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Theme Week Nepal - Bhaktapur

Theme Week Nepal - Bhaktapur

[caption id="attachment_201693" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Early morning view of Durbar Square © Bikrampratapsingh/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bhaktapur, literally translates to Place of devotees. Also known as Khwopa, it is an ancient Newa city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in and serves as the headquarters of Bhaktapur District in Province No. 3 of Nepal. It is administratively divided into 10 wards. Khwopa was ...

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The Moshulu

The Moshulu

[caption id="attachment_168195" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Moshulu at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia © Acroterion/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Moshulu (ex Kurt) is a four-masted steel barque built by William Hamilton and Company on the River Clyde in Scotland in 1904. The largest remaining original windjammer, she is currently a floating restaurant docked in Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, adjacent to the museum ships USS Olympia and USS Becuna. Originally named Kurt after Dr. Kurt Siemers, director general and presi...

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Theme Week Munich - Schwabing and Maxvorstadt

Theme Week Munich - Schwabing and Maxvorstadt

[caption id="attachment_151532" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Richard Wagner Street © David Kostner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Schwabing is Munich's most versatile district being home to various theaters, museums, a university, the largest park in Europe, and shops that cater to those with money to burn. Schwabing's highlight is the Englischer Garten, with endless bike and hiking trails, the Eisbach stream, and the makeshift concerts that are put on for people's enjoyment, which makes this district the perfect place to end a ...

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Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street in Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street in Washington, D.C.

[caption id="attachment_207916" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street © AgnosticPreachersKid/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Pennsylvania Avenue is a diagonal street in Washington, D.C. and Prince George's County, Maryland that connects the White House and the United States Capitol and then crosses the city to Maryland. In Maryland it is also Maryland Route 4 to MD-717 where it becomes Stephanie Roper Highway. The section between the White House and Congress is called "America's Main Street"; ...

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Halifax on the Atlantic

Halifax on the Atlantic

[caption id="attachment_153867" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Thorfinn/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Halifax, formally the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. The metropolitan area had a population of 390,000 in 2011 with 300,000 in the urban area. Formed by the 1996 amalgamation of Halifax County, the municipality is divided into 18 community planning areas, which are, in turn, divided into over 200 named communities and neighbourhoods, such as the former cities of ...

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Theme Week Alsace - Sélestat

Theme Week Alsace - Sélestat

[caption id="attachment_150586" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Place d'Armes © Ralph Hammann/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sélestat is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in north-eastern France with a population of 19.400. Sélestat is located in central Alsace, 22 km (14 mi) north of Colmar and 47 km (29 mi) south of Strasbourg, on the left bank of the Ill River. Sélestat is near the Alsace wine route. The city is one of the richest and most varied in terms of architecture among the smaller cities of Als...

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Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean

Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean

[caption id="attachment_153530" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Christmas Island sunset © parkaustralia.gov.au - Candace McBride[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Territory of Christmas Island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of 2,100 residents who live in a number of "settlement areas" on the northern tip of the island: Flying Fish Cove (also known as Kampong), Silver City, Poon Saan, and Drumsite. The majority of the population is Chinese Australian. It is called "Christmas Island" because it ...

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The Élysée Palace in Paris

The Élysée Palace in Paris

[caption id="attachment_169142" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Remi Mathis(cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Élysée Palace has been the official residence of the President of France since 1848. Dating to the early 18th century, it contains the office of the President and the meeting place of the Council of Ministers. It is located near the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, the name Élysée deriving from Elysian Fields, the place of the blessed dead in Greek mythology. Important foreign visitor...

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Linz in Upper Austria

Linz in Upper Austria

[caption id="attachment_160823" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © www.vr-photos.com - Johann Steininger[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria. It is located in the north centre of Austria, approximately 30 km (19 mi) south of the Czech border, on both sides of the river Danube. The population of the city is 189,367, and that of the Greater Linz conurbation is about 271,000. The city is now home to a vibrant music and arts scene that is well-funded ...

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Hermosa Beach in California

Hermosa Beach in California

[caption id="attachment_169374" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Estrategy/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hermosa Beach is a beachfront city in Los Angeles County. Its population is at 20,000. The city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three Beach Cities. Hermosa Beach is bordered by the other two, Manhattan Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to the south and east. The city's beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddleboarding and bars. The ci...

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