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Uzès in the Languedoc-Roussillon region

Uzès in the Languedoc-Roussillon region

[caption id="attachment_153796" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Chapelle des Capucins © Daniel Villafruela/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Uzès is a commune with 8.500 inhabitants in the Gard department in southern France. It lies about 25 km north-northeast of Nîmes. Originally Ucetia, Uzès was a small Gallo-Roman oppidum, or administrative settlement. The town lies at the source of the Eure, from where a Roman aqueduct was built in the first century BC, to supply water to the local city of Nîmes, 25 km (16...

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Unter den Linden and Friedrichstraße

Unter den Linden and Friedrichstraße

UNTER DEN LINDEN [caption id="attachment_161250" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Brandenburg Gate © Norbert Aepli[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Unter den Linden ("under the linden trees") is a boulevard in the Mitte district of Berlin, the capital of Germany. It is named for its linden (lime in British English) trees that line the grassed pedestrian mall between two carriageways. Unter den Linden runs east–west from the site of the former Stadtschloss royal palace at the Lustgarten park, where the demolished Palast der ...

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Die Stadt Wyborg in der historischen Region Karelien

Die Stadt Wyborg in der historischen Region Karelien

[caption id="attachment_154140" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Embankment © Sergey Galchenkov[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vyborg is a town in Leningrad Oblast, situated on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Bay of Vyborg, 130 kilometers (81 mi) to the northwest of St. Petersburg and 38 kilometers (24 mi) south from Russia's border with Finland, where the Saimaa Canal enters the Gulf of Finland. Population: 80,000. The Hanseatic city lies in the boundary zone between the East Slavic/Russian and Finnish/Scandinavian worlds...

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Theme Week Beirut - The Marina Towers

Theme Week Beirut - The Marina Towers

[caption id="attachment_165407" align="aligncenter" width="443"] Marina Tower and the Four Season Hotels and Resorts Tower © A.K.Khalifeh/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marina Towers project is a residential complex in Beirut Central District, Lebanon. It is located near the Beirut Marina and consists of a high-rise apartment building, Marina Tower, and two mid-rise apartment buildings, Marina Court and Marina Garden. Designed by the renowned firm of architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the Marina Towers project is ...

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Theme Week Channel Islands - Jersey

Theme Week Channel Islands - Jersey

[caption id="attachment_150418" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mont Orgueil Castle © Man vyi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Bailiwick of Jersey is located off the coast of Normandy, France. As well as the island of Jersey itself, the bailiwick includes two groups of small islands that are no longer permanently inhabited, the Minquiers and Écréhous, and the Pierres de Lecq and other rocks and reefs. Together with the Bailiwick of Guernsey, it forms the grouping known as the Channel Islands. Like the Isle of Man, Jersey is a s...

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Theme Week East Jerusalem - The Western or Buraq Wall

Theme Week East Jerusalem - The Western or Buraq Wall

[caption id="attachment_192374" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Men's and women's prayer area © Daniel Case/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Western Wall, Wailing Wall, or Kotel, known in Islam as the Buraq Wall, is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of East Jerusalem. It is a relatively small segment of a far longer ancient retaining wall, known also in its entirety as the "Western Wall". The wall was originally erected as part of the expansion of the Second Temple begun by Herod the Great, which resulted in ...

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Diani Beach on the Indian Ocean

Diani Beach on the Indian Ocean

[caption id="attachment_151382" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Outrigger canoe © flickr.com - Giorgio Montersino/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Diani Beach is a major beach resort on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya (in eastern Africa). It is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Mombasa, in the nearby Kwale County. The beach is about 10 kilometres (6 mi) long, from the Kongo river to the north and Galu beach to the south (the southern point of reference is an old Baobab tree). It is adjacent to the town of Uk...

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The Bayreuth Festival

The Bayreuth Festival

[caption id="attachment_24223" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bayreuth Festspielhaus © Spurzem/cc-by-sa-2.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Bayreuth Festival is a music festival held annually in Bayreuth, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. Wagner himself conceived and promoted the idea of a special festival to showcase his own works, in particular his monumental cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and Parsifal. Performances take place in a specially designed th...

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Fort Boyard on the west coast of France

Fort Boyard on the west coast of France

[caption id="attachment_200748" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Patrick Despoix/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Fort Boyard is a fort located between the Île-d'Aix and the Île d'Oléron in the Pertuis d'Antioche straits, on the west coast of France and is the filming location for the TV gameshow of the same name. Though a fort on Boyard bank was suggested as early as the 17th century, it was not until the 1800s under Napoleon Bonaparte that work began. Building started in 1801 and was completed in 1857. In 1967, the...

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Theme Week Potsdam - Babelsberg Park

Theme Week Potsdam - Babelsberg Park

[caption id="attachment_25663" align="aligncenter" width="590"]Babelsberg Castle © Times/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Babelsberg Park is a 114 hectare park in the northeast of the city of Potsdam, bordering on the Tiefen See lake on the River Havel. The park was created in rolling terrain sloping down towards the lake by the landscape artist, Peter Joseph Lenné and, after him, by Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, by order of Prince William, later Emperor William I and his wife, Augusta. Babelsberg Park is sponsored...

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