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Versailles, city and château

Versailles, city and château

[caption id="attachment_154100" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Versailles © ToucanWings/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Versailles, a city renowned for its château, the Palace of Versailles, was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France for over a century, from 1682 to 1789. It is now a wealthy suburb of Paris and remains an important administrative and judicial centre. Located in the western suburbs of the French capital, 17.1 km (10.6 mi) from the centre of Paris, the commune of Versailles is the préfecture (ad...

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Theme Week Sylt

Theme Week Sylt

[caption id="attachment_154272" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Tobias Mandt/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sylt is an island in northern Germany, part of Nordfriesland district, Schleswig-Holstein, and well known for the distinctive shape of its shoreline. It belongs to the North Frisian Islands and is the largest island in North Frisia. The northernmost island of Germany, it is known for its tourist resorts, notably Westerland, Kampen and Wenningstedt-Braderup, as well as for its 40-kilometre-long (25-mil...

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The European Union: Café Europe

The European Union: Café Europe

[responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Café Europe, Café d'Europe or also Café Europa was a cultural initiative of the Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE) during the Austrian presidency of the European Union, held on Europe Day (9 May 2006) in 27 cafés of the capitals of the then 25 EU member states and the two countries which would join the Union in 2007. Vienna, the capital of Austria, is well known for its long and vibrant café culture, dating back from the first introduction of coffee to Europe as a result of the wars with the Ottoman E...

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Theme Week Bangladesh - Chittagong

Theme Week Bangladesh - Chittagong

[caption id="attachment_201072" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ethnological Museum of Chittagong © Tanvir87bd/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Chittagong, officially known as Chattogram, is a major coastal city and financial centre in southeastern Bangladesh. The city has a population of more than 2.5 million while the metropolitan area had a population of 4,009,423 in 2011, making it the second-largest city in the country. It is the capital of an eponymous District and Division. The city is located on the banks of the ...

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Theme Week Normandy

Theme Week Normandy

[caption id="attachment_152717" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Deauville © Viault/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Normandy is a geographical region of France corresponding to the former Duchy of Normandy. The continental territory covers 30,627 km² and forms the preponderant part of Normandy and roughly 5% of the territory of France. It is divided for administrative purposes into two regions: Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy. The population of Normandy is around 3.45 million. The continental population of 3.26 millio...

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The Marco Polo

The Marco Polo

[caption id="attachment_191710" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sailing yacht and Marco Polo in Tallinn Bay © Pjotr Mahhonin/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]MS Marco Polo is a cruise ship owned by the Global Maritime Group under charter to UK-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages, having been previously operated by Transocean Tours. She was built as an ocean liner in 1965 by Mathias-Thesen Werft as Aleksandr Pushkin for the Soviet Union's Baltic Shipping Company. After major alterations and additions, the ship sailed as Marco...

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Theme Week Lorraine - Épinal

Theme Week Lorraine - Épinal

[caption id="attachment_154015" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Hall © Richieman[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Épinal is a commune in northeastern France and the capital of the Vosges department. Inhabitants are known as Spinaliens. The commune has a land area of 59.24 square kilometres (22.87 sq mi). It is situated on the Moselle River, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Nancy. Épinal is best known for the "Images d'Épinal" – which is now a common expression in French language – the popular prints created by ...

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Clarence House in London

Clarence House in London

[caption id="attachment_165125" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © ChrisO/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Clarence House is a royal residence in London, situated on The Mall, in the City of Westminster. It is attached to St. James's Palace and shares the palace's garden. For nearly 50 years, from 1953 to 2002, it was home to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It has since been the official residence of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Clarence House also served as the official residence for Prin...

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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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Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast - Pag Town

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast - Pag Town

[caption id="attachment_161672" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Taz666/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Pag is the largest town on the island of Pag, with a population of 4,000. Medieval Pag emerged near the salterns where the abandoned Old Town used to be, 3 kilometres (2 miles) south of the present location. According to historical documents, the name Pag was mentioned for the first time in the 10th century. In 976, the Croatian king Stjepan Držislav took Pag from the Byzantine authority and appointed a Croatian dis...

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