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  1. Unleashed in Paris

    As a semi-professional dog walker in Paris, artist and expat Kate Gavino has found a comfortable way to learn French.

    Animals
  2. The Hidden Gem in Istanbul

    “Istanbul really is a place like no other.” Twin sisters and travel and lifestyle bloggers Hermon and Heroda document a last-minute trip to Istanbul.

    Exploration
  3. Art of Friendship

    In this photo essay, photographer Steve McCurry shares inspiring quotes and stunning images of friendship from around the world, including India, France, and Afghanistan.

    Exploration
  4. Appalachian Trail Redemption

    “I’ve come to believe that a long hike has a biological cycle. Like almost everything—life, relationships, civilizations, songs, stories, stars—it is born in explosive uncertainty.” At Appalachia Journal, Ben Montgomery writes on divorce, loss, and taking his kids on a 244-mile walk to make sense of it all.

    Essay
    Photo via Ben Montgomery
  5. Sprites of San Francisco: Anna’s Hummingbird

    From David at Incidental Naturalist: “The bird is beautiful at all times, but the blaze, that only shows when struck by sunlight at the perfect angle, takes it to a new level. . . . Add a few droplets of sun and magic occurs.”

    Animals
  6. Land of fire and ice

    “We knew 5 days would be a short time to explore the unreal landscapes Iceland had to offer, but any and every second spent on that magical land is bliss.” At Mute Life, Filipe Varela shares stunning images from Iceland.

    Exploration
  7. Why You Should Drop Everything and Travel to Iran Now

    “Why go to Iran? How is Iran as a country? Is it safe to visit Iran? Behold, my humble attempt to answer your questions…” Shivya Nath at The Shooting Star shares thoughts on why you should visit Iran (and her stunning photographs may be all the proof you need).

    Culture
  8. Faith

    From Spikosauropod: “I have read the Bible from cover to cover, but it never really spoke to me…. I was also considering collecting some writings of my own and binding them together to be my bible…. Suddenly, I realized that this was all a mistake. There was no book of rules for me.”

    Exploration
  9. Wandling Free?

    Musings at Richly Evocative on the Wandle in London: “Walking next to a river, perhaps especially an urban survivor like the Wandle, is the chance to connect with something beyond ourselves. Where the river goes and how it turns, or loops back on itself, meanders and twists, is often nothing to do with us humans.”

    Environment
  10. The Long Con Of The Great Indoors

    “The solution isn’t to say the Outside is great and the Inside is terrible. Maybe it’s to find a way to rub out the line between them, before it does even more damage to our sense of being in the world… ” Mike Sowden muses on our love of the Inside.

    Exploration
  11. John Scalzi’s The Consuming Fire: Prologue

    “The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse.” At Tor.com, read the prologue from acclaimed sci-fi author John Scalzi’s upcoming “epic space-opera novel,” The Consuming Fire.”

    Authors
  12. Jewel in the Jungle: Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs

    Deep in Panama’s rainforests, wildlife blogger David (aka the Incidental Naturalist), fulfills a childhood dream: to see the strawberry poison-dart frog in its natural habitat.

    Animals
  13. A Hermit’s Journey

    “I do not live alone, I live with myself.” At Photo Sociology, photography student Richard submits his coursework, writes, and shares photo essays. Here, he shares a very personal narrative about his mental health — and how photography is essential to his life.

    Exploration
  14. Nature Boys from the ’Hood

    “Mountain Buddha” at The Buddha Blog profiles Pierre and Jon, two hikers from the city who have fallen in love with the mountains. The current adventure takes them through an isolated stretch of New England’s back country.

    Exploration
  15. Heretics, Plagues, and Forbidden Art

    At Two By Tour, Yvette Benhamou and J. Endress explore the sites and streets of Cuenca, Ecuador. In their latest adventure, they wander the El Museo de Cultura Prohibido, a museum of sacrilege with dubious “artifacts,” see graffiti and street art, and explore a Belgian brewery in the Andes Mountains.

    Art