Friday, July 22, 2022

Villa Adriana (Tivoli) - Italy

The Villa Adriana (at Tivoli, near Rome) is an exceptional complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian. 
It combines the best elements of the architectural heritage of Egypt, Greece and Rome in the form of an 'ideal city'. 

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Vesturland (Western Region)

Vesturland is one of the eight regions of Iceland and is located in the west of the country. 
The capital of the region is the town of Borgarnes in the municipality of Borgarbyggð. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John - Greece

The small island of Pátmos in the Dodecanese is reputed to be where St John the Theologian wrote both his Gospel and the Apocalypse. 
A monastery dedicated to the ‘beloved disciple’ was founded there in the late 10th century and it has been a place of pilgrimage and Greek Orthodox learning ever since. 
The fine monastic complex dominates the island. 
The old settlement of Chorá, associated with it, contains many religious and secular buildings. 

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French toast

French toast, also lost bread or gained bread, is a sweet bread dish. 
It is popular for breakfast in much of Europe and North America. 
Slices of bread are soaked briefly in a mixture of milk and eggs and then baked. 
Finally, the baking is sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon if desired. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Sukur Cultural Landscape - Nigeria

The Sukur Cultural Landscape, with the Palace of the Hidi (Chief) on a hill dominating the villages below, the terraced fields and their sacred symbols, and the extensive remains of a former flourishing iron industry, is a remarkably intact physical expression of a society and its spiritual and material culture. 

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Zakynthos, is a Greek island, also known as Zante or Zacinto. 
Zakynthos, including Lefkas and Kefalonia, belongs to the Ionian Islands. 
It is the third island in size of this archipelago in the Ionian Sea. 

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Sunday, July 17, 2022

“Ancient Merv” - Turkmenistan

Merv is the oldest and best-preserved of the oasis-cities along the Silk Route in Central Asia. 
The remains in this vast oasis span 4,000 years of human history. 
A number of monuments are still visible, particularly from the last two millennia. 

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Berlin is the capital of Germany and as a city-state a federal state of that country. 
With just under 4 million inhabitants, Berlin is also the largest city in the country. 
In addition, Berlin is the largest city in the European Union. 

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Shrines and Temples of Nikko - Japan

The shrines and temples of Nikko, together with their natural surroundings, have for centuries been a sacred site known for its architectural and decorative masterpieces. 
They are closely associated with the history of the Tokugawa Shoguns. 

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Beach grape - Coccoloba uvifera

The beach grape or sea grape is a plant from the knotweed family. 
It is an evergreen or deciduous in long dry seasons, up to 15 m high, deeply branched, dioecious tree with a short trunk, a broad crown and often horizontal branches. 
The plant is resistant to salt and wind. 

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