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Ostrava in the Czech Republic

Ostrava in the Czech Republic

[caption id="attachment_161060" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Square © Pudelek[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic and the second largest urban agglomeration after Prague. Located close to the Polish border, it is also the administrative center of the Moravian-Silesian Region and of the Municipality with Extended Competence. Ostrava was candidate for the title of European Capital of Culture 2015. Ostrava is located at the confluence of the Ostravice, Oder, Lučina and Opav...

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Boston, the birthplace of America

Boston, the birthplace of America

[caption id="attachment_6960" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Downtown Skyline © Nelson48[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its largest city, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was named Boston by early settlers from Boston, Lincolnshire in England. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region. The city proper, covering 48.43 square ...

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The Russian sail training ship Kruzenshtern

The Russian sail training ship Kruzenshtern

[caption id="attachment_152997" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sail Amsterdam 2005 © Dirk van der Made[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Kruzenshtern or Krusenstern is a four masted barque and tall ship that was built in 1926 at Geestemünde in Bremerhaven, Germany as the Padua (named after the Italian city). She was surrendered to the USSR in 1946 as war reparation and renamed after the early 19th century Baltic German explorer in Russian service, Adam Johann Krusenstern (1770–1846). She is now a Russian Navy sail training shi...

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Theme Week Morocco - Marrakesh

Theme Week Morocco - Marrakesh

[caption id="attachment_167308" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Jemaa el-Fnaa © Boris Macek/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marrakesh, also known by the French spelling Marrakech, is a major city of the Kingdom of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. It is the capital city of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakesh-Safi. Located to the north of the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is located 580 km (360 mi) southwest of Tangier, 327 km (203 mi)...

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Cervia on the Adriatic Sea

Cervia on the Adriatic Sea

[caption id="attachment_153307" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Garibaldi Square and Fountain © Nerijp[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cervia is a town and comune (municipality) in the province of Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna), central Italy, with a population of about 28,000. Originally called Ficocle, it was probably of Greek origin and was located midway from current Cervia and Ravenna. It is known that this originary settlement was destroyed in 709 by patrician Theodore for its alliance with Ravenna against the loyal Byzantines. ...

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Theme Week Ulster - Ballycastle

Theme Week Ulster - Ballycastle

[caption id="attachment_153141" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ann Street © geograph.org.uk - Dean Molyneaux/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ballycastle (from Irish: Baile an Chaistil, meaning "town of the castle") is a small town in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It has a population of 5,000 people. It is the seat and main settlement of Moyle District Council. Overlooking the harbour there is a monument to Guglielmo Marconi whose employees made the world's first commercial wireless telegraph transmission between B...

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The Jetboat

The Jetboat

[caption id="attachment_151281" align="aligncenter" width="443"] Shotover River Canyons, Queenstown, New Zealand © Alex Proimos[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]A jetboat is a boat propelled by a jet of water ejected from the back of the craft. Unlike a powerboat or motorboat that uses a propeller in the water below or behind the boat, a jetboat draws the water from under the boat into a pump inside the boat, then expels it through a nozzle at the stern. Jetboats were originally designed by Sir William Hamilton (who developed ...

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Burnaby in British Columbia

Burnaby in British Columbia

[caption id="attachment_164441" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Highrises across Deer Lake © Vranak/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Burnaby is a city in Canada, located immediately to the east of Vancouver. It is the third-largest city in British Columbia by population, surpassed only by nearby Surrey and Vancouver. It was incorporated in 1892 and achieved City status in 1992, one hundred years after incorporation. It is the seat of the Greater Vancouver Regional District's government, the board of which calls itself Me...

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