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Portrait: The Astor family

Portrait: The Astor family

[caption id="attachment_162391" align="aligncenter" width="485"] John Jacob Astor by Gilbert Stuart[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Astor family is a family known for its prominence in business, society, and politics in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Astor family is of German origin, appearing in North America during the eighteenth century with John Jacob Astor. John Jacob Astor (born Johann Jakob Astor) was the youngest of four sons born to butcher Johann Jacob Astor and M...

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Theme Week Jordan - Zarqa

Theme Week Jordan - Zarqa

[caption id="attachment_165896" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Zarqa River Valley © defenseimagery.mil - Jim Greenhill[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Zarqa is situated 15 miles (24 km) from Amman, in a northeastern most direction and is the capital of Zarqa Governorate. Its name means "the blue one". Russeifa, the second largest city in the governorate and the fourth largest city in Jordan, is located half way between Zarqa and Amman. Zarqa is Jordan's industrial center. It is home to over 50% of Jordanian factories. The growth of...

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Theme Week Montenegro - Pljevlja

Theme Week Montenegro - Pljevlja

[caption id="attachment_150651" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Monastery of the Holy Trinity © Solumija/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Pljevlja is a town and the center of Pljevlja Municipality located in the northern part of Montenegro. The city lies at an altitude of 770 m (2,530 ft). In the Middle Ages, Pljevlja had been a crossroad of the important commercial roads and cultural streams, with important roads connecting the littoral with the Balkan interior. In 2011, the municipality of Pljevlja had a popula...

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Theme Week Castile-La Mancha - Guadalajara

Theme Week Castile-La Mancha - Guadalajara

[caption id="attachment_153325" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Calle Mayor © Pavlemadrid/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Guadalajara is a city and municipality in the natural region of La Alcarria. It is the capital of the province of Guadalajara. It is located roughly 60 kilometres (37 miles) northeast of Madrid on the Henares River, and has a population of 85,000. The town of Guadalajara was founded by the Andalusians in the 8th century. They named it Wadi-al-Hejara, meaning "Valley of Stones"; in theory the ...

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Mamula Island in Montenegro

Mamula Island in Montenegro

[caption id="attachment_168944" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Klackalica/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mamula (also known as Lastavica) is an uninhabited islet in the Adriatic Sea, within the southwestern Montenegrin municipality of Herceg Novi. Mamula is located between Prevlaka and Luštica peninsulas at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. This small islet is of circular shape, and has 200m in diameter. It is 3.4 nautical miles (6.3 km) away from Herceg Novi. During the period of the Venetian Republic rule, the islan...

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Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

[caption id="attachment_151161" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tiberias © Pacman[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Sea of Galilee is the largest freshwater lake in Israel und Syria (Golan Heights), and it is approximately 53 km (33 mi) in circumference, about 21 km (13 mi) long, and 13 km (8.1 mi) wide. The lake has a total area of 166.7 km2 (64.4 sq mi) at its fullest, and a maximum depth of approximately 43 m (141 feet). At levels between 215 metres (705 ft) and 209 metres (686 ft) below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater l...

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Bushwick in New York City

Bushwick in New York City

[caption id="attachment_206076" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Brownstones and apartment buldings on Bushwick Avenue © Noremacmada[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bushwick is a working-class neighborhood in the northern part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is bounded by the neighborhood of Ridgewood, Queens, to the northeast; Williamsburg to the northwest; East New York and the cemeteries of Highland Park to the southeast; Brownsville to the south; and Bedford-Stuyvesant to the southwest. The town was first fou...

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Cannery Row in Monterey

Cannery Row in Monterey

[caption id="attachment_205881" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © FASTILY/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cannery Row is the waterfront street in the New Monterey section of Monterey, California. It is the site of a number of now-defunct sardine canning factories. The last cannery closed in 1973. The street name, formerly a nickname for Ocean View Avenue, became official in January 1958 to honor John Steinbeck and his well-known novel Cannery Row. In the novel's opening sentence, Steinbeck described the street as "a poe...

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Velib', third most extensive bicycle sharing system in the world

Velib', third most extensive bicycle sharing system in the world

[caption id="attachment_23594" align="alignleft" width="590"] © velib.paris.fr[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vélib’ is a large-scale public bicycle sharing system in Paris. The name Vélib' is a portmanteau of the French words vélo (English: bicycle) and liberté (freedom). Launched on 15 July 2007, the system has expanded to encompass around 20,000 bicycles and 1,202 bicycle stations, located across Paris and in some surrounding municipalities, with an estimated ridership of 110,000 people per day in average. Since Dec...

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Theme Week Chile - Santiago de Chile

Theme Week Chile - Santiago de Chile

[caption id="attachment_164060" align="aligncenter" width="590"] National Museum of Fine Arts © Carlos yo/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Santiago, also known as Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile. It is also the center of its largest conurbation. Santiago is located in the country's central valley. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since colonial times. The city has a downtown core of 19th century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, dotted by art deco, ...

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