Man vs. Pigeons in Venice's Piazza San Marco

by Zach Everson. Posted Sep 11th 2013 11:00 AM
Children playing with pigeons in front of Piazza San Marco's 11th century Basilica di San Marco, Venice's cathedral since 1807.
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Two months into my European backpacking trip, I made use of my digital camera's video function for the first time. Dublin pub scenes, Paris raves and Amsterdam theatrical performances staged in small booths all went unrecorded (probably best in that last instance). But feeding the pigeons of Venice's Piazza San Marco demanded documentation that transcended a still photo.
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Step Back In Time On The Upper Peninsula's Mackinac Island

by MapQuest Discover. Posted Jul 9th 2013 09:11 AM
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island, on the Upper Peninsula's Lake Huron, is where transportation has been limited to bike, foot, or horse and buggy since 1898, and is getaway that will relax you the minute you land there.
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Escape to Maine's Southport Island

by MapQuest Discover. Posted Jul 1st 2013 02:29 PM
Southport Island boats

Think mountains of lobster with long seaside views, colonial homes and New England charm-that's what you'll get when you escape the crowds of Maine's Mid Coast this spring, and instead head to Southport Island. Settled in the 1600s, the island is just off of Boothbay Harbor, and is a quintessential New England fishing village.
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Summer in Italy: What to Do in Rome, Venice, Florence and Beyond

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Jun 4th 2013 01:00 PM
Amalfi Coast Italy map

From sun-bleached terrazzos overlooking the Mediterranean to cobbled piazzas lined with gelato shops, Italy does summer right. Many visitors flock to the country's most notable sights -- the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower in Pisa, the Duomo in Florence and the Grand Canal in Venice. Others head away from the city, sampling food and wine in the Tuscan countryside, hopping from village to village in the Cinque Terre or paying homage to art in historic churches.

Summer is the best time to tour grand villas and their spectacular gardens; it's also host to slew of Italy's festivals, from horse races like the famous Siena Palio to smaller fetes of flowers, art, religion and music.
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Bartlesville, Oklahoma: Prairie Road Trip Day Four

by Sophia Dembling. Posted May 28th 2013 04:00 PM
Price Tower Bartlesville
The final leg of the drive will take you through Pawhuska, Oklahoma, a historic town east of Ponca City that is headquarters to the Osage Nation. Stop at the Osage Tribal Museum, the oldest continuously operating tribal museum in the country, for a glimpse of tribal life that goes back to the 1800s.
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Ponca City, Oklahoma: Prairie Road Trip Day Three

by Sophia Dembling. Posted May 28th 2013 04:00 PM
Pioneer Woman statue Ponca City
Once you leave the Flint Hills and head south, the land flattens out again and there's scarcely a town of any size between Cottonwood Falls and Ponca City -- except, of course, Wichita, Kansas. Stop in Old Town for a lunch break and take a few minutes to visit one of the nation's largest hat stores, Hatman Jack's.
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Cottonwood Falls, Kansas: Prairie Road Trip Day Two

by Sophia Dembling. Posted May 28th 2013 04:00 PM
Cottonwood Falls Kansas
Red Cloud is practically walking distance to the border with Kansas. The drive southeast to Cottonwood Falls (above) is an easy 4 hours past farm and prairie, and on the way you can take a quick detour to visit the high and windy geographical center of the lower 48 states, near Lebanon, Kansas.
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Red Cloud, Nebraska, and Cather Country: Prairie Road Trip Day One

by Sophia Dembling. Posted May 28th 2013 04:00 PM
Surrounded by miles and miles of windy prairie, the town of Red Cloud, Nebraska, is storybook sweet, with one main street through town where commerce clusters. The tree-shaded residential streets are lined with Victorian homes fronted by neat lawns, American flags flapping from the porches. But of course, all small towns have their drama and secrets.
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Road Trip: Driving the Prairie

by Sophia Dembling. Posted May 28th 2013 04:00 PM

Unlike mountains and ocean, the prairie doesn't get right up in your face and flaunt its beauty. It requires that you slow down and pay attention. You have to take the time to watch the light change on undulating oceans of gold. Walk out into it, where the sea reveals itself to be a hundred different grasses and flowers. Sit quietly and listen to bird songs, the buzz of bees, the gentle rustle of grasses and wildflowers in the breeze, and smell the sun-baked earth.
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