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[caption id="attachment_3587" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="Oscar Mayer Wienermobile - Henry Ford Museum © Cory Doctorow"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="Deutsch Female" buttontext="Diesen Beitrag vorlesen"]Detroit is the major city among the primary cultural, financial, and transportation centers in the Metro Detroit area, a region of 5.2 million people. As the seat of Wayne County, the city of Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan and serves as a major port on the Detroit River connecting the Great Lakes system to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. It was fou...

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Thomas Mann House in Pacific Palisades

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[caption id="attachment_214774" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Mirkomlux/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Thomas Mann House (German: Thomas-Mann-Haus) in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California is the former residence of Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann, who lived there with his family during his exile from 1942 until 1952. Designed by the architect Julius Ralph Davidson, the house at 1550 San Remo Drive was built in 1941/42. In 2016, it was acquired by the German federal government, and op...

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Theme Week India - Mumbai

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Theme Week Balearic Islands - Majorca

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[caption id="attachment_152426" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Building of the Consell Insular - Palma de Mallorca © Olaf Tausch[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Majorca is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, one of the Balearic Islands. It is the largest by area and second most populated island of Spain (after Tenerife in the Canary Islands). The capital of the island, Palma, is also the capital of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. The Cabrera Archipelago is administratively grouped with Majorca (in the muni...

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Songdo International Business District in South Korea

Songdo International Business District in South Korea

[caption id="attachment_27374" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Songdo International City © Swlee8851/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD) is a new smart city or "ubiquitous city" built from scratch on 600 hectares (1,500 acres) of reclaimed land along Incheon's waterfront, 65 kilometres (40 mi) southwest of Seoul, South Korea and connected to Incheon International Airport by a 12.3-kilometre (7.6 mi) reinforced concrete highway bridge, called Incheon Bridge. Along with Yeon...

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Portrait: Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, philosopher, and Academic skeptic

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United States presidential election of 2016

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Theme Week Miami - Little Havana

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[caption id="attachment_161805" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cuban Memorial Plaza © Marc Averette[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Little Havana (Spanish: La Pequeña Habana) is a neighborhood of Miami in Florida. Home to many Cuban immigrant residents, as well as many residents from Central and South America, Little Havana is named after Havana, the capital and largest city in Cuba. Little Havana is noted as a center of social, cultural, and political activity in Miami. Its festivals, including the Calle Ocho Festival, Viernes Cu...

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Bushwick in New York City

Bushwick in New York City

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Achrafieh in Beirut

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[caption id="attachment_225927" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Moussa Sursock's palace © James Bradbury/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Achrafieh is an area in eastern Beirut, Lebanon. In strictly administrative terms, the name refers to a sector (secteur) centred on Sassine Square, the highest point in the city, as well as a broader quarter (quartier). In popular parlance, however, Achrafieh refers to the whole hill that rises above Gemmayze in the north and extends to Badaro in the south, and includes the Rmeil quart...

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