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A New Orleans Scare For Your Kids

Oct 24, 2014
Head to New Orleans the 26th and 27th for a scary time. In honor of Halloween, Windsor Court Hotel is hosting its annual Tea in Le Salon.

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A visit to California wine country


On a winery tour in California's Sonoma County
We drive to Healdsburg, a small picturesque town where, around the Plaza Park square, are tasting rooms, restaurants, antique shops, and more. My 23 year old daughter Reggie is excited because she scores a cast iron frying pan for $15. I’m excited because it is a perfect sunny fall day and I’m spending it with my husband and daughter. more
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A quick trip to Yosemite National Park


The California Tunnel Tree at Yosemite
DAY 4 — Five year old Rivers Klopson is turning cartwheels on the rocks next to Yosemite’s famous Vernal Falls. It’s sunny and everyone sitting on the rocks is admiring the rushing falls and congratulating themselves at the end of more »
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To the historic ships in SF where Reggie works


Eileen and Reggie on the Balclutha
Here’s the chance to give your kids a lesson -- without them even realizing it -- in San Francisco’s seafaring past and the people who made their lives sailing in and out of San Francisco Bay, hauling lumber, canned fruit and more. Five vessels -- the Alma, Balclutha, Eureka, Hercules and C.A. Thayer are designated National Historic Landmarks. more
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Learning About African-American History at Colonial Williamsburg


Brothers in Arms at Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg explores the lives and complexities of free and enslaved blacks during the Revolutionary Era, highlighting personal and unified contributions, sacrifices and decisions made by 19th-century blacks in securing their freedom more
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At the Cal Academy of Sciences


Inside the rain forest at the Cal Academy of Sciences
We’re at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco which in the year since it has reopened has emerged as San Francisco’s top cultural tourist attraction, drawing more visitors than even Alcatraz. more
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Visting San Francisco with my grown up daughter


King Tuts chair on exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco
The Hotel San Francisco atop Nob Hill was getting ready for its grand opening when the city suffered its devastating earthquake April 18, 1906. The hotel survived and a year later, opened, celebrating the city’s renewal. The hotel has hosted celebrities and presidents. Tony Bennett first sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco “here. more
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Traveling with a Heavy Heart


The cruise was long planned to celebrate the 85th birthday of my "second mom." I grew up two houses away on suburban Long Island and over the years, her family and mine became one, her two daughters my oldest and closest friends, sharing good times and sad. more
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Meeting Some Ghosts


Pumpkin Carving underwater at the Tennessee Aquarium.
Seen any ghosts lately? Now's your chance. Time travel back to the 18th century where you can get up close and personal with pirates and ghosts at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. more
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Taking the Grown Up Kids


We just got back from a whirlwind trip to Northern California that included museum-hopping in San Francisco, hiking in Yosemite National Park and wine tasting in Sonoma County. My companions, besides my husband Andy were my 23-year-old daughter Reggie and her boyfriend Dan Foldes. They live and work in San Francisco. more
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Skiing in Austria


Mel and Eileen in Austria
I've never seen such wide open slopes -- no trees, no houses, just field after field of newly fallen snow. And I've never seen my 18-year-old daughter Mel, an avid and expert skier, as happy to ski with mom. more
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