Go for the food: Yes, you can do brunch in Rome
ROME — Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws.
But for non-locals, the first meal of the day can be a bit of a letdown. Breakfast in Italy is a stand-up affair: You crowd at the bar, scarf down a stale pastry and a shot of espresso, and in five minutes flat, the day has begun. Tourists quickly learn that if they dare to plop down at a table in the center of Rome, they may be slapped with an extra “table service” charge and ushered out once when they’ve finished.
Come explore Peaks-Kenny
Peaks-Kenny is a state park that is flexible in what it offers. Located on Sebec Lake, the park includes a picturesque beach for some fun in the sun and a trio of hiking trails for those who just want to get away from it all.
According to the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce, the land was a donation from Francis Peaks to honor the memory of his parents and his sister. The park is located on the South Cove of Sebec Lake, six miles north of Dover-Foxcroft. The day-use area offers dozens of picnic sites with grills to use, a playground and a beach with a swimming area.
Come explore the Orono Bog Boardwalk
If you want to stretch your legs in the Bangor area, you could do the boring thing and take a predictable stroll through the mall. If you want the walk to be more exciting and memorable than spotting sale signs, however, take a tour of local nature on the Orono Bog Boardwalk.
Beginning in the Bangor City Forest, just over a mile from the Bangor Mall, the Orono Bog Boardwalk offers an opportunity to see many unique and interesting plants and animals. Walkers could spot anything from a bald eagle, to a yellow-bellied flycatcher. The trail is a mile-long loop through the Orono Bog. To help visitors explore and identify the flora and fauna of the trail, a series of illustrations are displayed on full colored signs along the trail. The boardwalk’s website says that because the trail changes with the seasons, a good deal of visitors return to the walk time after time. The boardwalk is also wheelchair friendly.
Maine student earns college credit during year in Patagonia wilderness
LANDER, Wyo.— When most students think of going back to school, they imagine sitting inside a classroom all day. For Devon Maxwell, 21, of Hampden, Maine, his school year was a 135-day wilderness expedition in Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
NOLS believes people thrive when challenged. During the Patagonia Year course, students did not have access to modern conveniences and were challenged to step outside their comfort zones. A NOLS education stresses leadership can be learned and is based on the belief that the outdoors is a challenging environment where students will learn technical skills and about themselves.
World Ocean Observatory director to speak at Penobscot Marine Museum
SEARSPORT – On Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m., Peter Neill, director of the World Ocean Observatory, will present The Sea Connects All Things, an illustrated talk on the ocean as an integrated global social system. Neill will suggest actions beyond the predictable conventions for organizations and individuals to adopt as innovative strategies for the future. Peter Neill has appeared on television documentaries on PBS, A&E, Discovery and National Geographic Society productions. This talk is at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 for museum members and Searsport residents and $10 for non-members.
The World Ocean Observatory advocates for the ocean through independent, responsible, apolitical science and is dedicated to advancing public understanding of ocean issues through institutional collaboration and partnerships, pro-active programs and connection with individual subscribers around the world. It was founded in 2004 as a recommendation of the 1998 Independent World Commission on the Future of the Oceans. Peter Neill has also served as president of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York, and as director for Maritime Preservation for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is a trustee of Penobscot Marine Museum.
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