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False Creek in Vancouver

False Creek in Vancouver

[caption id="attachment_153916" align="aligncenter" width="590"] False Creek at blue hour © flickr.com - Kenny Louie/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]False Creek is a short inlet in the heart of Vancouver. It separates downtown from the rest of the city. It was named by George Henry Richards during his Hydrographic survey of 1856-63. Science World is located at its eastern end and the Burrard Street Bridge crosses its western end. False Creek is also spanned by the Granville Street and Cambie bridges. The Canada Line tunnel ...

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Erbil in Iraq

Erbil in Iraq

[caption id="attachment_25172" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City Park © Myararat83/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Erbil, with a population of approximately 1.3 million (2009), the fourth largest city in Iraq after Baghdad, Basra and Mosul. The city is located in Iraqi Kurdistan. It lies 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of Mosul, and is the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The city officially has been appointed Arab Tourism Capital 2014 by the Arab Council of Tourism. Urban life at Erbil (Hewlêr) can be...

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Theme Week Israel

Theme Week Israel

[caption id="attachment_167663" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tel Aviv © flickr.com - Smirnova Ksenia/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Israel is a country in the Middle East, on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, Palestine (West Bank, (East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip) to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse featu...

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Aalst in Flanders

Aalst in Flanders

[caption id="attachment_217853" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aalst City Hall © EmDee/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Aalst is a city and municipality on the Dender River, 31 kilometres (19 mi) northwest from Brussels in the Flemish province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Aalst itself and the villages of Baardegem, Erembodegem, Gijzegem, Herdersem, Hofstade, Meldert, Moorsel and Nieuwerkerken. Aalst is crossed by the Molenbeek-Ter Erpenbeek in Aalst and Hofstade. The town has a long-standing ...

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Theme Week Channel Islands - Herm

Theme Week Channel Islands - Herm

[caption id="attachment_151191" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ferry approaching the Rosaire Landing © geograph.org.uk[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Herm is the smallest of the Channel Islands that is open to the public and is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Cars are banned from the small island just like its Channel Island neighbour, Sark. Unlike Sark, bicycles are also banned. However, Herm does allow quad bikes and tractors for the locals. Herm won the 2002 and 2008 Britain in Bloom competition in the 'Small Coastal...

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Theme Week Italian Riviera

Theme Week Italian Riviera

[caption id="attachment_214018" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Vernazza © Charles van Dijk/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Italian Riviera, or Ligurian Riviera, is the narrow coastal strip in Italy which lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps and the Apennines. Longitudinally it extends from the border with France and the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) near Ventimiglia (a former customs post) eastwards to Capo Corvo (also known as Punta Bianca) which marks the eastern end of...

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Varosha on Cyprus

Varosha on Cyprus

[caption id="attachment_25798" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Yolanda Demetriou/cc-by-sa-1.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Varosha is a quarter in the Cypriot city of Famagusta. By law it belongs to the Republic of Cyprus, but is located within Northern Cyprus. Prior to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, it was the modern tourist area of Famagusta. Its inhabitants fled during the invasion, and it has remained abandoned ever since. In the 1970s, Famagusta was the number one tourist destination in Cyprus. To cater to...

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Theme Week Vienna - Historic Centre

Theme Week Vienna - Historic Centre

[caption id="attachment_165336" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Neue Hofburg © Bwag/cc-by-sa-3.0-at[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]In 2001, Vienna's city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in arch...

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Kleinmachnow in Brandenburg

Kleinmachnow in Brandenburg

[caption id="attachment_153348" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Checkpoint Bravo © GBeckmann[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kleinmachnow is a municipality in the Potsdam-Mittelmark district, in Brandenburg. It is situated 19 km (12 mi) southwest of the centre of Berlin, immediately neighbouring the borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, and 12 km (7.5 mi) east of Potsdam. The municipality encompasses the settlement of Dreilinden. Kleinmachnow arose at the former Bäke creek, today replaced by the Teltow Canal built in 1906. Parvo ...

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The Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin

[caption id="attachment_23460" align="alignleft" width="590"] Moscow Kremlin © www.kremlin.ru/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Moscow Kremlin, sometimes referred to as simply the Kremlin, is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River (to the South), Saint Basil's Cathedral and Red Square (to the East) and the Alexander Garden (to the West). It is the best known of kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes five palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin tower...

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