English-speaking world

June 24, 2018


Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area. This popular village is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of the attractive little bridges that cross the gently flowing River Windrush, which runs through the centre of the village. Bourton is renowned for its pretty waterside views and quaint limestone buildings. It has a charm all of its own at any time of the year.

Flowing through the main street and passing under low stone bridges, the River Windrush enhances the beauty of this Cotswold village

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May 27, 2018


Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria and one of the southern hemisphere’s largest business, cultural, sporting and recreational cities. Today Melbourne is the second-largest city in Australia and it is built on a coastal plain at the top of the giant horseshoe shaped Port Phillip Bay. Located on the southern coast of Australia’s eastern seaboard, Melbourne is perhaps Australia’s most cultured and politically conservative city. Melbourne features include Victorian-era architecture, bounteous cultural institutions museums, art galleries, theatres and spaciously landscaped parks and gardens. Melbourne’s best attractions and landmarks including beautiful gardens, impressive buildings, sporting arenas, markets and famous laneways. Melbourne was the capital city of Australia for 26 years between 1901 and 1927

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March 04, 2018


Sussex  is a historic county in South East England. It is bounded to the west by Hampshire, north by Surrey, northeast by Kent, south by the English Channel. The emblem of Sussex consists of six gold martlets, on a blue field, blazoned as azure.  

Situated in Sussex on the south coast of England between Brighton and Eastbourne, Rottingdean is a few minutes from Brighton and 90 minutes from London by road. There is plenty to do and see in Rottingdean with its beach and seafront, picturesque village green, gardens and pond as well as the famous windmill. The village has a rich and fascinating story. Rottingdean offers a blend of traditional village life, contrasting coastline and rolling countryside – a rich and diverse experience.

The village of Alfriston bustles with visitors: it has medieval medieval-framed inns, flint cottages, tea and antique shops. A trip to Alfriston makes for a relaxing break to explore the historic heritage of the village as well as the surrounding countryside. Nearby, carved into the chalk of the Downs, is the Long Man of Wilmington, a 227-foot figure, probably of Anglo-Saxon origin.

Rye today is much-visited, classic medieval town with a stone gateway. Timber-framed and tile-hung houses stand along cobbled streets, of which Mermaid Street is the prettiest. From a picturesque cobbled street, step back in time into one of England’s oldest & loveliest inns. The Mermaid's quiet, unassuming facade looks down on famous cobbled Mermaid Street and although the sign outside the olde worlde black and white timbered hotel says ''rebuilt in 1420'' the cellars are some 300 years older, dating back to 1156.

Eastbourne is a world-famous tourist destination with five miles of unspoilt beaches, a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and is gateway to the beautiful South Downs National Park. Located on the South East coast of the UK Eastbourne has won awards such as “Best UK Resort” and “Most Welcoming Town in Britain”. There are plenty of attractions and fun things to do from theme parks and zoos to exploring the area's history, discover 1066 castles, museums and art galleries.

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January 21, 2018


Situated in the middle of the United Kingdom, with a diverse population of 751,500, Leeds is the third largest and one of the fastest growing, greenest cities in the UK. Metropolitan district’s current population actually makes it the second biggest in England after Birmingham. The city center holds a flamboyant variety of Victorian architecture, in ornate shopping malls and proud  public buildings such as the Corn Exchange and Town Hall. The City Art Gallery excels in its Victorian and 20th-century British art (notably sculpture by Henry Moore). while Armley Mills Museum and Thwaite Mills recall the city's industrial heritage.

Roundhay Park * Civic Hall * Merrion Centre * Boar Lane

The city’s coat of arms has three stars taken from the coat of arms of Sir Thomas Danby, its first mayor; fleece to symbolise the wool industry and three owls taken from the coat of arms of Sir John Saville, who was the first Alderman of Leeds. Leeds’ motto of ‘Pro rege et lege’ is latin and means ‘For king and the law’.
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December 25, 2017


Yellowstone National Park's 2 million acres are home to an incomparable combination of natural beauty, rugged wilderness, majestic peaks and abundant wildlife, as well as the world’s largest concentration of geysers and thermal features. 96 percent of Yellowstone National Park is located within Wyoming.

Upper Falls of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, which drops 109 feet, is reached by a short path from the road. The view from the brink is thrilling, and one's effort in getting there well worthwhile. The falls are most impressive in the spring when the Yellowstone River is higher from all of the snow melt in late May and early June. This is a very impressive waterfall.

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November 10, 2017



The Algoma District spreading north out of Sault Ste. Marie (pronounced soo-saint-marie), Ontario, is 16,000 square miles of vacationland. One of the more exciting trips awaiting the visitor is Agawa Canyon tour out of "The Soo" on the Algoma Central Railway. The Canyon lies in the heart of the wilderness and is accessible only by rail. En route, the train passes over the trestle, which straddles  the rushing Montreal River and an Ontario Hydro damsite.

The Algoma Central Railway is the only way in to this scenic wilderness area, with its waterfalls, mountains, ravines and forests. Special excursion trains make a day trip. There's a two-hour stop within the canyon for exploring, hill-climbing, rock-hounding, picnicking, fishing or just admiring the scenery. It's a trek that will appeal to walkers, hikers, backpackers and anyone who appreciates nature's beauty.

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October 31, 2017


Maine Facts
Maine - "Pine Tree State"
CAPITAL - Augusta
AREA - 33,125 sq.miles
POPULATION -  "2015" 1,329,358
MOTTO - "Dirigo" I Direct"
FLOWER - Pine Cone
ANIMAL - Moose
CAT - Maine Coon
BIRD - Chickadee
TREE - Eastern White Pine
INSECT - Honeybee
23 rd. State admitted to the Union

Received from postcrosser Dick
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