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Arts and Crafts Movement

Arts and Crafts Movement

[caption id="attachment_192769" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Philip Webb's Red House in Upton, Bexleyheath, Greater London © Ethan Doyle White/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920, emerging in Japan (the Mingei movement) in the 1920s. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles...

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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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Narva, the easternmost city of Estonia

Narva, the easternmost city of Estonia

[caption id="attachment_160877" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Narva Castle on the left, Ivangorod Castle on the right. Narva river is the border between Estonia and Russia © LHOON/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Narva is the third largest city in Estonia. It is located at the eastern extreme point of Estonia, by the Russian border, on the Narva River which drains Lake Peipus. The capital of Ida-Viru County, Jõhvi, lies 50 km (31 mi) to the west. The Estonian part of the Narva Reservoir lies mostly within the territor...

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Theme Week North Frisian Islands - Pellworm

Theme Week North Frisian Islands - Pellworm

[caption id="attachment_152906" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © nordseetourismus.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Pellworm is an island within the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park. Its area is 37 km², and its population is roughly 1,200. Together with several smaller islands, Pellworm forms the Amt Pellworm. In medieval times Pellworm was a part of the larger island of Strand which was torn into pieces in a disastrous storm tide in 1634. Other remnants of Strand are Nordstrand and the Halligen. All these belo...

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Florence, the Italian Athens

Florence, the Italian Athens

[caption id="attachment_149033" align="aligncenter" width="309"] Michelangelo's David © Rico Heil[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 370,000 inhabitants (1.5 in the metropolitan area). The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and fina...

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Larissa, capital and largest city of the Thessaly region

Larissa, capital and largest city of the Thessaly region

[caption id="attachment_161082" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ancient theatre of Larisa © Fsb2004[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Larissa is the capital and biggest city of the Thessaly region of Greece and capital of the Larissa regional unit. It is a principal agricultural centre and a national transportation hub, linked by road and rail with the port of Volos. Larissa, within its municipality, has 163,000 inhabitants, while the regional unit of Larissa reached a population of 284,000. The urban area of the city, although mostly...

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PortMiami in the Biscayne Bay

PortMiami in the Biscayne Bay

[caption id="attachment_168586" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Marc Averette/cc-by-sa-1.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]PortMiami, formally the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami, is a major seaport located in Biscayne Bay between Miami and Miami Beach in Florida. It is the largest passenger port in the world, and one of the largest cargo ports in the United States. It is connected to Downtown Miami by Port Boulevard—a causeway over the Intracoastal Waterway—and to the neighboring Watson Island via the Port of Miami Tunnel. The...

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Siesta Key on the Gulf of Mexico

Siesta Key on the Gulf of Mexico

[caption id="attachment_165140" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © siestakeychamber.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Siesta Key is a barrier island off the southwestern coast of Florida. It is situated between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A portion of it lies within the city boundary of Sarasota, but the majority of the key is in Sarasota County. After the probable Amerindian name of Zarazote for the area and the bay, the key was originally named "Sarasota Key" by European cartographers during exploration beginning in 1513....

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Theme Week Canary Islands - Lanzarote

Theme Week Canary Islands - Lanzarote

[caption id="attachment_153409" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cactus © Méndez[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lanzarote is the easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands, approximately 125 km off the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula. Covering 845.9 km2, it stands as the fourth largest of the islands. The first recorded name for the island, given by Angelino Dulcert, was Insula de Lanzarotus Marocelus, after the Genoese navigator Lancelotto Malocello, from which the modern name is derived. The island's nam...

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Piraeus on the east coast of the Saronic Gulf

Piraeus on the east coast of the Saronic Gulf

[caption id="attachment_161094" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mikrolimano © Templar52[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Piraeus is a port city in the region of Attica. Piraeus is located within the Athens-Piraeus Urban Area, 12 km southwest from its city center (municipality of Athens), and lies along the east coast of the Saronic Gulf. According to the 2001 census, Piraeus had a population of 175,697 people within its administrative limits, making it the third largest municipality in Greece and the second largest within the...

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