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Walhalla memorial, high above the Danube River

Walhalla memorial, high above the Danube River

[caption id="attachment_27461" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Ingo Steinbach/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Walhalla is a hall of fame that honors laudable and distinguished people, famous personalities in German history – politicians, sovereigns, scientists and artists of the "German tongue". The hall is housed in a neo-classical building above the Danube River, east of Regensburg, in Bavaria. The Walhalla is named for Valhalla of Norse mythology. It was conceived in 1807 by Crown Prince Ludwig, who built it ...

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Stockholm, the Venice of the North

Stockholm, the Venice of the North

[caption id="attachment_152580" align="aligncenter" width="590"] National Museum © Jonas Bergsten[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia. Stockholm is the most populous city in Sweden, with a population of 864,324 in the municipality, 1.4 million in the urban area, and around 2.1 million in the 6,519 km2 (2,517.00 sq mi) metropolitan area. As of 2010, the Stockholm metropolitan area is home to approximately 22% of Sweden's po...

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Museum of the Revolution in Havana

Museum of the Revolution in Havana

[caption id="attachment_171921" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Museum of the Revolution © flickr.com - Paul Mannix/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Museum of the Revolution (Spanish: Museo de la Revolución) is a museum located in the Old Havana section of Havana. The museum is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents from Mario García Menocal to Fulgencio Batista. It became the Museum of the Revolution during the years following the Cuban Revolution. The former Presidential Palace...

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The MSC Musica

The MSC Musica

[caption id="attachment_203459" align="aligncenter" width="590"] at Santorini, Greece © A. Stumpf/cc-by-sa-3.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The MSC Musica is a cruise ship belonging to MSC Cruises. It was christened in Venice by the Italian actress Sophia Loren in June 2006 and went on its maiden voyage on July 1. The ship has four different restaurants, a sushi bar, an 800 m² casino, the Havana Club smoking room and a theater 1200 seats and a discotheque, as well as a tennis and a mini golf course. Other features: 16 ...

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Portrait: Roman emperor Hadrian

Portrait: Roman emperor Hadrian

[caption id="attachment_192296" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Emporer Hadrian and Antinous busts in the British Museum in London © SanGavinoEN/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hadrian was Roman emperor from 117 to 138. He was born Publius Aelius Hadrianus, probably at Italica, near Santiponce (in modern-day Spain), into a Hispano-Roman family. His father was of senatorial rank, and was a first cousin of the emperor Trajan. Early in Hadrian's career, before Trajan became emperor, he married Trajan's grand-niece Vibia Sa...

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BIQ, the world's first building with a bioreactor façade

BIQ, the world's first building with a bioreactor façade

[caption id="attachment_153736" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © iba-hamburg.de / Splitterwerk, Graz[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Natural, efficient and unique: the BIQ is setting new standards as the first building in the world to have a bioreactor façade. Microalgae are cultivated in the glass elements that make up its “bio skin”. These are used to produce energy, and can also control light and provide shade. Inside, an innovative living concept is aimed at ensuring maximum design versatility for everyday life, and gives ...

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Theme Week Guatemala - Guatemala City

Theme Week Guatemala - Guatemala City

[caption id="attachment_223487" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palacio Nacional © flickr.com - Francisco Anzola/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Guatemala City (Spanish: Ciudad de Guatemala), locally known as Guatemala or Guate, officially Ciudad de Guatemala, is the capital and largest city of Guatemala, and the most populous urban area in Central America. The city is located in the south-central part of the country, nestled in a mountain valley called Valle de la Ermita (English: Hermitage Valley). It is estimated that i...

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Theme Week Istria - Labin

Theme Week Istria - Labin

[caption id="attachment_153462" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Alessandro Vecchi/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Labin, with a town population of 7,000 and 12,000 in the greater municipality (which also includes the small towns of Rabac and Vinež, as well as a number of smaller villages), lies on the east coast of the Istrian Peninsula, halfway between Pula and Opatija. Labin developed from the site of the Roman settlement of Albona. Before and under the Roman occupation, Albona was an important commune. On ...

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Port Phillip Bay in Australia

Port Phillip Bay in Australia

[caption id="attachment_153657" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The memorial at Sorrento marking the site of the first British settlement on Port Phillip Bay in 1803 © Adam Carr[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Port Phillip (also commonly referred to as Port Phillip Bay or (locally) just The Bay), is a large bay in southern Victoria; it is the location of Melbourne. Geographically, the bay covers 1,930 square kilometres (480,000 acres) and the shore stretches roughly 264 km (164 mi). Although it is extremely shallow for its size, mos...

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Theme Week Thailand

Theme Week Thailand

[caption id="attachment_204478" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Yaowarat Road, the centre of Bangkok's Chinatown © flickr.com - Ninara/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese Peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km² (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world's 50th-largest country by total area and the 22nd-most-populous country. The capital and largest city is Ban...

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