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Who Owns the Dead?

For decades, Americans have been increasingly distanced from the dead. A small group of 1-CottonBalls-v3-RETOUCHED_FLAT-R1-624x715women is working to change that.
–Moist cotton balls can be used to close the eyes of the dead.
—It was a Sunday in the autumn of 1995, and Rob Sanders was driving his three kids from his house in Baltimore to the house of his ex-wife, Elizabeth Knox, in Silver Spring, Maryland. The kids rotated who got to sit in the front seat, and today was seven-year-old Alison’s turn. The boys wanted to hear the Redskins game, and when Alison leaned forward to fiddle with the radio, Sanders told her to sit back—he would find it. When he looked up, the light had turned red, and he braked, belatedly. Skidding into the intersection at about 14 miles an hour, he hit another car, and the passenger-side airbag deployed. The airbag—one of those early models designed to protect a full-sized adult male in a much more violent crash—struck Alison “with the force of a heavyweight boxer,” as Knox would later put it, rendering the girl unconscious and braindead in an instant.
—Knox had just walked into her house when the hospital called; she handed the phone to her then-boyfriend to see if he could make sense of what the person on the other end was telling her. They drove to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, and Knox rushed in. “I’m here,” Knox told her unconscious daughter once she reached her side. “I’m going to stay here. I’ll be with you through all this.”

For decades, Americans have been increasingly distanced from the dead. A small group of women is working to change that.

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Lewis & Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery(1997)

“Ken Burns at his finest a doc on the first expedition by the US to the Pacific “

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Heligoland: the German Island the British Tried to Destroy

At the end of the Second World War, the British Army had a huge surplus of ammunition and explosives that started to give them ideas. It was suggested that the excess ammunition could be utilized for seismic experiments by setting up controlled explosions to generate seismic waves having intensity comparable with those produced by small earthquakes. It was impractical to carry out the experiments within England as explosion of the necessary size on the available sites would cause damage to nearby properties. So they turned to Germany.The British had just concluded the biggest war in human history with Germany, and like the explosives, aggression was still in surplus quantities. In July 1946, an ammunition dump near the town of Soltau, in north Germany, was blown up producing seismic waves that were observed at distances up to 50 km. But the British needed something bigger. So they started preparing for the world’s most powerful non-nuclear explosion, which eventually came to be known as the “British Bang”. The target: a small archipelago off the German coastline called Heligoland.

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Love and Ruin

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It has no official number in the archaeological record, nor an scale~1023x5000x0x0~ellie-1422993594-99agreed-upon name. Some curators at the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul, where it resides, have called it the Limestone Head. Others call it the Carved Pebble. Still others call it simply the Head, and while there is no question that the artifact they’re talking about depicts a head, the answer to the question of just whose head it depicts—which person or deity its unyielding eyes and screwed mouth reflect—is lost, like so much else in Afghanistan is lost, to some insolently mute vault of time.
—The Head is carved into a limestone pebble two and a half inches high by one and a quarter inches wide. It dates from around 10,000 B.C.E., placing it in the Upper Paleolithic and making it one of the oldest pieces of sculpture ever found on the Asian continent. We know that it turned up in a gorge near the village of Aq Kupruk, in the northern foothills of the Hindu Kush. Beyond that we know nothing.

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Shower the People: James Taylor

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Gail Albert Halaban’s Vis-a-Vis: If you leave your shades open you should expect people are watching you (PHOTOS).

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The Problem With the Grain Brain Doctor [gluten free]

In recent months, the media has become increasingly impatient with 16-dr-perlmutter.w529.h352.2xhigh-profile health advocates who dispense unsubstantiated medical advice. Among the highlights have been John Oliver’s continued humiliation of Dr. Oz, who repeatedly touted the power of energy healing and “miracle” weight-loss solutions, and a viral Gawker takedown of Vani Hari, aka “the Food Babe,” a blogger and food activist who once advised her followers that “there is just no acceptable level of any chemical to ingest, ever.” Even the American Medical Association has had enough, and just announced that it would draft guidelines for disciplining physicians who dispense pseudo-scientific advice.
—Yet despite this heightened concern about the accuracy of health information, best-selling celebrity neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter seems to have escaped much scrutiny, even though he has a decades-long history of offering — and profiting from — suspect medical advice.

