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Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

[caption id="attachment_200923" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Chabe01/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertainin...

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Cuneo in Piedmont

Cuneo in Piedmont

[caption id="attachment_160808" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Piazza Galimberti Panorama © Alessandro Vecchi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cuneo is a city and comune in Piedmont, Northern Italy, the capital of the province of Cuneo, the third largest of Italy’s provinces by area. It is located at the foot of the Maritime Alps, on the Stura di Demonte river where it emerges from the Valle Stura. Cuneo's specialty is Cuneesi al rhum, chocolates with a unique rum-based filling. The most famous brand is Arione, located in ...

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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 West Jerusalem - Israel Museum

Theme Week West Jerusalem - Israel Museum

[caption id="attachment_192267" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hadrian bronze bust from Tel Shalem © Oren Rozen/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Israel Museum was established in 1965 as Israel's national museum. It is situated on a hill in the Givat Ram neighborhood of West Jerusalem, ajacent to the Bible Lands Museum, the Knesset, the Israeli Supreme Court, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among the unique objects on display are the Venus of Berekhat Ram; the interior of a 1736 Zedek ve Shalom synagogue from...

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Theme Week South Korea - Incheon

Theme Week South Korea - Incheon

[caption id="attachment_193229" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jr55662/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Incheon, officially the Incheon Metropolitan City, is a city located in northwestern South Korea, bordering Seoul and Gyeonggi to the east. Inhabited since the Neolithic, Incheon was home to just 4,700 people when it became an international port in 1883. Today, about 3 million people live in the city, making it S Korea's third most-populous city after Seoul and Busan. The city's growth has been assured in modern tim...

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Kongsberg in Norway

Kongsberg in Norway

[caption id="attachment_151529" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mint and silver works © Bjoertvedt/cc-by-sa-3.0-no[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kongsberg is a town and municipality in Buskerud county. It is located at the southern end of the traditional region of Numedal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Kongsberg. The town was founded in 1624 under the name Konings Bierg by Danish-Norwegian king Christian IV as a mining community. It was granted its royal charter of trade—amounting to official towns...

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Theme Week Scotland - Kirkcaldy

Theme Week Scotland - Kirkcaldy

[caption id="attachment_152537" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery © Kilnburn/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kirkcaldy (Scottish Gaelic: Cair Chaladain) is a town and former royal burgh in Fife, on the east coast of Scotland. It is approximately 11.6 miles (19 km) north of Edinburgh and 27.6 miles (44 km) south-southwest of Dundee. The town had an estimated population of 49,560 in 2010, making it the biggest settlement in Fife. Kirkcaldy has long been nicknamed the Lang Toun (Scots for "lo...

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Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland

Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland

[caption id="attachment_152505" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mitchell Library © Andeggs[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom. The city is situated on the River Clyde in the country's west central lowlands. A person from Glasgow is known as a Glaswegian. Glasgow grew from the medieval Bishopric of Glasgow and the later establishment of the University of Glasgow in the 15th century, which subsequently became a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment...

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Komische Oper Berlin

Komische Oper Berlin

[caption id="attachment_172036" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Gryffindor[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Komische Oper Berlin is a opera company based in Berlin. The company produces opera, operetta and musicals. The opera house is located on Behrenstraße, just a few steps from Unter den Linden. Since 2004, the Komische Oper Berlin, along with the Berlin State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berlin State Ballet, and the Bühnenservice Berlin (Stage and Costume Design), has been a member of the Berlin Opera Foundation. ...

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Saint Michael's Mount in France

Saint Michael's Mount in France

[caption id="attachment_150164" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Benh LIEU SONG[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mont Saint-Michel (English: Saint Michael's Mount) is a rocky tidal island and a commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre (just over half a mile) off the country's north coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The population of the island is 41. The wealth and influence of the abbey extended to many daughter foundations, including St Michael's Mount in Cornwall. Howe...

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