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Portrait: Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, philosopher, and Academic skeptic

Portrait: Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, philosopher, and Academic skeptic

[caption id="attachment_227141" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bust of Cicero, Palazzo Nuovo, Musei Capitolini, Rome © Freud/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, philosopher, and Academic skeptic, who tried to uphold optimate principles during the political crises that led to the establishment of the Roman Empire. His extensive writings include treatises on rhetoric, philosophy and politics, and he is considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists. ...

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Boppard in the upper Middle Rhine Valley

Boppard in the upper Middle Rhine Valley

[caption id="attachment_161108" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Rhine Panorama © Moguntiner/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Boppard is a town in the Rhein-Hunsrück district in Rhineland-Palatinate, lying in the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also a state-recognized tourism resort and is a winegrowing centre. Boppard lies on the upper Middle Rhine, often known as the Rhine Gorge. This characteristic narrow form of valley arose from downward erosion of the Rhine’s riverbed. A 17 km stret...

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Theme Week Alsace - Mulhouse

Theme Week Alsace - Mulhouse

[caption id="attachment_150580" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Old town hall on Place de la Réunion © Wladyslaw/cc-by-sa-3.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mulhouse is a city and commune in eastern France, close to the Swiss and German borders. With a population of 111,000 and 278,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area, it is the largest city in the Haut-Rhin département, and the second largest in the Alsace region after Strasbourg. Mulhouse is the chief city of an arrondissement of the Haut-Rhin département, of which it i...

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Theme Week Asturias - Oviedo

Theme Week Asturias - Oviedo

[caption id="attachment_217547" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Parliament building of the Principality of Asturias © flickr.com - vicenmiranda/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Oviedo (Asturian: Uviéu) is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. It is also the name of the municipality that contains the city. Oviedo is located approximately 24 ;km (15 mi) southwest of Gijón and 23 km (14 mi) south of Avilés, both of which lie on the shor...

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Galtür in Tyrol

Galtür in Tyrol

[caption id="attachment_218306" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Panoramic overview of the beginners ski slope at Galtür-Wirl © panoramio.com - Henk Monster/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Galtür is a village and ski resort in the upper Paznaun valley in Austrian state of Tyrol located in the Central Eastern Alps 35 km southwest of Landeck near the border of Vorarlberg and Switzerland. Galtür was settled by the Engadinern from the south, the Walsern and Vorarlbergern from the west, and Tyroleans from the east. Today the ...

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Theme Week Styria - Mürzzuschlag

Theme Week Styria - Mürzzuschlag

[caption id="attachment_153208" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Doronenko/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mürzzuschlag is a town in northeastern Styria, the capital of the Mürzzuschlag District. It is located on the Mürz river near the Semmering Pass, the border with the state of Lower Austria, about 85 km (53 mi) southwest of Vienna. The population is 8,500. Originally an industrial area, the nearby mountains are today a popular ski resort. In 1854 the Semmering railway opened, by which the Austrian Southe...

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The Villa Wahnfried in Bayreuth

The Villa Wahnfried in Bayreuth

[caption id="attachment_27875" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Dickbauch~commonswiki/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Wahnfried was the name given by Richard Wagner to his villa in Bayreuth. The name is a German compound of Wahn (delusion, madness) and Fried(e), (peace, freedom). According to Richard Wagner's wife Cosima the name came to mind after visiting the picturesque town of Wahnfried in Hesse. The house was constructed from 1872 to 1874 under Carl Wölfel's supervision after plans from Berlin architect W...

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Theme Week London - City of London

Theme Week London - City of London

[caption id="attachment_151765" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City of London skyline © David Iliff[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The City of London is a small area within Greater London, England. It is the historic core of London around which the modern conurbation grew and has held city status since time immemorial. The City’s boundaries have remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages, and it is now only a tiny part of the metropolis of London, though remains a notable part of central London. It is often referred to as t...

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Theme Week Styria - Hartberg

Theme Week Styria - Hartberg

[caption id="attachment_153212" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main Square with Mary column © Josef Moser/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hartberg is a city in Styria, the capital of the Hartberg-Fürstenfeld (district). As of the census of 2001, it has a population of 6,500 in an area of 21.54 km². The city is approximately 68 km away from Styrias capital Graz. This town has a long and rich history. A settlement was located here in the Neolithic ages. One of the most important, prehistoric settlements of Styr...

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Sopron in Hungary

Sopron in Hungary

[caption id="attachment_151246" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main square © Michael Kargl/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sopron is a city in Hungary on the Austrian border, near the Lake Neusiedl/Lake Fertő. Today, Sopron's economy immensely benefits from the European Union. Having been a city close to nowhere, that is, to the Iron Curtain, Sopron now has re-established full trade relations to nearby Austria. Furthermore, after being suppressed during the Cold War, Sopron's German-speaking culture and heritage are n...

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