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The Great Divide

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—In August, 1947, when, after three hundred years in India, the British finally left, the subcontinent was partitioned into two independent nation states: Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. Immediately, there began one of the greatest migrations in human history, as millions of Muslims trekked to West and East Pakistan (the latter now known as Bangladesh) while millions of Hindus and Sikhs headed in the opposite direction. Many hundreds of thousands never made it.
—Across the Indian subcontinent, communities that had coexisted for almost a millennium attacked each other in a terrifying outbreak of sectarian violence, with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other—a mutual genocide as unexpected as it was unprecedented. In Punjab and Bengal—provinces abutting India’s borders with West and East Pakistan, respectively—the carnage was especially intense, with massacres, arson, forced conversions, mass abductions, and savage sexual violence. Some seventy-five thousand women were raped, and many of them were then disfigured or dismembered.

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Beethoven: The World’s First Rock Star | Mental Floss

Thumbing his nose at authority and whipping crowds into a frenzy, he changed music forever.

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California’s Drought Is Part of a Much Bigger Water Crisis. Here’s What You Need to Know

Why do I keep hearing about the California drought, if it’s the california-drought-riverbed-AP_190188023717Colorado River that we’re “killing”?Pretty much every state west of the Rockies has been facing a water shortage of one kind or another in recent years. California’s is a severe, but relatively short-term, drought. But the Colorado River basin — which provides critical water supplies for seven states including California — is the victim of a slower-burning catastrophe entering its 16th year. Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California all share water from the Colorado River, a hugely important water resource that sustains 40 million people in those states, supports 15 percent of the nation’s food supply, and fills two of largest water reserves in the country.The severe shortages of rain and snowfall have hurt California’s $46 billion agricultural industry and helped raise national awareness of the longer-term shortages that are affecting the entire Colorado River basin. But while the two problems have commonalities and have some effect on one another, they’re not exactly the same thing.Just how bad is the drought in California right now?

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This is how you become a white supremacist

I spent seven years leading hate groups and getting imrsother angry white people to join.
By Arno Michaelis June 25
Arno Michaelis is the author of “My Life After Hate.”
—Since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of being a warrior. I learned to read early and would sit in the library poring over books of Greek and Norse myths, gravitating to the parts about monsters and violence. In middle school, I played Dungeons & Dragons, fancying myself as an unstoppable fighter who made his own rules. Art was equally as fascinating as violence, and the two combined in my drawings of battle scenes from ancient Vikings cracking skulls to spaceships blowing each other to bits.
—I grew up in an alcoholic family and developed an adrenaline habit that drove me to lash out at the world in increasingly drastic ways.

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European Games 2015 – The Big Picture

The first European Games are nearing their conclusion with this Sunday’s closing ceremonies in Baku, Azerbaijan. More than 6,000 athletes from European Olympic nations have been competing in 20 sports, mainly traditional, but also including beach volleyball, martial arts such as karate and Sambo, and 3×3 basketball.–By Lloyd Young

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10 Humorous Portraits of Jim Carrey Impersonating Celebrities in 1992

Jim Carrey has always had a knack for imitation, as proven by these unearthed 1992 photos of the comedian. See him morph into Hollywood icons, James Dean and Elvis Presley, with just simple changes in posture and facial expression:

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Passport Photos of Iconic Figures in The Past

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Garry Winogrand’s Lonely America

Garry Winogrand was one of the last great winogrand-los-angeles_jpg_780x623_q85street photojournalists. He was like a walking camera: by the time he died he had taken nearly a million photographs. In the sheer volume of pictures he took, he really pushed photography to the limit. Videos and movies have taken over today, and he’s very close to that world where you shoot nonstop—he used his camera like a Kalashnikov.He was a populist photographer, a real egalitarian, and his photographs of people on the street show that any face can be interesting. I think of his photo of a cowboy walking down the street in Dallas, seeming to levitate. His photographs of political rallies are similar. They focus less on the spectacle of the politicians than on the crowds and their reactions to the scene before them. His photograph of John F. Kennedy at the 1960 Democratic National Convention is like an éventail, a fan showing a spectrum of expressions: one person is suspicious, you don’t know what he’s thinking, another is smiling, but they’re all surrounding Kennedy, and he’s basking in his own beauty.

