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Kaufingerstraße in Munich

Kaufingerstraße in Munich

[caption id="attachment_192491" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Usien/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Neuhauser Straße is part of the first and largest pedestrian zone in Munich's Old Town. Here is a large number of retail shops and restaurants to be found. According to an analysis by Jones Lang LaSalle in 2015, Kaufingerstraße is the most expensive shopping street in Germany with a top rent of 360 euros per square meter. The road runs almost straight ahead in the southeast-northwest direction out of town, from the ...

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Venlo on river Meuse

Venlo on river Meuse

[caption id="attachment_154324" align="aligncenter" width="590"] De Parade © Joaquin Maturana Contti[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Venlo is a municipality and a city in the southeastern Netherlands, next to the German border. It is situated in the province of Limburg. In 2003 Venlo was awarded the title Greenest city of Europe by the EU. In 2012 it will host the Floriade. In 2001, the (now former) municipalities of Belfeld and Tegelen were merged into the municipality of Venlo. Tegelen was originally part of the Duchy of J...

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Lappeenranta in South Karelia

Lappeenranta in South Karelia

[caption id="attachment_151377" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lappeenranta Harbour - Photo by Petritap[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lappeenranta is a city and municipality that resides on the shore of the lake Saimaa in South-Eastern Finland, about 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the Russian border. It belongs to the region of South Karelia. With approximately 72,000 inhabitants Lappeenranta is the 13th largest city in Finland. The neighboring municipality of Joutseno was consolidated with Lappeenranta on January 1, 2009, and the nei...

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Boca Raton in Florida

Boca Raton in Florida

[caption id="attachment_201299" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Addison Mizner's Administrative Buildings © Dtobias/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Boca Raton is the southernmost city in Palm Beach County, Florida, first incorporated on August 2, 1924 as "Bocaratone," and then incorporated as "Boca Raton" in 1925. The 2015 population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau was 93,235. However, approximately 200,000 people with a Boca Raton postal address reside outside its municipal boundaries. Such areas include newer deve...

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Theme Week Brittany - Fougères

Theme Week Brittany - Fougères

[caption id="attachment_151308" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © S. Möller[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Fougères (Breton: Felger) is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine department. Fougères' major monument is a medieval stronghold built atop a granite ledge, which was part of the ultimately unsuccessful defence system of the Duchy of Brittany against French aggression, and part of a tripartate with Vitré Fougères also has one of only three belfries in Brittany. Its location serves as the center of ...

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Orchard Road in Singapore

Orchard Road in Singapore

[caption id="attachment_221536" align="aligncenter" width="590"] ION Orchard Shopping Mall © flickr.com - Erwin Soo/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Orchard Road, often known colloquially as Orchard, is a major 2.5 km (1.6 mi)–long road in the Central Area of Singapore. A famous tourist attraction, it is an upscale shopping area of Singapore, with numerous internationally renowned department stores, restaurants and coffeehouses located in its vicinity. Orchard Road got its name from the nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards or...

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Theme Week Georgia

Theme Week Georgia

[caption id="attachment_215987" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Changing skyline of Batumi © flickr.com - jagermesh/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the east by Azerbaijan, and to the south by Armenia and Turkey. The capital and largest city is Tbilisi. Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 square kilometres (26,911 sq mi), and its appr...

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Havasu Creek in the Grand Canyon National Park

Havasu Creek in the Grand Canyon National Park

[caption id="attachment_206196" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Havasu Falls at night © flickr.com - Jeremy Evans/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Havasu Creek is a stream in the U.S. state of Arizona associated with the Havasupai people. It is a tributary to the Colorado River, which it enters in the Grand Canyon. Frequent flooding changes the appearance of some waterfalls and causes others to appear and disappear. Navajo Falls is one such example. Havasu Creek is the second largest tributary of the Colorado River in Gr...

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The Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands

[caption id="attachment_152644" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Grand Turk southwestern beach © Jersyko[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory and overseas territory of the European Union consisting of two groups of tropical islands in the Caribbean, the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands, known for tourism and as an offshore financial centre. The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas island chain and north of the island of H...

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Theme Week Normandy

Theme Week Normandy

[caption id="attachment_152717" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Deauville © Viault/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Normandy is a geographical region of France corresponding to the former Duchy of Normandy. The continental territory covers 30,627 km² and forms the preponderant part of Normandy and roughly 5% of the territory of France. It is divided for administrative purposes into two regions: Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy. The population of Normandy is around 3.45 million. The continental population of 3.26 millio...

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