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Five Scenes From A Spring Sojourn In Kyoto

Five Scenes From A Spring Sojourn In Kyoto Grant Martin, AOL I've just returned to Japan to lead a tour of Kyoto and Shikoku for two and a half weeks. In my first 24 hours here, in Kyoto, I've tried to pay special attention to everything because I know that our first impressions in a place are always the freshest....

Photo Of The Day: Sri Lanka Temple

Photo Of The Day: Sri Lanka Temple Jaliyaj, Flickr I've been traveling vicariously this week through my aunt who is temporarily based in Singapore and exploring Sri Lanka right now. The south Asian country has been on my wish list for years, ever since I learned the capital from playing "Where in the World is...

Photo Of The Day: Rainbow Over West Virginia

Photo Of The Day: Rainbow Over West Virginia Full disclosure: I was with photographer Ben Britz when we spotted this rainbow, dare I say wanna-be double rainbow, over the hills of my parents' house in Morgantown, West Virginia. This rainbow was the third rainbow we'd seen that day and it was the best. For the first...

Photo Of The Day: A Gorgeous Moscow Metro Station

Photo Of The Day: A Gorgeous Moscow Metro Station Mariusz Kluzniak, Flickr One of the most beautiful subway systems in the world is the Moscow Metro. The system was originally built under direct orders from Stalin to create gorgeous stations that the people of Moscow would admire for its depictions of a "radiant future."...

Photo Of The Day: Yemen Beach

Photo Of The Day: Yemen Beach Slyhoo, Flickr Looking at the gorgeous beach landscape above, you might think you were looking at Hawaii or New Zealand. Today's Photo of the Day was actually taken in Yemen, a Middle Eastern country, which just celebrated its Unity Day after being consolidated in 1990, and...

Project Bly Brings World Street Market Culture To You

Project Bly Brings World Street Market Culture To You Courtesy of Shriti Bannerjee, ProjectBly.com If you are the kind of traveler who lives for digging through flea markets and wandering through souks, you might want to travel over to ProjectBly.com, a new lifestyle website featuring a rotation of world street market...

Photo Of The Day: Chennai, India

Photo Of The Day: Chennai, India Keith Pennington Dried ginger, like other dried goods, requires careful preparation. The ginger root must be washed, peeled, sliced and left out in the sun to dry over time. This photo by photographer Keith Pennington captures three Indian women taking on the task of drying...

Coney Island 2013: Weathering The Storm

Coney Island 2013: Weathering The Storm A photo of Coney Island from May 2013 When the first structures were being built in Coney Island in the 1840s, the surrounding community was in uproar. Residents wanted to preserve the land's natural beauty. In the early 1900s, the City of New York endeavored to condemn...

Intoxicating Bend, Oregon

Intoxicating Bend, Oregon Who wants to move to Bend, Oregon, with me? Oh, I know what you're thinking. I already have a perfectly good place to live. Why would I need to move to a small city in Central Oregon? If you're asking yourself this question, you've probably never been to Bend, because it's...

Plane Crash Memorialized In The Deep Sahara

Plane Crash Memorialized In The Deep Sahara Google Earth In a lonely corner the Sahara Desert, Google Earth shows what looks like a tattoo on the sun-parched sands: a dark graphic blot amid the vast remoteness of Niger's Tenere region. The negative space in the center of the dot forms the shape of a DC-10 jet plane....

Photo Of The Day: New Jersey Shore

Photo Of The Day: New Jersey Shore David Elwood, Flickr Last year's Superstorm Sandy devastated much of the East Coast, especially around the mid-Atlantic coastline. New York and New Jersey beaches were hit hard, with scores of houses and even towns wiped out. Many places are rebounding, such as Coney...

It's Still Snowing Somewhere In Oregon

It's Still Snowing Somewhere In Oregon When you think of wintery weather, Oregon might not be the first state that comes to mind. It certainly wasn't for me until I visited snowed-under Crater Lake National Park and other snowy, high altitude spots in the Beaver State last week. It was 76 degrees and sunny on the...

Video Of The Day: A Spanish Roadtrip

"A Spanish Roadtrip" from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo. Want to get a taste of Spanish food, hear Flamenco music and see beautiful footage of the Spanish city and countryside? Then take a few minutes to watch this beautiful video from The Perennial Plate. Cut together with...

48 Hours In Lisbon: In Search Of Coffee, Tiles And Sun

48 Hours In Lisbon: In Search Of Coffee, Tiles And Sun All truth be told, Lisbon was never a city I had given any thought to. In fact, I couldn't even come up with anything linked to it. Give me a list of other European cities and there was at least one or two things that came to mind. Stockholm: Old Town and the...

Photo Of The Day: Proud To Be Romanian

Photo Of The Day: Proud To Be Romanian Today is Independence Day in Romania, a country most known for the Transylvania region and its implied ties to the legend of Dracula. It's often overlooked in a traveler's typical European Grand Tour, even among eastern European countries. If you have the time to explore,...

Clermont State Park, New York: When The Scenery Changes

Clermont State Park, New York: When The Scenery Changes The traffic of New York City is behind me now. The trees to each side are becoming increasingly taller; the sky is growing darker. We're heading up to a friend's house in a small town upstate called Germantown. He moved out of Queens and up there a few years ago with his...

Photo Of The Day: Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn

Photo Of The Day: Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn Today's Photo of The Day is a photo shot from the rear-view mirror of a car in the elusive Greenwood Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, which borders Gowanus. Along the industrial 2nd Ave. that borders the waters of the Gowanus Bay, abandoned lofts and factories are...

Please Don't Smoke Or Steal The Signs In Weed, California

Please Don't Smoke Or Steal The Signs In Weed, California I'm not a smoker but I can't resist unusual town names so when I saw an exit off of Interstate 5 in Northern California for a town called Weed, I pulled over, eager to find out how the town got its name. This being California, I imagined that some hippies moved into the town...

24 Almost Perfect Hours In San Francisco

24 Almost Perfect Hours In San Francisco A pair of hairy middle-aged Chia Pets are blasting Wham's "Careless Whisper" from a new age boom box. A cluster of Latino immigrants is fishing and drinking cans of Tecate just steps away from a male paddleball player in a tight speedo with a Taliban-style beard and his long...

Photo Of The Day: An Absolutely Astounding Scottish Loch

Photo Of The Day: An Absolutely Astounding Scottish Loch In the Scottish Highlands, on Loch Shiel, sits Glenfinnan, a small village with an amazing view. Darby Sawchuck took this incredibly lit photo of the loch, really evoking the lush green of the landscape and the beautifully wide valley. Despite it being clear that this...

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