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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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The island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea

The island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea

[caption id="attachment_153484" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lefkada © ERWEH/cc-by-sa-2.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece, connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Lefkada (city). It is situated on the northern part of the island, approximately 20 minutes by automobile away from Aktion National Airport. The island is part of the regional unit of Lefkada. The f...

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Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_25366" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Konzerthaus, flanked by the German Cathedral (left) and French Cathedral (right)© Thomas Huntke - www.huntke.de/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Gendarmenmarkt is a square in Berlin, and the site of the Konzerthaus and the French and German Cathedrals. In the centre of the square stands a monumental statue of Germany's renowned poet Friedrich Schiller. The square was created by Johann Arnold Nering at the end of the seventeenth century as the Linden-Markt...

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Theme Week New Zealand - The Marlborough Sounds

Theme Week New Zealand - The Marlborough Sounds

[caption id="attachment_151732" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Marlborough Sounds, visible to the left of the Space Shuttle. Image taken from the International Space Station© NASA[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Marlborough Sounds are an extensive network of sea-drowned valleys created by a combination of land subsidence and rising sea levels at the north of the South Island of New Zealand. According to Māori mythology, the sounds are the prows of the sunken waka (canoe) of Aoraki. The Marlborough Sounds are connected to t...

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Theme Week Uruguay - Salto

Theme Week Uruguay - Salto

[caption id="attachment_184160" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Downtown Salto © Shant/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Salto is the capital city of the Salto Department in northwestern Uruguay. As of the 2011 census it had a population of 104,028 and is the second most populated city in Uruguay. The city is located on Route 3 about 496 kilometres (308 mi) northwest of Montevideo, and on the east bank of the Río Uruguay across from the city of Concordia in Argentina. About 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north of the c...

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Theme Week Italian Riviera - Porto Venere

Theme Week Italian Riviera - Porto Venere

[caption id="attachment_150968" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Porto Venere from Lerici © Aconcagua/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Porto Venere is a town and comune (municipality) located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. In 1997 Porto Venere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The ancient Portus Veneris is belie...

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The Irish Glenveagh National Park

The Irish Glenveagh National Park

[caption id="attachment_152555" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Glenveagh National Park © flickr.com - Michal Osmenda[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Glenveagh is the second largest national park in Ireland. The park covers 170 square kilometres of hillside above Glenveagh Castle on the shore of Lough Veagh, 20 km from Gweedore in County Donegal. The network of mainly informal gardens displays a multitude of exotic and delicate plants from as far afield as Chile, Madeira and Tasmania, all sheltered by windbreaks of pine trees and or...

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Canada: Bon voyage!

Canada: Bon voyage!

[caption id="attachment_171212" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © George F.G. Stanley[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Canada has a large domestic and foreign tourism industry. The second largest country in the world and a population well over 36,5 million, Canada's incredible geographical variety is a significant tourist attractor. Much of the country's tourism is centred in the following (busiest) regions: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver/Whistler, Niagara Falls, Vancouver Island, Canadian Rockies, British Columbias Okanagan Valley, an...

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Alhambra in Granada

Alhambra in Granada

[caption id="attachment_226717" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © panoramio.com - Sergey Ashmarin/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Alhambra (lit. 'The Red One') is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It is one of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture and one of the best-preserved palaces of the historic Islamic world, in addition to containing notable examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture. The complex was begun in 1238 by Muhammad I Ibn al-Ahmar, the first Na...

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The medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria

The medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria

[caption id="attachment_153813" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Plönlein, former market square, Sieberstor (left) and Koboltor (right) © Berthold Werner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany, well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. In the Middle Ages, it was an Imperial Free City. Traffic-reducing measures are in place in a significant po...

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