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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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Lower Manhattan and the new Trump Soho


I feel oh-so-hip. That’s because I’m stepping out of my hotel—the brand new Trump Soho that is located on Spring Street, in the heart of trendy Soho in downtown New York with its narrow cobblestoned streets and old-fashioned light more
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Touring Rome When All Doesn’t Go as Planned


The alarm doesn't go off.Forget about our plan to leisurely stroll through Rome's famous Borghese Gardens to get to the Borghese Gallery in time for our reservation to see the fabulous collections of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and bas-reliefs from the 15th to 18th centuries. Reservations typically are needed at this small gem of a museum. more
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Being a Princess for a Day at Disney World


I forgot my tiara and kept misplacing my wand. After all, it's not easy being a modern-day Disney princess. You need to keep that tiara firmly on your head; you need to be kind to everyone -- even annoying younger siblings. more
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TO BERMUDA


The iconic pink Fairmont Hamilton Princess with spectacular gardens that overlook the water and well-stocked Koi ponds is THE place for a traditional English Tea in the oh-so-British-feeling Bermuda. more
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Opting for luxe beyond the parks of Orlando


AAH... I’m in the midst of possibly the best massage I’ve ever had at Orlando Grand Lakes Ritz Carlton Spa—thanks to the feet of the massage therapist, who happens to be a former paratrooper, he tells me! more
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In and around Disney’s Grand Floridian


So how would a princess ask for a piece of cake? The half dozen or so princesses in training, their tiaras on their heads are listening attentively. “Ahem, Madame Chef, May I have a piece of cake,” Rose Petal (who apparently was a rose in the palace garden and then magically became a princess so she could be Aurora’s friend) instructs them more
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Back to Disney World with the princesses


It’s hard work being a princess. You need to know how to curtsey and wave. You need to be kind to everyone—even annoying younger siblings. You need to wear fancy dresses and tiaras. more
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To a Place American Families Haven’t Yet Discovered


In a desert oasis beside a roaring river, the handsome young Chilean reaches for my hand to help me over the rocks. He smiles. "Gracias," I say. It's not a dream. The long-haired, 29-year-old Chileano is Max Vera, our guide on a challenging uphill hike along the canyon floor. We scramble over rocks strewn along a sandy trail, large "fox tails" and cacti that are 12 feet high with needles so sharp that local Indian women use them to sew and knit. We're in the Atacama Desert in South America, walking along the River Puritama. Our goal: seven pools of hot springs. more
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Skiing Vail Mountain in one day!


Finally. I get to relax. After the extended family heads back to Denver and Connecticut, after my college freshman daughter and her friends head back to school, my husband and I head to Vail where we check in to the Arrabelle at Vail Square--a beautiful boutique hotel celebrating its second anniversary. more
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Our family takes over Keystone mountain


DAY 8 -- Yes, a ski trip can work whether you are five, 19 or 60-at least for our family, at least at Keystone Resort that is the most economical and most kid-centric of Vail’s Colorado resorts. more
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