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May 4, 2015
The 31st Annual Main Street Fest in Grapevine Texas will open on Friday, May 15th with free admission until 5pm. off May 15 and last for three days.

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Last day on the Amalfi trails


Dinner on our last night on Italy's Amalfi Coast
Steep stone steps that never seem to end. We’re hiking above Positano in the Lattari Mountains -- the trail is less than three miles but the elevation is steep and it’s the toughest hike we’ve attempted on the fifth day of this Backroads hiking trip along the Amalfi Coast more
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A hiking trip to Italy with a (mostly) grown daughter


One of our special out-of-the-way dinners on Italy's Amalfi Coast
We're hiking high above Positano along Italy's famous Amalfi Coast in the Lattari Mountains. This trail is less than three miles, but the elevation is steep and it's the toughest hike the Backroads hiking group, which includes by daughter Reggie and me, has attempted on this the fifth day of our trip. Reg is at the front of the pack; I'm in the back. more
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A trip to the amusement park should not mean a trip to the emergency room


No one likes to talk about it but every year, nationwide, an estimated 8,000 children ages 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving thrill rides at amusement parks and traveling carnivals; in an average year, three or four die, reports Safe Kids USA more
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A concert in the foggy woods


Reggie (left) take in the foggy woods concert
Brigid -- always one of the fastest hikers in the group isn’t there. Her stepson Drew last saw her on the trail and her husband Jim is worried. Even worse, he’s got not only the directions and maps but her water bottle, money and the card with the guides’ phone numbers. more
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To Pontone and Ravello (but are we lost?)


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The views are spectacular, though -- the sea, the boats, the pastel-colored houses looking like layers on a cake marching up the hills, the gardens with olives, lemons, vegetables and of course grapes, some vines growing in trellises above the vegetable to save space. more
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Setting off on our Amalfi Coast hikes


Our Backroads Adventures group getting ready to hike the Amalfi Coast
We’re eyeing anyone and everyone who looks American and is wearing hiking shoes. We’re at the Sorrento train station at the appointed 11:30 am time -- actually a little earlier because I’m paranoid about missing the Backroads group we’re supposed to meet for our hiking trip along the Amalfi Coast. more
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EATING SMART AT DISNEY WORLD


Hannah and Ethan Sitzman join Donald Duck at Chef Mickey's breakfast at the Contemporary Resort.
For one thing, I didn't think the 3-year-old and her 5-year-old brother were misbehaving. True, a glass of milk got spilled and they were (somewhat) noisy and jumped around a bit, picking up crayons that had dropped on the floor. But so were a lot of the other kids at The Flying Fish, the noisy, bustling Orlando restaurant. more
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Touring Herculaneum and Pompeii with a kid who appreciates it


Reggie visiting Pompeii
Last summer, when I was sailing on a Disney Cruise through here with my 13-year-old niece, she was more concerned about how hot she was than the sites. I’m also convinced touring something like Pompeii with a large group tour as opposed to a private guide can make all the difference. Even if it costs more, it’s well worth it -- and you can cut the tour short if the kids clearly have had enough. more
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A couple of train rides and a great seafood dinner in Sorrento


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The only bad part of our journey: an uncomfortable hour-long ride on a packed train from Naples to Sorrento -- 34 stops, most of which we spent standing. I see why it’s important to pack light when traveling by train in Europe. The train to Sorrento is local and cheap -- just a few Euros for the two of us -- and reminded me of the NYC subway during rush hour, though it was early afternoon. more
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Seeing the Roman sights with Rita Clemens of Minnesota


Reggie tours the Coliseum
Another tip -- if you can afford it (probably $100 an hour) -- would be to have a car and driver, at least for part of a day touring. There’s nothing like getting out of the heat and into an air conditioned car and not be worried about finding your way in a strange city with a couple of tired kids in tow. more
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