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Jul 9, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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