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Milano Centrale Train Station in Milan

Milano Centrale Train Station in Milan

[caption id="attachment_153903" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Milano Centrale, seen from Pirelli Tower © Kiban/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Milano Centrale is the main railway station of Milan, and one of the main railway stations in Europe. The station is a railway terminus and was officially inaugurated in 1931 to replace the old central station (1864), which was a transit station and could not handle the new traffic caused by the opening of the Simplon tunnel in 1906. The station has 24 tracks. Every day about 3...

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Brijuni Islands National Park in Croatia

Brijuni Islands National Park in Croatia

[caption id="attachment_23897" align="alignleft" width="590"] Hotel Carmen © Zumbulka[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Islands are a group of fourteen small islands in the Croatian part of the northern Adriatic Sea, separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the narrow Fažana Strait. The largest island, Veliki Brijun Island (also known as Brioni Grande or Veli Brijun), (5.6 km2), lies 2 km off the coast. Famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a Croatian National Park. In 1945 a...

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Lyon, city of the palate

Lyon, city of the palate

[caption id="attachment_148975" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lyon Panorama © Elwood J. Blues[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lyon is a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region. With 480,000 inhabitants Lyon is the third biggest city after Paris and Marseille. Economically, Lyon is a major centre for banking and the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. The city contains a significant software industry with a particular focus on video games, and has focussed in recent years on a growing local start-up sec...

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Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic

[caption id="attachment_171431" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Ben Kucinski/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Punta Cana is a resort town within the Punta Cana-Bávaro-Veron-Macao municipal district, in the municipality of Higüey, in La Altagracia Province, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic. The area has beaches and balnearios which face both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and it has been a popular tourist destination. The Punta Cana area has an estimated population of 54,...

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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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Theme Week Sicily - Prizzi

Theme Week Sicily - Prizzi

[caption id="attachment_153573" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © dreamsicilyvillas.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Prizzi is a town and comune of 5,100 inhabitants in the province of Palermo. It is located 84 km (52 mi) south of the city of Palermo at an altitude of 1045 m (3,428 ft) above sea level on a hill in the upper valley of the River Sosio. Prizzi is surrounded by the comuni of Campofelice di Fitalia, Castronovo di Sicilia, Corleone, Lercara Friddi, Palazzo Adriano, and Vicari. Traces have been found of a small ...

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Theme Week Vietnam - Quy Nhon

Theme Week Vietnam - Quy Nhon

[caption id="attachment_207694" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Bùi Thụy Đào Nguyên/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Qui Nhơn is a coastal city in Bình Định Province in central Vietnam. It is composed of 16 wards and five communes with a total of 284 km² (110 sq mi). Quy Nhơn is the capital of Bình Định Province. Its population is at 311,000. Historically, the commercial activities of the city focused on agriculture and fishing. In recent years, however, there has been a significant shift towards servi...

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Theme Week Washington, D.C. - President’s Park

Theme Week Washington, D.C. - President’s Park

[caption id="attachment_163556" align="aligncenter" width="590"] President's Park with White House © Ad Meskens/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]President's Park, located in Washington, D.C., encompasses the White House, a visitor center, Lafayette Square, and The Ellipse. President's Park was the original name of Lafayette Square. The current President's Park is administered by the National Park Service. The White House Visitor Center is located in the north end of the Herbert C. Hoover Building (the Department of Commer...

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Theme Week United Arab Emirates - Emirate of Umm al-Quwain

Theme Week United Arab Emirates - Emirate of Umm al-Quwain

[caption id="attachment_168459" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mangroves with the city of Umm al-Quwain © flickr.com - Peter Dowley/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Umm al-Quwain is the least populous of the seven emirates, located in the north of the country. The emirate is ruled by Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla. The emirate had 73,000 inhabitants in 2015 and has an area of 750 km2 (290 sq mi). The UAE culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam and traditional Arab culture. The influence of Islamic and Arab culture...

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Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada

Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada

[caption id="attachment_152113" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jocelynhade/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM) (English: Montreal International Jazz Festival) is an annual jazz festival held in Montreal, Quebec. The Montreal Jazz Fest holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world's largest jazz festival. Every year it features roughly 3,000 artists from 30-odd countries, more than 650 concerts (including 450 free outdoor performances), and welcomes close to 2.5 m...

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