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The Hamptons on Long Island

The Hamptons on Long Island

[caption id="attachment_4277" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="Southampton - National Golf Links of America clubhouse © Americasroof"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hamptons may refer to several villages and hamlets in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton on the far east end of Suffolk County on Long Island, New York. These townships occupy the South Fork of Long Island, stretching into the Atlantic Ocean. The Hamptons form a popular seaside resort, one of the historical Summer Colonies of the American Northeast. T...

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Theme Week Tibet - Dharamsala

Theme Week Tibet - Dharamsala

[caption id="attachment_203576" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dharamshala is the district headquarters of Kangra district in India. It was formerly known as Bhagsu. The Dalai Lama's residence and the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) are in Dharamshala. Dharamshala is 18 km (11 mi) from Kangra. Dharamshala has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be develo...

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Theme Week New Zealand - Auckland, City of Sails

Theme Week New Zealand - Auckland, City of Sails

[caption id="attachment_6536" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Auckland Marina © Joseph Watkins/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Auckland metropolitan area, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. It has 1,377,200 residents, which is 31 percent of the country's population. Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Māori Auckland's names are Tāmaki Makaurau, and the transliterated version of Auckland, Ākarana. The 2011 Mercer Q...

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Birka, Sweden's first city

Birka, Sweden's first city

[caption id="attachment_151167" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Reconstructed Viking houses © Holger.Ellgaard/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]During the Viking Age, Birka, on the island of Björkö (literally: "Birch Island") in Sweden, was an important trading center which handled goods from Scandinavia as well as Central and Eastern Europe and the Orient. Björkö is located in Lake Mälaren, 30 kilometers west of contemporary Stockholm, in the municipality of Ekerö. The archaeological sites of Birka and Hovgården, ...

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Berlin Wall, Bernauer Strasse and East Side Gallery

Berlin Wall, Bernauer Strasse and East Side Gallery

Berlin Wall [caption id="attachment_161283" align="aligncenter" width="571"] Berlin Wall map © ChrisO[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip") that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and o...

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Theme Week Vatican City - Vatican Museums

Theme Week Vatican City - Vatican Museums

[caption id="attachment_191891" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main complex of the Vatican Museums © F. Bucher/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Vatican Museums (Italian: Musei Vaticani; Latin: Musea Vaticana) are Christian and art museums located within the city boundaries of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain...

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Stolobny Island in Lake Seliger

Stolobny Island in Lake Seliger

[caption id="attachment_28212" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Nilov Monastery from Lake Seliger © Just/cc0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Stolobny Island is an island on Lake Seliger in the Tver Oblast of Russia, about 10 km (6.2 mi) north of the town of Ostashkov. The island is the home of Nilov Monastery, which was founded by Saint Nilus in 1594, and previously welcomed up to 40,000 pilgrims each year. Most of the buildings of the monastery were built in the 18th and 19th Centuries in a neoclassical style. Today the monastery co...

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Kerch on Crimea

Kerch on Crimea

[caption id="attachment_154234" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main Street © KBDA3200/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kerch is a city on the Kerch Peninsula in the east of the Crimea in Ukraine. Founded 2,600 years ago as an ancient Greek colony, Kerch is considered to be one of the most ancient cities in Ukraine. The city experienced rapid growth starting in the 1920s and was the site of a major battle during World War II. Today, it is one of the largest cities in Crimea and is among the country's most important industri...

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