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Tue July 09, 2013 | 00:00 AM

The Joy of the Crowd

I've been in line maybe five minutes when the fidgeting sets in, and I wonder whether I should come back when the crowd thins out to enter Basilica di San Marco, Venice's St. Mar...

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