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Theme Week Tuscany

Theme Week Tuscany

[caption id="attachment_153279" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Poppi © flickr.com / 74701705@N00[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tuscany is a region in Italy. It has an area of about 23,000 square kilometres (8,900 sq mi) and a population of about 3.75 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence (Firenze). Tuscany is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and its vast influence on high culture. Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of t...

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Beverly Hills in California

Beverly Hills in California

[caption id="attachment_152048" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Via Rodeo Drive © The American Eagle of LA~commonswiki/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. The area's "Platinum Triangle" is formed by the city of Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Bel Air and Holmby Hills. Along with the Los Angeles communities of Bel-Air and Brentwood, it is one of the "Three Bs", a wealthy area in the Los An...

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Ankara - Doner kebab, good wine and Angora

Ankara - Doner kebab, good wine and Angora

[caption id="attachment_152779" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Turkish Parliament © T.C. Büyük Millet Meclisi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Istanbul. The city has a mean elevation of 938 metres (3,077 ft), and as of 2008 the city had a population of 4,500,000. Ankara also serves as the capital of Ankara Province. As with many ancient cities, Ankara has gone by several names over the ages. It has been identified with the Hittite cult center Ankuwaš, alt...

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Venlo on river Meuse

Venlo on river Meuse

[caption id="attachment_154324" align="aligncenter" width="590"] De Parade © Joaquin Maturana Contti[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Venlo is a municipality and a city in the southeastern Netherlands, next to the German border. It is situated in the province of Limburg. In 2003 Venlo was awarded the title Greenest city of Europe by the EU. In 2012 it will host the Floriade. In 2001, the (now former) municipalities of Belfeld and Tegelen were merged into the municipality of Venlo. Tegelen was originally part of the Duchy of J...

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Leicester at the edge of the English National Forest

Leicester at the edge of the English National Forest

[caption id="attachment_160514" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Leicester Montage © NotFromUtrecht[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands area of England. It is also the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest. In 2006, the population of the Leicester unitary authority was estimated at 289,700, the largest in the East Midlands, whilst 441,213 people lived in the wider Leicester Urban Area. Eurostat's Larger Urba...

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Bahnhof St Pancras in London

Bahnhof St Pancras in London

[caption id="attachment_153109" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Model of the extended St Pancras station (left) and Kings Cross station (right) © Andrew Dunn - www.andrewdunnphoto.com/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]St Pancras railway station, also known as London St Pancras and since 2007 as St Pancras International, is a central London railway terminus and Grade I listed building located on Euston Road in the St Pancras area of the London Borough of Camden. It stands between the British Library, King's Cross station a...

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Kalkar on the Lower Rhine

Kalkar on the Lower Rhine

[caption id="attachment_160965" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Boetzelaer Castle © flickr.com - Maarten Takens/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kalkar is a municipality in the district of Kleve, in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located near the Rhine, approx. 10 km south-east of Cleves. The most famous building of Kalkar is its church St. Nicolai, which has one of the most significant sacral inventory from the late Middle Ages in Europe. Kalkar was founded by Dirk VI of Cleves in 1230 and received city rights in...

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Malmö, Sweden's gateway to the continent

Malmö, Sweden's gateway to the continent

[caption id="attachment_148970" align="aligncenter" width="509"] Malmö Collage © Twowells[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Over the past decade, Malmö has undergone a most dramatic post-industrial transformation. This cosmopolitan city has "reclaimed" the seafront, where entire new city districts full of interesting modern architecture and bustling street life have been constructed. Of course, another radical change has been the mighty Öresund Bridge, opened in 2000, which connects Malmö with Denmark's capital Copenhagen, just twe...

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