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The hostel Af Chapman

The hostel Af Chapman

[caption id="attachment_151985" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Holger.Ellgaard/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The af Chapman, formerly the Dunboyne (1888–1915) and the G.D. Kennedy (−1923), is a full-rigged steel ship moored on the western shore of the islet Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, Sweden, now serving as a youth hostel. The ship was constructed by the Whitehaven Shipbuilding Company, located in Whitehaven, Cumberland (present-day Cumbria), and launched in February 1888. It was originally known...

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Luxury marina Porto Montenegro

Luxury marina Porto Montenegro

[caption id="attachment_154190" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Porto Montenegro © Daniel Nyul/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Porto Montenegro is a Luxury yacht marina and adjacent waterfront development currently under construction in Tivat, Montenegro. The construction site was a naval shipyard named Arsenal, which fell into disuse after the Yugoslav Wars and the decline of the SFR Yugoslav Navy. The attractive lot on which the shipyard is situated was put on public offering in 2006, and was bought by Canadia...

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Theme Week Turkish Riviera - Gullet, the motor glider of the Turkish Riviera

Theme Week Turkish Riviera - Gullet, the motor glider of the Turkish Riviera

[caption id="attachment_153669" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Gulet type schooners near Bodrum © Georges Jansoone/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]A gulet is a traditional design of a two-masted or three-masted wooden sailing vessel (the most common design has two masts) from the southwestern coast of Turkey, particularly built in the coastal towns of Bodrum and Marmaris; although similar vessels can be found all around the eastern Mediterranean. Today, this type of vessel, varying in size from 14 to 35 metres, is popu...

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Portrait: Carl Friedrich Gauss, the Prince of Mathematicians from Brunswick

Portrait: Carl Friedrich Gauss, the Prince of Mathematicians from Brunswick

[caption id="attachment_6607" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Oil painting of mathematician and philosopher Carl Friedrich Gauss by G. Biermann © Gauß-Gesellschaft Göttingen e.V. - Foto: A. Wittmann[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (* 30 April 1777 in Braunschweig - † 23 February 1855 in Göttingen) was a German mathematician and physical scientist who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, electrostatics, ast...

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The French Quarter in New Orleans

The French Quarter in New Orleans

[caption id="attachment_171934" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bourbon Street © flickr.com - Lars Plougmann/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré or the Vieux Carre Historic District, is the oldest section of the city of New Orleans. After New Orleans (La Nouvelle-Orléans in French) was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, it developed around the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in English), a central square. The district is more commonly called the French Quar...

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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

[caption id="attachment_26842" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine © National Park Service Digital Image Archives[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Fort McHenry, in Baltimore in Maryland, is a coastal star-shaped fort best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay September 13–14, 1814. It was during the bombardment of the fort that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star-Spangled B...

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Florence, the Italian Athens

Florence, the Italian Athens

[caption id="attachment_149033" align="aligncenter" width="309"] Michelangelo's David © Rico Heil[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 370,000 inhabitants (1.5 in the metropolitan area). The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and fina...

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The Hambach Castle

The Hambach Castle

[caption id="attachment_25220" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hambach Castle above vineyards and chestnut trees © Dr. Manfred Holz/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hambach Castle near the urban district Hambach of Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is considered to be the symbol of the German democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest which occurred here in 1832. Hambach Castle is located on the mountain Schlossberg (literally translated "Castle mountain"; elevation: 325m) in the...

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Portrait: Albert Ballin, inventor of modern cruise ship traveling

Portrait: Albert Ballin, inventor of modern cruise ship traveling

[caption id="attachment_165098" align="aligncenter" width="423"] Albert Ballin[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Albert Ballin was a German shipping magnate, who was the general director of the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) or Hamburg-America Line, at times the world's largest shipping company. Being the inventor of the concept of the cruise ship, he is known as the father of modern cruise ship travel. The SS Auguste Viktoria, named after the German Empress Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, was the ...

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Theme Week Sylt - Westerland

Theme Week Sylt - Westerland

[caption id="attachment_154284" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Westerland Beach © Toksave/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Westerland is the largest resort on the island, the local transportation hub and the centre of Sylt's tourist industry. Westerland is located on the western shore of the island. It lies 70 km northwest of Husum, 74 km west of Flensburg, 134 km northwest of Kiel and 186 km northwest of Hamburg. Thanks to its affluent, glamorous lifestyle and thriving tourism industry, Westerland has been called the B...

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