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V - Verona, Italy


Verona is a city in Veneto, northern Italy, home to approx. 265,000 inhabitants and one of the seven provincial capitals of the region.

It is the second most populated municipality of the region and the third of North-East Italy. It is one of the main tourist destinations

in northern Italy, thanks to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena,

the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans.


The city has been awarded world heritage site status by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture.


The play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare was based in Verona.







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Goes to show, you can't believe all the press.







W is for Warwick, Australia.




Known as the rose city, it is a central distribution cente between Brisbane & Sydney.


Basically, a small inland township.


Not a lot to see, but I've been there a few times.









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X - Xanxerê, Brazil


Xanxerê is a city in Santa Catarina, Brazil.



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Y is for Yarmouth, England - also known as Great Yarmouth.








Sitting on the coast of Norfolk, I remember this view from the beach...








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Z - Zurich, Switzerland


Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is located in central Switzerland

at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich. Zurich is a mixed hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zurich Airport

and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.


Zurich is a leading global city and among the world's largest financial centres. The city is home to a large number of

financial institutions and banking giants. Also, most of the research and development centres are concentrated in Zurich

and the low rate of tax attracts overseas companies to set up their headquarters there.


An impressive number of museums and art galleries can be found in the city, among which the Swiss National Museum and the

Kunsthaus. Zurich also hosts one of the most important theatres in the German-speaking world.



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A - Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Whats a wonderful city!








Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands.

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B - Brussels, Belgium


Brussels is the capital of Belgium and of the European Union (EU). It is also the largest urban area in Belgium,

comprising 19 municipalities, including the municipality of the City of Brussels.


Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a main center for international politics. Hosting principal

EU institutions as well as the headquarters of the NATO, the city has become the polyglot home of numerous international

organisations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants.


Although historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels became increasingly French-speaking over the 19th and 20th centuries. Today

a majority of inhabitants are native French-speakers, and both languages have official status. Linguistic tensions remain,

and the language laws of the municipalities surrounding Brussels are an issue of considerable controversy in Belgium.


Brussels is known for its local waffle, its chocolate, Brussels sprouts and the famous lambic style of beer. This beer is

only brewed in and around Brussels, and the yeasts have their origin in the Senne valley. In mild contrast to the other versions,

Kriek (cherry beer) enjoys outstanding popularity, as it does in the rest of Belgium. Kriek is available in almost every bar or restaurant.



The Royal Palace



The Grand Place, City Hall



The Atomium, originally built for Expo '58



Manneken Pis



Kriek lambic




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C is for Crawley, England.




When I lived in England for just under a year, it was in Crawley.





I certainly remember this type of terraced housing..








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D - Dakar, Senegal


Dakar is the capital city and largest city of Senegal, located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula, on the country's Atlantic coast.

Its position, on the western edge of Africa (it is the westernmost city on the African mainland), is an advantageous departure

point for trans-Atlantic and European trade; this fact aided its growth into a major regional port.


Dakar is a major administrative centre, home to the National Assembly of Senegal and Senegal's President's Palace.


Dakar used to be the finishing point of the Dakar Rally







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E is for Edgecumbe, New Zealand







It is known as the earthquake capital of New Zealand.









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F - Frankfurt, Germany


Frankfurt am Main, commonly known simply as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany,


The city is located on an ancient ford on the river Main, the German word for which is "Furt". A part of early Franconia, the inhabitants were

the early Franks. Thus the city's name reveals its legacy as being the "ford of the Franks".


Situated on the Main River, Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe.

It is seat of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Trade Fair, as well as several large

commercial banks. Frankfurt Airport is one of the world's busiest international airports, Frankfurt Central Station is one of the largest terminal

stations in Europe, and the Frankfurter Kreuz (Autobahn interchange) is the most heavily used interchange in Europe.









St. Bartholomeus' Cathedral



Old Opera House

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G is for G retna Green, Scotland.








Back when laws between England and Scotland were different, if you wanted to elope, you headed up to Scotland to get married.


Hence the closest town to the border in Scotland became famous for it.








