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Theme Week Myanmar - Yangon

Theme Week Myanmar - Yangon

[caption id="attachment_196293" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Karaweik Palace on Kandawgyi Lake © Ralf-André Lettau[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rangoon, is the capital of the Yangon Region and commercial capital of Myanmar (Burma). Yangon served as the administrative capital of Myanmar until 2006, when the military government relocated the administrative functions to the purpose-built city of Naypyidaw in central Myanmar. With over 7 million people, Yangon is Myanmar's largest city and its most important commercial centre. ...

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Old Tbilisi in Georgia

Old Tbilisi in Georgia

[caption id="attachment_208131" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Narikala Fortress © panoramio.com - David Holt/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Old Tbilisi was an administrative district (raioni) in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, from 2007 to 2013. Although the term "Old Tbilisi" has long been used to denote a historical part of the city, it was only in 2007 that it became a distinct administrative entity to incorporate several historical neighbourhoods formerly included in the districts of Mtatsminda-Krtsanisi, Isani-Samg...

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The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

[caption id="attachment_225194" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Holy Island © flickr.com - Chris Combe/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lindisfarne, also called Holy Island, is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England, which constitutes the civil parish of Holy Island in Northumberland. Holy Island has a recorded history from the 6th century AD; it was an important centre of Celtic Christianity under Saints Aidan of Lindisfarne, Cuthbert, Eadfrith of Lindisfarne and Eadberht of Lindisfarne. After the Viking invasio...

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York, the Eternal City

York, the Eternal City

[caption id="attachment_151829" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Davygate © Jan Kronsell[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. York's location on the River Ouse, in the centre of the Vale of York and half way between the capitals of London and Edinburgh means that it has long had a significant...

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London

[caption id="attachment_26512" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Schlaier[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642. A modern reconstruction of the Gl...

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Montauk on Long Island

Montauk on Long Island

[caption id="attachment_150983" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Montauk Lighthouse National Historic Site © Anthony Montemurro/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Montauk is a census-designated place (CDP) that roughly corresponds to the hamlet with the same name located in the town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York, on the eastern end of the South Shore of Long Island. The population is at 3,300. Montauk is a major tourist destination and has six state parks. It is particularly famous for its fishing, claiming to...

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Essen, European Cultural Capital 2010

Essen, European Cultural Capital 2010

[caption id="attachment_151128" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ronald McDonald House by Friedensreich Hundertwasser © Thomas Schoch[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Essen is a city in the central part of the Ruhr area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Located on the River Ruhr, its population of approximately 579,000 makes it the 9th-largest city in Germany. For the year 2010, Essen was the European Capital of Culture on behalf of the whole Ruhr area. Formerly one of Germany's most important coal and steel centres and hist...

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The Archipelago Sea in Finland

The Archipelago Sea in Finland

[caption id="attachment_153048" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Archipelago Sea seen from the ferry between Pargas and Nagu © LPfi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Archipelago Sea is a part of the Baltic Sea between the Gulf of Bothnia, the Gulf of Finland and the Sea of Åland, within Finnish territorial waters. By some definitions it contains the largest archipelago (island group) in the world by the number of islands, although many of the islands are very small and tightly clustered. The larger islands are inhabited and connected ...

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Theme Week Washington, D.C. - The White House

Theme Week Washington, D.C. - The White House

[caption id="attachment_165148" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Matt H. Wade/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. The term White House is often used as a metonymy to refer to actions of the president and his advisers, as in "The White House announced that...". The residence was designed ...

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Chios in der Nördlichen Ägäis

Chios in der Nördlichen Ägäis

[caption id="attachment_222927" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of Lagada © FrontierNG/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Chios is the fifth largest of the Greek islands, situated in the northern Aegean Sea. The island is separated from Turkey by the Chios Strait. Chios is notable for its exports of mastic gum and its nickname is "the Mastic Island". Tourist attractions include its medieval villages and the 11th-century monastery of Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was also the site of the Chios massacre, in...

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