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The Queen Elizabeth 2

The Queen Elizabeth 2

[caption id="attachment_151244" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of Hamburg © Seebeer[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as the QE2, is an ocean liner that was operated by Cunard from 1969 to 2008. Following her retirement from cruising, she is now owned by Istithmar (the investment company of Dubai World). She was designed primarily to run a transatlantic service from her home port of Southampton, England, to New York, USA, and was named after the earlier Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth...

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Versailles, city and château

Versailles, city and château

[caption id="attachment_154100" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Versailles © ToucanWings/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Versailles, a city renowned for its château, the Palace of Versailles, was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France for over a century, from 1682 to 1789. It is now a wealthy suburb of Paris and remains an important administrative and judicial centre. Located in the western suburbs of the French capital, 17.1 km (10.6 mi) from the centre of Paris, the commune of Versailles is the préfecture (ad...

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Theme Week Los Angeles - Bel Air

Theme Week Los Angeles - Bel Air

[caption id="attachment_157859" align="aligncenter" width="590"] East Gate © Socccal/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bel Air or Bel Air Estates is an affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles. Bel Air is situated about 12 miles (19 km) west of Downtown Los Angeles and includes some of the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. It lies across Sunset Boulevard from the northern edge of the main campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At the heart of the community sits the Bel-Air Country Club and the Hotel...

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Theme Week Bahrain

Theme Week Bahrain

[caption id="attachment_164157" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Manama © Wadiia/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain is a small Arab monarchy in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain consists of a group of islands between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. It is an island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf in the Middle East. It is a small archipelago centered on Bahrain Island, its largest land mass. It is just 23 km (14 mi) east off Saud...

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Carlisle in Cumbria

Carlisle in Cumbria

[caption id="attachment_152561" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Court Square © geograph.org.uk - David Rogers[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Carlisle is the county town of Cumbria, and the major settlement of the wider City of Carlisle in North West England. Carlisle is located at the confluence of the rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril, 10 miles (16 km) south of the Scottish border. It is the largest settlement in the county of Cumbria, and serves as the administrative centre for both Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council...

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Theme Week Guyana - Georgetown

Theme Week Guyana - Georgetown

[caption id="attachment_184208" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Downtown Georgetown © flickr.com - amanderson2/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Georgetown is the capital of Guyana, located in Region 4, which is also known as the Demerara-Mahaica region. It is the country's largest urban centre. It is situated on the Atlantic Ocean coast at the mouth of the Demerara River and it was nicknamed Garden City of the Caribbean. Georgetown serves primarily as a retail and administrative centre. It also serves as a financial service...

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Piraeus on the east coast of the Saronic Gulf

Piraeus on the east coast of the Saronic Gulf

[caption id="attachment_161094" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mikrolimano © Templar52[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Piraeus is a port city in the region of Attica. Piraeus is located within the Athens-Piraeus Urban Area, 12 km southwest from its city center (municipality of Athens), and lies along the east coast of the Saronic Gulf. According to the 2001 census, Piraeus had a population of 175,697 people within its administrative limits, making it the third largest municipality in Greece and the second largest within the...

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Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle

[caption id="attachment_24001" align="alignleft" width="590"] Corona Prusia - Prussian King's Crown (Hohenzollern Castle Collection) © Mirko Junge/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hohenzollern Castle is a castle about 50 kilometers (31 mi) south of Stuttgart. It is considered the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, which emerged in the Middle Ages and eventually became German Emperors. The castle is located on top of Mount Hohenzollern at an elevation of 855 meters (2,805 ft) above sea level, 234 m (768 ft) above s...

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