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Theme Week British Channel Islands

Theme Week British Channel Islands

[caption id="attachment_151195" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lé Châté ès Barclays - Sark © Tswgb[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Channel Islands are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey, neither of which is part of the United Kingdom; rather they are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy. They have a total population of about 158,000 and their respective c...

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The port city of Geelong

The port city of Geelong

[caption id="attachment_153604" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Waterfront © Marcus Wong/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Geelong metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of Victoria. Located 75 kilometres (47 mi) south-west of the state capital, Melbourne, the port city is situated around Corio Bay and the Barwon River. The metropolitan area runs from the plains of Lara in the north to the rolling hills of Waurn Ponds to the south, with the bay to the east and hills to the west, an...

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Venlo on river Meuse

Venlo on river Meuse

[caption id="attachment_154324" align="aligncenter" width="590"] De Parade © Joaquin Maturana Contti[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Venlo is a municipality and a city in the southeastern Netherlands, next to the German border. It is situated in the province of Limburg. In 2003 Venlo was awarded the title Greenest city of Europe by the EU. In 2012 it will host the Floriade. In 2001, the (now former) municipalities of Belfeld and Tegelen were merged into the municipality of Venlo. Tegelen was originally part of the Duchy of J...

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Theme Week Abu Dhabi - Capital Gate, the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi

Theme Week Abu Dhabi - Capital Gate, the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi

[caption id="attachment_24848" align="aligncenter" width="393"] Capital Gate, July 2012 © FritzDaCat/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Capital Gate is a skyscraper in Abu Dhabi adjacent to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre designed with a striking lean. At 160 m (520 ft) and 35 stories, it is one of the tallest buildings in the city and features an 18° incline to the west. The owner and developer of Capital Gate is Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company. The tower (also known as the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi) is t...

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The Sorbonne in Paris

The Sorbonne in Paris

[caption id="attachment_186198" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © François Trazzi/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Sorbonne is an edifice of the Latin Quarter (5th arrondissement), in Paris, which was the historical house of the former University of Paris. Today, it houses part or all of several higher education and research institutions such as Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris Descartes University, École pratique des hautes études, and Sorbonne University. Despite being a highly ...

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The Paris Beaches

The Paris Beaches

[caption id="attachment_24618" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Sharat Ganapati/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Paris-Plages is a plan run by the office of the mayor of Paris that creates temporary artificial beaches each summer along the river Seine in the centre of Paris, and, since 2007, along the Bassin de la Villette in the northeast of Paris. Every July and August, roadways on the banks of the Seine are blocked off and host various activities, including sandy beaches and palm trees. French city-dwellers...

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Fürstenfeldbruck in Bavaria

Fürstenfeldbruck in Bavaria

[caption id="attachment_160685" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aerial view of Cloister Fürstenfeld © Bernd Hagmeier[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Fürstenfeldbruck is a town in Bavaria, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Fürstenfeldbruck. It has a population of 34.000. Since the 1930s, Fürstenfeldbruck has had an air force base. Fürstenfeldbruck covers an area of 32.53 km². It is located halfway between Munich and Augsburg, and along the Amper river. The name of Fürstenfeldbruck is composed of two parts, ...

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Theme Week Emilia-Romagna

Theme Week Emilia-Romagna

[caption id="attachment_152583" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Emilia-Romagna Provinces © Rarelibra[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Emilia–Romagna is an administrative Region of Northern Italy, comprising the former regions of Emilia and Romagna. Its capital is Bologna. It has an area of 22,446 km2 (8,666 sq mi), and about 4.4 million inhabitants. Emilia–Romagna is one of the richest, most developed regions in Europe, and it has the third highest GDP per capita in Italy. Bologna, its capital, has one of Italy's highest ...

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