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the landfill orchestra

In Paraguay, there is a special place named Catuera. It is remarkable for several reason, first is that it is the main trash dumping area for the country. The second is that there are about 10,000 people living there, making a living scavenging and reselling parts that they find. Third, they have an amazing orchestra.

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#I don’t often encourage people to watch television shows, but this past Sunday night “60 Minutes” was a must see. If you happened to catch the segment by Bob Simon called “The Recyclers” you know what I mean. If not, it’s worth watching online via CBSnews.com.
—#It’s a very moving story, highlighting a poor village in Paraguay situated around a garbage dump where they’ve turned the trash into instruments for the children, who have formed the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura under the direction of Favio Chavez. Chavez is an environmental technician who came up with the idea to start a music school to help lift the children’s spirits amid the squalor.
—#After watching it, I dare you to come away without thanks for what you have and without a feeling that you really should do more with it. At its heart, that is what this story is. As Chavez says: “The world sends us garbage. We send back music.”

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There’s an International Standard for Cops and Deadly Force. Guess How Your State Ranks.

Every single US state fails to comply with global standards for police use offerguson_day_6_picture_44 lethal force, according to an Amnesty International USA report that was released late last week. Several states allow the use of lethal force in order to “suppress opposition to arrest,” to “suppress a riot or mutiny,” and even to prevent an escape from prison. In some states, the report notes, deadly force can be used in cases of less serious crimes, like burglary. Only eight states require a verbal warning before law enforcement can start firing. And nine states have no laws dealing with the issue at all. All of which, Amnesty says, is out step with international standards established by the United Nations.The report comes in the middle of a national debate on police violence after the high-profile killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, and others. This year alone, law enforcement officers throughout the nation have fatally shot more than 500 people, a trend that, if it continues, could reach 1,000 police homicides by the end of the year. In this regard, the United States performs far below other countries that more closely follow the international standards. In the United Kingdom, for example, the police force is unarmed as a matter of course. Its “firearms officers” undergo extensive training and can only use deadly force when authorized by a superior. As the Guardian recently reported, police in the United States kill more people in days than other countries do in years.

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Woman counter-protesting with her daughters at a black civil liberties rally in Bogalusa, Louisiana, 1965.

Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory

Consciousness — the internal dialogue that seems to govern one’s thoughts and actions — is far less powerful than people believe, serving as a passive conduit rather than an active force that exerts control, according to a new theory proposed by an SF State researcher.

Associate Professor of Psychology Ezequiel Morsella’s “Passive Frame Theory” suggests that the conscious mind is like an interpreter helping speakers of different languages communicate.

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Camp in the Air: New Suspended Treehouse Tents and Hammocks

Since we last mentioned Tensile tents around this time last year, the company has unveiled several new models of their fantastic suspended tent systems. There’s a small hammock for three that can be layered into a multi-tiered treehouse, a 2-layer tree tent, and a massive communal tent system

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World’s Aquifers Losing Replenishment Race, Researchers Say

From the Arabian Peninsula to northern India to California’s Central 26groundwater-master675Valley, nearly a third of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are being drained faster than they are being replenished, according to a recent study led by scientists at the University of California, Irvine. The aquifers are concentrated in food-producing regions that support up to two billion people.
—A companion study indicates that the total amount of water in the aquifers, and how long it will last at current depletion rates, is still uncertain. “In most cases, we do not know how much groundwater exists in storage” to cover unsustainable pumping, the study said. Historical estimates, it

Nearly a third of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are being drained faster than water can be returned to them, threatening regions that support two billion people, a recent study found.

