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Klaipėda in Lithuania

Klaipėda in Lithuania

[caption id="attachment_149060" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Klaipeda Harbour © Artrix[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Klaipėda (German: Memel) is a city in Lithuania situated at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon where it flows into the Baltic Sea with a population of 186,000. It is the third largest city in Lithuania and the capital of Klaipėda County. The city has a complex recorded history, partially due to the strategic regional importance of the Port of Klaipėda, a usually ice-free port on the Baltic Sea. It has been contr...

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Beale Street in Memphis

Beale Street in Memphis

[caption id="attachment_215510" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Andreas Faessler/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street, a distance of approximately 1.8 miles (2.9 km). It is a significant location in the city's history, as well as in the history of blues music. Today, the blues clubs and restaurants that line Beale Street are major tourist attractions in Memphis. Festivals and outdoor concerts frequently bring large...

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Andechs Abbey in Bavaria

Andechs Abbey in Bavaria

[caption id="attachment_216156" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Boschfoto/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Benedictine priory and erstwhile abbey of Andechs is a place of pilgrimage on a hill east of the Ammersee in the Landkreis of Starnberg (Upper Bavaria) in Germany, in the municipality Andechs. Andechs Abbey is famed for its flamboyant Baroque church and its brewery, Klosterbrauerei Andechs. Composer Carl Orff is buried in the church. The site of Andechs was originally occupied by a castle belonging to ...

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Cheddar in southwest England

Cheddar in southwest England

[caption id="attachment_153730" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aerial view of Cheddar Gorge © Adrian Pingstone[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cheddar is a large village and civil parish in the Sedgemoor district of the English county of Somerset. It is situated on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills, 9 miles (14 km) north-west of Wells. The civil parish includes the hamlets of Nyland and Bradley Cross. The village, which has its own parish council, has a population of 5,093 and the parish has an acreage of 8,592 acres (3,477.1 h...

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50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty

50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty

[caption id="attachment_7054" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sculpture of Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle by Chantal de la Chauvinière-Riant outside the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Berlin © Adam Carr[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Élysée Treaty also known as the Treaty of Friendship, was concluded by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer in the Élysée Palace on January 22 1963. It set the seal on reconciliation between the two countries. With it, Germany and France established a new foundation for relations that ended cen...

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The port city of Cobh in Cork

The port city of Cobh in Cork

[caption id="attachment_160631" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cobh © geograph.org.uk - Ralph Rawlinson[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cobh is a seaport town on the south coast of County Cork in Ireland. Cobh is on the south side of Great Island in Cork Harbour. Facing the town are Spike Island and Haulbowline Island. On a high point in the town stands Cobh (St Colman's) Cathedral, one of the tallest buildings in Ireland and seat of the diocese of Cloyne. The locality, which had had several Irish-language names, was first ...

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University of the German Federal Armed Forces

University of the German Federal Armed Forces

[caption id="attachment_215847" align="aligncenter" width="588"] Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg - Campus © Reinhard Scheiblich[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) runs two universities: one in Munich, (Bundeswehr University Munich) and another in Hamburg (Helmut Schmidt University - which focus on the scientific work and the academic study of the German armed forces' officers. Unlike other nations' military academies, both universities only offer courses of study which have almost no relation to t...

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Kyushu Island in Japan

Kyushu Island in Japan

[caption id="attachment_168928" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kyushu Food Booth © Ominae/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kyushu or Kiushu is the third biggest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. Its alternative ancient names include Kyūkoku, Chinzei, and Tsukushi-no-shima. The historical regional name Saikaidō referred to Kyushu and its surrounding islands. As of 2016, Kyushu has a population of 13 million and covers 36,782 square kilometres (14,202 sq mi). The island is mountainous, and...

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Theme Week Scotland - Cumbernauld

Theme Week Scotland - Cumbernauld

[caption id="attachment_152513" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Red Deer Innkeepers Lodge © geograph.org.uk - Johnny Durnan/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cumbernauld is a Scottish new town in North Lanarkshire. It was created in 1956 as a population overspill for Glasgow City. It is the eighth most populous settlement in Scotland and the largest in North Lanarkshire. The name comes from the Scots Gaelic comar nan allt, meaning "meeting of the streams" as, geographically, from its high point in the Scottish Central Bel...

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Mirabella V, the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world

Mirabella V, the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world

[caption id="attachment_153665" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © mirabellayachts.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]At an estimated cost of over US$ 50million, she is the largest single-masted yacht ever built and became a reality in May 2004. Mirabella V was launched in November of 2003 and her mast was stepped six weeks later. She proceeded to the Mediterranean in June and completed five weeks charter in her first season. Mirabella V is one of a fleet of super-yachts owned by former Chairman and CEO of the Avis car rental compan...

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