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My Best Souvenir,” Fathom
My best souvenir is the single earring (at one time it was one-half of a pair) that I picked up in Zanzibar. Or maybe the atrocious Disney World T-shirt from my first, and best-ever, trip to Florida at the age of 12. Or possibly the orange poncho I borrowed from a friend in the Netherlands that I never bothered to return? Anyway, this slideshow is a fun look at objects that remind us of travel. What are your best souvenirs? —Jessica Silber

Iconic Louvre work ‘Winged Victory’ to be restored,” Art Daily
Francophile fans of ancient Greek artwork—take note. The famous ‘Winged Victory’ (Nike of Samothrace) will be undergoing a $4 million restoration, which will see the sculpture abandon its prominent post until spring of 2014. —Bryan Kitch

The Miracle of Maguey,” Eat Your World
Naomi Bishop gives a little insight into the magic of the maguey, or agave, plant. Tequila, mezcal, and agave nectar are just three of the delicious products that artisans can wrestle from this spiky plant. (And pulque, though I can’t really call that delicious.) But I didn’t know about its antibiotic properties. —Davina Baum

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I Heart New York/San Francisco,” The Bold Italic
I left NYC one year ago to move to San Francisco and still feel a bit homesick, but this piece in The Bold Italic on how a New Yorker eventually learns to love the Bay Area gave me hope that one day I’ll grow into my new city. —Jen Murphy

Radio Shangri-La, Lisa Napoli
I just started reading Radio Shangri-La as it was recommended to me by Natalie Taylor, one of our AFAR Ambassadors. This is a true Eat Pray Love-esque story about the happiest place on earth. (No, I’m not talking about Disneyland.) I can’t put it down. —Lauren Nicholl

Finding an Audience Abroad: Who’s Read in France,” The Millions
Who are France’s favorite American writers? Books by which contemporary American authors are most requested at Shakespeare & Company in Paris? —Derk Richardson

Home Made Winter, Yvette van Boven
It’s cold outside and time to let illustrator, restaurateur, and cookbook writer Yvette van Boven plan my menus for the day. Her latest book, Home Made Winter, was just released in English and includes recipes from her Amsterdam restaurant as well as from her travels in Paris and Ireland. With it as my guide, I’ll breakfast on cardamom and orange scones, gobble down vol-au-vent with a fancy crust and then make my own cheese. No, no detox for me, thanks for asking. —Jessica Silber

Video of the Day: Laos,” Gadling
The third short film in a series entitled, “In Asia,” by Vincent Urban, “Laos” is a visually stunning video, offering a look at daily life as well as all that nature has to offer in this impossibly green country. —Bryan Kitch

10 Under 10: Writers to Watch,” The American Reader
The American Reader’s hysterical parody of the most talented writers under the age of 10 pokes fun at today’s over-intellectural grown-up literary crowd. The hilarious interviews with the elementary school kids cover their favorite writers (Sendak and Seuss), inspirations (pajamas), and what makes a piece of fiction work. —Jen Murphy

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