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Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983)Still Life – The Glove and the newspaper (Nature morte – Le Gant et le journal), 1921

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Paperback Tramps: A Vintage Bad Girl Library

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Fake Chalets: Unmasking the Bunkers disguised as Quaint Swiss Villas | Messy Nessy Chic

Traditional wood green shutters, lace curtains, Swiss chalet beams; all the makings of a quaint little villa in the woods. But strangely, the windowpanes don’t reflect the sunlight and on closer approach, the house looks impossibly narrow. Because this is no quaint Swiss chalet but rather a military bunker in disguise.

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A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would 1920make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?
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—1. Youngstown, U.S.A.
The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for Youngstown, Ohio, one its residents can cite with precision: September 19, 1977.
—For much of the 20th century, Youngstown’s steel mills delivered such great prosperity that the city was a model of the American dream, boasting a median income and a homeownership rate that were among the nation’s highest.

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Weegee, [George C. Scott as General “Buck” Turgidson and Tracy Reed as Miss Scott on the set of “Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”], 1963 (7511.1993) Acme was located in the huge Printing Crafts building, at Eighth Avenue and Thirty-fourth Street, that had twenty-four hour elevator service and heat all night long.

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The golden era of the pneumatic tube — when it carried fast food, people, and cats

You can still see pneumatic tubes at bank drive-thrus and a few other pneumatictubedemonstration.0places, but their scope used to be a lot more ambitious than carrying deposit slips.For decades, these tubes — which use compressed air or a vacuum to move all sorts of capsules — carried weird and wonderful things. And, in a way, the things they carried tell the story of the tubes themselves, which went from fantastic innovation to mostly antiquated oddity.The tube began by moving people

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Paul McCartney Delivers Show-Stopping Charleston Tribute In Columbia, South Carolina

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Performing in South Carolina on Thursday night, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney dedicated a song to the victims of the mass shooting in Charleston. “We pray that people of all co

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Secret World War II Chemical Experiments Tested Troops By Race

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These historical photographs depict the forearms of human test subjects after being exposed to nitrogen mustard and lewisite agents in World War II experiments conducted at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.Courtesy of the Naval Research LaboratoryAs a young U.S. Army soldier during World War II, Rollins Edwards knew better than to refuse an assignment.When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn’t complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite was piped inside.”It felt like you were on fire,” recalls Edwards, now 93 years old. “Guys started screaming and hollering and trying to break out. And then some of the guys fainted. And finally they opened the door and let us out, and the guys were just, they were in bad shape.”

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Size of domestic animals has increased over time

A new study shows successive changes in the size of domestic animals 150519083540_1_540x360over time relating to changes in the landscape and production systems.
—Zooarchaeology is a discipline that studies the relationship between human beings and animals throughout history. To do this, zooarchaelogists study the remains of animals found in archaeological sites. This discipline studies questions relating to livestock husbandry, food or the ritual use of animals, among other things.
—The paper “Livestock management in Spain from Roman to post-medieval times: a biometrical analysis of cattle, sheep/goat and pig” is the outcome of the PhD research work conducted by Idoia Grau-Sologestoa and completed in 2014 at the UPV/EHU, and has been published recently in the Journal of Archaeological Science, which specialises in archaeology.

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Thomas Struth: Style Without Style by Jana Prikryl

Thomas Struth: Crosby Street, Soho, New York, 1978Last year the German photographer Thomas Struth published Walking, a small and disarming paperback containing some 140 color photographs. The pictures are mostly portrait format, nearly filling each page at 3.5 by 5.5 inches, and show tightly cropped street corners, façades, and doorways in Berlin and several other European and American cities. But the photos aren’t captioned or otherwise identified; it’s the textures, juxtapositions, and light and wear on stone and plaster that grow eloquent as you flip through the volume.Deadpan is a word often applied to the minimalism of much contemporary photography, generally to suggest a picture’s blank refusal to betray any hint of lyricism or straightforward beauty, but I think these little photographs clarify how the deadpan tone actually achieves its effects. Every expressive element is muted or cropped out, just up to the point where what’s shown—say a baby-blue garbage bag tucked into a wire wastebasket that’s nailed up against an old brick wall—seems about to speak.

