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Riva motor yachts

[caption id="attachment_153873" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Riva boat cockpit © Viborg[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]1842. Lake d’Iseo. A sudden storm wreaks what appears to be irreparable havoc: damaged boats, disheartened fishermen with no means with which to work. But a skilled young carpenter, newly arrived in the area from Laglio on Lake Como, accomplishes a miracle, managing to repair most of the boats, earning himself the esteem and admiration of the people of the town. This is how the Riva story began - from ...

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California's Wine Country

California's Wine Country

[caption id="attachment_164331" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sonoma Vineyards in Russian River Valley © flickr.com - Simon Davison/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Wine Country is an area of Northern California known worldwide as a premium wine-growing region. Viticulture and wine-making have been practiced in the region since the mid-19th century. There are over 400 wineries in the area north of San Francisco, mostly located in the area's valleys, including Napa Valley in Napa County, and the Sonoma Valley, Alexande...

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Chelsea in Manhattan

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[caption id="attachment_171969" align="aligncenter" width="590"] High Line © flickr.com - Matias Garabedian/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Chelsea is a neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City. The district's boundaries are roughly 14th Street to the south and the Hudson River and West Street to the west, with the northern boundary variously described as 30th Street or 34th Street, and the eastern boundary as either Sixth Avenue or Fifth Avenue. To the north of Chelsea is the neighborhood of Hell's Ki...

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Die Stadt Wyborg in der historischen Region Karelien

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[caption id="attachment_154140" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Embankment © Sergey Galchenkov[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vyborg is a town in Leningrad Oblast, situated on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Bay of Vyborg, 130 kilometers (81 mi) to the northwest of St. Petersburg and 38 kilometers (24 mi) south from Russia's border with Finland, where the Saimaa Canal enters the Gulf of Finland. Population: 80,000. The Hanseatic city lies in the boundary zone between the East Slavic/Russian and Finnish/Scandinavian worlds...

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The Shard in London

The Shard in London

[caption id="attachment_153910" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Shard in April 2012 © Cmglee/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Shard (also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge or the London Bridge Tower) is a skyscraper in London. Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and opened on 5 July 2012. The Shard is the tallest completed building in Europe, and is also the tallest free-standing structure in London, after the 330-metre (1,083 ft) concrete tower at the Em...

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Bordeaux, city of art and history

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[caption id="attachment_151817" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Grand Théâtre © Christophe Finot[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwest France, with an estimated (2008) population of 250,082. The Bordeaux-Arcachon-Libourne metropolitan area, has a population of 1,010,000 and constitutes the sixth-largest urban area in France. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Its inhabitants are called Bordelais. Bordeaux is the world's...

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Poole - surf, rest + play

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[caption id="attachment_150903" align="aligncenter" width="590"] High Street © geograph.org.uk - David Lally[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. The town is 33 kilometres (21 mi) east of Dorchester, and Bournemouth adjoins Poole to the east. The Borough of Poole was made a unitary authority in 1997, gaining administrative independence from Dorset County Council. The town had a population of 138,288, making it the second largest settlement in...

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Lazise on Lake Garda

Lazise on Lake Garda

[caption id="attachment_161126" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Alessandro Vecchi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lazise is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Verona in the Italian region Veneto, located about 120 km west of Venice and about 20 km northwest of Verona. It is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. It has a population of 6,300 and an area of 65.0 km². Its name derives from the Latin “lacus” that it means lacustrine village. Lazise in fact was originally a group of stilt houses beyond that R...

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Big Fish, the green long-range expedition yacht

Big Fish, the green long-range expedition yacht

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European Capital of Culture 2012: Guimarães and Maribor

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[caption id="attachment_154231" align="aligncenter" width="448"] © guimaraes2012.pt[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"] GUIMARÃES Guimarães is a northern Portuguese city located in the district of Braga, in the Ave Subregion, with a population of 52 181 inhabitants, distributed throughout 20 parishes (freguesias in Portuguese), in an urban area of 23,5 km² with a population density of 2 223,9/km². It is an historical city that had an important role in the formation of Portugal and it was settled in the 9th century, at whic...

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