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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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Six days in Nicaragua, the next family eco-travel destination?


View from belltower of La Merced church in Granada Nicaragua
We’ve followed our 22-year-old daughter Melanie here to Nicaragua, which many say is poised to become the next eco tourist’s must-see destination with volcanoes, cloud forests, pristine beaches and tiny eco resorts like Jicaro Island Ecolodge. more
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Take the Kids Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park


Jude and dad on The Rink at Bryant Park in NYC
this time of year also means winter fun and what better way to ring in the season than to go ice skating in Bryant Park in the heart of Manhattan. more
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New ways to light up your holidays this season


Making a gingerbread house at GingerBread Lane
Virtually every town and city in the country has holiday festivals and displays. You just have to make time to enjoy them. Skip the mall Santa (my kids always bawled) and take them someplace where you can all gawk at spectacular light displays more
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Last day in Paris — to the local market and in a French cooking class for dinner


The duck breasts are ready for the oven
We’re seven strangers ranging from 22 to 60-something standing in a Paris afternoon outdoor market trying to decide. We’ve signed on for a cooking class with La Cuisine Paris, one of just a handful here that offers classes in English. more
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Eileen tours the Bahamas and meets the locals


Abaco Beach Resort Bahamas Buddy Program
Eileen tours the Bahamas with locals guiding the way. Three videos. more
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A unique foodie tour led by a Paris Greeter who certainly knows his neighborhood


Paris Greeter Edouard Morhange at a seafood shop
Today, we’re touring this hip foodie neighborhood with Edouard Morhange who live nearby and is on the board of the Paris Greeter organization, which offers some 3,000 free tours every year given by 360 greeters. 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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Two new ways families can take the stress out of flying


With Global Entry all you need is your passport and fingerprint to zip through customs
Want to get whisked through security? It may be too late for Thanksgiving, but if you are flying for Christmas, you’ve got time to sign up for Global Entry, the trusted traveler network that allows you to make your way quickly through special lines and customs by using automated kiosks at 97 domestic airports through the TSA Pre-check Program. 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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