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Baltimore Food Scene: How Local Food is Helping Revitalize the City

by Shawn Douglas. Posted May 8th 2011 08:00 AM
Baltimore Food Scene

Shawn Douglas, AOL

As I hopped into the cab that would take me to the airport, I felt optimistic that my weekend getaway would be an exciting one. Within seconds, the driver began making small talk.

"Where you traveling to?" he asked with considerable enthusiasm despite the redeye hour.

"Baltimore," I said with an equal amount of pluck.

"Oh, I'm sorry," said the driver...
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5 Restaurants and Bars in Baltimore for Enjoying a Drink

by Shawn Douglas. Posted Apr 11th 2011 10:00 AM
Baltimore Bars

Shawn Douglas - Baltimore at Night

When I first stepped foot in Baltimore, I had a good feeling about my prospects of finding a few good watering holes. Historically known as a vital seaport, Baltimore has been influenced by German and Irish immigrants with deep roots in brewing and distilling fine beers and spirits. This influence - combined with the cultural influences of nearby Washington D.C. - left me feeling optimistic about finding quality restaurants and bars in Baltimore for enjoying a drink.
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Six Surprising and Intriguing Paris Facts

by Shawn Douglas. Posted Apr 3rd 2011 01:40 PM
paris facts

Moyan Brenn, Flickr

Long has Paris been the crown jewel of France, dazzling and delighting those who open up to the many complex subtleties of the city. With nearly 27 million tourists a year and a history dating back to at least 250 B.C., it's easy to see there's a love affair with all things related to this amazing city. Ask most anyone and they'll be able to tell you at least a few generic facts about Paris: it sports the iconic Eiffel Tower, excellent cuisine, and a long fashion history. But we've got some lesser known Paris facts that cause even some locals to give a look of surprise.
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Canyonlands National Park's Sky Islands, Mazes and Needles

by Shawn Douglas. Posted Mar 28th 2011 01:00 PM
Canyonlands National Park

Redeo, Flickr

Canyonlands National Park is a bit of a curiosity in the wide portfolio of U.S. national parks. Try and compare it to other parks - you'll be left scratching your head. And while the neighboring Arches National Park has seen a major tourist boom over the last few years, Canyonlands continues to hold its own among outdoor enthusiasts.
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For Budget Travel, Europe Remains a Popular Destination

by Shawn Douglas. Posted Mar 24th 2011 07:00 AM
budget travel europe

kokorowashinjin, Flickr

Receiving over 470 million tourists in 2010, Europe continues to be one of the top travel destinations in the world. Yet despite its popularity, many people who don't live near the continent maintain that cheap travel to Europe is simply not possible. It's time to debunk this myth. For knowledgeable travelers interested in budget travel, Europe is a fantastic option.
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Camping in Greece Is an Adventure Waiting to Happen

by Shawn Douglas. Posted Mar 21st 2011 10:00 AM
camping in greece

Emil Ivanov, Flickr

The timeless feel of Greece draws in millions of travelers every year. Many are in search of the country's rich history, while others come to enjoy Greece's diverse climate and terrain. Camping in Greece is one of the more appealing activities to both locals and foreigners. It's relatively easy to do with official campsites set up across the country.
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Barcelona Attractions: How to See Them All

by Shawn Douglas. Posted Mar 18th 2011 02:00 PM
barcelona attractions

_iBaNe_, Flickr

When people who've been to the Spanish city of Barcelona relate their stories of the city, there are always certain aspects that are mentioned. Some will speak of the cosmopolitan feel of Barcelona, as if it were an oasis lost in time. Others will note the numerous beaches and its many sites. Above all, however, travelers always seem to rave about the many Barcelona attractions and what they have to offer the inquisitive explorer.
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Italy's Primo Maggio Festival Likely to Be Chaotic in 2011

by Shawn Douglas. Posted Mar 16th 2011 06:00 PM
Primo Maggio

berther, Flickr

Italy, like many other countries, will celebrate its version of Labor Day (Festa dei Lavoratori) on May 1 (Primo Maggio). While normally a time for promoting labor rights and relaxing, Primo Maggio will be extremely busy for Italy in 2011, especially in Rome. With well over a million people set to participate in multiple events on that day, the Primo Maggio 2011 festival could be unlike any other.
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Family Camping Trips: The Art of Camping with Kids

by Shawn Douglas. Posted Mar 14th 2011 06:00 PM
family camping trips

USFS Region 5, Flickr

When I was growing up in the late '80s and early '90s I felt fortunate to have a four-acre lot of woods behind my house to play in. The neighborhood kids and I would ride our bikes, build forts, and have all sorts of adventures. Sure, we also found time to play video games on the NES, but we were outdoors just as often as we were indoors. Sadly I hear that today's children are playing outside less, but it doesn't have to be that way. One of the ways modern parents can encourage their children to play outside is to go on a family camping trip.
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Songkran 2011 Celebrations in Thailand Will Usher in Wet New Year

by Shawn Douglas. Posted Mar 13th 2011 06:00 PM
songkran 2011

jhecking, Flickr

Water has universal symbolism, appearing in nearly all cultures' observances and celebrations. "Rather enigmatically, but with constant consistency, water is associated with life, death, birth, reproduction, power or even resurrection," says Mohamed Larbi Bouguerra, author of a report on the symbolism of water for the Institut Veolia Environnement. Such significances still play out today in Thailand and other countries, where the New Year brings Songkran, a water festival of great exuberance.
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