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The Elbe

The Elbe

[caption id="attachment_153697" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Elbe River at Dresden © NetgutuDD[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Elbe rises at an elevation of about 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) in the Krkonoše (also known as Giant Mountains or in German as Riesengebirge) on the northwest borders of the Czech Republic. Of the numerous small streams whose waters compose the infant river, the most important is the Bílé Labe, or White Elbe. After plunging down the 60 metres (197 ft) of the Labský vodopád, or Elbe Falls, the latter ...

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Theme Week New England - Rhode Island

Theme Week New England - Rhode Island

[caption id="attachment_165800" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Newport © MVASCO - Michael Kagdis/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Rhode Island is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states, following New Jersey. Its official name is also the longest of any state in the Union. Rhode Island is bordered by Con...

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Theme Week Uzbekistan - Bukhara

Theme Week Uzbekistan - Bukhara

[caption id="attachment_208725" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Poi Kalon Ensemble © flickr.com - Fulvio Spada/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bukhara is a city in Uzbekistan. Bukhara is rich in historical sites, with about 140 architectural monuments. The city served as the capital of the Samanid empire and Khanate of Bukhara and was the birthplace of Imam Bukhari. The nation's fifth-largest city, it had a population of 247,644 as of 31 August 2016. But according to the Statistics of O’zStatQo’m Department the City...

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Theme Week Corsica - Porto-Vecchio

Theme Week Corsica - Porto-Vecchio

[caption id="attachment_160201" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Nerijp[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. It is the seat of the canton of Porto-Vecchio, which it shares with Sari-Solenzara, Conca and Lecci. Port-Vecchio is a medium-sized port city placed on a good harbor, the southernmost of the marshy and alluvial east side of Corsica. The inhabitants are called Porto-Vecchiais in French, and Portivechjacciu in Corsican.[gallery siz...

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The seaside town of Ilfracombe in Devon

The seaside town of Ilfracombe in Devon

[caption id="attachment_161098" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ilfracombe © Adrian Pingstone[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ilfracombe is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast with a small harbour, surrounded by cliffs. The parish stretches along the coast from 'The Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along The Torrs to Lee Bay toward the west. The resort is hilly and the highest point within the parish boundary is at 'Hore Down Gate', 2 miles inland and 860 feet (270 m) above sea leve...

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Padua in the Veneto region

Padua in the Veneto region

[caption id="attachment_160663" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Prato della Valle, the famous square of Padua © Dan00nad[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Padua (Italian: Padova) is a city and comune in the Veneto, northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Padua and the economic and communications hub of the area. Padua's population is 214,000. The city is sometimes included, with Venice (Italian: Venezia) and Treviso, in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area, having a population of c. 1,600,000. Padua stands on the Ba...

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Theme Week Paraguay - Villarrica

Theme Week Paraguay - Villarrica

[caption id="attachment_184052" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cordillera de Yvytyrusu © Ricardogomezize/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Villarrica del Espíritu Santo, its formal name, is a city located in the middle of the Oriental Region of the Paraguayan territory, it is the capital of the Guairá Department. It was founded by the Spanish Captain Ruy Diaz de Melgarejo on May 14, 1570 in the old Guaira, today in Brazilian territory. Villarrica has many places that honor the Paraguayan culture, such as the monument t...

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Salem Castle School

Salem Castle School

[caption id="attachment_24559" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Schloss Salem © F. Bucher/cc-by-sa-2.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Salem Castle School is a boarding school with campuses in Hohenfels, Salem and Überlingen in Baden-Württemberg in Southern Germany. It is considered one of the most elite schools in Europe. The school was established by the educator Kurt Hahn with support of Prince Maximilian of Baden in 1920 and from the beginning accepted girls and boys. Under the Nazi regime Hahn (who was Jewish) was f...

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Port Townsend on the Pacific

Port Townsend on the Pacific

[caption id="attachment_151179" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Old part of Port Townsend and Admiralty Inlet © Adbar/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington. It is the county seat and only incorporated city of Jefferson County. In addition to its natural scenery at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, the city is also known for the many Victorian buildings remaining from its late 19th-century heyday, numerous annual cultural events, and as a maritime center for ind...

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Eleuthera in the Bahamas

Eleuthera in the Bahamas

[caption id="attachment_206515" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunset explored at Tippy's Beach © flickr.com - Trish Hartmann/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Eleuthera refers both to a single island in the archipelagic state of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas and to its associated group of smaller islands. Eleuthera forms a part of the Great Bahama Bank. The island of Eleuthera incorporates the smaller Harbour Island. Known in the 17th century as Cigateo, it lies 80 km (50 miles) east of Nassau. It is long and thin—180 ...

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