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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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The spa town of Carlsbad in Czech Republic

The spa town of Carlsbad in Czech Republic

[caption id="attachment_152264" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Vlahos Vaggelis[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Karlovy Vary (English: Carlsbad) is a spa city situated in western Bohemia, Czech Republic, on the confluence of the rivers Ohře and Teplá, approximately 130 km (81 mi) west of Prague (Praha). It is named after King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, who founded the city in 1370. It is historically famous for its hot springs (13 main springs, about 300 smaller springs, and the warm-water Teplá River). ...

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Theme Week Cornwall - Port Isaac

Theme Week Cornwall - Port Isaac

[caption id="attachment_153193" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Sbeech[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Port Isaac is a small and picturesque fishing village on the Atlantic Coast of north Cornwall. The nearest towns are Wadebridge and Camelford, both ten miles away. Port Gaverne, commonly mistaken to be part of Port Isaac, is a nearby hamlet that has its own history. The meaning of the Cornish name is "corn port", indicating a trade in corn from the arable inland district. Since the 1980s the village has served as backdrop to vari...

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Montreal in Quebec

Montreal in Quebec

[caption id="attachment_168765" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Old port of Montreal by night © flickr.com - Mickael Pollard/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Montreal is the most populous municipality in the province of Quebec and the second-most populous in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is believed to be named after Mount Royal. The city has a distinct four-season continental climate, with warm-to-hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Montreal had a population of 1.7 million. Montreal's met...

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Costa Mesa in Orange County

Costa Mesa in Orange County

[caption id="attachment_165541" align="aligncenter" width="590"] South Coast Plaza entrance © Coolcaesar/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Costa Mesa is a city in Orange County in California. The population is at 110,000. Since its incorporation in 1953, the city has grown from a semi-rural farming community of 16,840 to a primarily suburban and edge city with an economy based on retail, commerce, and light manufacturing. Costa Mesa is located 37 miles (60 km) southeast of Los Angeles, 88 miles (142 km) north of San Diego ...

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Ibbenbüren in Tecklenburger Land

Ibbenbüren in Tecklenburger Land

[caption id="attachment_160791" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City Center (Oberer Markt) © J.-H. Janßen[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ibbenbüren or Ibbenbueren is a medium-sized town in the district of Steinfurt, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is on position 185 of the largest cities in Germany and the largest city in Tecklenburger Land. Ibbenbüren (Ibbenbueren) is situated on the Ibbenbürener Aa river, at the northwest end of the Teutoburger forest and rather exactly in the center of the two cities Rheine in the wes...

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The island of Helgoland

The island of Helgoland

[caption id="attachment_150410" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Heligoland © Sioux[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Heligoland is a small German archipelago in the North Sea. Formerly Danish and British possessions, the islands (population 1,127) are located in the Heligoland Bight (part of the German Bight) in the south-eastern corner of the North Sea. They are the only German islands not in the immediate vicinity of the mainland and are approximately three hours sailing time from Cuxhaven at the mouth of the River Elbe. In addition...

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United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

[caption id="attachment_218247" align="aligncenter" width="590"] U.S. Capitol, west side © Martin Falbisoner/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the meeting place of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though no longer at the geographic center of the federal district, the Capitol forms the origin point for the d...

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Theme Week Queensland - Cooktown

Theme Week Queensland - Cooktown

[caption id="attachment_151131" align="aligncenter" width="590"] HM Bark Endeavour replica in Cooktown © John Hill/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cooktown is a small town at the mouth of the Endeavour River, on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland where James Cook beached his ship, the Endeavour, for repairs in 1770. Both the town and Mount Cook (431 metres or 1,415 feet) which rises up behind the town were named after James Cook. It is the northernmost town on the east coast of Australia and was founded on 25 Oc...

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The Burlington Arcade in London

The Burlington Arcade in London

[caption id="attachment_7080" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Burlington Arcade - North Entrance © Andrew Dunn - www.andrewdunnphoto.com/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Burlington Arcade is a covered shopping arcade in London that runs behind Bond Street from Piccadilly through to Burlington Gardens. It is one of the precursors of the mid-19th century European shopping gallery and the modern shopping centre. The Burlington Arcade was built "for the sale of jewellery and fancy articles of fashionable demand, for the ...

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