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’s-Hertogenbosch, capital of the province of North Brabant

’s-Hertogenbosch, capital of the province of North Brabant

[caption id="attachment_160756" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Shopping area © flickr.com - PhilipC[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]'s-Hertogenbosch (literally "The Duke's Forest") is a municipality in the Netherlands, and also the capital of the province of North Brabant. It is located in the southern Netherlands, some 80 km south of Amsterdam. The Dutch colloquially seldom say 's-Hertogenbosch but rather Den Bosch, which is traditional Dutch for "The Forest". The city of 's-Hertogenbosch has become a centre of industry, e...

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The artists' colony Worpswede

The artists' colony Worpswede

[caption id="attachment_150786" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kaffee Worpswede (Cafe and Restaurant) © Till F. Teenck[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Worpswede is a municipality in the district of Osterholz, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated in the Teufelsmoor, northeast of Bremen. The small town itself is located near the Weyerberg hill. It has been the home to a lively artistic community since the end of the 19th century, with over 130 artists and craftsmen working there. In 1884, Mimi Stolte, the daughter of a sh...

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Almere is the youngest city in the Netherlands

Almere is the youngest city in the Netherlands

[caption id="attachment_160618" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Almere Harbour © Dysturb.net - Ekim Tan[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Almere is a planned city and municipality in the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands, bordering Lelystad and Zeewolde. The municipality of Almere comprises the districts Almere Stad, Almere Haven, Almere Buiten, Almere Hout, Almere Poort (under construction) and Almere Pampus (design phase). Almere is the youngest city in the Netherlands: the first house was finished in 1976, and Almere b...

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Cambridge, a city for all seasons

Cambridge, a city for all seasons

[caption id="attachment_153099" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kings College Chapel West © Andrew Dunn www.andrewdunnphoto.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The city of Cambridge is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England. It lies in East Anglia about 50 miles (80 km) north-by-east of London. Cambridge is at the heart of the high-technology centre known as Silicon Fen – a play on Silicon Valley and the fens surrounding the city. Cambridge is well known as the home of the Universi...

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The Nice Côte d'Azur Opera House

The Nice Côte d'Azur Opera House

[caption id="attachment_169114" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - debs-eye/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Opéra de Nice is the principal opera venue in Nice on the French Riviera. It offers three types of performances: operas, ballets and classical concerts ; and houses the Ballet Nice Méditerranée and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. The “petit théâtre en bois” (wooden theatre) was first created in 1776 by Marquess Alli-Maccarani. Sold in 1787 to a group of gentry, it reopened in 1790 under...

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Mall of the World in Dubai

Mall of the World in Dubai

[caption id="attachment_26875" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Dubai Holding[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Developers Dubai Holding have announced their plans to build the ‘Mall of the World’ a new 48 million square foot (4.46 Millionen m²) tourist district in Dubai that will host the world’s largest mall, a new cultural district, a theme park and 20,000 hotel rooms. What’s more, the district’s 7km street network will be covered by a retractable roof during the summer months, creating the world’s first "temperature ...

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The Arab League

The Arab League

[caption id="attachment_25375" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © HCPUNXKID/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Arab League is a regional organization of Arab countries in and around North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and Southwest Asia. It was formed in Cairo on 22 March 1945 with six members. Currently, the League has 22 members, although Syria's participation has been suspended since November 2011 as a consequence of government repression during the ongoing uprising and civil war. The League's main goal is to "draw clo...

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Rhodes, the sunny island

Rhodes, the sunny island

[caption id="attachment_153542" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Maltan Knights Castle in Rhodes City © Polimerek[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rhodes is a Greek island approximately 18 kilometres (11 mi) southwest of Turkey in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population, with a population of 117,007. Administratively the island forms a separate municipality within the Rhodes peripheral unit, which is part of the South Aegean Periphery. The principal town of the isla...

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San Alfonso del Mar, the largest pool in the world

San Alfonso del Mar, the largest pool in the world

[caption id="attachment_152917" align="aligncenter" width="531"] © Quórum Comunicaciones/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]San Alfonso del Mar is a private resort in Algarrobo in Chile, about 100 km (62 mi) west of the capital Santiago. The resort is recognised as having the world's largest swimming pool. The pool is 1.013 km (0.629 mi) long, covering 8 ha (20 acres), containing some 250,000,000 litres (55,000,000 imp gal; 66,000,000 US gal) of seawater, with a maximum depth of 35 m (115 ft). The water is pumped, ...

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The Gran Vía in Madrid

The Gran Vía in Madrid

[caption id="attachment_161256" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Fernando Arconada[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Gran Vía (literally "Great Way") is an ornate and upscale shopping street located in central Madrid. It leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de Cibeles, to Plaza de España. The lively street is one of the city's most important shopping areas, with a large number of hotels and large movie theaters; it is also noted for the grand architecture prevalent among many of its buildings. Now, most of the t...

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