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Piraeus on the east coast of the Saronic Gulf

Piraeus on the east coast of the Saronic Gulf

[caption id="attachment_161094" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mikrolimano © Templar52[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Piraeus is a port city in the region of Attica. Piraeus is located within the Athens-Piraeus Urban Area, 12 km southwest from its city center (municipality of Athens), and lies along the east coast of the Saronic Gulf. According to the 2001 census, Piraeus had a population of 175,697 people within its administrative limits, making it the third largest municipality in Greece and the second largest within the...

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The museum ship Balclutha

The museum ship Balclutha

[caption id="attachment_152293" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Historic ships of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park moored at Hyde Street Pier in Aquatic Park, with Alcatraz and Angel Island in the background © chris j wood/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Balclutha, also known as Star of Alaska, Pacific Queen, or Sailing Ship Balclutha, is a steel-hulled full rigged ship that was built in 1886. She is the only square rigged ship left in the San Francisco Bay area and is representative of several differ...

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Theme Week Vienna - Schönbrunn Palace

Theme Week Vienna - Schönbrunn Palace

[caption id="attachment_160573" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Manfred Werner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial 1,400-room Rococo summer residence in Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs. The sculpted garden space between the palace and the Sun Fountain is called the Great P...

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Caen in the Calvados department

Caen in the Calvados department

[caption id="attachment_152705" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Downtown Caen and the Abbey of St. Étienne © DennisPeeters[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Caen is a commune in northwestern France. It is the prefecture of the Calvados department and the capital of the Basse-Normandie region. It is located 15 km (9.3 mi) inland from the English Channel. Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen - heavy fighting that took place ...

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Tower of London

Tower of London

[caption id="attachment_191699" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Bob Collowân/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conqu...

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Rennes in Brittany

Rennes in Brittany

[caption id="attachment_153756" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Republique Square and Palace of Commerce © Pline[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rennes is a city in the east of Brittany in northwestern France. Rennes is the capital of the region of Brittany, as well as the Ille-et-Vilaine department. From 1954 onward, the city developed extensive building plans to accommodate upwards of 220,000 inhabitants, helping it become the third fastest-growing city in France, after Toulouse and Montpellier. Rennes is classified as a c...

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The Geiranger Fjord in Norway

The Geiranger Fjord in Norway

[caption id="attachment_153921" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Geiranger and Geirangerfjord © Marczel[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Geiranger Fjord is a fjord in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county in Norway. It is in the municipality of Stranda. It is a 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) long branch of the Storfjord (Great Fjord). The small village of Geiranger is located at the end of the fjord where the Geirangelva river empties into it. The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites and has been listed as ...

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The Benedictine abbey Stift Melk in Lower Austria

The Benedictine abbey Stift Melk in Lower Austria

[caption id="attachment_6921" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Park © Veleius[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube in Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley. The abbey was founded in 1089 when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey. A monastic school, the Stiftsgymnasium Melk, was founded in t...

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Bergerac on the Dordogne river

Bergerac on the Dordogne river

[caption id="attachment_154269" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bergerac on the Dordogne river © Swanzack[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bergerac is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne department in southwestern France. Bergerac offers some of the finest wines in the Bordeaux region. It has 12 recognized wine AOCs (Appellations d'origine contrôlée) The drainage is excellent as a result of its proximity to the Dordogne River. The town has an important tourist industry and features a tobacco museum, in which, unlike in a...

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

[caption id="attachment_200591" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sheikh Zayed Mosque seen from the courtyard © Wikiemirati/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The largest mosque in the country, it is the key place of worship for daily prayers, Friday gathering and Eid prayers. During Eid, it may be visited by more than 41,000 people. The Grand Mosque was constructed between 1996 and 2007. It was designed by Syrian architect Y...

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