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Cuneo in Piedmont

Cuneo in Piedmont

[caption id="attachment_160808" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Piazza Galimberti Panorama © Alessandro Vecchi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cuneo is a city and comune in Piedmont, Northern Italy, the capital of the province of Cuneo, the third largest of Italy’s provinces by area. It is located at the foot of the Maritime Alps, on the Stura di Demonte river where it emerges from the Valle Stura. Cuneo's specialty is Cuneesi al rhum, chocolates with a unique rum-based filling. The most famous brand is Arione, located in ...

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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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Theme Week Canary Islands

Theme Week Canary Islands

[caption id="attachment_153402" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Canary Islands map © Hansen[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. The Canaries are a Spanish Autonomous Community and an Outermost Region of the European Union. The islands include (from largest to smallest): Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and the islets La Gra...

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Costa Brava in Spain

Costa Brava in Spain

[caption id="attachment_171441" align="aligncenter" width="588"] Palafrugell © Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Costa Brava ("Wild Coast" or "Rough Coast") is a coastal region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, consisting of the comarques (counties) of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and Selva in the province of Girona. Costa Brava stretches from the town of Blanes, 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. In the 1950s, the Costa Brava was identified by...

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Hôtel de Crillon in Paris

Hôtel de Crillon in Paris

[caption id="attachment_200895" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Julien Ricard/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hôtel de Crillon is a historic luxury hotel in Paris which opened in 1909 in a building dating to 1758. Located at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, the Crillon along with the Hôtel de la Marine is one of two identical stone palaces on the Place de la Concorde. It has been listed since 1900 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. With 78 guest rooms and 46 suites, ra...

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Llangollen in Wales

Llangollen in Wales

[caption id="attachment_151394" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Plas Newydd © Wolfgang Sauber/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Llangollen is a small town and community in Denbighshire, north-east Wales, situated on the River Dee and on the edge of the Berwyn mountains. Today Llangollen relies heavily on the tourist industry, but still gains substantial income from farming. Most of the farms in the hills around the town were sheep farms, and weaving was an important cottage industry in the area for centuries. Several fact...

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The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

[caption id="attachment_193166" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Barack Obama's 2009 Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol © flickr.com - Steve Jurvetson/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though no longer at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol for...

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Theme Week Japan - Yokohama

Theme Week Japan - Yokohama

[caption id="attachment_192094" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Minato Mirai 21 © Marc Antomattei/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population, after Tokyo, and the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture. It lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshu. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area. Yokohama's population of 3.7 million makes it Japan's largest city after the ...

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Diani Beach on the Indian Ocean

Diani Beach on the Indian Ocean

[caption id="attachment_151382" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Outrigger canoe © flickr.com - Giorgio Montersino/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Diani Beach is a major beach resort on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya (in eastern Africa). It is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Mombasa, in the nearby Kwale County. The beach is about 10 kilometres (6 mi) long, from the Kongo river to the north and Galu beach to the south (the southern point of reference is an old Baobab tree). It is adjacent to the town of Uk...

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Hunts Point Cooperative Market in New York

Hunts Point Cooperative Market in New York

[caption id="attachment_203325" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Doc Searls/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hunts Point Cooperative Market, a 24/7 wholesale food market located on 60 acres (24 ha) in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City, is the largest food distribution center of its kind in the world. Its revenues exceed $2 billion annually. Located at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, which houses the Fulton Fish Market and a produce market, the Hunts Point Coopera...

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