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The Meyer Werft

The Meyer Werft

[caption id="attachment_152444" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Disney Dream - Meyer Werft, Papenburg © Patrick Martini - www.schiffgiganten.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Meyer Werft is one of the remaining large German shipyards, headquartered in Papenburg. Since 1997, it has been part of the Meyer Neptun Group together with Neptun Werft in Rostock. Founded in 1795 as a wharf for the construction of wooden ships, Josef Lambert Meyer started the construction of iron ships in 1874. Until 1920 there were more than 20 dockyard...

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Manama on the Persian Gulf

Manama on the Persian Gulf

[caption id="attachment_24379" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bahrain Financial Harbour under construction in 2011 © Majed othman almajed/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain, with an approximate population of 155,000 people. Long an important trading center in the Persian Gulf, Manama is home to a very diverse population. In the 20th century, Bahrain's oil wealth helped spur fast growth and in the 1990s a concerted diversification effort led to expansion in other industries...

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Theme Week Provence - Carpentras

Theme Week Provence - Carpentras

[caption id="attachment_151946" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Musée Duplessis © Soldanella84/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Carpentras is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It stands on the banks of the Auzon. As capital of the Comtat Venaissin, it was frequently the residence of the Avignon popes; the Papal States retained possession of the Venaissin until the French Revolution. Nowadays, Carpentras is a commercial center for Comtat Venaissin. ...

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Theme Week Tuscany - Portoferraio on Elba

Theme Week Tuscany - Portoferraio on Elba

[caption id="attachment_153283" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Magrathea[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. It is the island's largest city. Because of its terrain, many of its buildings are situated on the slopes of a tiny hill surrounded on three sides by the sea. It was founded by Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, in 1548, with the name of Cosmopoli ("Cosimo's City"), to balance the presence ...

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Gmünd in northwestern Waldviertel

Gmünd in northwestern Waldviertel

[caption id="attachment_161070" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palm House in Gmünd Castle Gardens © Duke of W4[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Gmünd is a town in northwestern Waldviertel in the Austrian state of Lower Austria, the capital of the Gmünd district. The municipality consists of the Katastralgemeinden Böhmzeil, Breitensee, Eibenstein, Gmünd and Grillenstein. Situated on the Lainsitz (Lužnice) river where it forms the border with České Velenice in the Czech Republic, it is an important road and railway cro...

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Theme Week Nepal - Kathmandu

Theme Week Nepal - Kathmandu

[caption id="attachment_201643" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hotel Shanker © Super cool75/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kathmandu is the capital city and largest city of Nepal with a population of around 1 million. Kathmandu is also the largest metropolis in the Himalayan hill region. Nepali is the most spoken language in the city. Kathmandu, also known as City of Temples stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 feet) above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. The ...

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Theme Week Tuscany - Viareggio

Theme Week Tuscany - Viareggio

[caption id="attachment_153281" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Burlamacca canal © Sailko[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Viareggio is a city and comune located in northern Tuscany, Italy, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. With a population of over 64,000 it is the main centre of the northern Tuscan Riviera known as Versilia, and the second largest city within the Province of Lucca. It is known as a seaside resort as well as being the home of the famous carnival of Viareggio (dating back to 1873), and its papier-mâch...

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Sunny Beach on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast

Sunny Beach on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast

[caption id="attachment_151477" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunny Beach © Ванка5/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sunny Beach is a major seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, located approximately 35 km north of Burgas in Nessebar municipality, Burgas Province. To the south Sunny Beach has grown together with Nessebar and Ravda, to the north with Saint Vlas. Sunny Beach is known for its intense nightlife with numerous bars, pubs and clubs and especially popular among younger people. Sunny Be...

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