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Theme Week Munich - Oktoberfest

Theme Week Munich - Oktoberfest

[caption id="attachment_153429" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bavaria Statue © Hullbr3ach[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Oktoberfest is a 16-18 day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world's largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the ...

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Bayonne in Basque Country

Bayonne in Basque Country

[caption id="attachment_160844" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Quay of the Admiral Jauréguiberry and the Cathedral © Daniel Villafruela[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bayonne is a city and commune in south-western France at the confluence of the Nive and Adour rivers, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, of which it is a sub-prefecture. It belongs to both vernacular cultural regions of Basque Country and Gascony. Together with nearby Anglet, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and several smaller communes, Bayonne forms an urba...

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Chongqing, the biggest city in the world

Chongqing, the biggest city in the world

[caption id="attachment_152834" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Chongqing at night © Jonipoon[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Chongqing is a major city in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities of the People's Republic of China. Administratively, it is one of the PRC's four direct-controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and the only such municipality in inland China. The municipality was created on 14 March 1997, succeeding the sub-provincial city administration tha...

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Portrait: George Washington, Founding Father and 1st President of the United States of America

Portrait: George Washington, Founding Father and 1st President of the United States of America

[caption id="attachment_168744" align="aligncenter" width="485"] Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]George Washington was an American politician and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. He is popularly conside...

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Malcesine on Lake Garda

Malcesine on Lake Garda

[caption id="attachment_160721" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Malcesine and the castle on Lake Garda © Ciccius 88[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Malcesine is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Verona in the Italian region Veneto, located about 120 km northwest of Venice and about 40 km northwest of Verona. Malcesine lies on the shores of Lake Garda. Its most prominent landmark is the Castello Scaligero, which has 13th-century fortifications and an older medieval tower. Remnants of an Etruscan tomb have been found ...

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Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen

Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen

[caption id="attachment_159777" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall, St. Peter's Cathedral and Parliament © Klaus Grünberg[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The City Municipality of Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany. A commercial and industrial city with a major port on the river Weser, Bremen is part of the Bremen-Oldenburg metropolitan area (2.4 million people). Bremen is the second most populous city in North Germany and tenth in Germany. Bremen is some 60 km (37 mi) south from the Weser mouth on the North S...

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The Costa Diadema

The Costa Diadema

[caption id="attachment_213736" align="aligncenter" width="590"] in Marseille © flickr.com - Roman Hofer/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Costa Diadema is a Dream-class cruise ship owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by Costa Crociere. The ship was ordered in October 2012 and was delivered to Costa on 25 October 2014. At her time of delivery, Costa Diadema was the largest vessel to fly an Italian flag and Costa's largest vessel to date; she is currently Costa Crociere's flagship. Costa Diadema's 11 kV elect...

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Theme Week Myanmar - Bago

Theme Week Myanmar - Bago

[caption id="attachment_196318" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Monk examinations © flickr.com - magical-world/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bago (formerly spelt Pegu, formerly known as Hanthawaddy (meaning "She Who Has Swans"), is a city and the capital of the Bago Region in Myanmar. It is located 91 kilometres (57 mi) north-east of Yangon. Places of interest are Shwethalyaung Buddha (Reclining Buddha), Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Kyaikpun Buddha, Kanbawzathadi Palace site and museum, Kalyani Ordination Hall, Mahazedi Pagoda,...

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Theme Week Laos

Theme Week Laos

[caption id="attachment_213805" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mekong River flowing through Luang Prabang © flickr.com - Allie Caulfield/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao: Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxôn Lao), is a socialist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. At the heart of the Indochinese peninsula, Laos is bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast and Thailand to the west and southwest....

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District of Thanet - Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate

District of Thanet - Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate

[caption id="attachment_153709" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Thanet locator map © Nilfanion[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]DISTRICT OF THANET Thanet is a local government district of Kent, which was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, and came into being on 1 April 1974. The Isle of Thanet makes up the major part of the District. The district, which is governed by Thanet District Council, is located on the north eastern tip of Kent, and is predominantly coastal, with north, east and southeast facing coastlines. It is bo...

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