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Theme Week Brunei - Bandar Seri Begawan

Theme Week Brunei - Bandar Seri Begawan

[caption id="attachment_219906" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque © Daniel Weiss/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bandar Seri Begawan (formerly known as Brunei Town) is the capital and largest city of Brunei. It is officially governed as a municipality (Malay: bandaran). Bandar Seri Begawan has an estimated population of 100,700, and including the whole Brunei-Muara District, the metro area has an estimated population of 279,924, over half the population of the country. Brunei Internationa...

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Altötting, the heart of Bavaria

Altötting, the heart of Bavaria

[caption id="attachment_151356" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Shrine of Europe © Bene16 / Quibik[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Altötting is a town in Bavaria, capital of the district Altötting. This small town is famous for the Gnadenkapelle (Chapel of Grace), one of the most-visited shrines in Germany. This is a tiny octagonal chapel which keeps a venerated statue of the Virgin Mary. According to the legend, in 1489, a 3-year-old local boy who had drowned in the river was revived when his grieving mother placed him in front o...

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Theme Week Israel - Acre, the Crusaders City

Theme Week Israel - Acre, the Crusaders City

[caption id="attachment_151258" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Acre Sea Wall © Almog[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Acre is a city in the northern coastal plain region of northern Israel at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. Acre is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world. The population is at 46,000. Acre is a mixed city. Jewish Israelis live in the New City quarter, while Arab Israelis live in the Old City quarter. Acre is the most "oriental" city in Israel. In 2001, Acre's Old City has been designated by U...

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The university and Hanseatic town of Greifswald

The university and Hanseatic town of Greifswald

[caption id="attachment_150388" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Square with the City Hall © Axt[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Greifswald is a town in northeastern Germany. It is situated in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, at an equal distance of about 250 kilometres (160 mi) from Germany's two largest cities, Berlin and Hamburg. The town borders the Baltic Sea, and is crossed by a small river, the Ryck. It is also located near Germany's two largest islands, Rügen and Usedom as well as near three of the country's 14 na...

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Vancouver in British Columbia

Vancouver in British Columbia

[caption id="attachment_157760" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - High Diver/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia in Canada. he population is at 604,000 in the city, making it the eighth largest Canadian municipality. The Greater Vancouver area of around 2.4 million inhabitants is the third most populous metropolitan area in the country, the second largest city on the ...

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The United States: Bon voyage!

The United States: Bon voyage!

[caption id="attachment_169489" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Lipton sale/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tourism in the United States is a large industry that serves millions of international and domestic tourists yearly. Tourists visit the US to see natural wonders, cities, historic landmarks, and entertainment venues. Americans seek similar attractions, as well as recreation and vacation areas. Tourism in the United States grew rapidly in the form of urban tourism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth ce...

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Hamra Street, Beirut's Champs Elysées

Hamra Street, Beirut's Champs Elysées

[caption id="attachment_222732" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hamra Street © flickr.com - Lolinka/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hamra Street or Rue Hamra is one of the main streets of the city of Beirut, Lebanon, and one of the main economic and diplomatic hubs of Beirut. It is located in the neighborhood of the same name, Hamra. Its technical name is Rue 31. Due to the numerous sidewalk cafes and theatres, Hamra Street was the centre of intellectual activity in Beirut during the 1960s and 1970s. Before 1975, Hamra Str...

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Les Halles in Paris

Les Halles in Paris

[caption id="attachment_163059" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Zoeunibail/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Les Halles de Paris, usually simply Les Halles (The Halls), was Paris's central fresh food market. Located in the heart of the city, it was demolished in 1971 and replaced with the Forum des Halles, a modern shopping mall built largely underground and directly connected to the massive RER and métro transit hub of Châtelet-Les-Halles. The shopping mall welcomes 150,000 visitors daily. Since 2010, a major reconst...

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Theme Week Chile - Santiago de Chile

Theme Week Chile - Santiago de Chile

[caption id="attachment_164060" align="aligncenter" width="590"] National Museum of Fine Arts © Carlos yo/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Santiago, also known as Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile. It is also the center of its largest conurbation. Santiago is located in the country's central valley. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since colonial times. The city has a downtown core of 19th century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, dotted by art deco, ...

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Theme Week Lebanon - Harissa

Theme Week Lebanon - Harissa

[caption id="attachment_150777" align="aligncenter" width="590"] View on Jounieh from Harissa, seen from the observation deck of the shrine © BlingBling10/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Harissa is a mountain village in Lebanon. The village, which is located 650 meters above sea level, is home to an important Lebanese pilgrimage site, Our Lady of Lebanon. The village is located 20 km north of Beirut, and accessible from the coastal city of Jounieh either by road or by a nine-minute journey by a gondola lift, known as the...

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