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H - Hasselt, Belgium


Hasselt is a Belgian city and municipality, and capital of the Flemish province of Limburg. The city is located at the Demer river

and is also connected to the Albert Canal. Hasselt is located in between the Campine and Hesbaye regions in the middle of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine.


Hasselt was the first city in the world that had entirely zero-fare bus services on the whole of its territory.


Many events take place in the Ethias Arena, the largest arena in Belgium. Kiewit is the location of the yearly Pukkelpop (Pimplepop) festival,

one of Europe's largest alternative music festivals with over a hundred concerts, at the end of August.

The Virga Jesse festival, featuring a procession of a very old wooden statue of infant Jesus with Mary, is celebrated every seven years, most recently

in August 2010.


Hasselt houses also the National Jenever Museum of Belgium. Jenever is the juniper-flavored and strongly alcoholic traditional liquor of

the Netherlands and Belgium, from which gin evolved.



City Hall








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I is for Ipswich, England





The main street...








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Jerusalem, Israel




Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, though not internationally recognized as such. If the area and population of East Jerusalem is included,

it is Israel's largest city in both population and area.


Jerusalem is a holy city to the three major Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In Judaism, Jerusalem has been the holiest

city since, according to the Biblical Old Testament, King David of Israel first established it as the capital of the united Kingdom of Israel

in c. 1000 BCE, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in the city. In Christianity, Jerusalem has been a holy city

since, according to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified in c. 30 CE and 300 years later Saint Helena found the True Cross in the city. In

Sunni Islam, Jerusalem is the third-holiest city. It became the first Qibla, the focal point for Muslim prayer (Salah) in 610 CE, and, according

to Islamic tradition, Muhammad made his Night Journey there ten years later. As a result, and despite having an area of only 0.9 square kilometres,

the Old City is home to sites of key religious importance, among them the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,

the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.


Today, the status of Jerusalem remains one of the core issues in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. After the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel annexed

East Jerusalem (which was controlled by Jordan following the 1948 war) and considers it a part of Israel, although the international community has

rejected the annexation as illegal and considers East Jerusalem to be Palestinian territory held by Israel under military occupation. Israel, however,

considers the entire city to be a part of Israel following its annexation of East Jerusalem through the Jerusalem Law of 1980.


All branches of the Israeli government are located in Jerusalem, including the Knesset (Israel's parliament), the residences of the Prime Minister

and President, and the Supreme Court. Jerusalem is home to the Hebrew University and to the Israel Museum with its Shrine of the Book.



Dome of the rock



David's Citadel and the Ottoman walls



The Knesset



Al-aqsa mosque



The Temple mount

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K is for Kaikoura, New Zealand.




Kaikoura is where I spent my holidays each summer growing up.




In the background you can see the backbone of the South Island, the Southern Alps.


Lots of crayfish and whales.








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L - Leuven, Belgium


Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in the Flemish Region, Belgium. It is located about 30 kilometers east of Brussels.


It is home to Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer group and one of the top five largest consumer goods companies in the world;

and to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the largest and oldest university of the Low Countries and the oldest Catholic university still

in existence.


Leuven is a real "student city", as during the academic year most citizens in its centre are students.



Town Hall



Oude Markt



Stella Artois Brewery



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M is for Madrid, Spain.


Here are some memories I have of Madrid.


Firstly, this statue.





Along with this bull ring, The Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas.









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N - Namur, Belgium


Namur is a city and municipality in Wallonia, in southern Belgium. It is both the capital of the province of Namur and (since 1986) of Wallonia.


Namur stands at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers and straddles three different regions - Hesbaye to the north, Condroz to the south-east

and Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse to the south-west. The language spoken is French.


The most prominent sight in Namur is the citadel.







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O is for Otira, New Zealand.


Nestled away in the centre of the South Island is a little settlement with the *worst* pub I have ever been in.






You literally had to check where you were walking inside.. otherwise you end up in a hole in the floor.





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P - Prague, Czech Republic


Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It's situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river. Prague has a

temperate oceanic climate with warm summers and chilly winters.


Prague has been a political, cultural and economic centre of Europe and particularly central Europe during its 1,100 year existence. For centuries,

during the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was the permanent seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus was also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.

