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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Just a couple of teens on a Disney Cruise


Cam and Eva with Jack Sparrow on Castaway Cay
Jack Sparrow greeted us, along with crystal clear, bright blue waters and white sandy beaches. We walked past the first beach because it was a little crowded, but found chairs AND, much to our content, a water slide at the second beach more
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Touring the old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia


The city’s medieval walls helped protect the city and there was tremendous international publicity decrying the bombing of this historic city and in favor of granting Croatia diplomatic recognition. more
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What you need to know about cruise safety


Norwegian Epic - one of the newer megaships
It is important to keep in perspective that the Concordia disaster was by all accounts an aberration in an industry that prides itself on its safety record. Between 2005 and 2010, cruise lines carried nearly 100 million passengers with a total of 16 deaths... more
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The Wind Surf from Windstar Cruise Lines during our cruise from Venice to Rome last summer
Kids are everywhere—on cruise ships anyway—whether you are in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska or far flung destinations like the Galapagos Islands and even the Arctic. more
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Plans go awry – not necessarily a bad thing on vacation


All my plans for this week have gone awry. The freak snowstorm that struck the Northeast over the weekend knocked out our power in Connecticut and we have no clue when it may be restored. But thinking back just two short months, I determined that when plans go awry on vacation, it's not always a bad thing. more
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Saving Money and Having More Fun By Booking Your Own Cruise Excursions


when you are traveling with kids, there is nothing worse than being stuck in a large group for hours on end. Believe me, I’ve been there — in Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean. We left one tour at the Roman Forum because of a “stomachache” (quickly remedied by a gelato). Opt to go off on your own — especially if you’re a family more
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Cruising the Med on what seems like your own private yacht


By the end of the week, you’ll feel like this is your personal yacht,” promised Captain Maurits Groothuis. At the very least, the crew knows our names and strangers have become fast friends. In the evening, we can make believe we’re on “our” yacht when dining on deck as areas are retooled as intimate venues with white tablecloths, the waiters attentive to every desire and the sails billowing in the wind. We’re free to dress the way we like too. (No fancy duds required.) more
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On to the Amalfi Coast past the ghostly volcano on Stromboli


We are standing on the deck of the Wind Surf at 10 p.m. our eyes glued to a spectral cone rising from the sea ahead of us with occasional pulses of red and pink shimmering off the top. It is the island of Stromboli off the Coast of Italy. As we get closer we can clearly see the lava erupt—bright orange in the black sky. more
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Crab Cakes and more on a day at sea on the Wind Surf


I would assume the 240-plus adults on board the Wind Surf being attended by 187 crew would agree on this spectacularly sunny sea day. They are reading on deck, playing scrabble and cards, indulging in a leisurely lunch (everything from gyros to Greek beef salad, cold cuts, chilled cranberry soup, Asian fish curry… the list goes on and on. This is our only day at sea and I wish we had another it is so wonderful! more
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Interacting with rescued marine mammals at Atlantis in the Bahamas


The facility serves as the best marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center in the Bahamas—the sea lions here were also rescued. Corbett shows us the lab which she proudly says is one of the most medically advanced in the Bahamas — for creatures or people, she jokes -- complete with ultra sounds equipment, digital x-rays, anesthesia machines and more. Experts here have the ability via the internet to consult with experts around the world. more
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