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Sailing Home


Life is too short to waste a minute, I think. We say goodbye to Bermuda and Hamilton’s Town Hall (click image to enlarge) DAY 5—I wake up on board Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas more
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A cruise to Bermuda with old family friends


The cruise was long planned and then a week before tragedy stuck… more
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Our last day on the catamaran with Turo


DAY 8 — Sad! It’s our last day on our Catamaran with our captain Turo Aritu, who for the past week has regaled the girls — and all of us — with his tales (mostly in French) of his four more »
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Spa treatment day for the ladies on Bora Bora


DAY 7 — I’m face down on a massage table looking through glass at fish swimming in the lagoon as the Polynesian masseuse caresses me first with bags of seaweed and creams made from ground pearls and deep sea water. more »
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A tour of the Coral Garden with Turo as the pied piper


We are at a tiny motu or islet off the island of Taha’a called Tau Tau, in a famous snorkeling spot called The Coral Garden that is nothing like I’ve ever seen before, teeming with striped banner fish and Sergeant Majors, long skinny trumpet fish, iridescent parrotfish, triggerfish and more. more
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Surviving (Maybe Even Enjoying!) a Road Trip


No matter how snazzy the car and how short (or long) the trip, the biggest challenge is keeping the kids amused along the way. And that’s clearly a challenge a lot of us will be facing this summer. more
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Day One of a 12-day idyll through French Polynesia


DAY ONE (June 25, 2009) — Our captain is straight out of central casting — or a Gaugin painting. He’s tall with a big smile, a long mane of sun-bleached brown hair and tattoos that tell his family story. When more »
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TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS WITH TWO SKATEBOARDERS


The skate park is amazing -- all kinds of dips, jumps -- the boys got there around one and didn’t quit until it got dark just after 7 pm. (More about the camp tomorrow). more
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ON THE TRAIN TO THE GRAND CANYON


Today, the train once again carries more than 200,000 passengers to the Canyon 60 miles and 2.5 hours from Williams. Some will return the same afternoon. My cousins -- -Jayme and Mike Sitzman and Ethan, 6, and Hannah,4, and I have decided to overnight at the canyon so we have more time to “explore,” as Ethan says. more
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DAY ONE OF A TRIP TO THE GRAND CANYON


DAY ONE (Tuesday, March 31, 2009) — The Purple People Eater; Qutie (well it’s a four year old’s turn); Rhinoceros; Tickle Monster… by the time we get to Umbrella the kids’ interest in that old “I pack my grandmother’s trunk” more »
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