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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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Touring Paris, and other cities, with those who live there


Paris Greeter Edouard Morhange at a seafood shop
In Paris with a "Paris Greeter," one of 360 volunteers who offer some 3,000 free tours every year. There's likely a Greeter organization in any big city near you and all over the world. more
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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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Last day in Nicaragua: how inspiration is producing a badly needed new tourism industry


Melanie's organic garden at Morgan's Rock
A vacation can inspire you to take a different path—or in some cases, inspire a new industry. That’s what happened when Clemente and Claire Poncon vacationed at Lapa Rios Ecolodge on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. more
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American families discover the values and benefits of ecotourism in Nicaragua


Horseback riding on the beach at Morgans Rock
At Morgan's Rock, one family visits a local school to donate supplies the day before Thanksgiving, while others visit the farm for a look at the cows, chickens and ducks and a breakfast feast of fresh eggs, gallo pinto and hand-made tortillas. more
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At Morgan’s Rock in Nicaragua, far from your typical family beach resort


Suspension bridge between lobby and casitas at Morgans Rock
Morgan’s Rock in southwest Nicaragua is about as far from a typical beach resort as you can get, from waking up to the howler monkeys to activities that include jungle walks, horseback riding on the beach and zip lining nearby. more
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At Jicaro Island Ecolodge, sustainability is a passion


Locals netting fish near Jicaro Island Ecolodge
At Jicaro Island Ecolodge almost everything is locally sourced and sustainable. The food is delicious. And the scraps from the kitchen feed the pigs on a nearby farm whose waste produces methane cooking gas for the local farmers. more
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On Lake Nicaragua, a dream comes true at Jicaro Island Ecolodge


Fisherman casting net in sunset at Jicaro Island Ecolodge
Karen Emanuel came to Nicaragua on vacation. She left with an island -- and a new dream -- Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a beautiful resort on the largest lake in Central America. more
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Taking the Kids to visit Boston and the historic Boston Tea Party


Boston Tea Partu reenactment
There may be 21st-century LED holiday lights all over Boston, but we’ve time-traveled back to 1773 — Dec. 16, 1773 to be exact — the night that literally changed the course of American history. more
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