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[caption id="attachment_151284" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aigua Blava Bay © PaddyBriggs[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Catalonia is an autonomous community of Spain, and designated a "historical nationality" by its Statute of Autonomy. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, and the centre of one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish and Aranese (an Occitan dialect). Castells are one of the main manifestations of Catalan popular culture. T...

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Theme Week East Anglia

Theme Week East Anglia

[caption id="attachment_151480" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Burghley House in Peterborough © flickr.com - Anthony Masi/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]East Anglia is one of three constituent parts of the East of England – a first level region. The name has also been applied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the East Angles. The region's name is derived from the Angles – a tribe that originated in Angeln, northern Germany. The region comprises four areas of local government: the administrative counties of Norfol...

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Theme Week West Jerusalem - Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

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Theme Week Warsaw

Theme Week Warsaw

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The Hôtel Ritz Paris

The Hôtel Ritz Paris

[caption id="attachment_161281" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hôtel Ritz Paris © Vlastula[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hôtel Ritz is a grand palatial hotel in the heart of Paris, the 1st arrondissement. It overlooks the octagonal border of the Place Vendôme at number 15. The hotel is ranked highly among the most prestigious and luxurious hotels in the world and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel, which today has 159 rooms, was founded by the Swiss hotelier, César Ritz, in collaboration with the ch...

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The university city of Uppsala

The university city of Uppsala

[caption id="attachment_160621" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Uppsala University © Elapied[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Uppsala is the capital of Uppsala County and the fourth largest city of Sweden with 140,454 inhabitants. Located 67 km north of the capital, Stockholm, it is also the seat of the Uppsala Municipality. Since 1164, Uppsala has been the ecclesiastical centre of Sweden, being the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is the oldest centre of higher education in Scandina...

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Mirabell Palace and Gardens in Salzburg

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Lübeck, the Queen of the Hanseatic League

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[caption id="attachment_160181" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall on Market Square © Mylius[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hanseatic City of Lübeck is the second-largest city in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany, and one of the major ports of Germany. It was for several centuries the "capital" of the Hanseatic League ("Queen of the Hanse") and, because of its Brick Gothic architectural heritage, is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In 2005 it had a population of 214,000. Situated at the Trave Riv...

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Salem Castle School

Salem Castle School

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Theme Week New Caledonia - Koné

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[caption id="attachment_150832" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cultural Center © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Koné is a commune in the North Province. Koné is the provincial seat of the North Province. Besides Koné as the largest district are Koniambo and Tiaoué as the smallest settlements of the municipality. Ten different tribes live in the municipality of Koné. Koné is due to the humid west coast of the largest island of New Caledonia Grande Terre and also includes Île Pingiane an off the coa...

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