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50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty

50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty

[caption id="attachment_7054" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sculpture of Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle by Chantal de la Chauvinière-Riant outside the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Berlin © Adam Carr[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Élysée Treaty also known as the Treaty of Friendship, was concluded by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer in the Élysée Palace on January 22 1963. It set the seal on reconciliation between the two countries. With it, Germany and France established a new foundation for relations that ended cen...

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Xi’an in China

Xi’an in China

[caption id="attachment_185997" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bell tower © Danielinblue/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi Province, People's Republic of China. It is a sub-provincial city located in the center of the Guanzhong Plain in Northwestern China. One of the oldest cities in China, Xi'an is the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Sui, and Tang...

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Braunschweig, the Lion City

Braunschweig, the Lion City

[caption id="attachment_149022" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Brunswick Lion © Brunswyk[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]With round 245.000 inhabitants, Braunschweig is the biggest city in the area between Hanover and Berlin. It is the centre of the region, as much today as it has been in the past. Today's attractive profile of the Lion City is due to its rich and proud history, its steady development as a dynamic place for business, trading, sciences and research as well as its extensive cultural activities. Braunschweig’s histo...

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District of Thanet - Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate

District of Thanet - Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate

[caption id="attachment_153709" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Thanet locator map © Nilfanion[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]DISTRICT OF THANET Thanet is a local government district of Kent, which was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, and came into being on 1 April 1974. The Isle of Thanet makes up the major part of the District. The district, which is governed by Thanet District Council, is located on the north eastern tip of Kent, and is predominantly coastal, with north, east and southeast facing coastlines. It is bo...

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The barquentine Peacemaker

The barquentine Peacemaker

[caption id="attachment_200623" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Yat12t/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Peacemaker is an American barquentine owned by the Twelve Tribes religious group. Her homeport is Brunswick in Georgia. Peacemaker is used to travel between the communities of the Twelve Tribes while providing an apprenticeship program for their youth in sailing, seamanship, navigation, and boat maintenance. The ship has a United States Coast Guard attraction vessel permit and is available for festivals and dockside ...

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The National School of Administration in Strasbourg

The National School of Administration in Strasbourg

[caption id="attachment_25428" align="aligncenter" width="590"] ENA Strasbourg © Rémi LEBLOND/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The École nationale d'administration, one of the French graduate schools (Grandes écoles), was created in 1945 by Charles de Gaulle to democratise access to the senior civil service. It is now entrusted with the selection and initial training of senior French officials. The ENA is one of the symbols of the Republican meritocracy, along with École normale supérieure and Ecole polytechnique ("X...

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Via Dolorosa and Caesarea Maritima in Palestine

Via Dolorosa and Caesarea Maritima in Palestine

[caption id="attachment_24899" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Via Dolorosa © magister[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"] VIA DOLOROSA The Via Dolorosa is a street, in two parts, within the Old City of Jerusalem, held to be the path that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on the way to his crucifixion. The winding route from the Antonia Fortress west to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—a distance of about 600 metres (2,000 feet)—is a celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage. The current route has been established since the 18th c...

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The Harmony of the Seas

The Harmony of the Seas

[caption id="attachment_162750" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Harmony of the Seas © flickr.com - FaceMePLS/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]MS Harmony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship built by STX France at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire in France for Royal Caribbean International. She is the largest passenger ship in the world, surpassing her older sisters Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. For the inaugural season, Harmony of the Seas will offer seven-night western Mediterranean ...

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