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Theme Week Palestine - Beit Hanoun

Theme Week Palestine - Beit Hanoun

[caption id="attachment_171116" align="aligncenter" width="484"] © Lencer/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Beit Hanoun is a city on the northeast edge of the Gaza Strip with a population of 49,000. It is located by the Hanoun stream, 6 km north of Gaza City, 5 km east of Beit Lahia, and just 6 kilometers west of the Israeli town of Sderot. There are twelve secondary, primary and agricultural schools in Beit Hanoun and an agricultural college which is related to al-Azhar University - Gaza. There is a medical center and hos...

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Theme Week Sardinia - Alghero

Theme Week Sardinia - Alghero

[caption id="attachment_151116" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Alghero from the Lido's beach © flickr.com - jimmyroq/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Alghero is a town of about 44,000 inhabitants. It lies in the province of Sassari in northwestern Sardinia, next to the Mediterranean Sea. The Catalan language is co-official in the city, unique in Italy. The area of today's Alghero has been settled since pre-historic times. The so-called Ozieri culture was present here in the 4th millennium BC; while the Nuraghe civilizat...

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Nordkirchen Castle, Versailles of Westphalia

Nordkirchen Castle, Versailles of Westphalia

[caption id="attachment_153172" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main building with Venus Island in front © Mbdortmund[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Schloss Nordkirchen in the Gemeinde Nordkirchen in Kreis Coesfeld, Westphalia, Germany, built in 1703 to 1734, is known as the "Versailles of Westphalia" as it is the largest of the partly moated Wasserschlösser in that region. It was originally one of the residences of the Prince-bishops of Munster. The present Baroque schloss is the successor of a true moated Wasserschloss b...

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Theme Week Carinthia - Villach

Theme Week Carinthia - Villach

[caption id="attachment_153248" align="aligncenter" width="590"] View across the Drava river towards the cross church in Perau © Hrald/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Villach is the seventh-largest city in Austria and the second-largest in the federal state of Carinthia. It represents an important traffic junction for southern Austria and the whole Alpe-Adria region. Together with other Alpine towns Villach engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achie...

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Theme Week South Korea - Daegu

Theme Week South Korea - Daegu

[caption id="attachment_193280" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dalgubeol Grand Bell at National Debt Repayment Movement Memorial Park © Timber Tank/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Daegu is the fourth-largest after Seoul, Busan, and Incheon, and the third-largest metropolitan area in the nation with over 2.5 million residents. Daegu and surrounding North Gyeongsang Province are often referred to as Daegu-Gyeongbuk, with a total population over 5 million. Daegu is located in south-eastern Korea about 80 km (50 mi) from t...

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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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500 years German Beer Purity Law

500 years German Beer Purity Law

[caption id="attachment_160247" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Munich beer purity law from 1487 © Evergreen68/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Reinheitsgebot, sometimes called the "German Beer Purity Law" in English, is the collective name for a series of regulations limiting the ingredients in beer in Germany and its predecessor states. The most well-known version of the law was adopted in Bavaria in 1516, but similar regulations predate the Bavarian order, and modern regulations also significantly differ from the ...

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Theme Week Lebanon - Tyre

Theme Week Lebanon - Tyre

[caption id="attachment_151397" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Remains of ancient columns at Al Mina excavation site © Heretiq/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tyre, sometimes romanized as Sour, is a city in the South Governorate of Lebanon. There were approximately 117,000 inhabitants in 2003. However, the government of Lebanon has released only rough estimates of population numbers since 1932, so an accurate statistical accounting is not possible. Tyre juts out from the coast of the Mediterranean and is located about ...

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