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We wish you a peaceful Advent season, Merry Christmas and a great start into a happy, amazing, healthy, awesome and successful New Year! 🕯 🎅 ✨ 🎄 🎁 🍾 🎆

We wish you a peaceful Advent season, Merry Christmas and a great start into a happy, amazing, healthy, awesome and successful New Year! 🕯 🎅 ✨ 🎄 🎁 🍾 🎆

[caption id="attachment_224634" align="aligncenter" width="590"]Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah on Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin © Leonhard Lenz[/caption] ...

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Strawberry Hill House

Strawberry Hill House

[caption id="attachment_168649" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © panoramio.com - Maxwell Hamilton/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Strawberry Hill House—often called simply Strawberry Hill—is the Gothic Revival villa that was built in Twickenham, London by Horace Walpole (1717–1797) from 1749 onward. It is the type example of the "Strawberry Hill Gothic" style of architecture, and it prefigured the nineteenth-century Gothic revival. Walpole rebuilt the existing house in stages starting in 1749, 1760, 1772 and 1776...

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Jacksonville in Florida

Jacksonville in Florida

[caption id="attachment_222211" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Riverside and Avondale © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida, and is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States as of 2020. It is the seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits. As of 2020, Jacksonville's population is 949,611, making it the 12t...

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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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European Capital of Culture 2012: Guimarães and Maribor

European Capital of Culture 2012: Guimarães and Maribor

[caption id="attachment_154231" align="aligncenter" width="448"] © guimaraes2012.pt[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"] GUIMARÃES Guimarães is a northern Portuguese city located in the district of Braga, in the Ave Subregion, with a population of 52 181 inhabitants, distributed throughout 20 parishes (freguesias in Portuguese), in an urban area of 23,5 km² with a population density of 2 223,9/km². It is an historical city that had an important role in the formation of Portugal and it was settled in the 9th century, at whic...

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Theme Week Ireland - Wexford

Theme Week Ireland - Wexford

[caption id="attachment_171165" align="aligncenter" width="590"] National Opera House and a church spire rises above the old skyline © flickr.com - Sinn Féin/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman) is the county town of County Wexford. Wexford lies on the south side of Wexford Harbour, the estuary of the River Slaney near the southeastern corner of the island of Ireland. The town is linked to Dublin by the M11/N11 National Primary Route, and the national rail network connects it to Rosslare Europort. I...

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Lindau on Lake Constance

Lindau on Lake Constance

[caption id="attachment_217867" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The famous harbour entrance © Julian Herzog/cc-by-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lindau is a major town and island on the eastern side of Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany. It is the capital of the county (Landkreis) of Lindau, Bavaria and is near the borders of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg and the Swiss cantons of St. Gallen and Thurgau. The coat of arms of Lindau town is a linden tree, referring to the supposed origin of the town...

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Pattonville in Baden-Württemberg

Pattonville in Baden-Württemberg

[caption id="attachment_153841" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Pattonville © Pluds/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Pattonville is a German neighborhood with the unusual distinction of being a former US Military installation, as few US installations returned to German control have been maintained in their former form. Pattonville was a large housing area built and maintained by the United States Army north of Stuttgart during the Cold War as part of the Stuttgart Military Community. The community was named for W...

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The medieval town of Sighisoara in Transylvania

The medieval town of Sighisoara in Transylvania

[caption id="attachment_151279" align="aligncenter" width="590"] View from Villa Franka © Valimare[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sighişoara is a city and municipality on the Târnava Mare River in Mureş County, Romania. Located in the historic region Transylvania, Sighişoara has a population of 28,000. During the 12th century, German craftsmen and merchants known as the Transylvanian Saxons were invited to Transylvania by the King of Hungary to settle and defend the frontier of his realm. The chronicler Krauss lists a Sa...

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Theme Week Jutland - Haderslev

Theme Week Jutland - Haderslev

[caption id="attachment_216718" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Haderslev garrison © JEK/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Haderslev is a Danish town in the Region of Southern Denmark with a population of 22,000. It is the main town and the administrative seat of Haderslev Municipality and is situated in the eastern part of Southern Jutland. Haderslev is home of Sønderjyske, which is an association football team that plays in the Danish Superliga for the 2018-19 season. The town is named after King Hader. Hadersl...

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The Sea Cloud I

The Sea Cloud I

[caption id="attachment_152979" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sea Cloud I in Hamburg © Tvabutzku1234[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sea Cloud was built in Kiel, Germany as a Barque for E. F. Hutton & Co.. She was launched in 1931 as the Hussar II; at the time of her construction, she was the largest private yacht in the world. In 1935, United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph E. Davies obtained the ship after marrying Hutton's ex-wife Marjorie Merriweather Post. Davies renamed the ship Sea Cloud. As a man with politica...

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