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Theme Week Bahrain - Central Business District Manama

Theme Week Bahrain - Central Business District Manama

[caption id="attachment_164184" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bahrain World Trade Center © flickr.com - Allan Donque/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Central Business District (CBD) is located in central Manama, the capital of Bahrain. Many of the city's hotels, office buildings, shops and restaurants are located in the CBD. It lies along the northern coast of Manama. The CBD is considered one of the best shopping areas in the city; it has the Manama Souq (market, in Arabic), located near the Bab Al Bahrain (the Gatew...

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Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama

Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama

[caption id="attachment_153659" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Panama map © Zakuragi/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Pearl Islands (Spanish: Archipiélago de las Perlas or Islas de las Perlas) are a group of 100 or more islands (many tiny and uninhabited) lying about 30 miles (48 km) off the Pacific coast of Panama in the Gulf of Panama. The islands were first occupied by Indians who were (with their leader Terarequí) wiped out within two years of the islands' discovery by the Spanish. Spaniard Vasco Nunez...

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South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan

South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_165639" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Smallbones[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The South Street Seaport is a historic area in the New York City borough of Manhattan, centered where Fulton Street meets the East River, and adjacent to the Financial District. The Seaport is a designated historic district, and is distinct from the neighboring Financial District. It is part of Manhattan Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, and is bounded by the Financial District to the west, southwest, and north; the East ...

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Herzlia in Gusch Dan

Herzlia in Gusch Dan

[caption id="attachment_152002" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Herzliya Marina © David Shay/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Herzliya is a city in the central coast of Israel, at the Northern part of the Tel Aviv District in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area. It has a population of more than 110,000 residents. Named after Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, Herzliya covers an area of 21.6 square kilometres (8.3 sq mi). At its western municipal boundaries is Herzliya Pituah, one of Israel's most affluent districts...

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German Unity Day

German Unity Day

[caption id="attachment_2486" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Tag der Deutschen Einheit 2011 © bonn.de"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]For 28 years, the Berlin Wall cemented the political division of Germany and Europe. It became a symbol of the Cold War, which split the world politically into an eastern and a western hemisphere. Over one hundred people died attempting to get past the heavily guarded Wall. In the end, the internal and external pressure on the GDR leadership increased so much that a chain of events was trig...

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Balboa Island in Newport Beach

Balboa Island in Newport Beach

[caption id="attachment_185228" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Don Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Balboa Island is a community located in Newport Beach in California, accessible to the public via bridge, ferry and several public docks. The community is surrounded by a paved concrete boardwalk open to pedestrian traffic, designated as a public walking trail by the city. Balboa Island's Marine Avenue is home to local small businesses including restaurants, bakeries and local crafts. The island also has its...

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Theme Week Pakistan - Peshawar

Theme Week Pakistan - Peshawar

[caption id="attachment_211183" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bala Hissar Fort © NoahOmarY/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Peshawar is the capital of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its largest city. It is the sixth-largest in Pakistan. Peshawar is also the largest Pashtun-majority city in Pakistan and is bilingual in Pashto and Hindko. Situated in the broad Valley of Peshawar near the eastern end of the historic Khyber Pass, close to the border with Afghanistan, Peshawar's recorded history dates back...

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Theme Week Lebanon - Byblos on the Mediterranean coast

Theme Week Lebanon - Byblos on the Mediterranean coast

[caption id="attachment_151107" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Karan Jain/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Byblos, in Arabic Jubayl, is a Mediterranean city in the Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon. It is believed to have been occupied first between 8800 and 7000 BC, and according to fragments attributed to the semi-legendary pre-Homeric Phoenician priest Sanchuniathon, it was built by Cronus as the first city in Phoenicia. It is one of the cities suggested as the oldest continuously inhabited city in th...

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Seoul, the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea

Seoul, the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea

[caption id="attachment_4599" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="Gangnam district © Sakoku"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Seoul, officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of over 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the OECD developed world. The Seoul National Capital Area is the world's second largest metropolitan area with over 25 million inhabitants, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province. Almost a quarter ...

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Printemps Paris Haussmann

Printemps Paris Haussmann

[caption id="attachment_216495" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - OliBac/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Printemps is a French department store chain (French: grand magasin, literally "big store"). The Printemps stores focus on beauty, lifestyle, fashion, accessories, and men's wear. The flagship Printemps store is located on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, along with other well-known department stores like Galeries Lafayette. There are other Printemps stores in Paris and throughout Fra...

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