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Hampton Court Palace in London

Hampton Court Palace in London

[caption id="attachment_200811" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hampton Court Palace © flickr.com - Duncan Harris/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames, 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) south west and upstream of central London on the River Thames. Building of the palace began in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the cardinal gave the palace to the King to check his disgrace; Henry VIII late...

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Portrait: Cnut the Great

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Theme Week Venice - La Dolce Vita

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Theme Week Taiwan - Penghu

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Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg

Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg

[caption id="attachment_200869" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © J.-H. Janßen/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hotel Atlantic Kempinski is a luxury hotel in Hamburg, Germany. The five star superior hotel is located in the district of St. Georg, between the Lake Außenalster and the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. Among other facilities, the hotel has 13 conference rooms, salons and high-ceilinged halls to hold events or meetings. Hotel Atlantic was opened in 1909. Since 1957 it has belonged to the chain Kempinski. It...

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Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire

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Bora Bora in the South Pacific

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Theme Week Ecuador

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The seaside town of Granville in Normandy

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