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Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Zermatt and the Matterhorn

[caption id="attachment_160604" align="aligncenter" width="586"] Zermatt and Matterhorn © Stan Shebs[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Zermatt is a municipality in the district of Visp in the German-speaking section of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It has a population of about 5,800 inhabitants. The village is situated at the end of Mattertal at an altitude of 1,620 m (5,310 ft), at the feet of Switzerland's highest peaks. It lies about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the over 10,800 ft (3,291.84 m) high Theodul Pass bordering Italy. ...

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The Channel Island of Brecqhou

The Channel Island of Brecqhou

[caption id="attachment_153951" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aerial view © Diegourdiales[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Brecqhou is one of the Channel Islands and part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It is located just west of Sark and has a surface area of approximately 200 acres (0.81 km2). Sark claims it as a tenement, and the Ministry of Justice, the department of the United Kingdom government with responsibility for the Channel Islands, considers Brecqhou part of Sark - but this is disputed by Brecqhou's current tenants. ...

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Theme Week Guyana - Georgetown

Theme Week Guyana - Georgetown

[caption id="attachment_184208" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Downtown Georgetown © flickr.com - amanderson2/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Georgetown is the capital of Guyana, located in Region 4, which is also known as the Demerara-Mahaica region. It is the country's largest urban centre. It is situated on the Atlantic Ocean coast at the mouth of the Demerara River and it was nicknamed Garden City of the Caribbean. Georgetown serves primarily as a retail and administrative centre. It also serves as a financial service...

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Miami Beach Art Deco District

Miami Beach Art Deco District

[caption id="attachment_169910" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Breakwater © Gzzz/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Miami Beach Architectural District (sometimes called the Art Deco District) contains the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s resort architecture in the United States. These vibrantly colored buildings represent an era when Miami Beach was heavily promoted and developed as a "tropical playground". The district was one of the earliest U.S. National Register for Historical Places listings to recognize ...

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Portrait: Albert Ballin, inventor of modern cruise ship traveling

Portrait: Albert Ballin, inventor of modern cruise ship traveling

[caption id="attachment_165098" align="aligncenter" width="423"] Albert Ballin[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Albert Ballin was a German shipping magnate, who was the general director of the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) or Hamburg-America Line, at times the world's largest shipping company. Being the inventor of the concept of the cruise ship, he is known as the father of modern cruise ship travel. The SS Auguste Viktoria, named after the German Empress Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, was the ...

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The medieval town of Sandwich

The medieval town of Sandwich

[caption id="attachment_153715" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Admiral Owen © geograph.org.uk - Chris Downer[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sandwich is a historic town and civil parish on the River Stour in the Non-metropolitan district of Dover, within the ceremonial county of Kent, south-east England. It has a population of 6,800. It was one of the Cinque Ports and still has many original medieval buildings, including several listed public houses and gates in the old town walls, churches, almshouses and the White Mill. While...

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Marina Bay in Singapore

Marina Bay in Singapore

[caption id="attachment_210056" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marina Bay is a bay located in the Central Area of Singapore surrounded by the perimeter of four other planning areas, the Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South and Straits View. The area surrounding the bay itself, also called Marina Bay, is a 360 hectare extension to the adjacent Central Business District. It is also the new downtown of Singapore built on reclaimed land. Famous landmark iconic buildings incl...

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Parma, the city of the senses

Parma, the city of the senses

[caption id="attachment_151655" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Piazza Garibaldi © Carlo Ferrari[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Parma is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna famous for its ham, its cheese, its architecture and the fine countryside around it. This is the home of the University of Parma, one of the oldest universities in the world. Parma is divided into two parts by the little stream with the same name. Parma's Etruscan name was adapted by Romans to describe the round shield called Parma. The Italia...

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The university town of Modena in Emilia-Romagna

The university town of Modena in Emilia-Romagna

[caption id="attachment_160853" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palazzo Comunale (right) and Cathedral (left) © Hierakares[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Modena is a city and comune (municipality) on the south side of the Po Valley, in the Province of Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region. An ancient town, it is the seat of an archbishop, but is now best known as "the capital of engines", since the factories of the famous Italian sports car makers Ferrari, De Tomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati are, or were, located here...

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Eastbourne on the English Channel

Eastbourne on the English Channel

[caption id="attachment_153849" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Eastbourne Beach © geograph.org.uk - Oast House Archive/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Eastbourne is a large town, seaside resort, and borough in East Sussex, on the south coast of England, 17 miles (27 km) east of Brighton. Eastbourne is located immediately east of Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Great Britain and part of the South Downs National Park. With a seafront consisting largely of Victorian hotels, the pier, and a Napoleonic era fort and...

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