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Aldeyjarfoss waterfall in northern Iceland's interior landscape

In waterfall-dense Iceland, it says something that Aldeyjarfoss is considered one of the most beautiful sights in the country. Fed by Iceland's largest ice cap, the 65-foot fall is flanked by distinctive hexagon-shaped basalt columns seemingly carved by some Norse god.
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River Avon in Bath, England

Bath, in southwestern England, was the first home Jane Austen knew away from her tiny village when she moved here at about age 25. Though the author only lived in Bath from 1801 to 1806 and did little writing here, no doubt this spa city on the River Avon gave her inspiration. After all, Bath was a popular resort at the time for Britain's upper crust—the posh, mannered society types whom Austen satirized so wittily in novels like 'Pride and Prejudice.'
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San Juan Islands, Washington

The San Juan archipelago is made up of over 400 islands and rocks, some only visible during low tide. They're scattered across the Salish Sea between Washington state and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. No bridges connect the San Juans to the mainland, but four of the largest islands—San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw—are accessible via the Washington State Ferries system. Tourists come to the islands to take in the stunning coastal views, catch a glimpse of resident orcas, and partake in many outdoor activities, such as sea kayaking, biking, and hiking.
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The Regata Storica on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Every year, on the first Sunday of September, Venice celebrates the Regata Storica along the city's most famous canal. The event is the highlight of the Venetian rowing calendar and consists of two parts: a historical boat parade and a series of rowing races. Festivities begin with a regal water pageant comprising a flotilla of colorful boats from the 16th century. Gondoliers are dressed in period costume as they ferry high-ranking Venetian officials up the Grand Canal in a faithful recreation of Venice's storied maritime past. The regatta commemorates the welcome given in 1489 to Caterina Cornaro, the wife of the King of Cyprus, who renounced her throne in favor of Venice.
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Porto Flavia, Sardinia, Italy

The mining industry in Sardinia, Italy, was booming in the early 20th century, as European nations looked to reconstruct from the damage of World War I. But Sardinians faced myriad logistical issues trying to export the zinc, lead, and other minerals that were in high demand. Miners on the island were using modern techniques to extract more and more ore, but it wasn't until 1924, when engineer Cesare Vecelli designed and built the mining infrastructure along the cliffs in Porto Flavia, that getting ore off the island matched their ability to extract it.
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Đurđevića Tara Bridge in Montenegro

In northern Montenegro, the Đurđevića Tara Bridge is the fastest passage between the villages of Budečevica and Trešnjica. The five-arch concrete bridge was completed in 1940 just as World War II was spreading across Europe. ...

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The Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Jutting out into the sparkling Adriatic Sea, the medieval city of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia displays its centuries-old charm. Here at the heart of the city is the Old Town, paved with limestone and surrounded by medieval walls that encircle its historic core. Visitors can walk along the walls, which stretch over 6,000 feet and were built to defend Dubrovnik from pirates and other unwelcome guests during the Middle Ages. Dotted by fortifications, bastions, and towers, the walls offer breathtaking views of the brilliant blue waters of the Adriatic on one side, and the Old Town's distinctive terra-cotta roofs on the other.
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Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park overlooking Edinburgh, Scotland

Looking down upon Edinburgh
Kicking off festival season in Edinburgh, Scotland, with this view of the capital city from Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park. Throughout the month of August, the city is hosting a staggering number of music, theater, opera, dance, and other types of performances as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is the world's largest international arts festival.
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A major unanswered question is how and when Biden will peel back its own measures at the shared border.

Trudeau to ease border rules Aug. 9 for fully vaccinated Americans. Now it's Biden's move. - POLITICO

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Milky Way over the Tagus River in Monfragüe National Park, Spain

In the Extremadura region of western Spain, in the beautiful Monfragüe National Park near the border with Portugal. This 18-mile long, 4-mile wide stretch of nature in the province of Cáceres is framed by the Tagus and Tietar Rivers (it's the Tagus that's in our image today). The mountainous Peña Falcon rock face defines its western side. Much of the park is covered by a thick Mediterranean forest full of wildlife, making this place a destination for outdoor lovers of all sorts. It's especially notable for the many birds: Over 280 species are found here, including storks, kingfishers, cormorants, and eagles, as well as one of the world's largest reserves of black vultures and their tawny vulture cousins. Other wildlife routinely spotted in Monfragüe include otters, deer, wild boar, and Iberian lynx.
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Serra da Malagueta mountains on Santiago Island, Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde ('Green Cape') celebrates its independence today. We're looking at the northern part of Santiago, the largest island of the Cabo Verde archipelago. This is the island's Serra da Malagueta mountain range, which is protected as a national park. At nearly 3,500 feet, it's the highest point of northern Santiago and offers views of nearby Fogo and Maio islands, as well as diverse plants and wildlife.
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In a normal, pre-COVID-19 summer, scores of pleasure boats are anchored in Lake Champlain off the Burlington waterfront by July 4, with most of them from Canada. But the anchorage is nearly empty this year because of the ongoing border closure.

People along the US-Canadian border await word of reopening

Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman on Friday urged careful coordination between Canada and the U.S. following the announced extension of restrictions on nonessential travel between the two countries for another month. 

Canadian ambassador calls for close coordination in handling of US border | TheHill

As the world begins to travel again, Europe is sending migrants a loud message: Stay away!

In post-pandemic Europe, migrants will face digital fortress - Washington Times

The dedicated location is for passengers arriving in the UK from nations judged to be most at-risk.

Covid-19: Red list arrivals terminal opens at Heathrow Airport - BBC News

Ireland will adopt a COVID-19 certificate to help citizens move more freely across the European Union from July 19 and broadly apply the same approach to arrivals from the United States and Britain, Prime Minister Micheál Martin said on Friday.

Ireland adopts COVID passport to allow EU, UK and U.S. travel from July 19 | Reuters


A mountaintop cable car plunged to the ground in northern Italy on Sunday, killing at least nine people and sending two children to the hospital.

Italian cable car plunges to the ground, killing at least 9 | Fox News

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The medieval walled town in Tossa de Mar, Catalonia, Spain

On Spain's Costa Brava, about 65 miles north of Barcelona, lies a perfectly preserved medieval town just beyond the enceinte (stone wall) you see curving up the hillside. While La Vila Vella (The Old Town) traces its origins to the 12th century, it still melds beautifully with the more modern, larger city of Tossa de Mar.
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On the 24th of May, 1988 a Boeing 737-300 from TACA airlines, flight 110 suffered a dual engine failure during the descend into New Orleans international airport in the United States. The engines flamed out due to heavy ingestion of rain and hail and the following approach and landing will go to the history books as one of the most dramatic ever in the history of aviation.
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