Sara of WordPress has us craning our necks and looking skyward, literally and metaphorically, for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: UP.

Up the Staircase | ©Tom Palladio ImagesOne UPmanship is defined as, “The art of outdoing or showing up a rival or competitor, as in exploits, privileges, or honors.”

Well, I’m not a gamer nor a conniver. Far from it. But, 1 UPmanship seems like a pretty good title from which to respond to this week’s challenge.

The ink and visuals aren’t even dry from my most recent post, Up the Down Staircases, so I thought I’d use a few leftovers — frames that didn’t quite make it off the cutting-room floor — add a few new ones, score it slightly different, and take you back UP those staircases outside and inside apartment #1 — my humble abode.

Enjoy the short climb, I mean video, as I attempt to one-UP myself.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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