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Maidstone, capital of Kent in southeast England

Maidstone, capital of Kent in southeast England

[caption id="attachment_153758" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Exchange © Clem Rutter[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Maidstone is the county town of Kent, England, 32 miles (51 km) south-east of London. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town linking Maidstone to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river was a source and route for much of the town's trade. Maidstone was the centre of the agricultural county of Kent, known as the Garden of England. There is evidence of a settlement in the area datin...

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Theme Week Catalonia - Terrassa

Theme Week Catalonia - Terrassa

[caption id="attachment_151293" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mercado de la Independéncia de Tarrasa © flickr.com - Jaume Meneses/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Terrassa is a city in the east central region of Catalonia, in the province of Barcelona, comarca of Vallès Occidental, of which it is the cocapital along with Sabadell. The city is heir to a rich medieval, Modernista and industrial legacy, and possesses an extensive network of libraries, historical archives and museums. The city is located in the C...

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Berlin Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum

Berlin Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum

[caption id="attachment_169431" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Italian Gardens and Tropical House © Axel Mauruszat[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum (German: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem) is a botanical garden in Berlin, with an area of 43 hectares and around 22,000 different plant species. It was constructed between 1897 and 1910, under the guidance of architect Adolf Engler, in order to present exotic plants returned from German colonies. The garden ...

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Felixstowe, the largest container port in the UK

Felixstowe, the largest container port in the UK

[caption id="attachment_160975" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Felixstowe Old Train Station, today housing several stores and the local community radio station © Deben Dave/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Felixstowe is a seaside town on the North Sea coast of Suffolk. The town gives its name to the nearby Port of Felixstowe, which is the largest container port in the United Kingdom. The town is situated across the estuary of the River Orwell and the River Stour from Harwich in Essex. It continued as a linchpin ...

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Theme Week Provence - Salon-de-Provence

Theme Week Provence - Salon-de-Provence

[caption id="attachment_152677" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Jardin de la République © Jjpetite/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Salon-de-Provence is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France with 43,000 inhabitants. Every Wednesday the Place Morgan is host to a Provençal market. Salon-de-Provence Air Base is the site of the French Air Force Academy, as well as the home of the French Aerial Demonstration team, the Patrouille de France. The Fontaine Moussue in Place Crousillat has exist...

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Cagliari, capital of Sardinia

Cagliari, capital of Sardinia

[caption id="attachment_154223" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Flamingoes at Cagliari © Stefano Marrocu/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cagliari is an Italian municipality and the capital of the island of Sardinia, an Autonomous Region of Italy. Cagliari's Sardinian name Casteddu literally means castle. It has nearly 150,000 inhabitants, while its metropolitan area has more than 480,000 inhabitants. It is also the seat of the University of Cagliari. An ancient city with a long history, Cagliari has seen the rul...

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German Chancellery in Berlin

German Chancellery in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_192799" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main entrance © Tischbeinahe/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Federal Chancellery (German: Bundeskanzleramt) in Berlin is the official seat and residence of the Chancellor of Germany as well as their executive office, the German Chancellery. As part of the move of the German Federal Government from Bonn to Berlin, the office moved into the new building planned by the architects Axel Schultes and Charlotte Frank. The building is part of the "Federal Belt" (B...

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Theme Week Paris - Arrondissement du Palais Bourbon (7th) and Arrondissement de l’Élysée (8th)

Theme Week Paris - Arrondissement du Palais Bourbon (7th) and Arrondissement de l’Élysée (8th)

[caption id="attachment_151895" align="aligncenter" width="590"] 7th arrondissement - Palais Bourbon - Seat of the National Assembly © Webster[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"] 7th arrondissement - Arrondissement du Palais BourbonThe 7th arrondissement includes some of Paris's major tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Hôtel des Invalides (Napoléon's resting place), and a concentration of such world famous museums as the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée du quai Branly. Situated on the Rive Gauche -- the "Left,...

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Grand Bazaar in Tehran

Grand Bazaar in Tehran

[caption id="attachment_163291" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Antoine Taveneaux/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Grand Bazaar (Persian: Bāzār e Bozorg) is an old historical market in Tehran, the capital of Iran. Located at the Arg Square in Southern Tehran, it is split into several corridors over 10 km in length, each specializing in different types of goods, and has several entrances, with the main being the entrance of Sabze Meydan. In addition to shops, the Grand Bazaar of Tehran has contained banks, mosques...

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Vienna's Ringstraße

Vienna's Ringstraße

[caption id="attachment_161290" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Vienna Burgtheater (Theatre) © Peter Gerstbach[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Ringstraße is a circular road surrounding the Innere Stadt district of Vienna, Austria and is one of its main sights. It is typical of the historical style called Ringstraßenstil (Ringstraße Style) of the 1860s to 1890s. The street was built to replace the city walls, which had been built during the 13th century and funded by the ransom payment derived from the release of Richa...

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