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Theme Week Qatar

Theme Week Qatar

[caption id="attachment_162881" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Museum of Islamic Arts Park © flickr.com - Mohamod Fasil/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Qatar is a sovereign country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island of Bahrain, as well as sharing sea borders w...

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Theme Week Potsdam - Sanssouci Park

Theme Week Potsdam - Sanssouci Park

[caption id="attachment_164362" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sanssouci © Mbzt/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sanssouci Park is a large park surrounding Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. Following the terracing of the vineyard and the completion of the palace, the surroundings were included in the structure. A baroque flower garden with lawns, flower beds, hedges and trees was created. In the hedge quarter 3,000 fruit trees were planted. The greenhouses of the numerous nurseries contained oranges, melons, peaches and bana...

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FLIP, the FLoating Instrument Platform

FLIP, the FLoating Instrument Platform

[caption id="attachment_152256" align="aligncenter" width="590"] FLoating Instrument Platform seen from USNS Navajo © Military Sealift Command[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]RP FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform) is an open ocean research vessel owned by the Office of Naval Research and operated by the Marine Physical Laboratory of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The ship is a 355 feet (108 meters) long vessel designed to partially flood and pitch backward 90 degrees, resulting in only the front 55 feet (17 meters) of the v...

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Theme Week Corsica - Calvi

Theme Week Corsica - Calvi

[caption id="attachment_153845" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Pinède Beach © Pierre Bona[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica. It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Calvi is also the capital of the Arrondissement of Calvi, which contains, besides the Canton of Calvi, three other cantons: L'Île-Rousse, Belgodère, and Calenzana. According to legend, Christopher Columbus supposedly came from Ca...

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Theme Week Washington, D.C. - President’s Park

Theme Week Washington, D.C. - President’s Park

[caption id="attachment_163556" align="aligncenter" width="590"] President's Park with White House © Ad Meskens/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]President's Park, located in Washington, D.C., encompasses the White House, a visitor center, Lafayette Square, and The Ellipse. President's Park was the original name of Lafayette Square. The current President's Park is administered by the National Park Service. The White House Visitor Center is located in the north end of the Herbert C. Hoover Building (the Department of Commer...

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The North Sea spa town of Cuxhaven

The North Sea spa town of Cuxhaven

[caption id="attachment_160525" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © cuxhaven.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cuxhaven is an independent town and seat of the Cuxhaven district, in Lower Saxony. It is situated on the shore of the North Sea at the mouth of the Elbe River. Cuxhaven has a footprint of 14 km (east-west) by 7 km (north-south). Especially its town quarters Duhnen, Döse and Sahlenburg are popular vacation spots on the North Sea and home to about 52,000 residents. Cuxhaven is home to an important fisherman's wharf a...

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Galveston Island on the Gulf of Mexico

Galveston Island on the Gulf of Mexico

[caption id="attachment_150885" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunset at Galveston Island Beach © Figure8/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Galveston Island is a barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast in the United States, about 50 miles (80.5 km) southeast of Houston. The entire island, with the exception of Jamaica Beach, is within the city limits of the City of Galveston in Galveston County. The island is about 27 miles (43.5 km) long and no more than 3 miles (4.8 km) wide at its widest point. The island is or...

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Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina

Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina

[caption id="attachment_27620" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Puerto Madero © Allan Aguilar/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the continent's southeastern coast. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the third-largest conurbation in Latin America, with a po...

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Theme Week Provence - Orange

Theme Week Provence - Orange

[caption id="attachment_152671" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © theatre-antique.com - Culturespaces/Les chorégies/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is located about 21 kilometres (13 miles) north of Avignon. It has a primarily agricultural economy. The town is renowned for its Roman architecture and its Roman theatre, the Théâtre antique d'Orange, is described as the most impressive still existi...

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Theme Week Berlin - Quartier 206

Theme Week Berlin - Quartier 206

[caption id="attachment_146318" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © ConKret[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]This is one of the most exclusive shopping locations in the city, with a phenomenal range of international designer fashions and couture. Quartier 206 sets luxury fashion against a background of world class architecture. A key feature is the atrium with curved staircases and a black and white mosaic floor, evocative of the San Marco church in Venice. The architecture, designed by the celebrated New York firm of Pei, Cobb...

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