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Portrait: The diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, writer, playwright and poet Niccolò Machiavelli

Portrait: The diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, writer, playwright and poet Niccolò Machiavelli

[caption id="attachment_196109" align="aligncenter" width="459"] Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, writer, playwright and poet of the Renaissance period. He has often been called the father of modern political science. For many years he was a senior official in the Florentine Republic, with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. He also wrote comedie...

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Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood

Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood

[caption id="attachment_217459" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Tony Hisgett/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Chateau Marmont is a hotel located at 8221 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The hotel was designed by architects Arnold A. Weitzman and William Douglas Lee and completed in 1929. It was modeled loosely after the Château d'Amboise, a royal retreat in France's Loire Valley. The hotel is known as both a long- and short-term residence for celebrities – historically "populated by people ...

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Île-de-France, the Paris Region

Île-de-France, the Paris Region

[caption id="attachment_213629" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Eiffel Tower and La Defense business district from the Tour Montparnasse © flickr.com - David McSpadden/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Île-de-France (literally "Island of France") is the most populous of the 18 regions of France. It is located in the north-central part of the country and often called the Région Parisienne ("Paris Region") because it includes the city of Paris. Île-de-France is densely populated and economically important: it covers only 12...

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The Art Nouveau town of Ålesund

The Art Nouveau town of Ålesund

[caption id="attachment_152216" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ålesund from Fjellstua © sgm[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ålesund is a town and municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Sunnmøre, and the center of the Ålesund Region. It is a sea port, and is noted for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. Ålesund town is the administrative centre of the municipality as well as the principal shipping town of the Sunnmøre district. Ålesund municipality ...

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The Russian warship Aurora

The Russian warship Aurora

[caption id="attachment_152988" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Fisss/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Aurora is a 1900 Russian protected cruiser, currently preserved as a museum ship in St. Petersburg. Aurora was one of three Pallada-class cruisers, built in St. Petersburg for service in the Pacific Far East. All three ships of this class served during the Russo-Japanese War. The second ship, Pallada, was sunk by the Japanese at Port Arthur in 1904. The third ship, Diana, was interned in Saigon after the Battle of the...

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Starnberg in Five-Lake-Land

Starnberg in Five-Lake-Land

[caption id="attachment_160812" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lake Starnberg © Ascea[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The city of Starnberg is in Bavaria, Germany, some 30 km south-west of Munich. It lies at the north end of Lake Starnberg, in the heart of the "Five Lakes Country", and serves as capital of the district of Starnberg. Recording a disposable per-capita income of € 26,120 in 2007, Starnberg regained its status as the wealthiest town in Germany from the Frankfurt suburb of Hochtaunus. The town was first mentio...

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Theme Week Frankfurt - The Museumsufer

Theme Week Frankfurt - The Museumsufer

[caption id="attachment_26720" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Staedel © Simsalabimbam/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The embankment to the south of the Main River in Frankfurt, Germany, is called Museumsufer or Museum Embankment because of the large concentration of museums there. Perhaps the leading one is the Städel art gallery. The street itself is called Schaumainkai and is often partially closed to traffic for Frankfurt's largest flea market each Saturday.[gallery size="medium" gss="1" ids="26719,26718,2672...

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Theme Week Moscow - Red October

Theme Week Moscow - Red October

[caption id="attachment_28188" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Former factory building of the Red October confectionery © flickr.com - Pavel Kazachkov/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Red October is a Russian manufacturer of confectionery and the name of the same factory in Moscow. In 1851 the Brandenburg confectioner Theodor Ferdinand von Einem (1826-1876) from Belzig opened up a small pastry shop on the Arbat Street. In the shop "Einem", chocolate and candy were produced. He employed five staff. In 1857 he met his fut...

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Wipperfürth, the oldest town in the Bergisches Land

Wipperfürth, the oldest town in the Bergisches Land

[caption id="attachment_160535" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall © J. Berger[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Wipperfürth is a municipality in the Oberbergischer Kreis of North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany, about 40 km north-east of Cologne, and the oldest town in the Bergischen Land. Wipperfürth lies on the flow Wupper which is designated in the upper reaches to the east of the town Wipper. Today Wipperfürth has 24,000 inhabitants, half of them living in the town itself, the other half living in the nearby villages a...

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Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg

[caption id="attachment_207627" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Tony Webster/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is a luxury hotel located on the Neuer Jungfernstieg in Hamburg, Germany. It is recognized as one of the top hotels in the world. The hotel has received numerous national and international awards and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World alliance. During an auction on February 24, 1897, Friedrich Haerlin bought the small and inconspicuous building ...

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