when they were called the Warden’s Islands, and two villages were ...

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Theme Week Laos - Pakse

Theme Week Laos - Pakse

[caption id="attachment_213848" align="aligncenter" width="590"] River bank of Don Khon with stilt wooden houses and leaning Arecaceae at golden hour from Don Det© Basile Morin/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Pakse is the capital and most populous city of the southern Laotian province of Champasak, making it the second most populous city in Laos. At the confluence of the Xe Don and Mekong Rivers, it has a population of about 88,000. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Champasak until it was unified with the rest o...

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