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The 10 Best Canal Cities in the World (Not Named Venice)

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Pretty much every city with a drainage canal these days likes to call itself something along the lines of, “The Venice of Saskatchewan”. But it takes more than an artificial waterway to make a city with canals a legitimate canal city.

And since you already crossed Venice off your bucket list that time you were in Vegas and stopped for lunch at Buddy V’s, here are 10 of the world's other beautiful canal cities worth a visit.

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Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons user Peripitus

30 Things You Didn't Know About Oktoberfest

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Because almost everything you know about Oktoberfest you learned from the Wolfhouse brothers, here are 30 fun facts from a real-life German about the world’s most magical annual beer festival.

1. The name is misleading.
Because Oktoberfest is in September, for the most part.

2. It’s 204 years old

Yup, the festival started its illustrious career in 1810, the same year the US annexed the Republic of West Florida, if that helps give you an idea of how far back it goes. Wait, it doesn't? Didn't know there was a Republic of West Florida? Yea, we looked that up.

3. In the beginning, there was no beer
Oktoberfest started as a wedding actually, and a dry one at that. It was essentially a way to let the poor people celebrate the nuptials of Ludwig von Bayern, the King of Bavaria, and princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Also, it kicked off with a royal horse race.

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Ellis Island Hospital Opens Today for Tours

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History buffs and fans of American Horror Story will love the chipped paint and cracked porcelain sinks, the stained tiles and rusting hospital beds in the halls of the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital—open to visitors today for the first time in 60 years. 

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The World's Coolest Wrecks

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As morbid as a plane crash or sunken ship might be, there's something alluring about abandoned wrecks. Eerie, full of history, and possibly haunted, they can be truly captivating.

Moynaq Ship Graveyard, Moynaq, Uzbekistan

Believed to be one of the world’s worst ecological disasters, this desert use to be a busy Soviet fishing port. Once the rivers feeding it were diverted for irrigation, the Aral Sea (formerly one of the four largest lakes IN THE WORLD) dried up completely. Hence, the ships sitting on the old sea floor. Even crazier, the nearest shore is almost 100 miles away!

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Photo Credit: Flickr/Martijn.Munneke

Aspen Art Museum Makes Dramatic Debut

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If the Gucci and Prada storefronts weren't enough to dispel any impression of Aspen as a humble mountain town, the Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museumshould do the trick. The 35-year-old art institution recently debuted a new $45 million building created by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect and funded entirely by private donations from the city's wealthy patrons.

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Meet Albertine: New York's Newest Book Shop and Salon

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This is the time for fall openings in New York City: art exhibitions, theater, opera, dance, but the most special and quietly spectacular: Albertine, a new bookshop (yes, a bricks-and-mortar store), opening to the public on Saturday, September 27, and located in the Cultural Sevices building of the French Embassy at 972 Fifth Avenue (between 78th and 79th Streets). Designer Jacques Garcia has created Albertine as a grand, private French library on two levels with an internal staircase that connects the shop and its reading room. 

What’s inside? The most comprehensive selection of French-language books and English translations in the United States: more than 14,000 titles, including novels, non-fiction, art and rare books, comic and children’s books, in addition to DVDs, magazines, stationery, and beautiful paper goods.

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Boston Designer-Photographer Frank Roop Takes Us to Kyoto

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Boston-based interior designer, tastemaker and photographer Frank Roop is an avid traveler who looks for creative inspiration wherever he goes, from the flea markets of Paris to the tile work in Morocco. We caught up with him after a three-week trip to Asia, where he attended a five-day Indian wedding in Bali and fell in love with the beauty and simplicity of Kyoto, this year's winner of the T+L World's Best City Award. Here, a few of his travel tips and photographs for the classic Japanese city.

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Museum Day Live! Means Free Entry to 1,500-Plus Museums

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Smithsonian museums are amazing for many reasons—not least of which is the fact that entrance to all of them is free. In honor of this perk, Smithsonian Magazine sponsors the annual Museum Day Live!, when more than 1,500 museums across the country do away with admission fees for one day. This year’s event—the 10th anniversary—takes place September 27.

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London's Can't-Miss Culture Spots

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All eyes are on the South Bank, thanks to its world-class art museums, galleries, and theaters. Here, a few must-see destinations.

Design Museum: This Modernist-style museum by Terence Conran hosts exhibitions on fashion, architecture, furniture, and more. On view this month: “Designers in Residence,” an annual show that celebrates local and international emerging talent.

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Stop Motion Postcards Capture Cities With Whimsy

Colorado-based animator Rachel Ryle just got back from a month-long trip around Europe and put pen to paper in a series of vignette postcards with old world charm and Instagram flare.

“I wanted to take a different spin on postcards. Capturing something iconic in each region, but giving it some TLC”, said  Ryle, whose hand-drawn images of quaint German towns (and beer steins), Italian piazzas and the Eiffel Tower, of course, come to life in snapshots and 15-second films on her Instagram. Her account has garnered accolades from MTV & Buzzfeed, and her animated drawings go more in depth her YouTube page.

Print versions of Ryle’s postcards will be available as a collection, which she plans on increasing as she adds more stamps to her passport.

Erica Firpo is a Rome-based writer and frequent contributor to travelandleisure.com.

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