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One57 in New York

One57 in New York

[caption id="attachment_191662" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Anthony Quintano/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]One57, formerly known as Carnegie 57 and nicknamed "The Billionaire Building", is a 75-story (marketed as 90-story) supertall skyscraper at 157 West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Upon completion in 2014, it stood at 1,005 feet (306 m) tall, making it the tallest residential building in the city for a few months until the comp...

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The research vessel Meteor

The research vessel Meteor

[caption id="attachment_196071" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Studgeogr/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The RV Meteor (also Meteor III) is a multidisciplinary research vessel operating mainly in high seas. She is owned by the German state represented by its Federal Ministry of Education and Research and registered in Hamburg. The operator is the University of Hamburg. RV Meteor operates mainly in the areas of the Atlantic, the eastern Pacific, and the western Indian Ocean, as well as the Mediterranean and th...

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Boulogne-sur-Mer

Boulogne-sur-Mer

[caption id="attachment_151255" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City Gate © Michel wal[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Boulogne-sur-Mer is a city in northern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department of Pas-de-Calais. The population of the city was 44,859 in the 1999 census, whereas that of the whole metropolitan area was 135,116. Boulogne-sur-Mer is the most important fishing port in France. 7,000 inhabitants derive part or all of their livelihoods from fishing. IFREMER (the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the ...

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Prague, the golden city

Prague, the golden city

[caption id="attachment_150181" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Prague Castle © Karelj[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Prague is situated on the Vltava River in central Bohemia. Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. The city proper is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 2.3 million. Prague has been a political, cultural and economic center of Europe and particularly central Europe for the over 1,100 years of its existence. For centuries, duri...

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Theme Week Bahrain - Sitra Island

Theme Week Bahrain - Sitra Island

[caption id="attachment_164200" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bahrain Petroleum Company - First Oil Well plaque © flickr.com - David Brossard/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sitra, also known as Sitrah, is an island in Bahrain. It has a distance of 5 km (3.1 mi) south of the capital, Manama, on Bahrain Island. Sitra Island had a mixed Shia and Sunni Arab population. The Sunni inhabitants (including the Al Buainain) tribe which inhabited the now deserted village of Salba, west of Sitra eradicated during the early 1920s...

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Theme Week Malaysia - Malacca City

Theme Week Malaysia - Malacca City

[caption id="attachment_203656" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Malacca River flowing through Bandar Hilir © panoramio.com - jetsun/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Malacca City is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Malacca. As of 2010 it has a population of 485,000. It is the oldest Malaysian city on the Straits of Malacca, having become a successful entrepôt in the era of the Malacca Sultanate. The present-day city was founded by Parameswara, a Sumatran prince who escaped to the Malay Peninsula when Srivijaya ...

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Temple Square in Salt Lake City

Temple Square in Salt Lake City

[caption id="attachment_205765" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Salt Lake Temple © Famartin/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Temple Square is a 10-acre (4.0 ha) complex, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), in the center of Salt Lake City, Utah, and is considered "The Vatican of the Mormons". In recent years, the usage of the name has gradually changed to include several other church facilities that are immediately adjacent to Temple Square. Contained within Temple Square are the Salt L...

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Theme Week Lebanon - Byblos on the Mediterranean coast

Theme Week Lebanon - Byblos on the Mediterranean coast

[caption id="attachment_151107" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Karan Jain/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Byblos, in Arabic Jubayl, is a Mediterranean city in the Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon. It is believed to have been occupied first between 8800 and 7000 BC, and according to fragments attributed to the semi-legendary pre-Homeric Phoenician priest Sanchuniathon, it was built by Cronus as the first city in Phoenicia. It is one of the cities suggested as the oldest continuously inhabited city in th...

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