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White Villages Route of Andalusia

White Villages Route of Andalusia

[caption id="attachment_27454" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cuesta de Alhacaba - Typical house in the province of Granada © Claudio Landi/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The White Towns of Andalusia, or Pueblos Blancos, are a series of more then 30 places, towns and large villages in the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga in southern Spain, mostly within the UNESCO biosphere reserve Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. All of the villages are characterised by whitewashed walls and red or brown tiled ro...

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Capitola in California

Capitola in California

[caption id="attachment_186006" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Capitola Hotel © Ashokmehta72/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Capitola is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States, on the coast of Monterey Bay. The population is at 10,000. The original settlement now known as Capitola grew out of what was then called Soquel Landing. Soquel Landing got its name from a wharf located at the mouth of Soquel Creek. This wharf, which dates back to the 1850s, served as an outlet for the produce and lumber grown in...

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The sail training ship Christian Radich

The sail training ship Christian Radich

[caption id="attachment_152549" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Christian Radich in Trondheim © flickr.com - beagle84/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Christian Radich is a Norwegian full-rigged ship, named after a Norwegian shipowner. The vessel was built at Framnæs shipyard in Sandefjord, Norway, and was delivered on 17 June 1937. The owner was The Christian Radich Sail Training Foundation established by a grant from an officer of that name. The homeport is Oslo. The vessel is a full-rigged three-masted steel ...

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Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyke

[caption id="attachment_153622" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Jost Van Dyke - White Bay © Cemerp/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]At roughly 8 square kilometers, and about 3 square miles Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands of the British Virgin Islands, the northern portion of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Jost Van Dyke lies about 8 km to the northwest of Tortola and 8 km to the north of Saint John. Little Jost Van Dyke lies off its eastern end. ...

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Theme Week Oman - Masirah Island

Theme Week Oman - Masirah Island

[caption id="attachment_161755" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kite surfing © flickr.com - StellarD/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Masirah or Mazeira Island is an island off the East coast of Oman, 95 km long north-south, between 12 and 14 km wide, with an area of about 649 km², and a population estimated at 12,000 in 12 villages mainly in the north of the island. Administratively, it forms one of the eleven provinces of the Ash Sharqiyah Region. The principal village is Ras-Hilf in the northern part of the island. It c...

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Capitoline Hill in Rome

Capitoline Hill in Rome

[caption id="attachment_220955" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Piazza del Campidoglio, on the top of Capitoline Hill, with the Palazzo Senatorio © Alvesgaspar/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Capitolium or Capitoline Hill (Italian: Campidoglio), between the Forum and the Campus Martius, is one of the Seven Hills of Rome. The hill was earlier known as Mons Saturnius, dedicated to the god Saturn. The word Capitolium first meant the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus later built here, and afterwards it was used for the ...

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The Bayreuth Festival

The Bayreuth Festival

[caption id="attachment_24223" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bayreuth Festspielhaus © Spurzem/cc-by-sa-2.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Bayreuth Festival is a music festival held annually in Bayreuth, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. Wagner himself conceived and promoted the idea of a special festival to showcase his own works, in particular his monumental cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and Parsifal. Performances take place in a specially designed th...

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The seaside town of Blackpool

The seaside town of Blackpool

[caption id="attachment_151646" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Central Pier © flickr.com - David P[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Blackpool is a borough, seaside town, and unitary authority area of Lancashire, in North West England. It is situated along England's west coast by the Irish Sea, between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries, 17.5 miles (28.2 km) northwest of Preston, 30 miles (48 km) north of Liverpool, and 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manchester. It has a population of 142,900, making it the third most populous settlement i...

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Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean

Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean

[caption id="attachment_151149" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Zanzibar Beach © Rcastino[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar), and Pemba. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City. Its historic cent...

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Portrait: Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann and the modernization of Paris

Portrait: Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann and the modernization of Paris

[caption id="attachment_152151" align="aligncenter" width="442"] Baron Haussmann monument on the cross road of Boulevard Haussmann and Rue de Laborde © Ralf.treinen/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Georges-Eugène Haussmann, commonly known as Baron Haussmann, 27 March 1809 – 11 January 1891), was the Prefect of the Seine Department in France, who was chosen by the Emperor Napoleon III to carry out a massive program of new boulevards, parks and public works in Paris, commonly called Haussmann's renovation of Paris. Criti...

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