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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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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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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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Reflexology Hong Kong-style and a visit to the waterfront


We stroll out on historic Blake Pier –the roof is more than a century old and was moved here in 2004--and watch the bobbing rowboats, the traditional Chinese Junk that serves as a harbor cruise and the wind surfers out on a Sunday. more
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A visit to an ancient monastery and a giant Buddha


This isn’t just any Buddha but the largest outdoor sitting Buddha in the Po Lin Monastery on the island of Lantau. The Monastery was established in 1906—some 100 monks hidden from the tourists still live here more
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Hong Kong — a shoppers paradise on steroids


My daughter Mel, who has just arrived from Thailand, pronounces things here more expensive yet clearly there are bargains to be had—but you have to bargain as the merchants raise the prices expecting you to bargain more
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At work with a Tai Chi Master


“It is good exercise for all ages,” he says. “When I was child, my parents told me I was so small I needed more exercise so I practiced kung fu and Tai Chi- Kung Fu is fast and Tai Chi s slow and smooth.” more
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Day 3 in Hong Kong – moving into the Mira in the central city


People are choosing the newly renovated Mira for its hip design. The 492-room hotel has been open just a year across the street from Kowloon Park. You walk out the door onto Nathan Road, one of Hong Kong’s busiest thoroughfares more
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Eating my way, and cheaply, through the Pearl of the Orient


Tim Ho Wan restaurant in Hong Kong
Today, I’m the only Caucasian face in the jam-packed Tim Ho Wan that has the reputation for being the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world. People come here for Dim Sum and are lined up waiting outside. more
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