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German Marshall Fund in Washington, D.C.

German Marshall Fund in Washington, D.C.

[caption id="attachment_192414" align="aligncenter" width="590"]R Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW - The German Marshall Fund © AgnosticPreachersKid/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Marshall Plan (officially the European Recovery Program, ERP) was an American initiative to aid Western Europe, in which the United States gave over $12 billion (nearly $100 billion in 2016 US dollars) in economic assistance to help rebuild Western European economies after the end of World War II. The plan was in operation for four years...

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The Lago Maggiore

The Lago Maggiore

[caption id="attachment_153701" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Isola Bella - Borromean Islands © Mbdortmund[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lake Maggiore is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest of Italy and largest of southern Switzerland. Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three great prealpine lakes of Italy, it extends for about 70 km between Locarno and Arona. The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with beautiful gardens growing rare and ...

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Theme Week Channel Islands - Guernsey

Theme Week Channel Islands - Guernsey

[caption id="attachment_151201" align="aligncenter" width="590"] QE2 Marina - St. Peter Port © Steve Neville[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Bailiwick, as a governing entity, embraces not only all 10 parishes on the Island of Guernsey, but also the islands of Herm, Jethou, Burhou, and Lihou and their islet possessions. The Bailiwick of Guernsey also administers some aspects of two nearby crown dependencies (Alderney and Sark), and the island of Brecqhou. Although its defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom, th...

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Spy Museum in Berlin

Spy Museum in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_171424" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Enigma machine © Scontrofrontale/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Spy Museum Berlin is a private Museum in Berlin which was opened to the public on 19 September 2015. It is located at Leipziger Platz, directly at Berlin Potsdamer Platz station. The Museum shows in an interactive and multimedia exhibition the history of espionage and secret services worldwide. Special emphasis is dedicated to espionage activities in Berlin during the Cold War. In the exit...

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Theme Week London - Docklands

Theme Week London - Docklands

[caption id="attachment_151762" align="aligncenter" width="590"] West India Quay © Gordon Joly[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Docklands is the semi-official name for an area in northeast and southeast London, England. It forms part of the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Greenwich. The docks were formerly part of the Port of London, at one time the world's largest port. They have now been redeveloped principally for commercial and residential use. The name London Docklands was used for the first time in a government ...

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The Conch Republic celebrates Independence Day on April 23

The Conch Republic celebrates Independence Day on April 23

[caption id="attachment_7014" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Flag of the Conch Republic © Jmckean/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Conch Republic is a micronation declared as a tongue-in-cheek secession of the city of Key West, Florida from the United States on April 23, 1982. It has been maintained as a tourism booster for the city since. Since then, the term "Conch Republic" has been expanded to refer to "all of the Florida Keys, or, that geographic apportionment of land that falls within the legally defined boundari...

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Calw in the Black Forest

Calw in the Black Forest

[caption id="attachment_160967" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Square © Softeis[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Calw is a town in the middle of Baden-Württemberg in the south of Germany, capital of the district Calw. It is located in the northern Black Forest and is approximately 18 kilometers south of Pforzheim and 33 kilometers west of Stuttgart. Calw was first mentioned in records in 1075. In the 11th century the town grew around the older castle of the Grafen (Earls) of Calw. In the Middle Ages Calw was an impor...

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A former military base on its way to a zero energy city

A former military base on its way to a zero energy city

[caption id="attachment_4038" align="aligncenter" width="586" caption="© Enwerk"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The planning area is an abandoned former American military base in the Mietraching district, with a total surface area of 70 hectares. Most of the residential buildings in this small autonomous garden city were built in the 1930s, as the base was originally established in 1936 as a German air base. The first planning section comprises the so-called leisure neighbourhood in the north. The existing hotel is to be converted ...

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Theme Week Swiss - Basel, on the tri-border area of Switzerland, Germany and France

Theme Week Swiss - Basel, on the tri-border area of Switzerland, Germany and France

[caption id="attachment_160651" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Rhine river © Norbert Aepli[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Basel or Basle is Switzerland's third most populous city with about 166,000 inhabitants. Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel also has suburbs in France and Germany. With 830,000 inhabitants in the tri-national urban agglomeration as of 2004, Basel is Switzerland's second-largest urban area. Located in northwest Switzerland on the river Rhine, Basel functions as a major ind...

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Oberpollinger in München

Oberpollinger in München

[caption id="attachment_150366" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © M(e)ister Eiskalt/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Oberpollinger is a known department store in Neuhauser Strasse in Munich. It is run by the The KaDeWe Group GmbH and is the largest by area department store in southern Germany. The building was built in 1905 by Max Littmann in the style of historicism, in the form of Neo-Renaissance and is a listed building. On the initiative of the city council advisory "Munich Artist Commission" architect Ma...

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