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The mountain resort town Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The mountain resort town Garmisch-Partenkirchen

[caption id="attachment_151821" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with the mountains Alpspitze, Zugspitze and Daniel in the background © Octagon[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town in Bavaria, southern Germany. It is the administrative centre of the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Oberbayern region, and the district is on the border with Austria. Nearby is Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze, at 2961 m (9714 ft.). The George C. Marshall European Center f...

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Theme Week Scotland - Livingston

Theme Week Scotland - Livingston

[caption id="attachment_152532" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The north-west of Livingston © Kim Traynor/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Livingston (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Dhùn Lèibhe) is the largest town in West Lothian. It is the fourth post-War new town to be built in Scotland, designated in 1962. It is about 15 miles (25 km) west of Edinburgh and 30 miles (50 km) east of Glasgow, and is bordered by the towns of Broxburn to the northeast and Bathgate to the northwest. Livingston is the second biggest sett...

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Richerenches, the truffle village

Richerenches, the truffle village

[caption id="attachment_151110" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Black Richerenches Truffle © Véronique PAGNIER/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Richerenches (Richarencha in Occitan) is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France with a populaton of 670. In 1136, a local lord, Hugh of Bourbouton, gave the Knights Templar land at Richerenches. Two years later he gave even more, and the next day he took his vows as a Templar. He eventually became the Commander of th...

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Theme Week Netherlands - Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands

Theme Week Netherlands - Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands

[caption id="attachment_159819" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Square © Andreas Schmidt[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Nijmegen is a municipality and a city in the east of the Netherlands, near the German border. It is considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands and celebrated its 2000th year of existence in 2005. The municipality is part of the "Stadsregio Arnhem-Nijmegen", a metropolitan area with 736,107 inhabitants. The first mention of Nijmegen in history is in the 1st century BC, when the Romans built ...

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The Conch Republic celebrates Independence Day on April 23

The Conch Republic celebrates Independence Day on April 23

[caption id="attachment_7014" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Flag of the Conch Republic © Jmckean/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Conch Republic is a micronation declared as a tongue-in-cheek secession of the city of Key West, Florida from the United States on April 23, 1982. It has been maintained as a tourism booster for the city since. Since then, the term "Conch Republic" has been expanded to refer to "all of the Florida Keys, or, that geographic apportionment of land that falls within the legally defined boundari...

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Port Stephens in New South Wales

Port Stephens in New South Wales

[caption id="attachment_167412" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Jimmy's Beach (Winda Woppa) toward Yacabba Headland © J.lyle[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Port Stephens, an open youthful tide dominated drowned valley estuary, is a large natural harbour of approximately 134 square kilometres (52 sq mi) located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales and is larger than Sydney Harbour. Port Stephens lies within the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park and is situated about 160 kilometres (99 mi) north-east of Sydney. The park was es...

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Statue of Liberty in New York City

Statue of Liberty in New York City

[caption id="attachment_205908" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - William Warby/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York, in the United States. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 2...

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Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen

Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen

[caption id="attachment_169083" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Amalienborg Palace and Opera House Copenhagen in the background © flickr.com - Rob Deutscher/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Amalienborg is the home of the Danish royal family, and is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It consists of four identical classical palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard; in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V. Amalienborg was originally built ...

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