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The Lago Maggiore

The Lago Maggiore

[caption id="attachment_153701" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Isola Bella - Borromean Islands © Mbdortmund[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lake Maggiore is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest of Italy and largest of southern Switzerland. Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three great prealpine lakes of Italy, it extends for about 70 km between Locarno and Arona. The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with beautiful gardens growing rare and ...

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La Jolla on the Pacific

La Jolla on the Pacific

[caption id="attachment_150853" align="aligncenter" width="590"] La Jolla Shores © Dirk Hansen/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]La Jolla (spanish for Jewel) neighborhood in San Diego, California. It is a hilly seaside community, occupying 7 miles (11 km) of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean within the northern city limits. La Jolla is surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches and is located 12 miles (19 km) north of Downtown San Diego, and 40 miles (64 km) south of Orange County. The community's border...

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Theme Week New York City - Queens

Theme Week New York City - Queens

[caption id="attachment_164304" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Long Island City © King of Hearts/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn at the southwestern end of Long Island, and to Nassau County further east on Long Island; in addition, Queens shares water borders with the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. Coterminous with Queens County since 1899, the borough of Queens is the seco...

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Burlington House on Piccadilly

Burlington House on Piccadilly

[caption id="attachment_26744" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Tony Hisgett/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Burlington House is a building on Piccadilly in London. It was originally a private Palladian mansion, and was expanded in the mid-19th century after being purchased by the British government. The main building is at the northern end of the courtyard and houses the Royal Academy, while five learned societies occupy the two wings on the east and west sides of the courtyard and the Piccadilly wing at the southern end...

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Montecito in California

Montecito in California

[caption id="attachment_169422" align="aligncenter" width="590"] View over Montecito © Grandhiking/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Montecito is an census-designated place in Santa Barbara County in California. It is the wealthiest community in the county. Montecito has a population of 10,000. Montecito is located near Santa Monica, south of the Santa Ynez Mountains. A number of celebrities own homes and reside there, including Drew Barrymore, Jeff Bridges, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Oprah Winfrey, Malcolm McDowell, Al Go...

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The European Free Trade Association: Bon appétit!

The European Free Trade Association: Bon appétit!

[caption id="attachment_193940" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © efta.int[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is a regional trade organization and free trade area consisting of four European states: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. The organization operates in parallel with the European Union (EU), and all four member states participate in the European Single Market and are part of the Schengen Area. They are not, however, party to the European Union Customs Union. EFTA was his...

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Ras al-Khaimah on the Persian Gulf

Ras al-Khaimah on the Persian Gulf

[caption id="attachment_26554" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © rasalkhaimahtourism.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ras al-Khaimah is a Persian Gulf Arab emirate and a member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its name means "Top of the Tent". The emirate is in the northern part of the UAE, bordering Oman's exclave of Musandam. It covers an area of 1,684 square km. The capital city and home of most residents is also called Ras Al Khaimah. The city has two main sections, Old Ras Al Khaimah and Nakheel, on either side of a creek....

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Theme Week Washington, D.C. - Blair House

Theme Week Washington, D.C. - Blair House

[caption id="attachment_27472" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © SchuminWeb/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Blair House is the official state guest house for the President of the United States. It is located at 1651–1653 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., opposite the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, off the corner of Lafayette Park. The main house was built in 1824. The original brick house was built as a private home for Joseph Lovell, eighth Surgeon General of the United Sta...

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Theme Week Egypt - Giza

Theme Week Egypt - Giza

[caption id="attachment_166070" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Giza on the Nile © Faris knight/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Giza is the third-largest city in Egypt. It is located on the west bank of the Nile, 5 km (3 mi) southwest of central Cairo. Along with Cairo Governorate, Shubra El-Kheima, Helwan, 6th October City and Obour, the five form Greater Cairo metropolis. Giza is most famous as the location of the Giza Plateau: the site of some of the most impressive ancient monuments in the world, including a complex...

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The Hanseatic city of Salzwedel

The Hanseatic city of Salzwedel

[caption id="attachment_160710" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Houses on the Jeetze © Schiwago[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Salzwedel, officially known as Hansestadt Salzwedel, is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, and has a population of approximately 21,500. Salzwedel is located on the German Timber-Frame Road. Salzwedel is situated at the Jeetze River in the northwestern part of the Altmark. It is located between Hamburg and Magdeburg. The delicacies of the town are ...

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