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Barfleur in the Basse-Normandie

Barfleur in the Basse-Normandie

[caption id="attachment_153762" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Matthieu Tétard/cc-by-sa-2.5-fr[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Barfleur is a commune in the Manche department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France, on the Cotentin Peninsula at the English Channel. Barfleur has been labelled as a Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France"). The entereing critieria say: the population of the village must not exceed 2,000 inhabitants, there must be at least 2 protected areas (pic...

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Tortuga in the Caribbean

Tortuga in the Caribbean

[caption id="attachment_153046" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tortuga Island © NASA[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tortuga (French: Île de la Tortue, Englisch: Turtle Island) is a Caribbean island that forms part of Haiti, off the northwest coast of Hispaniola. It constitutes the commune of Île de la Tortue in the Port-de-Paix arrondissement of the Nord-Ouest Department of Haiti. Tortuga is 180 km² (69 mi²) in size and has a population of 30,000. In the 17th century, Tortuga was a major centre of Caribbean piracy. Its tourist...

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Ithaka off the west coast of Greece

Ithaka off the west coast of Greece

[caption id="attachment_153482" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Vathy © flickr.com - auteur/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ithaca or Ithaka is an island located in the Ionian Sea with an area of 120 square kilometres (46 sq mi) and a little more than three thousand inhabitants. It is also a separate regional unit of the Ionian Islands region, and the only municipality of the regional unit. It lies off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west and within sight of continental Greece. The municipality of It...

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Theme Week Bahrain - Muharraq

Theme Week Bahrain - Muharraq

[caption id="attachment_164191" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Muharraq with Manama in the background © Leshonai/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Muharraq is Bahrain's third largest city and served as its capital until 1932 when it was replaced by Manama. The city is located on Muharraq Island and has long been a centre of religiosity. Bahrain International Airport is also located on the island. Adjacent to Muharraq are the man-made Amwaj Islands, known for their large buildings, hotels and beaches. Muharraq is home to ...

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Theme Week Abu Dhabi - Al Ain

Theme Week Abu Dhabi - Al Ain

[caption id="attachment_165482" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Oasis of Green Mubazarrah © Shahinmusthafa Shahin Olakara/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Al Ain (literally The Spring), also known as the Garden City of The Gulf given the many oases, parks, tree-lined avenues and decorative roundabouts within the city. Strict height controls on new buildings, to no more than four floors, emphasise the greenery of the city, is the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the fourth largest city in the United Ara...

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The British Library

The British Library

[caption id="attachment_24939" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Model of the British Library © Mike Peel - www.mikepeel.net/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. The library is a major research library, holding over 150 million items from many countries, in many languages and in many formats, both print and digital: books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, videos, play-scripts, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, dr...

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The Uffizi in Florence

The Uffizi in Florence

[caption id="attachment_23403" align="alignleft" width="590"] Uffizi © Riccardo Speziari/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Uffizi Gallery is a museum in Florence, Italy. It is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. Building of the palace was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates - hence the name "uffizi" ("offices"). The Palazzo degli Uffizi brought together under one roof the administrative offices, the Tribunal and th...

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Aqaba in Jordan

Aqaba in Jordan

[caption id="attachment_151783" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aqaba Marine Park © www.redseaexplorer.com/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Aqaba is a Jordanian coastal city situated at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea. Aqaba is the largest city on the Gulf of Aqaba and Jordan's only coastal city. The city of Aqaba is the capital of Aqaba Governorate. Aqaba is one of the major tourist attractions in Jordan, and famous for its warm water and rich marine life. It is best known today as a seaside and diving resort and also ...

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Michelstadt in the Odenwald

Michelstadt in the Odenwald

[caption id="attachment_160694" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Timber-framed houses at the market square with the market well © Joachim Köhler[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Michelstadt in the Odenwald is a town in the Odenwaldkreis (district) in southern Hesse, Germany between Darmstadt and Heidelberg. Michelstadt is the biggest town in the Odenwaldkreis and borders on the district seat of Erbach. The building of the railway line and its completion through to Darmstadt in 1870 and then Eberbach in 1881 brought Michelstad...

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Sablon in Brussels

Sablon in Brussels

[caption id="attachment_213606" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Rue de Rollebeek © Michel wal/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Sablon or Zavel (Dutch) is a neighbourhood and hill in the historic upper town of Brussels in Belgium. At its heart are the twin squares of the larger Grand Sablon ("Large Sablon") square in the northwest and the smaller Petit Sablon ("Small Sablon") square and garden in the southeast, divided by the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon. The Sablon neighbourhood was remodelled in the 19th...

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