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Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial

Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial

[caption id="attachment_25603" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main gate © Christian Liebscher/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial is a museum and memorial located in Berlin's north-eastern Lichtenberg district in the locality of Alt-Hohenschönhausen, part of the former borough of Hohenschönhausen. It was opened in 1994 on the site of the main political prison of the former East German Communist Ministry of State Security, the Stasi. Unlike many other government and military i...

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The Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde

The Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde

[caption id="attachment_184711" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Arran mountains over Rothesay © flickr.com - SeaDave/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Isle of Bute is an island in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. It is divided into highland and lowland areas by the Highland Boundary Fault. Formerly a constituent island of the larger County of Bute, it is now part of the council area of Argyll and Bute. Bute's resident population is at 6,500. Farming and tourism are the main industries on the island, along with fishing and...

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Cape Coral on the Gulf of Mexico

Cape Coral on the Gulf of Mexico

[caption id="attachment_162464" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Yacht Club Beach © capecoral.net[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cape Coral is a city located in Lee County in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Founded in 1957 and developed as a master-planned, pre-platted community, the city grew to a population of 180,000 by the year 2015. Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. It is a principal city in the Cape Coral – Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is known as a "Waterfront Wonderland",...

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Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto

Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto

[caption id="attachment_26524" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Catania - Cathedral Sant' Agata © Berthold Werner/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Val di Noto is a geographical area of south east Sicily; it is dominated by the limestone Iblean plateau. The Val di Noto owes its fame to the reconstruction which underwent after the year 1693, when the entire area was decimated by an enormous earthquake. Following the earthquake, many towns were rebuilt on entirely new sites, such as Noto and Grammichele. The rulers of the ti...

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Birka, Sweden's first city

Birka, Sweden's first city

[caption id="attachment_151167" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Reconstructed Viking houses © Holger.Ellgaard/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]During the Viking Age, Birka, on the island of Björkö (literally: "Birch Island") in Sweden, was an important trading center which handled goods from Scandinavia as well as Central and Eastern Europe and the Orient. Björkö is located in Lake Mälaren, 30 kilometers west of contemporary Stockholm, in the municipality of Ekerö. The archaeological sites of Birka and Hovgården, ...

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Landsberg am Lech

Landsberg am Lech

[caption id="attachment_153418" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Square © flickr.com - Christian Spannagel/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Landsberg am Lech is a town in southwest Bavaria, about 65 kilometers west of Munich and 35 kilometers south of Augsburg on the Romantic Road. It is the capital of the district of Landsberg am Lech. Landsberg has a picturesque lively medieval old town, which is still in pretty good shape. The town comprises three main areas. The historic old town centre of Landsberg, w...

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Theme Week Venice, Queen of the Adriatic Sea

Theme Week Venice, Queen of the Adriatic Sea

[caption id="attachment_153013" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Venice Collage © DaniDF1995[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Venice is a city in northern Italy known both for tourism and for industry, and is the capital of the region Veneto, with a population of about 270,660 (census estimate 30 April 2009). Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE) (population 1,600,000). The name is derived from the ancient people of Veneti that inhabited the region as of 1...

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Salem in Massachusetts

Salem in Massachusetts

[caption id="attachment_201425" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Peirce-Nichols House © Fletcher6/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Salem is a historic coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, located in the North Shore region. It was one of the most significant seaports in early American history. Salem is a residential and tourist area that is home to the famous House of Seven Gables, Salem State University, Pioneer Village, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the Salem Willows Park, and the Peabody Ess...

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Theme Week Luxembourg - Esch-sur-Alzette

Theme Week Luxembourg - Esch-sur-Alzette

[caption id="attachment_213668" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall © -wuppertaler/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Esch-sur-Alzette is a commune with town status in south-western Luxembourg. It is the country's second "city", and its second-most populous commune, with a population of 35,040 inhabitants, as of 2018. It lies in the south-west of the country, on the border with France and in the valley of the Alzette, which flows through the town. The town is usually referred to as just Esch; however, the full name d...

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Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen

Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen

[caption id="attachment_159777" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall, St. Peter's Cathedral and Parliament © Klaus Grünberg[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The City Municipality of Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany. A commercial and industrial city with a major port on the river Weser, Bremen is part of the Bremen-Oldenburg metropolitan area (2.4 million people). Bremen is the second most populous city in North Germany and tenth in Germany. Bremen is some 60 km (37 mi) south from the Weser mouth on the North S...

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