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[caption id="attachment_209271" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Asbury Park Boardwalk © Sk5893/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area with a population of about 15,500. It was ranked the sixth-best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. At one time, there were many hotels along the beachfront. Many were de...

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The port city of Marsala

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The Shard in London

The Shard in London

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The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

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The Mein Schiff 1

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[caption id="attachment_152809" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mein Schiff 1 at St. Georges, Grenada © Caribbeanyachtbroker[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mein Schiff 1 is a Century class cruise ship owned and operated by TUI Cruises. She was built in 1996 at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg as Galaxy for Celebrity Cruises, and renamed Celebrity Galaxy in 2008. In May 2009 she transferred to the fleet of TUI Cruises, a joint venture between Celebrity Cruises' owner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG. The ship was renamed...

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[caption id="attachment_192867" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Copacabana © flickr.com - Juniorpetjua/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Copacabana is a bairro (neighbourhood) located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It is known for its 4 km (2.5 miles) balneario beach, which is one of the most famous in the world. Copacabana begins at Princesa Isabel Avenue and ends at Posto Seis (lifeguard watchtower Six). Beyond Copacabana, there are two small beaches: one, inside Fort Copacabana and the ...

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The European Union: 2019 European Parliament election

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Hudson Bay in Canada

Hudson Bay in Canada

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Roman Abramowitschs Mega Yacht Eclipse

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[caption id="attachment_153687" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Yacht Eclipse in Hamburg © Hummelhummel/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich boasts not only the world's largest plane (the 'Bandit'), but also the world's biggest yacht: a 557-foot mega-boat called the Eclipse, which set sail from the dock of shipyard Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, Germany. The 557-foot Eclipse reportedly comes with features including two helipads, a submarine, multiple hot tubs, a pool and a missile-detec...

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