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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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Confessions of a first time cruiser


Our Ship - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
Taking the Kids Contributor Allison Tibaldi finds Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas to be huge, but easy to navigate with interactive screens all round. more
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Universal Orlando Resort, a teen’s POV


Alec tries Butter Beer at Universal Orlando
Taking the Kids contributor Alec Tibaldi, who joined his mother on a Royal Caribbean cruise and visit to Universal Orlando, describes his first visit to the theme park and provides an excellent video. more
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Combining a Royal Caribbean Cruise and a visit to Universal Orlando


At Loews Royal Pacific
Taking the Kids contributor Allison Tibaldi reports on a two-for-one holiday with her son on a Royal Caribbean cruise along with a visit to Universal Orlando Resort. more
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A family tour of a Paris neighborhood with a local guide


Owner of Cafe Cartouche who whipped up steak frites especially for us
We’re in Gerard Merlot, a shop famous for macarons in the St Germain district of Paris, with guide Genevieve, who we’ve met through a terrific company called Tours by Locals. more
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A visit to the town where Vincent Van Gogh spent his final most prolific days


Back of church in Auvers sur Oise painted by Van Gogh
I’m literally walking in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps to the field where he painted the famous paintings like the Wheatfield of Crows and where he shot himself. more
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In Rouen, France — where Joan of Arc died and Monet painted a famous cathedral


Commemorative statude of Joan of Arc
In this medieval city, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Today we see a cathedral that was begun in 1145—amazing it is still standing after being damaged in WWII. Nearly 9,000 half timbered houses burned during WWII. more
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Two days touring the D-Day sites in Normandy


Small section of American Cemetery at Omaha Beach
We are at the famous Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, where the massive allied assault on the Normandy on June 6, 1944 aimed to liberate France and defeat Nazi Germany. more
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A cruise with a difference — along the Seine River in Normandy


Along the Seine River from the Avalon Waterways Creativity
I’m on a different kind of cruise—a River Cruise on the Seine in France on Avalon Waterways Creativity—just 140 passengers on this 361-foot long barge and with just 70 staterooms and two suites. more
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Cruising on the Seine River – a stop at Monet’s Garden in Giverny


The Japanese Bridge over the pond in Monet's Garden
I’m walking in Monet’s glorious gardens at Giverny on sunny day thinking about a little girl skipping over the famous green Japanese Bridges a big smile on her face. more
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Norwegian’s new Breakaway takes the Big Apple to sea


Norwegian’s new ship Breakaway
This ship is such a big deal for The Big Apple that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand for the christening earlier this month, noting that New York City welcomed nearly 600,000 cruise ship passengers in 2012. The ship celebrates its NYC connection with bright Peter Max art of the N.Y. skyline and Lady Liberty on the hull. And you can’t beat sailing right by the Statue of Liberty either! more
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