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Mirabella V, the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world

Mirabella V, the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world

[caption id="attachment_153665" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © mirabellayachts.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]At an estimated cost of over US$ 50million, she is the largest single-masted yacht ever built and became a reality in May 2004. Mirabella V was launched in November of 2003 and her mast was stepped six weeks later. She proceeded to the Mediterranean in June and completed five weeks charter in her first season. Mirabella V is one of a fleet of super-yachts owned by former Chairman and CEO of the Avis car rental compan...

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Theme Week North Frisian Islands - Föhr

Theme Week North Frisian Islands - Föhr

[caption id="attachment_152914" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Wyk - Frisian Museum © Daniel Ponten/cc-by-sa-2.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Föhr is part of the Nordfriesland district in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. Föhr is the second-largest North Sea island of Germany and a popular destination for tourists. A town and eleven distinct municipalities are located on the island. The climate is oceanic with moderate winters and relatively cool summers. Being a settlement area already in neolithic times, F...

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The Cadillac Ranch in Texas

The Cadillac Ranch in Texas

[caption id="attachment_152056" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Richie Diesterheft/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cadillac Ranch is not a ranch but a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the ...

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Potenza in southern Italy

Potenza in southern Italy

[caption id="attachment_150689" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mario Pagano Square © Carmar89[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Potenza is a city and comune in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. It is the capital of the province of Potenza and the Basilicata region. The city is the highest regional capital and one of the highest provincial capitals in Italy, overlooking the valley of the Basento river in the Apennine Mountains of Lucania, east of Salerno.[gallery size="medium" gss="1" ids="183184,183183,183182,183181,...

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Time for some amusement? Theme parks around the world

Time for some amusement? Theme parks around the world

[caption id="attachment_2271" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Europapark Rust © Jonas Lange"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Amusement parks evolved in Europe from fairs and pleasure gardens which were created for people’s recreation. The oldest amusement park in the world (opened 1583) is Bakken, at Klampenborg, north of Copenhagen, Denmark. In the United States, world's fairs and expositions were another influence on development of the amusement park industry. In common language, theme park is often used as a sy...

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Würzburg Residence

Würzburg Residence

[caption id="attachment_222708" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kaisersaal © Andreas Faessler/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Würzburg Residence (German: Würzburger Residenz) is a palace in Würzburg, Germany. Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt and Maximilian von Welsch, representatives of the Austrian/South German Baroque style, were involved in the construction, as well as Robert de Cotte and Germain Boffrand, who were followers of the French Style. Balthasar Neumann, court architect of the Bishop of Würzburg, was th...

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Vicenza in Veneto

Vicenza in Veneto

[caption id="attachment_223083" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palazzo del Capitanio © Didier Descouens/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vicenza is a city in northeastern Italy. It is in the Veneto region at the northern base of the Monte Berico, where it straddles the Bacchiglione River. Vicenza is approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of Venice and 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Milan. Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas, vi...

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The Villa Wahnfried in Bayreuth

The Villa Wahnfried in Bayreuth

[caption id="attachment_27875" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Dickbauch~commonswiki/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Wahnfried was the name given by Richard Wagner to his villa in Bayreuth. The name is a German compound of Wahn (delusion, madness) and Fried(e), (peace, freedom). According to Richard Wagner's wife Cosima the name came to mind after visiting the picturesque town of Wahnfried in Hesse. The house was constructed from 1872 to 1874 under Carl Wölfel's supervision after plans from Berlin architect W...

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Speyer in Rhineland-Palatinate

Speyer in Rhineland-Palatinate

[caption id="attachment_224961" align="aligncenter" width="590"] View from Altpörtel tower towards Speyer Cathedral © Roman Eisele/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Speyer is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany with approximately 50,000 inhabitants. Located on the left bank of the river Rhine, Speyer lies 25 km (16 miles) south of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim, and 21 km (13 miles) south-west of Heidelberg. Founded by the Romans, it is one of Germany's oldest cities. Speyer Cathedral (since 1981 a UNESCO World H...

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Büsingen on the Upper Rhine

Büsingen on the Upper Rhine

[caption id="attachment_160955" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Büsingen am Hochrhein © Prekario[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Büsingen am Hochrhein, commonly known as Büsingen, is a German town (7.62 km2 or 2.94 sq mi) entirely surrounded by the Swiss canton of Schaffhausen and, south across the Rhine, by the Swiss cantons of Zürich and Thurgau. It has a population of about 1,450 inhabitants. Since the early 19th century, the town has been separated from the rest of Germany by a narrow strip of land (at its narrowest, about 7...

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