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As Francis Scott Key watched the smoke clear and the sun rise above Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after witnessing its bombardment by British naval ships during the final months of the War of 1812, he had every expectation of seeing a white flag of surrender. To his surprise, he saw the tattered, but still flying, remains of an oversized American flag that had been commissioned just months earlier by the fort’s commander Major George Armistead.
Key was so moved by the by sight of the flag and by the Americans’ protection of their fort that he penned the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” That poem, eventually set to music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” became the national anthem of the United States of America. READ MORE
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“Belo Horizonte” means beautiful horizon in Portuguese, which is fitting for its magnificent landscape. When the city was first built, it was planned to house only a few hundreds of residents. No one ever expected that it would grow to have more than 5 million inhabitants. Unlike São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, tourists often overlook Belo Horizonte as a travel destination. That means those who venture out to Belo Horizonte gain unique experiences that most visitors don’t know exist.
Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s “Bar Capital.”
Belo Horizonte is the capital of Minas Gerais state, but it is also known as Brazil’s “bar capital.” The city has more than 14,000 bars for locals and tourists to choose from, which makes Belo Horizonte’s nightlife extremely animated. This is the ideal setting for people who don’t necessarily have tickets to the World Cup games in the Mineirão Stadium (Estádio do Mineirão), but want to celebrate with some of the world’s most spirited fans.
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If you’re looking for a summer escape where the sun is always shining and there’s an abundance of beaches and activities, the City of Angels is calling your name! Enter to win an exciting trip for 2 to Los Angeles. The $10,000 prize package includes the following:
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A popular tourist attraction in Brussels, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken comprise a vast 6-acre complex of ornate and heated glass houses on the grounds of the royal residence. The royal family opens the greenhouses to the public every year for 3 weeks in April and May.
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When the winter thaws and the days get warmer, many people look forward to hitting the beach, grilling outside and baking away that pasty, cold weather glow. But for those of us within fan culture, summer is the season of the con.
Although cons, short for comic and fan conventions, already take place nearly every weekend across the nation, the warm months are a prime time for nerdery. For me, the uptick of blockbuster superhero and genre flicks in theaters during the summer, along with more free time spent daydreaming or reading –not to mention extra opportunities to strike a hero pose in the sunshine — makes me want to hangout even more with my fellow fans. READ MORE
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Traveling the world is awesome, but it can be intimidating, particularly if you’re a woman traveling solo.
At Go! Girl Guides, we believe that the world is mostly safe and that people are mostly good, but we hear the same thing from women time and time again: “Is it safe to travel alone?”
The answer: YES, so long as you use remain aware, trust your instincts, and use a little common sense. These 7 travel tips will help you take on the world, with or without a travel partner.
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The Vltava is 270 miles long, making it the longest river in the Czech Republic. We recommend taking a river cruise, which usually is an hourly sightseeing tour with lunch, tea or dinner options. Enter to win a $10,000 trip for 2 to Prague.
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Famous for the thousands of bodies buried just below its stone floor, the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul was founded in the 7th century. The Abbey is currently planning to tap into the city’s famous hot springs for a new eco-friendly heating system.
Photography by Jason Cannon / State of Alaska
Go kayaking and explore Prince William Sound, its fjords and islands, to commune with nature and wildlife like whales and bears. Located on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula, this sound encompasses 3,800 miles of Alaska’s southern coastline.
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Whisk a loved one away for a romantic getaway to Maiden’s Tower, located on a small islet just 220 yards away from the coast of Uskudar in Istanbul. Go the extra step and make a reservation for 2 in the restaurant located on the tower’s 1st floor. After your meal consider having a cup of coffee in the cafe at the top of the tower.