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The seaside resort of Hastings

The seaside resort of Hastings

[caption id="attachment_153764" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hastings Pier © Jarlhelm[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hastings is a town and borough in the county of East Sussex on the south coast of England. The town is located 24 miles (39 km) east of the county town of Lewes and 53 miles (85 km) south east of London, and has an estimated population of 86,900. In historical terms, Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman conquest of England; and also because it became one of the medieval Cinque Por...

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L’Estaque in Marseille

L’Estaque in Marseille

[caption id="attachment_192350" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of L'Estaque © Irønie/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]L'Estaque is a former fishing village, located on the Rade de Marseille, which was incorporated in 1946 as part of the 16th Arrondissements to Marseille. West of L'Estaque begins the Côte Bleue. The hill chain Chaîne de l'Estaque gave the place its name. A bit of this former artists' village or its past is still noticeable today: the inhabitants differ from the other Marseillais and make ...

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Theme Week Russia - Vladivostok on the Golden Horn

Theme Week Russia - Vladivostok on the Golden Horn

[caption id="attachment_153655" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Center of Vladivostok and Golden Horn © Владимир КОБЗАРЬ/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vladivostok is a city and the administrative center of Primorsky Krai located at the head of the Golden Horn Bay, not far from Russia's borders with China and North Korea. The population of the city is 592,000. The city is the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean. In 2012, Vladivostok hosted the ...

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With the Train des Pignes from Nice to Digne-les-Bains

With the Train des Pignes from Nice to Digne-les-Bains

[caption id="attachment_161278" align="aligncenter" width="556"] Route map © Chemins de Fer de Provence[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]This 1-meter gauge railway runs between Nice and Digne-les-Bains, 151 km, and takes about three hours. The track follows rushing rivers and steep-sided mountain valleys, many not accessible by car, and the view is magnificent. The ride is an adventure. The stations are old, tiny and personal, with everything on a human level. The name Train des Pignes comes from the pinecones, once used for tinder to...

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Atlantis, The Palm, in Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm, in Dubai

[caption id="attachment_161441" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Atlantis, The Palm © Bgabel/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Atlantis, The Palm is a hotel resort in located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was the first resort to be built on the island and is themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements. The resort opened on September 24, 2008 as a joint venture between Kerzner International Holdings Limited and Istithmar World. The 1,539 room nautically...

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Theme Week East Frisian Islands - Langeoog and Spiekeroog

Theme Week East Frisian Islands - Langeoog and Spiekeroog

[caption id="attachment_152922" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Langeoog - Lale Andersen House "Der Sonnenhof" © joho345[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]LANGEOOG Langeoog is one of the seven inhabited East Frisian Islands at the edge of the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea in the southern North Sea, located between Baltrum Island (west), and Spiekeroog (east). It is also a municipality in the district of Wittmund in Lower Saxony, Germany. The name Langeoog means Long Island in the Low German dialect. Tourism is the main source of inc...

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Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast - Krk Town

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast - Krk Town

[caption id="attachment_161650" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Journey234[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Krk is the main settlement of the island of Krk. It is located on the southwest coast of the island and is the historical seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Krk. On the opposite side of the bay of Punat, the community of Punat with one of the most famous marinas in the northern Adriatic, the Punat Marina, is located. The city is ancient, being among the oldest in the Adriatic. It has been continuously inhabited sin...

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St. Michael's Church in Hamburg

St. Michael's Church in Hamburg

[caption id="attachment_205404" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of Hamburg and St. Michael's Church © Dietmar Rabich/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]St. Michael's Church (German: Hauptkirche Sankt Michaelis), colloquially called Michel, is one of Hamburg's five Lutheran main churches (Hauptkirchen) and one of the most famous churches in the city. St. Michaelis is a landmark of the city and it is considered to be one of the finest Hanseatic Protestant baroque churches. The church was purposely built Protestant unlik...

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