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Popeye Village at Anchor Bay

Popeye Village at Anchor Bay

[caption id="attachment_201121" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village, is a purpose-built film set village, now converted into a small attraction fun park, consisting of a collection of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings. It is located at Anchor Bay, 3 kilometres (2 mi) from the village core of Mellieħa, Malta. It was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 live-action musical feature film Popeye, produced by Para...

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Theme Week Laos - Champasak Town

Theme Week Laos - Champasak Town

[caption id="attachment_213857" align="aligncenter" width="590"] River bank of Don Khon with stilt wooden houses at golden hour from Don Det © Basile Morin/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Champasak is a small town in southern Laos, on the west bank of the Mekong River about 40 km south of Pakse, the capital of Champasak Province. The town was once the seat of the Kingdom of Champasak, an independent Lao state which was abolished by the French in 1945 when they created the Kingdom of Laos, but the last King of Champasak h...

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Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish in Tabgha

Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish in Tabgha

[caption id="attachment_28224" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mosaic in the church © Berthold Werner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, shortened to The Church of the Multiplication, is a Roman Catholic church located at Tabgha, on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. The modern church rests on the site of two earlier churches. The church is maintained and overseen by the Benedictine Order. Nearby are other Christian sites, especially the Mount of Beatitudes north, Caperna...

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Theme Week Lombardy - Varese

Theme Week Lombardy - Varese

[caption id="attachment_153440" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palazzo Estense and gardens - Town Hall © Docfra/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vares is a city and comune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of Milan. It is the capital of the Province of Varese. The hinterland or urban part of the city is called Varesotto. The city also looks over Lake Varese. The city has both an extensive city bus network and provincial bus services. The A8 motorway connects Varese with Milan...

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Theme Week Berlin - Hackesche Höfe

Theme Week Berlin - Hackesche Höfe

[caption id="attachment_146314" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © apartments-mitte.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Today we start our theme weeks, during which each week a portrait architecture, places, and meeting points of another city. First, we are dedicated to the German, then the European cities. We start with Berlin, because nearly no other city stands for so much change, creativity, adaptability and new beginnings. Enjoy! Hackesche Höfe, a busy and popular place to shop in Berlin, was designed in the early 18th c...

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Cluj-Napoca, in the historic region of Transylvania

Cluj-Napoca, in the historic region of Transylvania

[caption id="attachment_151427" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City Centre © Alexmandru[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cluj-Napoca (German: Klausenburg; Hungarian: Kolozsvár), commonly known as Cluj, is the second most populous city in Romania and the seat of Cluj County in the northwestern part of the country. Geographically, it is roughly equidistant from Bucharest (324 km / 201 mi), Budapest (351 km / 218 mi) and Belgrade (322 km / 200 mi). Located in the Someşul Mic River valley, the city is considered the unofficial capital...

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Ironman World Championship in Hawaii

Ironman World Championship in Hawaii

[caption id="attachment_201572" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Almost 2000 triathletes begin the 2.4-mile swim at the 2005 Ironman World Championship triathlon© U.S. Navy - Chief Journalist Deborah Carson[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982. It is owned and organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. It is the annual culmination of a series of Ironman triathlon qualification races held throughout the world. From 1978 th...

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Theme Week Paraguay - Villarrica

Theme Week Paraguay - Villarrica

[caption id="attachment_184052" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cordillera de Yvytyrusu © Ricardogomezize/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Villarrica del Espíritu Santo, its formal name, is a city located in the middle of the Oriental Region of the Paraguayan territory, it is the capital of the Guairá Department. It was founded by the Spanish Captain Ruy Diaz de Melgarejo on May 14, 1570 in the old Guaira, today in Brazilian territory. Villarrica has many places that honor the Paraguayan culture, such as the monument t...

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The Spanish sail training ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano

The Spanish sail training ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano

[caption id="attachment_152994" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Museo Naval in Sevilla © Lobillo[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Juan Sebastián de Elcano is a training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy. She is a four-masted topsail, steel-hulled schooner. At 113 metres (370 feet) long, she is the third-largest Tall Ship in the world. She is named after Spanish explorer Juan Sebastián Elcano, captain of Ferdinand Magellan's last exploratory fleet. The ship also carries the de Elcano coat of arms, which was granted to the ...

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Theme Week Hamburg - Inner city and Alster

Theme Week Hamburg - Inner city and Alster

[caption id="attachment_149077" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Alster Panorama © IqRS + DooFi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Innenstadt Hamburg is the shopping metropolis of Northern Germany. The many shopping streets and shopping malls offer a large variety of goods. From chic boutiques and traditional Hamburg fashion shops around the Alster, to unusual and alternative stores found outside the city-centre area. The entire area between Gänsemarkt, Town Hall, Inner Alster Lake and Hamburg's main train station is the "shopping hea...

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