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Riegersburg Castle in Styria

Riegersburg Castle in Styria

[caption id="attachment_6437" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Vineyards on the top of the fortified hill, surrounding the castle proper © Andi oisn/cc-by-sa3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Riegersburg Castle is a medieval castle situated on a dormant volcano hill above the town of Riegersburg in the Austrian state of Styria. The castle is owned by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein and serves as a museum, with 25 out of the 108 rooms being opened for visiting. 16 of the rooms show the history of the Riegersburg castle and 9 are...

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Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz

[caption id="attachment_162964" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Bphstm/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Badrutt's Palace Hotel is a historic luxury hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The hotel opened in 1896 and it has 157 rooms of which 37 are suites. The Badrutt's Palace Hotel belong to Swiss Historic Hotels, Swiss Deluxe Hotels, and the Leading Hotels of the World. The majority shareholders are Hansjürg and Anikó Badrutt. The history of the hotel and the family Badrutt started in 1856, when Johannes Badrutt bou...

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RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Chelsea Flower Show in London

RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Chelsea Flower Show in London

[caption id="attachment_2142" align="alignleft" width="96" caption="© rhs.org.uk"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, formally known as the Great Spring Show, is a garden show held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London. The show is the most famous flower show in the United Kingdom, perhaps the world attracting visitors from all over the world. Highlights to the Chelsea Flower Show include the avant-garde show gardens desi...

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The former Kingdom of Pagan in Myanmar

The former Kingdom of Pagan in Myanmar

[caption id="attachment_6222" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Balloon over Bagan © flickr.com - nitsuga[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone...

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Orlando in Florida

Orlando in Florida

[caption id="attachment_169226" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Downtown Orlando - Church Street Station © Miosotis Jade/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Orlando is a city and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2.4 million, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in March 2016, making it the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, ...

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Theme Week Laos

Theme Week Laos

[caption id="attachment_213805" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mekong River flowing through Luang Prabang © flickr.com - Allie Caulfield/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao: Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxôn Lao), is a socialist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. At the heart of the Indochinese peninsula, Laos is bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast and Thailand to the west and southwest....

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Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park

[caption id="attachment_25468" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Prince of Wales Hotel © Svrspr/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Waterton Lakes National Park is a national park located in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada, and borders Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. Waterton was Canada's fourth national park, formed in 1895 and named after Waterton Lake, in turn after the Victorian naturalist and conservationist Charles Waterton. The park contains 505 km2 (195 sq mi) of rugged mountains and wilderness. ...

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Reus in Catalonia

Reus in Catalonia

[caption id="attachment_153313" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Square © Josep Llauradó/cc-by-sa-2.0-es[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Reus is the capital of Baix Camp, in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain. The area has always been an important producer of wines and spirits, and gained continental importance at the time of the Phylloxera plague. Nowadays it is known by its commercial activity, for being a center for rock-climbing and as the birthplace of architect Antoni Gaudí. The origin of the name i...

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The Seven Wonders of the World

The Seven Wonders of the World

[caption id="attachment_27176" align="aligncenter" width="424"] Seven Wonders of the World © Slof/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Various lists of the Wonders of the World have been compiled from antiquity to the present day, to catalogue the world's most spectacular natural wonders and manmade structures. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the first known list of the most remarkable creations of classical antiquity; it was based on guidebooks popular among Hellenic sightseers and only includes works located aroun...

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Theme Week East Jerusalem - The Jaffa Gate

Theme Week East Jerusalem - The Jaffa Gate

[caption id="attachment_168684" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Jaffa Gate plaque © Djampa/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil, Hebron Gate) is a stone portal in the historic walls of the Arabic East Jerusalem (Old City). It is one of eight gates in Jerusalem's Old City walls (Damascus Gate, Dung Gate, Golden Gate, Herod's Gate, Huldah Gates, Jaffa Gate, Lions' Gate, New Gate, and Zion Gate). The Crusaders calling it "David's Gate". Jaffa Gate is the only one of the Old City gates positioned at a r...

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