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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 India - Mumbai

Theme Week India - Mumbai

[caption id="attachment_196159" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Taj Mahal Hotel Palace © QuartierLatin1968/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mumbai, also known as Bombay /the official name until 1995), is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. As of 2011 it is the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.4 million. The larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region is the second most populous metropolitan area in India, with a population of 21.3 million as of 2016< Mumbai lies on the Konk...

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Cherry Hills Village in Colorado

Cherry Hills Village in Colorado

[caption id="attachment_26662" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cherry Hill Trail sign © Xnatedawgx/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The city of Cherry Hills Village is located in Arapahoe County in Colorado. It is a suburb of Denver. The population is at 6,000. It is one of the most affluent places. The city hosted two PGA Championships (1941 & 1985) and the 2005 U.S. Women's Open at the Cherry Hills Country Club. According to common stories amongst members, the classic Arnold Palmer iced tea drink is reported to...

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Formentor Lighthouse on Majorca

Formentor Lighthouse on Majorca

[caption id="attachment_210215" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Discasto/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Far de Formentor or Faro de Formentor is a lighthouse on the Cap de Formentor of the same name, the northeasternmost point of the peninsula and the northernmost point of the island of Mallorca. The lighthouse is a sight and tourist attraction of the island. It is also one of 13 lighthouses in Mallorca that are in operation. The identifier is a group of four white flashes every 20 seconds. The lighthouse...

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Clichy, residence of the Merovingian

Clichy, residence of the Merovingian

[caption id="attachment_153555" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Pavillon Vendôme © Serein/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Clichy (sometimes unofficially Clichy-la-Garenne) is a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris. It is located 6.4 km (4.0 mi) from the center of Paris. Clichy was the capital of the Merovingians during the rule of Dagobert I. The headquarters of the L'Oréal Group, the world's largest company in cosmetics and beauty, Bic, one of the biggest pen producers in the world, and Sony France, a...

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The Baltic seaside resort of Travemünde

The Baltic seaside resort of Travemünde

[caption id="attachment_152741" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kurhaus Hotel © Asterion[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Travemünde is a borough of Lübeck, located at the mouth of the river Trave in Lübeck Bay. It began life as a fortress built by Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony, in the 12th century to guard the mouth of the Trave, and the Danes subsequently strengthened it. It became a town in 1317 and in 1329 passed into the possession of the free city of Lübeck, to which it has since belonged. Its fortifications were demolishe...

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Mecca in Saudi Arabia

Mecca in Saudi Arabia

[caption id="attachment_162292" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Masjid al-Haram and Kaaba © Ariandra 03/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mecca is a city in the Hejaz in Saudi Arabia. It is the capital of that kingdom's Makkah Region. The city is located 70 km (43 mi) inland from Jeddah in a narrow valley at a height of 277 m (909 ft) above sea level. Its resident population in 2012 was roughly 2 million, although visitors more than triple this number every year during the hajj ("pilgrimage") period held in the twelft...

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Theme Week Kazakhstan

Theme Week Kazakhstan

[caption id="attachment_191914" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ak Oda Presidential Palace in Astana © panoramio.com - Nikolay Olkhovoy/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is the world's largest landlocked country, and the ninth largest in the world, with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometres (1,052,100 sq mi). Kazakhstan is the dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region's GDP, primarily through its oil/gas industry. It also has vast mineral re...

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Theme Week Normandy - Lisieux

Theme Week Normandy - Lisieux

[caption id="attachment_152725" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Basilique de Sainte-Thérèse © Renegade[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lisieux is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region. It is the capital of the Pays d'Auge area, which is characterised by valleys and Normandy's typical hedged farmland, where there is a mix of livestock farming (mostly milk cows) and cider apple cultivation (from which Cider and Calvados are made, not forgetting Pommeau). Lisieux is situated on the confluence of the river...

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Theme Week Bhutan - Wangdue Phodrang

Theme Week Bhutan - Wangdue Phodrang

[caption id="attachment_221373" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Wangdue Phodrang Dzong under reconstruction in 2019 © Christopher J. Fynn/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Wangdue Phodrang is a town and capital (dzongkhag thromde) of Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan. It is located in Thedtsho Gewog. The town shares its name with the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong built in 1638 that dominates the district. The name is said to have been given by Ngawang Namgyal, the 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, who was searching for the best ...

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