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Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Appalachians

Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Appalachians

[caption id="attachment_228179" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Clingman's Dome Observation Tower, the highest point both in Tennessee and along the Appalachian Trail, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park © Scott Basford[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American national park in the southeastern United States, with parts in North Carolina and Tennessee. The park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalac...

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Theme Week Tel Aviv

Theme Week Tel Aviv

[caption id="attachment_26988" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tel Aviv from Shalom Meir Tower © Shmuliko/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tel Aviv or Tel Aviv-Yafo is the most populous city in Israel and its capital, ahead of West Jerusalem, with a population of 414,600. It is located in central-west Israel, within the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area, Israel's largest metropolitan area, containing 42% of Israel's population. It is also the largest and most populous in Gush Dan, which is collectively home to 3,464,100 residen...

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Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada

Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada

[caption id="attachment_152113" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jocelynhade/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM) (English: Montreal International Jazz Festival) is an annual jazz festival held in Montreal, Quebec. The Montreal Jazz Fest holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world's largest jazz festival. Every year it features roughly 3,000 artists from 30-odd countries, more than 650 concerts (including 450 free outdoor performances), and welcomes close to 2.5 m...

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Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan

Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan

[caption id="attachment_192990" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dushanbe Presidential Palace © VargaA/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means Monday in the Tajik language, the local language is Parya language. It was named this way because it grew from a village that originally had a popular market on Mondays. As of 2016, Dushanbe had a population of 803,000. Historically a small village, Dushanbe was made the capital of the Tajik Autonomous Soviet S...

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Keong Saik Road in Singapore

Keong Saik Road in Singapore

[caption id="attachment_227534" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jacklee/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Keong Saik Road is a one-way road located in Chinatown within the Outram Planning Area in Singapore. The road links New Bridge Road to Neil Road, and is intersected by Kreta Ayer Road. Keong Saik Road was named in 1926 after the Malacca-born Chinese businessman, Tan Keong Saik, in remembrance to his contribution to the Chinese community. The stretch of road became a prominent red-light district with many bro...

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Gallipoli in Apulia

Gallipoli in Apulia

[caption id="attachment_214918" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Colar/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Gallipoli ('Beautiful City') is a southern Italian town and comune in the province of Lecce, in Apulia. It has a population of 20,000 and it's one of the towns that the Greek dialect Griko is spoken. The town is located by the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of the Salento Peninsula. The town of Gallipoli is divided into two parts, the modern and the old city. The new town includes all the newest buildings inclu...

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Darlington in the Tees Valley

Darlington in the Tees Valley

[caption id="attachment_160577" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town centre including clock tower © Dan892k9[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Darlington is a market town in the Borough of Darlington, part of the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. It lies on the small River Skerne, a tributary of the River Tees, not far from the main river. It is the main population centre in the borough, with a population of 97,838 as of 2001. The town owes much of its development to the influence of local Quaker families during the Victori...

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Asmara in Eritrea

Asmara in Eritrea

[caption id="attachment_163596" align="aligncenter" width="590"] St. Joseph's Cathedral © flickr.com - David Stanley/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Asmara is the capital city and largest settlement in Eritrea. Home to a population of around 804,000 inhabitants, it sits at an elevation of 2,325 metres (7,628 ft). The city is located at the tip of an escarpment that is both the northwestern edge of the Eritrean highlands and the Great Rift Valley in neighbouring Ethiopia. Asmara is situated in Eritrea's central Maekel Region...

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The Camargue

The Camargue

[caption id="attachment_160463" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Camargue map © ChrisO[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Camargue is the region located south of Arles, France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River delta. The eastern arm is called the Grand Rhône; the western one is the Petit Rhône. Administratively it lies within the département of Bouches-du-Rhône, the appropriately named "Mouths of the Rhône", and covers parts of the territory of the communes of Arles - the largest commune in Met...

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Annapolis in Maryland

Annapolis in Maryland

[caption id="attachment_201474" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Carol M. Highsmith[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Annapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Maryland, as well as the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, 25 miles (40 km) south of Baltimore and about 30 miles (50 km) east of Washington, D.C., Annapolis is part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. Its population was measured at 38,394 by the 2010 census. This city served as the seat of the...

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