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GOODSTUFFs CYBER WORLD: GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (196th Issue)

Surfing babes are interlaced into this huge metablog, for science

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The Enchanted Highway, North Dakota | Amusing Planet

The Enchanted Highway is a 32-mile stretch of highway starting at Exit 72 on Interstate 94, about 20 miles east of Dickinson, in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The paved county highway, which begins near the town of Gladstone and terminates at Regent, features a collection of large scrap metal sculptures depicting geese, deer, pheasants, grasshoppers, Teddy Roosevelt, and even a complete Tin Family. The sculptures were created by retired school teacher Gary Greff, from the town of Regent, who did it in the hopes of putting his hometown prominently on the map and thus prevent it from fading away into obscurity.

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25 Fascinating Color Photographs of Street Scenes of the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s

Although the technology to produce color prints was widely available as early as the 1940s, for many years black and white remained the only accepted medium for fine art photography. Serious photographers held color in low esteem, seeing it as the language of the family snapshot, the tourist postcard or the consumer advertisement. Intrigued and inspired to develop a new vocabulary, Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz, and William Eggleston began to actively explore the medium of color photography in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Here are some of their fascinating pictures.

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New Oxytocin Neuroscience Counters “Cuddle Hormone” Claims

Researchers are still working out the nuances of how oxytocin affects 70444A86-A625-489C-B3AE1E72F7D892EF_articlethe brain, with few studies definitively linking autism to problems in oxytocin signaling
—Oxytocin has been of keen interest to neuroscientists since the 1970s, when studies started to show that it could drive maternal behaviour and social attachment in various species.
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—In April 2011, Robert Froemke and his team were reprogramming the brains of virgin mice with a single hormone injection.
—Before the treatment, the female mice were largely indifferent to the cries of a distressed baby, and were even known to trample over them. But after an injection of oxytocin, the mice started to respond more like mothers, picking up the mewling pup in their mouths. Froemke, a neuroscientist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center in New York City, was monitoring the animals’ brains to find out why that happened.

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En el Moulin Rouge / At the Moulin Rouge, 1901, Pablo Picasso.

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NSA Chief Wants to Watch, as Well as Listen and Read

By Jenna McLaughlin
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The National Security Agency, while primarily occupied by sweeping up billions of GEOINT_2015_2553v2-article-display-bphone calls, emails, texts and social media messages each day, wants better visual information about the earth and its residents, too, Admiral Michael Rogers said Wednesday.
—“Signals intelligence … ain’t enough, you guys,” the NSA chief told a gathering of contractors in the geospatial intelligence business. “We gotta create a much broader picture.”
—We need “the ability to visualize,” he explained, because “man is fundamentally a visual creature.”
—Rogers, who also heads the Pentagon’s United States Cyber Command, spent much of his keynote speech at the GEOINT 2015 conference pitching the technology, intelligence and defense companies in the audience on the importance of working together. The conference’s slogan — appropriate, given the government’s ever-growing demands — is “open the aperture.”

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I loved working at a legal brothel in Australia

In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears anonymous interview wpG-I1GWuUBM_Q8yZVD07A-fullscreenseries, we talked to a sex worker who plied her trade in a legal Australian brothel and had the time of her life.
—I worked for a legal brothel in Australia and it was the best job I ever had.
—I don’t claim to speak for all sex workers, of course. This was just my personal experience, and it was great. Especially for someone so social, like me. I loved and admired the women I worked with. I took great pride in the pleasure I could give to people. It was a job that I enjoyed, and I was better at it because I enjoyed it.
—I remember one particular coworker who had previously worked as a licensed psychologist. She told me once that she felt that she helped people more at the brothel than she ever had in her previous practice.

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France: A Loire Valley Photo Gallery

Home to hundreds of Wineries and More than 800 Chateaus
Photos by Max Hartshorne

Chateau of Clisson, a village that was completely recreated to resemble Tuscany by the French architect Frederick Lemot.Chateau of Clisson, a village that was completely recreated to resemble Tuscany by the French architect Frederick Lemot.

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