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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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Celebrating with the little general in Corsica


The Disney Magic is at Ajaccio Corsica on Napoleon Bonaparte’s Birthday- August 15. So there will be fireworks, music and plenty of celebrating. more
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Pasta making in Tuscany


We’re at a restored picture-perfect farmhouse up in the hills of Lucca on the vineyard and olive groves that are owned by Piero Tartagini and Francesca Pardini, taking a cooking lesson from Zeela Rubenstein and her husband Mauro Gehigani more
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A massive kitchen at sea


The 120 cooks, 48 stewards and 10 storekeepers on board the Disney Magic aim to make sure you’re not. How much weight you’ll gain is another story. more
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Gladiators, churches and fountains – a day in Rome


Everyone is watching. We’re in the ancient Coliseum in Rome but these gladiators won’t fight to the death, thank goodness. They’re not slaves or prisoners of war. more
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Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii


It’s only a half mile but a steep 40 per cent grade makes it seem much longer. After all the eating aboard the Disney Magic (www.disneycruise.com) as we cruise the Med, we’re glad for the exercise as we head to one of the most famous volcano craters in the world. Mt. Vesuvius. more
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Who says Disney cruises aren’t for adults?


DAY SEVEN – Disney for adults. It’s all how you shake the cocktail. Who says Disney Cruises are just for kids? more
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Belly dancers and couscous — a day in Tunisia


DAY SIX It’s all about the swish of your hips. We’re at Douar Laroussi about an hour from where the Disney Magic is anchored this morning in Tunis, Tunisia in North Africa. more
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Exploring Malta and its rich history


DAY FIVE – We’re in Malta, so where are the Knights? The city of Valetta, Malta’s capitol, was built by the Knights of St. John who came here in 1530 to protect the pilgrims. more
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Mesa Verde — a different kind of national park


Imagine if you could only get into your office or house via toeholds carved into rock. Imagine cooking by tossing a hot rock into a waterproofed basket filled with stew fixings and grinding corn with a rock. Imagine living with your family in small stone rooms. Imagine no TV or video games to entertain the kids — just stories passed down from generation to generation more
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Families explain why they chose to explore with the Mouse


DAY FOUR – Little kids are everywhere--splashing in Mickey’s Ears in the Mickey Mouse head-shaped pool, getting chicken fingers and Pizza poolside, lining up to meet princesses. more
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