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Theme Week Alsace - Saint-Louis

Theme Week Alsace - Saint-Louis

[caption id="attachment_150589" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hôtel de l'Europe © Rauenstein/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Saint-Louis is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in north-eastern France. The inhabitants are called Ludoviciens. Saint-Louis is located at the German and Swiss borders, just north of Basel. The EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is situated on its territory. The commune of Saint-Louis also contains the former villages of Bourgfelden and Neuweg (also known as Saint-Louis-la-Chaussé...

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Theme Week Argentina

Theme Week Argentina

[caption id="attachment_163440" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mar del Plata © Leandro Kibisz/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Argentina is a federal republic located in southeastern South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with its neighbor Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest i...

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Corona del Mar in Newport Beach

Corona del Mar in Newport Beach

[caption id="attachment_164421" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Zereshk[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Corona del Mar (Spanish for "Crown of the Sea") is a neighborhood in the affluent city of Newport Beach. It generally consists of all land on the seaward face of the San Joaquin Hills south of Avocado Avenue to the city limits, as well as the development of Irvine Terrace, just north of Avocado. Corona del Mar is known for its fine beaches, tidepools, cliffside views and quaint village shops. Beaches in the area include Corona d...

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The Hotel Negresco in Nice

The Hotel Negresco in Nice

[caption id="attachment_161223" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jolly Janner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hotel Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais on the Baie des Anges in Nice was named for Henri Negresco (1868–1920) who had the palatial hotel constructed in 1912. In keeping with the conventions of the times, when the Negresco first opened in 1913 its front opened facing the Mediterranean sea. Henri Negresco, born the son of an innkeeper in Bucharest, Romania, left home at the age of 15 going first to Paris th...

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Theme Week Iran - Birjand

Theme Week Iran - Birjand

[caption id="attachment_162647" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © صادق1605413/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Birjand is the east Iranian provincial capital of South Khorasan and the centre of the county Birjand resp. Quhestan, known for its saffron, barberry, rug and handmade carpet exports. The city of Birjand has a population of 180,000 people. Being close to the Afghanistan border, Birjand is located on the "Silk Road" of opium smuggled from Afghanistan on the way to Europe (also dubbed the "opium crescent"). ...

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Theme Week Dordogne - Coulounieix-Chamiers

Theme Week Dordogne - Coulounieix-Chamiers

[caption id="attachment_211432" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Château des Izards © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Coulounieix-Chamiers (Occitan: Colonhés e Champs Niers) is a municipality in the French region of Aquitaine with 7,700 inhabitants. It is located in the Dordogne department, belongs to the Arrondissement Périgueux and is part of the canton of Coulounieix-Chamiers. The inhabitants are called Colomniérois. The River Isle forms the northern boundary of the municipality, which lies in t...

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Eleuthera in the Bahamas

Eleuthera in the Bahamas

[caption id="attachment_206515" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunset explored at Tippy's Beach © flickr.com - Trish Hartmann/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Eleuthera refers both to a single island in the archipelagic state of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas and to its associated group of smaller islands. Eleuthera forms a part of the Great Bahama Bank. The island of Eleuthera incorporates the smaller Harbour Island. Known in the 17th century as Cigateo, it lies 80 km (50 miles) east of Nassau. It is long and thin—180 ...

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Theme Week Veneto

Theme Week Veneto

[caption id="attachment_153589" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Venice, the primary tourist destination and the capital of Veneto © Brianski/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Veneto is one of the twenty regions of Italy. Its population is about five million, ranking fifth in Italy. The region's capital and largest city is Venice. Besides Venice, other popular tourist towns are the opera city of Verona, the university city of Padua, the Dolomites town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the municipalities around Lake Garda, the hot sp...

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Mystras in Lakonia

Mystras in Lakonia

[caption id="attachment_150838" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mystras and Sparta plain © Bgabel/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mystras is a fortified town and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Sparti, of which it is a municipal unit. Situated on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta, it served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. T...

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Brickell City Centre in Miami

Brickell City Centre in Miami

[caption id="attachment_206257" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © B137[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Brickell City Centre is a $1.05 billion shopping and mixed-use project in Miami, Florida. When finished, it will span up to five blocks to the west of Brickell Avenue and to the south of the Miami River, in the Brickell district of Greater Downtown. It will be anchored by a 107,000 square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue, Cinemex, and Italian food hall. The project is located between 7th and 8th Streets on both sides of South Miami Avenue an...

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