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University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

[caption id="attachment_218373" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Warden Garden and Main Entrance to the Penn Museum © Mefman00[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The University of Pennsylvania (Penn or UPenn) is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The university claims a founding date of 1740 and is one of the nine colonial colleges chartered prior to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, Penn's founder and first president, advocated an educational program that trained leaders in co...

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Trier, probably Germany's oldest city

Trier, probably Germany's oldest city

[caption id="attachment_160428" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Trier Palace © Berthold Werner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Trier is a city in Germany on the banks of the Moselle River. It is the oldest city in Germany, founded in or before 16 BCE. Trier lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills of ruddy sandstone in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the German border with the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (some 15 km distance) and within the important Mosel wine-growing region. Trier sits in a hollow midway a...

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Portrait: Adam Smith, the father of modern economics

Portrait: Adam Smith, the father of modern economics

[caption id="attachment_24830" align="aligncenter" width="590"] 19th-century building at the location where Adam Smith lived (1767-1776) and wrote "The Wealth of Nations" © Kilnburn[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Adam Smith was a Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economy from Kirkcaldy. One of the key figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Smith is best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). The latter, usually...

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Theme Week Los Angeles - Santa Catalina Island

Theme Week Los Angeles - Santa Catalina Island

[caption id="attachment_151973" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Catalina Casino and Avalon Bay © flickr.com - Justin Ennis/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Santa Catalina Island is a rocky island off the coast of the U.S. state of California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is 22 miles (35 km) long and 8 miles (13 km) across at its greatest width. The island is located about 22 miles (35 km) south-southwest of Los Angeles. The highest point on the island is 2,097 feet (639 m) Mt. Orizaba. Santa Catalina is part of ...

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Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland

Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland

[caption id="attachment_151511" align="aligncenter" width="590"] View of Interlaken and Thunersee from Schynige Platte © Andrew Bossi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Interlaken is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the Canton of Bern in Switzerland, a well-known tourist destination in the Bernese Oberland. Interlaken is located between Lake Brienz to the east and Lake Thun to the west in the area called Bödeli. The town takes its name from its geographical position between the lakes (in Latin inter...

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Theme Week Libya - Benghazi

Theme Week Libya - Benghazi

[caption id="attachment_168411" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Benghazi Waterfront © Jaw101ie[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Benghazi is the second most populous city in Libya and the largest in Cyrenaica. A port on the Mediterranean Sea in the Kingdom of Libya, Benghazi had joint-capital status alongside Tripoli, possibly because the King and the Senussi royal family were associated with Cyrenaica rather than Tripolitania. The city was also provisional capital of the National Transitional Council. Benghazi continues to hold insti...

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Moritzburg Castle

Moritzburg Castle

[caption id="attachment_153176" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Moritzburg Castle during sundown © Eberhard Franke - Landratsamt Meißen[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Schloss Moritzburg is a Baroque castle in the municipality of Moritzburg in the German state of Saxony, about 13 km (8.1 mi) northwest of the Saxon capital Dresden. The original castle was built from 1542–1546 as a hunting lodge for Moritz of Wettin, then Duke of Saxony. Elector John George II of Saxony had it extended and between 1661 and 1671 the chapel w...

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Spy Museum in Berlin

Spy Museum in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_171424" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Enigma machine © Scontrofrontale/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Spy Museum Berlin is a private Museum in Berlin which was opened to the public on 19 September 2015. It is located at Leipziger Platz, directly at Berlin Potsdamer Platz station. The Museum shows in an interactive and multimedia exhibition the history of espionage and secret services worldwide. Special emphasis is dedicated to espionage activities in Berlin during the Cold War. In the exit...

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Theme Week Indonesia - Sulawesi

Theme Week Indonesia - Sulawesi

[caption id="attachment_196258" align="aligncenter" width="590"] West Beach in Bira © Kondephy/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sulawesi, formerly known as Celebes, is one of the four Greater Sunda Islands, and the world's eleventh-largest island, situated east of Borneo, west of the Maluku Islands, and south of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. Within Indonesia, only Sumatra, Borneo and Papua are larger in territory, and only Java and Sumatra have larger populations. The landmass of Sulawesi includes four penins...

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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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