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Theme Week Scottish Borders - Peebles

Theme Week Scottish Borders - Peebles

[caption id="attachment_191823" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tweed Bridge © Kjetil Bjørnsrud/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Peebles is a royal burgh in Peeblesshire, of which it is the county town, within the Scottish Borders region with a population of 8,400. In 2014 Creative Scotland named Peebles the most creative place of its size in Scotland, presenting the town with a Creative Place Award and £100,000 to enhance arts events, festivals and arts commissions. Most arts performances take place in the Eastgate Theat...

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Macy’s

Macy’s

[caption id="attachment_25581" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Macy's plaque at Herald Square, New York © Wikijazz/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Macy's, originally R. H. Macy & Co., is a mid-range to upscale chain of department stores owned by American multinational corporation Macy's, Inc. It is one of two divisions owned by the company, with the other being the upscale Bloomingdale's. As of January 2014, it operates 850 department stores locations in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico, with a prominent Herald S...

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Museum of the Ancient Near East in Berlin

Museum of the Ancient Near East in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_186017" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ishtar Gate © Hnapel/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Vorderasiatisches Museum (Near East Museum) is an archaeological museum in Berlin. It is in the basement of the south wing of the Pergamon Museum and has one of the world's largest collections of Southwest Asian art. 14 halls distributed across 2,000 square meters of exhibition surface display southwest Asian culture spanning six millennia. The exhibits cover a period from the 6th millennium BCE into ...

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Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Victoria and Albert Museum in London

[caption id="attachment_162549" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Victoria and Albert Museum entrance © Davild Iliff/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A), London, is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The V&A is located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in an area that has b...

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Barcelona, "la gran encisera", the great enchantress

Barcelona,

[caption id="attachment_152450" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Plaça Catalunya © tango7174[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits on a land area of 101.4 km2 (39 sq mi). The urban area of Barcelona extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of over 4,200,000 on an area of 803 km2 (310 sq mi), being the sixth-most populous urban area in the...

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The Hanseatic city of Salzwedel

The Hanseatic city of Salzwedel

[caption id="attachment_160710" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Houses on the Jeetze © Schiwago[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Salzwedel, officially known as Hansestadt Salzwedel, is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, and has a population of approximately 21,500. Salzwedel is located on the German Timber-Frame Road. Salzwedel is situated at the Jeetze River in the northwestern part of the Altmark. It is located between Hamburg and Magdeburg. The delicacies of the town are ...

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Mada'in Salih in Saudi Arabia

Mada'in Salih in Saudi Arabia

[caption id="attachment_229483" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Sammy Six/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hegra (known to Muslims as Al-Hijr, also known as Mada’in Salih or "Cities of Salih") is an archaeological site located in the area of Al-'Ula within Medina Province in the Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. A majority of the remains date from the Nabataean Kingdom (1st century AD). The site constitutes the kingdom's southernmost settlement and its second largest city after Petra (now in Jordan), its capital city. T...

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Annecy, between mountains and lakes

Annecy, between mountains and lakes

[caption id="attachment_151071" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palais de l'Isle © Edwin Lee[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Annecy is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy (Lac d'Annecy), 35 kilometres south of Geneva. Annecy and Savoy-Mont Blanc are the French candidate to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. During the French Revolution the Savoy region was conquered by France. Annecy became attached to the dép...

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Theme Week Ireland - Castlebar

Theme Week Ireland - Castlebar

[caption id="attachment_171147" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Linenhall Street © flickr.com - Rambling Traveler/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Castlebar (Irish: Caisleán an Bharraigh, meaning "Barry's Castle") is the county town of County Mayo. It is the largest town in County Mayo. The town is linked by railway to Dublin, Westport and Ballina. The main route by road is the N5. Its economy is primarily service-based. Castlebar is traditionally a market town, and it is still a major destination for shoppers from all ...

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Miami Avenue

Miami Avenue

[caption id="attachment_206188" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mary Brickell Village on Miami Avenue © Averette/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Miami Avenue is a 16.8-mile (27.0 km) main north-south street running through Coconut Grove, Brickell, Downtown, and Midtown in Miami, Florida. It is the meridian road dividing the street grid of Miami and Miami-Dade County into east and west avenues. In Brickell, Miami Avenue, is Brickell's main restaurant and nightlife avenue, with many bars, restaurants, and lounges, including ...

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