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Santa Maria, Cape Verde

March 20th, 2009 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Santa Maria (Portuguese for Saint Mary) is a fishing town situated in the southern part of the island municipality of Sal, Cape Verde. The town is the third largest in Cape Verde and is one of the few that it is larger than the the municipal capital. Santa Maria is located about 15 km south of the Amílcar Cabral International Airport, and it is the southernmost point of the road linking north to Espargos. The GDP and the living standards are one of the highest in Cape Verde.

The streets follow mostly a grid system. The urban area is near the beach. Much of the area around Santa Maria is flat, dry and sandy with no vegetation. In the 1990s the population boomed owing to tourism. Hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops are within its main streets.

South of Santa Maria is a cape featuring a lighthouse in the island's southernmost point and is accessed with an unpaved road. Another road east links to the southeasternmost point.


Łuka, Poland

February 25th, 2009 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Łuka is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Narewka, within Hajnówka County, Podlaskie Voivodeship, in north-eastern Poland, close to the border with Belarus. It lies approximately 11 kilometres (7 mi) north of Narewka, 27 km (17 mi) north-east of Hajnówka, and 46 km (29 mi) south-east of the regional capital Białystok.

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Rochdale, England

February 14th, 2009 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Rochdale is a large market town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies amongst the foothills of the Pennines on the River Roch, 5.3 miles (8.5 km) north-northwest of Oldham, and 9.8 miles (15.8 km) north-northeast of the city of Manchester. Rochdale is surrounded by several smaller settlements which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, of which Rochdale is the largest settlement and administrative centre. Rochdale has a total population of 95,796.

Historically a part of Lancashire, Rochdale's recorded history begins with an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086 under Recedham Manor. The ancient parish of Rochdale was a division of the hundred of Salford and one of the largest ecclesiastical parishes in England comprising several townships. By 1251, Rochdale had become important enough to have been granted a Royal charter. Subsequently, Rochdale flourished into a centre of northern England's woollen trade, and by the early 18th century was described as being "remarkable for many wealthy merchants".


Żerków, Poland

February 14th, 2009 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Żerków is a town in Jarocin County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland, with 2,076 inhabitants (2004). Zerkow was used by the Germans during WWII as a resort spot for soldiers during the war, which is located 53 kilometers east of the Polish Industrial City of Poznan, Poland.

In 1962 a telecommunication tower of reinforced concrete similar to that at Piatkowo was built.

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Älvsbyn, Sweden

February 12th, 2009 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Älvsbyn is a town (pop. 5,000) in Norrbotten, Sweden and the seat of Älvsbyn Municipality, Norrbotten County.

Älvsbyn has a railway station that is served by trains running between Boden and Stockholm along the Swedish east coast. It also features a Youth Hostel with a small recreational park, including a swimming pool.

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Orta Nova, Italy

December 5th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Orta Nova is a town about 25.4 km from Foggia, in the region of Puglia, southern Italy. It stretches to the Southern patch of the Tavoliere (Foggia's plain) to the right of Carapelle stream.

The origins of the name "Orta" are rather controversial, as it may indicate: "crooked-born", from Latin ortus, or "garden" from the Latin word hortus, or also "East".

The Romans built a courier post in the area, previously a territory of the Daunians.

In the early Middle Ages a hamlet, whose name is mentioned in a document dating back to 1184, was built on the ruins of the Roman post. This hamlet came under the control of the Benedictine abbey of Venosa.

Under the Italo-Norman rule the Palace of Orta had its Concergius — a knight noted for his war capabilities — charged with guarding a castle or palace. In 1269 Pietro Galesio became Contergius, followed Raolino Normando followed. With the arrival of Henry VI of Hohenstaufen, Orta and its hamlet were part of a territorial defending plan as some documents attest.


Carrigaline, Ireland

December 5th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Carrigaline (Carraig Uí Leighin in Irish meaning "rock of Lyons") is a single-street town (or sráidbhaile) in County Cork, Ireland. It is located about 12km from Cork City which can be reached by car in 25 minutes (along the R611 which passes through the town, and then the N28 Ringaskiddy–Cork road).

The population of the town and its hinterland has increased exponentially since the late 1970s when it was identified as a growth centre by Cork County Council. Such growth has occurred with the relentless construction of new housing, mostly semi-detached in estates. The mainly young population, has been stated in a recent publication, as being 12,835 (2006 census) and this is growing by hundreds of people a year with many more houses planned for the area. The village is thus beginning to assume the function of a town, although it does not have its own town council and remains under the authority of Cork County Council. In the most recent census (2006), Carrigaline was recorded as being the town with the second highest proportion of foreign nationals in the county (behind Midleton) per head of population, with approximately 900 residents of Eastern European decent, and also a sizable number of Asian and African origin.


Nesebar (aka Mesembria), Bulgaria

October 30th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Nesebar (aka Mesembria) is an ancient city and a major seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, located in Nesebar municipality, Burgas Province. Often referred to as the "Pearl of the Black Sea" and "Bulgaria's Dubrovnik", Nesebar is a rich city-museum defined by more than three millennia of ever-changing history.

Map showing Nesebar's location in Bulgaria

It is a one of the most prominent tourist destinations and seaports on the Black Sea, in what has become a popular area with several large resorts—the largest, Sunny Beach, is situated immediately to the north of Nesebar.

Nesebar has on several occasions found itself on the frontier of a threatened empire, and as such it is a town with a rich history. The ancient part of the town is situated on a peninsula (previously an island) connected to the mainland by a narrow man-made isthmus, and it bears evidence of occupation by a variety of different civilisations over the course of its existence. Its abundance of historic buildings prompted UNESCO to include Nesebar in its list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.