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Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, in Midtown Manhattan

Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, in Midtown Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_165627" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Terabass/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as "The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of the Universe", "the he...

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Weimar - Goethe, Schiller and Bauhaus

Weimar - Goethe, Schiller and Bauhaus

[caption id="attachment_160451" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Weimar City Palace © Maros M r a z[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Weimar is a city in Germany famous for its cultural heritage. It is located in the Bundesland of Thuringia, north of the Thüringer Wald, east of Erfurt, and southwest of Halle and Leipzig. Its current population is approximately 65,000. The oldest record of the city dates from the year 899. Weimar was the capital of the Duchy (after 1815 the Grand Duchy) of Saxe-Weimar (German: Sachsen-Weimar). Weimar's...

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Wholesale Market Munich, the third biggest wholesale market in Europe

Wholesale Market Munich, the third biggest wholesale market in Europe

[caption id="attachment_25845" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Dominik Hundhammer/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Großmarkthalle München (Wholesale Market Munich) is an international wholesale market located in the Munich borough of Sendling. In an area of 310,000 m², 270 importing companies and wholesalers offer 140 different product classes from 83 countries with a sales volume of more than 750 million Euro. Additionally there are 65 horticultural producers, 45 florists and 15 wholesalers of miscellaneous lin...

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Tregothnan Estate, UK's first tea plantation

Tregothnan Estate, UK's first tea plantation

[caption id="attachment_27399" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tregothnan House and Deer Park © geograph.org.uk - Fred James/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Tregothnan Estate is beside the village of St Michael Penkivel 3 miles (4.8 km) south-east of Truro in Cornwall. St Michael Penkevil lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park. The house and estate is the historic seat of the B...

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Leeuwarden in Friesland

Leeuwarden in Friesland

[caption id="attachment_172025" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © panoramio.com - L-BBE/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Leeuwarden is a city and municipality with a population of 108,000 in Friesland in the Netherlands. It is the provincial capital of the States of Friesland. The Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour), an ice skating tour of eleven cities in Friesland, started and finished in Leeuwarden. The region has been continuously inhabited since the 10th century. It came to be known as Leeuwarden in the early 9...

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Theme Week Israel - The port city of Ashdod

Theme Week Israel - The port city of Ashdod

[caption id="attachment_152008" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of Ashdod © Amos Meron/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ashdod is the fifth-largest city in Israel, located in the Southern District of the country, located 32 kilometres (20 mi) south of Tel Aviv, 20 km (12 mi) north of Ashkelon and 53 km (33 mi) west of Jerusalem. Ashdod is an important regional industrial center. The Port of Ashdod is Israel's largest port, accounting for 60% of the country's imported goods. Blue Marina in Ashdod is one of the newest...

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Theme Week Argentina

Theme Week Argentina

[caption id="attachment_163440" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mar del Plata © Leandro Kibisz/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Argentina is a federal republic located in southeastern South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with its neighbor Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest i...

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Sopron in Hungary

Sopron in Hungary

[caption id="attachment_151246" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main square © Michael Kargl/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sopron is a city in Hungary on the Austrian border, near the Lake Neusiedl/Lake Fertő. Today, Sopron's economy immensely benefits from the European Union. Having been a city close to nowhere, that is, to the Iron Curtain, Sopron now has re-established full trade relations to nearby Austria. Furthermore, after being suppressed during the Cold War, Sopron's German-speaking culture and heritage are n...

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Theme Week Amsterdam - The Van Gogh Museum

Theme Week Amsterdam - The Van Gogh Museum

[caption id="attachment_27817" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Van Gogh Museum © Taxiarchos228/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Van Gogh Museum is an art museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. It is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Concertgebouw. The museum opened on 3 June 1973. It located in buildings designed by Gerrit Rietveld and Kisho Kurokawa. The museum's colle...

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São Miguel Island, the largest island of the Azores

São Miguel Island, the largest island of the Azores

[caption id="attachment_216565" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Fonte de Buraco Belvedere overlooking the village of Maia © José Luís Ávila Silveira/Pedro Noronha e Costa[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]São Miguel Island, nicknamed "The Green Island" (Ilha Verde), is the largest and most populous island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. The island covers 760 km² (290 sq mi) and has around 140,000 inhabitants, with 45,000 people residing in Ponta Delgada, the archipelago's largest city. The ancient laurisilva forest h...

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