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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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To Anegada: spectacular sailing and a famous spot for lobsters


Carribean lobster caught by free diver off Anegada BVI
This island—just 3 miles wide at its widest point—is famous for its lobsters that many fisherman here catch by free diving as deep as 60 feet. Sailors like us (we’ve been sailing around the BVI on a Moorings charter Catamaran) make the trip here for the lobsters as well as the spectacular wind-swept beaches. more
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Into the lap of luxury at Villa Aquamare on Virgin Gorda


The advantage here—besides the privacy and the chance to putter in the kitchen yourself—is that you aren’t paying $5 each time a child wants a virgin colada or $15 for the real thing. more
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A whirlwind tour of Hong Kong over the holidays


I can’t believe I’m here. Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Harbor watches as I try to follow William Ng, a 75-year-old Tai Chi master, as he introduces about 20 of us to the ancient art of Tai Chi or “shadow boxing." more
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Diving and learning fascinating history in the British Virgin Islands


diving | wreck diving | family travel
Today we are all diving as a family. The Wreck of the Rhone is just off Salt Island in two big pieces 60 to 80 feet down, but there are many smaller pieces. more
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“We’re all grownups now mom! Don’t sweat the small stuff”


“That’s part of the adventure,” says my 25 year old daughter Reggie. “It’s not like we’re at a fancy resort where everything is being done for us.” more
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Back to the BVI and a week of sailing on a Moorings catamaran


When it came time to decide on a family trip for my far flung gang—the first time we’d all be together in more than a year—sailing, with some diving included, was everyone’s top pick. more
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SCUBA Diving for the First Time in the British Virgin Islands


Reggie and I are already imagining our next dive back home in the much colder, kelp-forested waters of Monterey, California -- just a couple hours away from our domicile in San Francisco. more
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Learning African American History in Boston


A winter foray to Boston — whether you are touring colleges (there are more than 100 campuses in Massachusetts) or just looking for a winter getaway — is a good place to start, especially with the reopening this past December after a multimillion-dollar restoration of The African Meeting House. more
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Last day in Hong Kong — to the spa!


After a frenetic week reporting—not to mention serious jet lag—I figured there couldn’t be a better way to while away my last morning before my return flight than experiencing the Mira Hotel’s spa. more
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An amazing geological park just outside Hong Kong


Geologists still argue today how these columns were formed some 140 million years ago. What is known is that a huge amount of volcanic ash and lava spewed forth with the volcano ultimately collapsing and forming a caldera. more
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