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Clermont-Ferrand, capital of Auvergne

Clermont-Ferrand, capital of Auvergne

[caption id="attachment_153805" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Place de Jaude © Eazyzzz[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Clermont-Ferrand is a city and commune of France, in the Auvergne region, with a population of 141,000. Its metropolitan area had 463,000 inhabitants at the 1999 census. It is the prefecture (capital) of the Puy-de-Dôme department. Clermont-Ferrand sits on the plain of Limagne in the Massif Central and is surrounded by a major industrial area. The city is famous for the chain of volcanoes, theChaîne des ...

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Theme Week London - City of London

Theme Week London - City of London

[caption id="attachment_151765" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City of London skyline © David Iliff[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The City of London is a small area within Greater London, England. It is the historic core of London around which the modern conurbation grew and has held city status since time immemorial. The City’s boundaries have remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages, and it is now only a tiny part of the metropolis of London, though remains a notable part of central London. It is often referred to as t...

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City Hall Square in Copenhagen

City Hall Square in Copenhagen

[caption id="attachment_208188" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City Hall Square © Bill Ebbesen[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) is a public square in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark, located in front of the Copenhagen City Hall. Its large size, its central location and its affiliation with the city hall make it a popular venue for a variety of events, celebrations and demonstrations. It is often used as a central point for measuring distances from Copenhagen. City Hall Square is located at...

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

[caption id="attachment_165066" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - John Fowler/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico during early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine-day event, and has over 500 balloons each year. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. The Balloon Fiesta began in 1972 as the highlight of a 50th birthday celebration for 770 KKOB Radio. Radio stati...

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Île-de-France, the Paris Region

Île-de-France, the Paris Region

[caption id="attachment_213629" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Eiffel Tower and La Defense business district from the Tour Montparnasse © flickr.com - David McSpadden/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Île-de-France (literally "Island of France") is the most populous of the 18 regions of France. It is located in the north-central part of the country and often called the Région Parisienne ("Paris Region") because it includes the city of Paris. Île-de-France is densely populated and economically important: it covers only 12...

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Theme Week Ecuador - Cuenca

Theme Week Ecuador - Cuenca

[caption id="attachment_171331" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Centro Histórico © flickr.com - amalavida.tv/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The city of Cuenca — in full, Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca — is the capital of the Azuay Province. It is widely regarded as the most European city in the country of Ecuador due to its 16th and 17th century era Spanish colonial architecture resembling cities and architecture throughout Spain. The city of Cuenca is located in the highlands of Ecuador at about 2,500 me...

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Theme Week Cyclades - Sifnos

Theme Week Cyclades - Sifnos

[caption id="attachment_153475" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Artemonas © Margaritaprounia/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sifnos is an island municipality. The main town, near the center, known as Apollonia, is home of the island's folklore museum and library. The town's name is thought to come from an ancient temple of Apollo on the site of the church of Panayia Yeraniofora. The second-largest town is Artemonas (800), thought to be named after an ancient temple of Apollo's sister-goddess Artemis, located at the site...

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20th Anniversary of the European Union

20th Anniversary of the European Union

[caption id="attachment_152885" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The flag of The Council of Europe and The European Union[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Not only this year, but especially this year, it's time to celebrate the 20th Anniverary of the European Union. The more the better ;-) The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 member states which are located primarily in Europe. The EU traces its origins from the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and the European Economic Community (EEC), forme...

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The Battersea Power Station in London

The Battersea Power Station in London

[caption id="attachment_153885" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Tosh Marshall/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an...

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Alcázar of Segovia in Castile and León

Alcázar of Segovia in Castile and León

[caption id="attachment_169415" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Javicoves/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, "Segovia Fortress") is a castle, located in Segovia in Castile and León, a World Heritage Site. Rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of two rivers near the Guadarrama mountains, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape – like the bow of a ship. The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, ...

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