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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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In Prague — the Paris of the East


Another day, another church. We’re all excited to explore Prague, which many now call The Paris of the East. It’s crowded with tourists on this brilliant summer day. Prague, of course, is the capital of the Czech Republic and has been an intersection of continental merchant routes for centuries. more
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The Disney guides make all the difference


No matter how interesting the places, how scenic the terrain, touring is exhausting -- especially with kids. That’s why the parents in our group so appreciate our Adventures by Disney guides who are always there to offer a bottle of water, a snack, even an activity or movie on the bus to keep the kids amused. more
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The trip is alive with the sound of music as we approach Salzburg


Lunch will be on a cruise down the Danube that will take us about 35 miles, from Durnstein to Melk. The villages are postcard-pretty, especially on a sunny day. The parents are pleased that the guides invite them to enjoy the views on the top deck while they entertain the kids elsewhere. more
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In Vienna with “Adventures by Disney”


We meet 23-year-old Trevor Enderby, one of our two guides for the week, who whisks us to our waiting car and to the hotel where our other guide, Alex Kemper is waiting to greet us at the Marriott Vienna. more
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TO AUSTIN, TEXAS


All around Lost Pines were other families determined not to miss one second of vacation fun -- floating in the lazy river, watching the kids on the water slide or in the baby pool, saddling up for horseback rides or bike rides around the extensive property (405 acres and an adjoining 1,100-acre nature park!), playing "golf" with preschoolers on the lawn and watching them on the playground nearby. more
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Off to see the monkeys


A monkey in the treetops takes his time watching us before performing (click image to enlarge)DAY 5 -- Our guide, Gaston Trujillo, says he thinks Costa Rica remains a jumping off point for many venturing into eco tourism for the first time. There are so many different species and habitats to see here, he explains, without great distances. more
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An amazing journey to see the sea turtles lay their eggs


Tortuguero is all about the turtles. The Caribbean Conservation Corporation (www.ccturtle.org) is the oldest sea turtle conservation anywhere and the program here -- more than 30 years old -- has documented an over 400 per cent increase in green turtle nesting here. For a $25 donation to the Conservation Corporation, I adopt a turtle tag # 105549. more
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Into the Costa Rican rainforests


No bored seen-that done-that teens in this crowd. At breakfast, we’ve met the rest of our group from Thomson Family Adventures. We are four families with eight girls aged eight to 16. There are two other moms traveling solo with kids and a family with three girls from Los Altos, CA. The dad, Jeff Purnell jokes that he’s used to being outnumbered by women. more
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A trip to Costa Rica with two teenagers


JFK was typically a crowded mess at Delta. No one was quite sure which line was which -- baggage drop, check in, security? For some reason, the automated kiosk wouldn’t let us check in so we got on a long line only to discover that was the line for the folks who had already checked in but needed to drop their bags more
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Having a destination wedding when kids are part of the equation


Not only are destination weddings -- from Orlando (Disney does 1,500 a year) to the Caribbean to Hawaii to cruise ships -- more popular, they account for 16 percent of weddings every year, up 400 percent in the last decade -- but kids increasingly are part of the equation says Milli Martini Bratten, longtime editor-in-chief of Brides Magazine. more
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