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Theme Week Istria - Umag

[caption id="attachment_153466" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Peko/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Umag is a coastal city in Istria. The city hosts a yearly ATP tennis tournament on clay courts. It is the westernmost city of Croatia, and the municipality includes Savudrija, the westernmost point of Croatia. In 1993 with the establishment of the new local rule Umag became an independent municipality (općina), and in 1997 was awarded the status of town or city (grad). The natural features of the area have con...

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German Unity Day

German Unity Day

[caption id="attachment_2486" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Tag der Deutschen Einheit 2011 © bonn.de"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]For 28 years, the Berlin Wall cemented the political division of Germany and Europe. It became a symbol of the Cold War, which split the world politically into an eastern and a western hemisphere. Over one hundred people died attempting to get past the heavily guarded Wall. In the end, the internal and external pressure on the GDR leadership increased so much that a chain of events was trig...

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The Music City Nashville in Tennessee

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[caption id="attachment_212443" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ernest Tubb Record Shop © flickr.com - Brent Moore/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Davidson County and is located on the Cumberland River. It is the 23rd most-populous city in the United States. Named for Francis Nash, a general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, the city was founded in 1779. The city grew quickly due to it...

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Theme Week London

Theme Week London

[caption id="attachment_151768" align="aligncenter" width="590"] London Sunset Panorama © David Iliff[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]London is among the European TOP 3 locations. London, as encourager in many areas of daily life, offers a unique variety range. On the one hand vibrant life and business, on the other hand, just two streets away, almost small town feel, so that there is room for everything and everyone. London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom. There a...

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Ashkelon in Israel's Southern District

Ashkelon in Israel's Southern District

[caption id="attachment_152014" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Askelon Beach © Alexey Goral/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ashkelon is a coastal city in the Southern District of Israel, 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of Tel Aviv, and 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of the border with the Gaza Strip. The Ashkelon seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant is the largest in the world. In March 2006, it was voted "Desalination Plant of the Year" in the Global Water Awards. The Arab village of al-Majdal or al-Ma...

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Theme Week Japan

Theme Week Japan

[caption id="attachment_192065" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tokyo - Ginza shopping area © Jordy Meow/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Japan (Nippon or Nihon, literally "State of Japan") is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south. The kanji that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", and it is often called the "Land of the Rising Sun". ...

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St. Pölten in Lower Austria

St. Pölten in Lower Austria

[caption id="attachment_160589" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Rathausgasse © Alexander Wagner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sankt Pölten is the capital city of the State of Lower Austria in northeast Austria. With 51,956 inhabitants, it is Lower Austria's largest city. Sankt Pölten is a city with its own statute (or Statutarstadt) and therefore it is both a municipality and a district in the Mostviertel. The city lies on the Traisen river and is located north of the Alps and south of the Wachau. The oldest part of the ...

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Portrait: Erasmus of Rotterdam, Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian

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[caption id="attachment_164387" align="aligncenter" width="442"] Erasmus statue in Rotterdam © Frank Versteegen/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Erasmus of Rotterdam was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. Erasmus was a classical scholar and wrote in a pure Latin style. Among humanists he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists", and has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian humanists". Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared importan...

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Åland in Finland

Åland in Finland

[caption id="attachment_150382" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Åland map © Ulamm[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Åland Islands form an archipelago in the Baltic Sea. They are situated at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia and form an autonomous, demilitarised, monolingually Swedish-speaking region of Finland. The islands collectively constitute the smallest region of Finland, with only 0.49% of its land area, and 0.50% of its population. Åland comprises Fasta Åland (the "Main Island," with 90% of the population), t...

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Passage Jouffroy in Paris

Passage Jouffroy in Paris

[caption id="attachment_209706" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Ali Sabbagh[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Passage Jouffroy is a covered passages of Paris located in the 9th arrondissement. It runs between the Boulevard Montmartre to the south and the Rue de la Grange-Batelière to the north. The Passage Jouffroy is a covered walkway in the south of the 9th arrondissement of Paris, on the border with the 2nd arrondissement. It begins in the south between 10 and 12 boulevard Montmartre, and ends in the north at 9 rue de la Gra...

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