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Ambergris Caye on Belize Barrier Reef

Ambergris Caye on Belize Barrier Reef

[caption id="attachment_153620" align="aligncenter" width="590"] San Pedro Beach © Areed145/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ambergris Caye is the largest island of Belize located northeast of the country in the Caribbean Sea. Though administered as part of the Belize District, the closest point on the mainland is part of the Corozal District. The caye is about 40 kilometres (25 mi) long from north to south, and about 1.6 kilometres (1 mi) wide. It was named after large lumps of ambergris which washed ashore here....

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Theme Week Venezuela - Caracas

Theme Week Venezuela - Caracas

[caption id="attachment_172185" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Caracas East © Schiskin[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Caracas, officially Santiago de León de Caracas, is the capital, the center of the Greater Caracas Area, and the largest city of Venezuela. Caracas is located along the Guaire River in the northern part of the country, following the contours of the narrow Caracas Valley on the Venezuelan coastal mountain range (Cordillera de la Costa). The valley is close to the Caribbean Sea, separated from the coast by a steep 2...

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The city of Bergisch Gladbach

The city of Bergisch Gladbach

[caption id="attachment_160533" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Konrad-Adenauer-Platz © Frank Vincentz[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bergisch Gladbach is a city in the Cologne/Bonn Region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and capital of the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis (district). Bergisch Gladbach is located east of the river Rhine, approx. 10 kilometers east of Cologne. The word "Bergisch" in the name does not originate from its location in the earldom of Berg and was not added to distinguish it from Mönchengladbach as b...

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Theme Week New Zealand - The Marlborough Sounds

Theme Week New Zealand - The Marlborough Sounds

[caption id="attachment_151732" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Marlborough Sounds, visible to the left of the Space Shuttle. Image taken from the International Space Station© NASA[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Marlborough Sounds are an extensive network of sea-drowned valleys created by a combination of land subsidence and rising sea levels at the north of the South Island of New Zealand. According to Māori mythology, the sounds are the prows of the sunken waka (canoe) of Aoraki. The Marlborough Sounds are connected to t...

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Leeds in the Aire Valley

Leeds in the Aire Valley

[caption id="attachment_150780" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Clarence Dock © Lad 2011/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, the principal settlement in the City of Leeds metropolitan district. In 2011 Leeds' main urban subdivision had a population of 475,000, while in 2011 the City of Leeds had an estimated population of 758,000 making it the third largest city in the United Kingdom. Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire Urban Area, which at t...

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The seaside resort of Hastings

The seaside resort of Hastings

[caption id="attachment_153764" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hastings Pier © Jarlhelm[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hastings is a town and borough in the county of East Sussex on the south coast of England. The town is located 24 miles (39 km) east of the county town of Lewes and 53 miles (85 km) south east of London, and has an estimated population of 86,900. In historical terms, Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman conquest of England; and also because it became one of the medieval Cinque Por...

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The seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea

The seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea

[caption id="attachment_153941" align="aligncenter" width="590"] End of the Southend Pier © geograph.org.uk - Julieanne Savage[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Southend-on-Sea is a unitary authority area, town, and seaside resort in Essex, England. The district has Borough status, and comprises the towns of Chalkwell, Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea, North Shoebury, Prittlewell, Shoeburyness, Southchurch, Thorpe Bay, and Westcliff-on-Sea. The district is situated within the Thames Gateway on the north side of the Thames estuary 40 miles (64 km...

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Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean

Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean

[caption id="attachment_151149" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Zanzibar Beach © Rcastino[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar), and Pemba. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City. Its historic cent...

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