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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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Chiado in Lisbon

Chiado in Lisbon

[caption id="attachment_158227" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Camoens Square © Luca Galuzzi/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Chiado is the name of a square and its surrounding area in the city of Lisbon. The Chiado is located between the neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto and Baixa Pombalina. It is a traditional shopping area that mixes old and modern commercial establishments, mostly located at the Carmo and Garrett streets. The most well-known café of Chiado is "A Brasileira", famous for having had poet Fernando Pessoa a...

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Theme Week Lapland - Inari, capital of Sámi culture

Theme Week Lapland - Inari, capital of Sámi culture

[caption id="attachment_229211" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sami flag at a reindeer farm © Manfred Werner/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Inari is Finland's largest municipality by area (but one of the most sparsely populated), with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Its major sources of income are tourism, service industry and cold climate testing. With the Siida museum in the village of Inari, it is a center of Sámi culture, widely known as the "capital of Sámi culture". The airport in ...

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Theme Week East Frisian Islands

Theme Week East Frisian Islands

[caption id="attachment_152920" align="aligncenter" width="590"] East Frisian Islands © Maximilian Dörrbecker[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The East Frisian Islands (German: Ostfriesische Inseln) are a chain of islands in the North Sea, off the coast of East Frisia in Lower Saxony, Germany. The islands extend for some 90 kilometres (56 mi) from west to east between the mouths of the Ems and Jade / Weser rivers and lie about 3.5 to 10 km offshore. Between the islands and the mainland are extensive mudflats, known locally as Watten,...

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The Seven Wonders of the World

The Seven Wonders of the World

[caption id="attachment_27176" align="aligncenter" width="424"] Seven Wonders of the World © Slof/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Various lists of the Wonders of the World have been compiled from antiquity to the present day, to catalogue the world's most spectacular natural wonders and manmade structures. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the first known list of the most remarkable creations of classical antiquity; it was based on guidebooks popular among Hellenic sightseers and only includes works located aroun...

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Edgartown in Massachusetts

Edgartown in Massachusetts

[caption id="attachment_230550" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Edgartown Harbor © Don Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Edgartown is a tourist destination on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States, for which it is the county seat. It was once a major whaling port, with historic houses that have been carefully preserved. Today it hosts yachting events around its large harbour. It includes the smaller island of Chappaquiddick. Edgartown is a part of Massachusetts's 9th con...

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Theme Week Scotland - Livingston

Theme Week Scotland - Livingston

[caption id="attachment_152532" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The north-west of Livingston © Kim Traynor/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Livingston (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Dhùn Lèibhe) is the largest town in West Lothian. It is the fourth post-War new town to be built in Scotland, designated in 1962. It is about 15 miles (25 km) west of Edinburgh and 30 miles (50 km) east of Glasgow, and is bordered by the towns of Broxburn to the northeast and Bathgate to the northwest. Livingston is the second biggest sett...

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The Canaima National Park

The Canaima National Park

[caption id="attachment_25694" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Carrao river and tepuys © Berrucomons/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Canaima National Park (Parque Nacional Canaima) is a 30,000 km² (12,000 sq mi) park in south-eastern Venezuela that borders Brazil and Guyana. It is located in Bolívar State, and roughly occupies the same area as the Gran Sabana region. The park was established on 12 June 1962. It is the second largest park in the country, after Parima-Tapirapecó, and sixth biggest national park in the ...

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Theme Week Netherlands - Gouda, historic town in the green heart of the Netherlands

Theme Week Netherlands - Gouda, historic town in the green heart of the Netherlands

[caption id="attachment_160616" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Building at Market Square housing the tourist information © Afhaalchinees[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Gouda (population 71,000) is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. In the Middle Ages, a settlement was founded at the location of the current city by the Van der Goude family, who built a fortified castle alongside the banks of the Gouwe River, from which the family and the city took its name. The area, originally mar...

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Beit Aghion in West Jerusalem

Beit Aghion in West Jerusalem

[caption id="attachment_214331" align="aligncenter" width="590"] U.S. Vice President and possible future U.S. President Joe Biden meets With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu© U.S. Department of State/Matty Stern[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Beit Aghion, also known as Beit Rosh HaMemshala (House of the Prime Minister) is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Israel. It is located at 9 Smolenskin Street, on the street corner of Balfour Street in the upscale West Jerusalem neighborhood of Rehavia, situated between the city ...

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Theme Week Nepal - Janakpur

Theme Week Nepal - Janakpur

[caption id="attachment_201681" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Janki Mandir © Abhishek Dutta - abhishekdutta.org/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Janakpur is the headquarters of Dhanusa District at Province No. 2 in Nepal. The city is a centre for religious and cultural tourism. It has been declared as the temporary capital for Province no. 2 until Province Assembly votes for a permanent capital. This city is also known as Janakpurdham, which was founded in the early 18th century. According to oral tradition, an earlier...

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