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The Sylter Royal Oyster

The Sylter Royal Oyster

[caption id="attachment_154475" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sylter Royal © Magnus Manske/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Sylt Royal Oyster is a breed that is reared in aquaculture in the Blidselbucht in the Lister Wadden Sea within three years. The Sylter Royal is the only oyster, which is produced in Germany. The young Pacific rock oysters are packed in wide-meshed bags and then placed in the Wadden Sea on steel tables, where the oysters grow for three years. In winter ice conditions in the Wadden Sea o...

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Verdun in northeastern France

Verdun in northeastern France

[caption id="attachment_153798" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mondial center for peace, liberty and human rights © Fryderyk/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Verdun is a small city in the Meuse department in Lorraine in north-eastern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department. Verdun is the biggest city in Meuse, although the capital of the department is the slightly smaller city of Bar-le-Duc. Verdun was the site of a major battle of the First World War. One of the costliest battles of the war, Verdun exe...

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Mâcon in Burgundy

Mâcon in Burgundy

[caption id="attachment_151140" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Luciani71/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mâcon is a small city in east-central France. It is the prefecture of the department of Saône-et-Loire, located in Burgundy. Mâcon is home to over 35,000 residents, who are referred to in French as Mâconnais. The area west and north of Mâcon produces well-known wines from the Chardonnay grape. The best known appellation of the Mâconnais is Pouilly-Fuissé. The city lies on the western bank of the Saône rive...

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Poole - surf, rest + play

Poole - surf, rest + play

[caption id="attachment_150903" align="aligncenter" width="590"] High Street © geograph.org.uk - David Lally[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. The town is 33 kilometres (21 mi) east of Dorchester, and Bournemouth adjoins Poole to the east. The Borough of Poole was made a unitary authority in 1997, gaining administrative independence from Dorset County Council. The town had a population of 138,288, making it the second largest settlement in...

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Roosevelt Island in Manhattan

Roosevelt Island in Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_209984" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © FEMA - Kenneth Wilsey[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Roosevelt Island is a narrow island in New York City's East River, within the borough of Manhattan. It lies between Manhattan Island to its west and the borough of Queens, on Long Island, to its east. Running from the equivalent of East 46th to 85th Streets on Manhattan Island, it is about 2 miles (3.2 km) long, with a maximum width of 800 feet (240 m), and a total area of 147 acres (0.59 km²). Together with Mill ...

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Islamorada in the Florida Keys

Islamorada in the Florida Keys

[caption id="attachment_161970" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Ex1le/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Islamorada, a "Village of Islands," is a village in Monroe County in Florida. It is located on the islands of Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key and Plantation Key in the Florida Keys. The village has a total population of 6,500. The name Islamorada (Original meaning: "Island Home" after the Pinder family schooner of that name), newly nicknamed, "The Purple Isle," came from ea...

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The congress and university city of Innsbruck

The congress and university city of Innsbruck

[caption id="attachment_160769" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Chithiraiyan[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria. It is located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), which provides access to the Brenner Pass, some 30 km (18.6 mi) south of Innsbruck. Located in the broad valley between high mountains, the Nordkette (Hafelekar, 2,334 metres or 7,657 feet in the north, Patscherkofel (2,246 m or 7,369 ft) and Serles (2,718 m o...

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Rüdesheim on the Rhine

Rüdesheim on the Rhine

[caption id="attachment_160810" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Rüdesheim on the Rhine around 1900[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rüdesheim is a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge and thereby part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It lies in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis district in the region of Darmstadt in Hesse. It lies at the foot of the Niederwald on the Rhine’s right (east) bank on the southern approach to the Lorelei. The town belongs to the Frankfurt Rhine Main Region and is one of Germany’s biggest tourist attra...

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Hotel Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne

Hotel Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne

[caption id="attachment_205898" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Michelle Walz Eriksson/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Beau-Rivage Palace is a historical luxury five-star hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is located in Ouchy, on the shores of Lake Léman. The hotel opened in 1861 and the current main building was constructed in Art Nouveau and neo-baroque style in 1908. It is registered in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance. The Beau-Rivage Palace is owned by ...

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Theme Week Morocco - Marrakesh

Theme Week Morocco - Marrakesh

[caption id="attachment_167308" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Jemaa el-Fnaa © Boris Macek/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marrakesh, also known by the French spelling Marrakech, is a major city of the Kingdom of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. It is the capital city of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakesh-Safi. Located to the north of the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is located 580 km (360 mi) southwest of Tangier, 327 km (203 mi)...

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