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Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong

[caption id="attachment_193004" align="aligncenter" width="590"] View from International Commerce Centre © Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Victoria Harbour is a natural landform harbour separating Hong Kong Island in the south from the mainland to the north. The harbour's deep, sheltered waters and strategic location on the South China Sea were instrumental in Hong Kong's establishment as a British colony and its subsequent development as a trading centre. The harbour is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kon...

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The National School of Administration in Strasbourg

The National School of Administration in Strasbourg

[caption id="attachment_25428" align="aligncenter" width="590"] ENA Strasbourg © Rémi LEBLOND/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The École nationale d'administration, one of the French graduate schools (Grandes écoles), was created in 1945 by Charles de Gaulle to democratise access to the senior civil service. It is now entrusted with the selection and initial training of senior French officials. The ENA is one of the symbols of the Republican meritocracy, along with École normale supérieure and Ecole polytechnique ("X...

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Theme Week Potsdam - Cecilienhof Palace

Theme Week Potsdam - Cecilienhof Palace

[caption id="attachment_169074" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Gryffindor[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Cecilienhof Palace is a palace in Potsdam, Brandenburg built from 1914 to 1917 in the layout of an English Tudor manor house. Cecilienhof was the last palace built by the House of Hohenzollern that ruled the Kingdom of Prussia and the German Empire until the end of World War I. Cecilienhof has been part of the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Cecilienhof is located in the northern...

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Portrait: Werner von Siemens, founder of modern electrical engineering

Portrait: Werner von Siemens, founder of modern electrical engineering

[responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ernst Werner Siemens was a German inventor and industrialist. Siemens’s name has been adopted as the SI unit of electrical conductance, the siemens. He was also the founder of the electrical and telecommunications company Siemens. After finishing school, Siemens intended to study at the Bauakademie Berlin. However, since his family was highly indebted and thus could not afford to pay the tuition fees, he chose to join the Prussian Military Academy's School of Artillery and Engineering, between the years 1835-1...

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The seaside resort of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

The seaside resort of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

[caption id="attachment_152760" align="aligncenter" width="590"] L'Hermitage © AntonyB/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, commonly referred to as Le Touquet, is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. It has a population of 4,500. Le Touquet has a reputation as the most elegant holiday resort of northern France, the playground of rich Parisians, with many luxury hotels. Since the mid-1990s, Le Touquet’s villas have become extremely fashionable amongst architecture love...

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Theme Week Uruguay - Montevideo

Theme Week Uruguay - Montevideo

[caption id="attachment_184193" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunset in Montevideo © Femenias/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. According to the 2011 census, the city proper has a population of 1,319,108 (about one-third of the country's total population) in an area of 201 square kilometres (78 sq mi). The southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is situated in the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata. T...

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Tutzing on Lake Starnberg

Tutzing on Lake Starnberg

[caption id="attachment_151329" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Boathouses © Digital cat/cc-by-sa-3.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tutzing is a municipality in the district of Starnberg in Bavaria, on the west bank of the Starnberger See. Just 40 km south-west of Munich and with good views of the Alps, the town was traditionally a favorite vacation spot for those living in the city. In 1873 Johannes Brahms spent four summer months in Tutzing, completing his String Quartets Opus 51 and writing the Haydn Variations. A sm...

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Rostow on Don river

Rostow on Don river

[caption id="attachment_151403" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Skyline at night © E.doroganich/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rostov-on-Don is a port city and the administrative center of Rostov Oblast and the Southern Federal District of Russia. It lies to the southeast of the European part of Russia, on the Don River, 32 kilometers (20 mi) from the Sea of Azov. The southwestern suburbs of the city abut the Don River delta. Th population is at 1.1 million. With the construction of the Volga-Don Shipping Canal...

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