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Hever Castle in Kent

Hever Castle in Kent

[caption id="attachment_192336" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Nessy-Pic/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hever Castle is located in the village of Hever, Kent, near Edenbridge, 30 miles (48 km) south-east of London. It began as a country house, built in the 13th century. From 1462 to 1539, it was the seat of the Boleyn (originally 'Bullen') family. Anne Boleyn, the second queen consort of King Henry VIII of England, spent her early youth there after her father, Thomas Boleyn, inherited it in 1505. The castle passed t...

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The Geiranger Fjord in Norway

The Geiranger Fjord in Norway

[caption id="attachment_153921" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Geiranger and Geirangerfjord © Marczel[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Geiranger Fjord is a fjord in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county in Norway. It is in the municipality of Stranda. It is a 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) long branch of the Storfjord (Great Fjord). The small village of Geiranger is located at the end of the fjord where the Geirangelva river empties into it. The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites and has been listed as ...

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Medieval city of Orléans on the Loire

Medieval city of Orléans on the Loire

[caption id="attachment_159865" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Jeanne d'Arc monument © Pc fish[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 130 kilometres (81 mi) southwest of Paris. It is the capital of the Loiret department and of the Centre region. Orléans is located on the Loire River where the river curves south towards the Massif Central. The city of New Orleans (still called in French La Nouvelle-Orléans), in the United States is named after the commune of Orléans. Orléans is ...

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Chapel of Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe in France

Chapel of Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe in France

[caption id="attachment_210065" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © W. Bulach/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe (St. Michael of the Needle) is a chapel in Aiguilhe, near Le Puy-en-Velay in France. The chapel is reached by 268 steps carved into the rock. It was built in 969 on a volcanic plug 85 metres (279 ft) high. The surface on top of the plug is 57 metres (187 ft) in diameter. Bishop Godescalc of Le Puy-en-Velay had the chapel built to celebrate his return from the pilgrimage of Saint Jam...

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Enercon E-126 is The World's Largest Wind Turbine

Enercon E-126 is The World's Largest Wind Turbine

[caption id="attachment_161264" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Enercon E-126 © JUWI[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]A new wind turbine was installed in Emden, Germany: Enercon E-216. It is the largest wind turbine in the world. Maybe you’ve heard about E-112 turbine but this one is even larger. Despite the fact that E-112 is rated at 6 megawatts, this new one will most likely produce 7+megawatts. After some calculations, Enercon E-216 can produce 20 million kilowatt hours per year, enough to power 5,000 households. Such a...

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Carthage in Tunisia

Carthage in Tunisia

[caption id="attachment_225054" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Reconstruction of Punic Carthage © flickr.com - damian entwistle/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Carthage was the capital city of the ancient Carthaginian civilization, on the eastern side of the Lake of Tunis in what is now Tunisia. Carthage was one of the most important trading hubs of the Ancient Mediterranean and one of the most affluent cities of the classical world. Today Carthage is a posh villa suburb of Tunis, the location of the largest university...

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Svolvær on the Lofoten

Svolvær on the Lofoten

[caption id="attachment_161170" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Svolvær Harbour © Ernmuhl[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Svolvær is the administrative centre of Vågan Municipality (9,200 inhabitants) in the Nordland County in Lofoten. The town itself has a population of 4,000. The first town formation known in North Norway, Vågar, was situated around the narrow, natural harbor near Kabelvåg, just west of Svolvær. Vågar is mentioned in Heimskringla, and might have been established as early as 800. One of the first chu...

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InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel in Midtown Manhattan

InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel in Midtown Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_203336" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Onyo at wts wikivoyage/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel is a historic luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Caswell-Massey had its flagship store in InterContinental New York Barclay for over 80 years. Caswell-Massey, the oldest chemist and perfumer in America, was the first and oldest tenant of the Barclay. Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Durante, Debbie Reynolds, Ernes...

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Kristiansand, the gateway to Norway

Kristiansand, the gateway to Norway

[caption id="attachment_152762" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Odderøya Lighthouse © Philip Gabrielsen[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kristiansand is a city, municipality and the county capital of Vest-Agder county in Southern Norway. Kristiansand municipality is the 5th largest in Norway with a population of 83,000 as of 1 April 2011. The Kristiansand urban area, entirely located in the municipality, had a population of 68,000 on 1 January 2009, and is thus the 8th largest urban area in Norway. In addition, the Norwegian Statist...

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The City of Casablanca

The City of Casablanca

[caption id="attachment_167826" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of Casablanca © Brio-En/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Casablanca is a city in western Morocco, located on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the capital of the Grand Casablanca region. Casablanca is Morocco's largest city as well as its chief port. It is also the biggest city in the Maghreb. The 2004 census recorded a population of 2,949,805 in the prefecture of Casablanca and 3,631,061 in the region of Grand Casablanca. Casablanca is considered the economic ...

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