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Belgrade, the capital of Serbia

Belgrade, the capital of Serbia

[caption id="attachment_153498" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Railway Museum © Uncle buddha[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Belgrade is the capital of Serbia. As the largest city of Serbia, it is the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. It has an urban population of 1.2 million, while the metropolitan area has more than 1.7 million people, making it one of the largest cities of Southeast Europe. The city lies at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian...

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Xi’an in China

Xi’an in China

[caption id="attachment_185997" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bell tower © Danielinblue/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi Province, People's Republic of China. It is a sub-provincial city located in the center of the Guanzhong Plain in Northwestern China. One of the oldest cities in China, Xi'an is the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Sui, and Tang...

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Porto, capital of the north

Porto, capital of the north

[caption id="attachment_150998" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ribeira © Georges Jansoone[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Porto, also known as Oporto in English, is the second largest city in Portugal and one of the major urban areas in the Iberian Peninsula. Its administrative limits includes a population of 237,559 inhabitants distributed within 15 civil parishes. The urbanized area of Porto, which extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, has a population of 1.2 million in an area of 389 km2 (150 sq mi), making it th...

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The Suez Canal

The Suez Canal

[caption id="attachment_153638" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port Said - Suez Canal Authority © Daniel Csörföly[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Opened in November 1869 after 10 years of construction work, it allows ship transport between Europe and eastern Asia without navigation around Africa. The northern terminus is Port Said and the southern terminus is Port Tawfiq at the city of Suez. Ismailia lies on its west ban...

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The HNLMS Buffel

The HNLMS Buffel

[caption id="attachment_223024" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © S.J. de Waard/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]HNLMS Buffel is a 19th-century ironclad ram ship. She was one of the main attractions of the Maritime Museum Rotterdam, also known as the Prince Hendrik Museum, named after its founder, Prince Henry (Hendrik) "The Navigator", who had a naval career and established the basis of the museum back in 1874. In October 2013 the ship moved to Hellevoetsluis and is again open for public. Built in 1868 by Robert...

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Rafah in the Gaza Strip

Rafah in the Gaza Strip

[caption id="attachment_28024" align="aligncenter" width="482"] Gaza Strip map © Gringer/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rafah is a Palestinian city and refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. It is the district capital of the Rafah Governorate, located 30 kilometers (19 mi) south of Gaza City. Rafah's population of 153,000 (2014) is overwhelmingly made up of Palestinian refugees. Rafah camp and Tall as-Sultan camp form separate localities. When Israel withdrew from the Sinai in 1982, Rafah was split into a Gazan part a...

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Theme Week Friuli Venezia Giulia - San Vito al Tagliamento

Theme Week Friuli Venezia Giulia - San Vito al Tagliamento

[caption id="attachment_223873" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Sirleonidas/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]San Vito al Tagliamento is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pordenone in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Trieste and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of Pordenone. It is a medieval town on the right bank of the Tagliamento river. [gallery size="large" gss="1" ids="223867,223868,223869,223870,223871,223872,223873,223874,223875,2238...

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Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv

Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv

[caption id="attachment_205925" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Avishai Teicher/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Yitzhak Rabin Center is a library and research center in Tel Aviv, Israel, built in memory of assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. The Yitzhak Rabin Center, designed by the Israeli architect, Moshe Safdie, sits on a hill commanding a panoramic view of Yarkon Park and Tel Aviv, near the Eretz Israel Museum, the Palmach Museum, Tel Aviv University and Beth Hatefutsoth. The inauguration c...

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Koenigstein im Taunus

Koenigstein im Taunus

[caption id="attachment_154252" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hotel Villa Rothschild © Karsten11[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Königstein im Taunus is a climatic spa and lies on the thickly wooded slopes of the Taunus in Hesse. Owing to its advantageous location for both scenery and transport on the edge of the Frankfurt Rhine Main Region, Königstein is a favourite residential town, near Frankfurt. Königstein has an extraordinarily high level of purchasing power . In 2010, their purchasing power index was of 191 perce...

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Marsa Alam on the Red Sea

Marsa Alam on the Red Sea

[caption id="attachment_153538" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunrise © Marc Ryckaert/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marsa Alam is a town in south-eastern Egypt, located on the western shore of the Red Sea. It is currently seeing fast increasing popularity as a tourist destination and development following the opening of Marsa Alam International Airport in 2001. Among the most famous beaches around Marsa Alam is the Abu Dabab beach. In Abu Dabab, turtles are a common sight and it is nearly guaranteed that when d...

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