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Narbonne in southern France

Narbonne in southern France

[caption id="attachment_154384" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Canal de la Robine seen from Boulevard Gambetta © MartinD[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Narbonne is a commune in southern France in the Languedoc-Roussillon region with 50,000 inhabitants. It lies 849 km (528 mi) from Paris in the Aude department, of which it is a sub-prefecture. Once a prosperous port, it is now located about 15 km (9.3 mi) from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It is marginally the largest commune in Aude, although the capital is the slightly sma...

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Wine Quarter in Lower Austria

Wine Quarter in Lower Austria

[caption id="attachment_165591" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Vino Versum Poysdorf © Werner Kraus/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Weinviertel ("wine quarter") or Viertel unter dem Manhartsberg ("area below the Manhartsberg") is located in the northeast of Lower Austria. In the east, the Weinviertel borders Slovakia at the March River. In the south, it borders Mostviertel and Industrieviertel, its limits being the Wagram, the Danube and the Marchfeld. Its western neighbor is Waldviertel, the traditional border bein...

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Theme Week Paris - Arrondissement du Luxembourg (6th)

Theme Week Paris - Arrondissement du Luxembourg (6th)

[caption id="attachment_151899" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Jardin du Palais du Luxembourg © Dinkum[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The 6th arrondissement includes world famous educational institutions such as the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris and the Académie française, the seat of the French Senate as well as a concentration of some of Paris most famous monuments such as Saint-Germain Abbey and square, St. Sulpice Church and square, the Pont des Arts or the Jardins du Luxembourg. Situated on the left bank of the Riv...

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Theme Week Thailand - Chiang Mai

Theme Week Thailand - Chiang Mai

[caption id="attachment_204608" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tinsulanonda Library © FreeGenius[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Chiang Mai, sometimes written as Chiengmai or Chiangmai, is the largest city in northern Thailand and the capital of Chiang Mai Province. It is 700 km (435 mi) north of Bangkok near the highest mountains in the country. The provincial capital is the economic and cultural center of the north. The city is also called the Rose of the North because of its scenic beauty. Chiang Mai is the center of Thai handic...

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Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich

Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich

[caption id="attachment_27494" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hotel Bayerischer Hof © Mattes[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Bayerischer Hof on Promenadeplatz in the northwestern part of Munich is a five-star Grand Hotel. Built in 1841, it remains a destination for celebrities and guests of state in Munich. The hotel was erected in 1841 on behalf of Joseph Anton von Maffei according to plans by Friedrich von Gärtner. It initially had about 100 rooms and two halls. Some of its renowned guests included Empress Elisabeth of Austr...

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

[caption id="attachment_162350" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Bradleylewis/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is held annually England. Teams from the UK and other parts of the world bring their hot air balloons to Bristol and participate in mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons may launch at a time. The event was first held in 1979 and is now one of the largest in Europe. It is common to have crowds of over 100,000 on each of the four days of the festival. It takes place i...

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Theme Week Jordan - Zarqa

Theme Week Jordan - Zarqa

[caption id="attachment_165896" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Zarqa River Valley © defenseimagery.mil - Jim Greenhill[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Zarqa is situated 15 miles (24 km) from Amman, in a northeastern most direction and is the capital of Zarqa Governorate. Its name means "the blue one". Russeifa, the second largest city in the governorate and the fourth largest city in Jordan, is located half way between Zarqa and Amman. Zarqa is Jordan's industrial center. It is home to over 50% of Jordanian factories. The growth of...

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Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania

Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania

[caption id="attachment_161161" align="aligncenter" width="590"] State Musical Theatre © Creative[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Kaunas was the biggest city and the center of a powiat in Trakai Voivodeship of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania since 1413. During Russian Empire occupation it was the capital of the Kovno Governorate from 1843 to 1915. It became the only temporary capital city in Euro...

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Massa and Marina di Massa in Tuscany

Massa and Marina di Massa in Tuscany

[caption id="attachment_153275" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Sailko/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Massa is a town and comune in Tuscany, central Italy, the administrative centre of the province of Massa and Carrara. It is located in the Frigido River Valley, near the Apuan Alps, some 5 km (3 mi) from the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 114 km west of Florence. The Massa area is of high touristic value and also hosts a concentration of some 600 industrial and craft activities, located within the so-called Apuan Industr...

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Theme Week Philippines - Puerto Princesa

Theme Week Philippines - Puerto Princesa

[caption id="attachment_204142" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Portal of Plaza Cuartel © Joelaldor/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Puerto Princesa, officially the City of Puerto Princesa, and often referred to as Puerto Princesa City, is a 1st class Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 255,116 people. It is a city located in the western province of Palawan, and is the westernmost city in the Philippines. Though the seat of government and capital for the province...

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