Later it was an important city in the Habsburg Monarchy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia.

The city played major roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war

Communist era.


Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Main

attractions include the following: Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall, and Petřín hill. Since 1992,

the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.


Prague boasts more than ten major museums, along with countless theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. Also, Prague is home to a wide

range of public and private schools, including the famous Charles University. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination.



Charles Bridge



Jerusalemer Synagoge



The Astronomical Clock



Vltava River

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Auckland (New Zealand), Andorra La Vella (Andorra), Aalst (Belgium), Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Boston (USA), Bruges (Belgium), Bayeux (France), Brussels (Belgium)

Cape Town (South Africa), Copenhagen (Denmark), Carcross (USA), Crawley (England)

Derby (England), Durban (South Africa), Dendermonde (Belgium), Dakar (Senegal)

Edinburgh (Scotland), El Paso (USA), Erewhon (New Zealand), Edgecumbe (New Zealand)

Fargo (USA), Florence (Italy), Faro (Portugal), Frankfurt (Germany)

Geneva (Switserland), Guadalajara (Mexico), Glasgow (Scotland), Gretna Green (Scotland)

Hokitika (New Zealand), Heidelberg (Germany), Hong Kong (China), Hasselt (Belgium)

Istanbul (Turkey), Izmir (Turkey), Ibiza Town (Spain), Ipswich (England)

Johor Bahru (Malaysia), Jacksons (New Zealand), Jakarta (Indonesia), Jerusalem (Israel)

Kabul (Afghanistan), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Keswick (England), Kaikoura (New Zealand)

Los Angeles (USA), Lerma (Spain), Las Vegas (USA), Leuven (Belgium)

Mumbai (India), Maastricht (The Netherlands), Mechelen (Belgium), Madrid (Spain)

Naples (Italy), Norwich (England), Nottingham (England), Namur (Belgium)

Osaka (Japan), Olomouc (Czech Republic), Orléans (France), Otira (New Zealand)

Paris (France), Picton (New Zealand), Pisa (Italy), Prague (Czech Republic)

Quito (Ecuador), Quebec (Canada), Querétaro (Mexico)

Reykjavik (Iceland), Rome (Italy), Rotorua (New Zealand)

Shanghai (China), San Francisco (USA), Spa (Belgium)

Taipei (Taiwan), Trier (Germany), Trondheim (Norway)

Upper Hutt (New Zealand), Utrecht (The Netherlands), Uppsala (Sweden)

Venice (Italy), Virginia Beach (USA), Verona (Italy)

Wilmington (England), Wellington (New Zealand), Warwick (Australia)

Xai Xai (Mozambique), Xi’an (China), Xanxerê (Brasil)

Yengema (Sierra Leone), York (England), Yarmouth (England)

Zaragoza (Spain), Zagreb (Croatia), Zurich (Switserland)

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Q is for Queenstown, New Zealand.





One of the more touristy spots in the central South Island.






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R - Roeselare, Belgium

Roeselare is a Belgian city in the Flemish province of West Flanders.


The name of the city is derived from two Germanic words meaning “reed” and “open space”, i.e., a marsh in a forest glade. Roeselare’s minor seminary is famous for having hosted

the famous Flemish poets Guido Gezelle, Albrecht Rodenbach and missionnary Jesuit Constant Lievens. The city is also home to the Rodenbach brewery. The brewery is noted for its

production of barrel-aged sour beers in the Flemish tradition.


The rococo city hall on the central market square dates from the 18th century. The city hall, market hall, and belfry are classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The Renaissance-style Rumbeke Castle dates from 1538 and is pleasantly located within the Sterrebos forest.

The nearby Kazandmolen is the only one of the area’s thirteen windmills to have survived until today.

A unique bicycle museum can also be visited in Roeselare.





Bicycle museum



Rumbeke Castle



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S is for The city of San Marino, capital of San Marino.


A poulation of around 30,000 in a city built on the side of a moutain to hide from the Romans.


The oldest republic in the world.









Surrounded entirely by Italy, it was never conquered by Rome.










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