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Jul 9, 2015
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Sailing Around the Tahitian Islands


Tahiti is closer than many think -- just a little over seven hours from Los Angeles, about two hours farther than Hawaii -- and Air Tahiti Nui is encouraging more families to visit with kids-fly-free offers and discounted hotel rates. more
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Learning how to kayak among ice bergs


“Our aim is to keep your wilderness experience from being impacted by the cruise ships,” says Kimber Owen, who found her way to her boat and Alaska from a Texas horse farm after she was widowed in her early forties. “It was too sad to stay,” she explained. more
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Day 2 in Alaska — the joys of fishing


DAY 2 — “The fish must hate us,” moans 13 year old Miles Singer. We are on the world-famous Kenai River in Alaska with one of the river’s best guides, Steve Fickes, who jokes that he’s been guiding “ever since more »
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Back the to the bush — Day One of a new Alaska adventure


DAY ONE (July 15, 2009) — Bears on the runway? “Routine,” says Gerry Winkler, the pilot of our six-passenger Cessna. Routine, that is, when you are going to land on the beach at an edge of the 4-million acre Lake more »
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On a Trip Down Memory Lane at Disneyland


Ignore those office emails, forget all about the economy and for an afternoon focus instead on what's really important, especially on vacation -- making memories with the kids at a place where you made your own childhood memories more
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Seeing More Than the Typical Sites in NYC


Visitors to New York have their pick of world-class and iconic sites...But there is a lot more to New York than the tourist track more
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One last stop — and beautiful and historic island of Moorea


We hopped a short flight from Bora Bora to the French Polynesian island of Moorea that is spectacularly beautiful with its crystal clear lagoon and the green cliffs. This island is known less for its manicured resorts than for what there is to do here -- taking a hike, passing by ancient marae (ancient temples excavated by archeologists), checking out the spinner dolphins and humpback whales, playing with the stingrays in the crystal clear water. more
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The life aquatic on Bora Bora


We’re diving in an area called Muri Muri just north of the island of Bora Bora and nearly as soon as we get under the water, our dive master Benoit Gratas introduces us to a Hawksbill Sea Turtle (like Crush, the character in “Finding Nemo”), showing us how to feed him a piece of sea sponge. He’s so big -- more than two feet in diameter. more
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At the Four Seasons Bora Bora


I’m sitting in an over the water bungalow, the ceiling fan whirring, with a thatched roof and expansive deck with its own swimming dock and outdoor shower? Did I mention that gigantic tub big enough for two with views of the lagoon as well? more
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Our last day on the catamaran with Turo


DAY 8 — Sad! It’s our last day on our Catamaran with our captain Turo Aritu, who for the past week has regaled the girls — and all of us — with his tales (mostly in French) of his four more »
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