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The Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre in Berlin

The Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_1303" align="aligncenter" width="603" caption="Leseterrassen © Herr Gleisenagel"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]University Library of Humboldt University The Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre will be jointly developed by the University Library and the Computer and Media Service as an open information and communication space on the midtown campus of Humboldt University in Berlin. More than 175 years after it's foundation the Central University Library will have a separate fully functional building for t...

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Theme Week Libya - Tobruk

Theme Week Libya - Tobruk

[caption id="attachment_168404" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of Tobruk © Maher A. A. Abdussalam[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tobruk is a port city on Libya's eastern Mediterranean coast, near the border of Egypt. It is the capital of the Butnan District (formerly Tobruk District) and has a population of 120,000 (2011 est.). King Idris of Libya had his palace at Bab Zaytun. Tobruk was traditionally a stronghold of the Senussi royal dynasty and one of the first to rebel against Colonel Gaddafi in the Arab Spring. At the out...

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The Amazon Theatre in Manaus

The Amazon Theatre in Manaus

[caption id="attachment_152143" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Teatro Amazonas © Joshjrowe/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Amazon Theatre (Portuguese: Teatro Amazonas) is an opera house located in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. It is the location of the annual Festival Amazonas de Ópera (Amazonas Opera Festival) and the home of the Amazonas Philharmonic Orchestra which regularly rehearses and performs at the Amazon Theater along with choirs, musical concerts and other performances. ...

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Portrait: Otto von Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor

Portrait: Otto von Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor

[caption id="attachment_169254" align="aligncenter" width="505"] Otto von Bismarck in 1886 © Immanuel Giel/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg, known as Otto von Bismarck, was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890. In the 1860s, he engineered a series of wars that unified the German states, deliberately excluding Austria, into a powerful German Empire under Prussian leadership. With that accomplished by ...

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The trimaran Hydroptère

The trimaran Hydroptère

[caption id="attachment_153869" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © hydroptere.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hydroptère is an experimental sailing hydrofoil designed by French yachtsman Alain Thébault. Her multihull hydrofoil design allows the sail-powered vessel to reach high speeds on water. The design is based on experience from a range of hydrofoil sailcraft that Thébault built in cooperation with Éric Tabarly since the 1990s. On October 5, 2008 she reached a record speed of 52.86 knots (97.90 km/h; 60.83 mph), howev...

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Bonn on the Rhine

Bonn on the Rhine

[caption id="attachment_160213" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunrise on a Winter day © Matthias Zepper[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bonn is the 19th largest city in Germany. Located in the Cologne/Bonn Region, about 25 kilometres south of Cologne on the river Rhine in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, it was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990 and the official seat of government of united Germany from 1990 to 1999. Starting in 1998, many national government institutions were moved from Bonn to Berlin. Both houses ...

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Göreme in Cappadocia

Göreme in Cappadocia

[caption id="attachment_163625" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © MusikAnimal/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Göreme, located among the "fairy chimney" rock formations, is a town in Cappadocia, a historical region of Turkey. It is in the Nevşehir Province in Central Anatolia and has a population of around 2,000 people. The Göreme National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. Former names of the town have been Korama, Matiana, Maccan or Machan, and Avcilar. When Göreme Valley nearby was d...

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The TRANSROMANICA as Major Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

The TRANSROMANICA as Major Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

[caption id="attachment_161236" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © transromanica.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]TRANSROMANICA was officially recognized as a "Major European Cultural Route" by the Council of Europe in August 2007. The Cultural Routes programme was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987. Its objective was to demonstrate in a visible way, by means of a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe represented a shared cultural heritage. TRANSROMANIC...

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