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The Children’s Museum of Manhattan Announces New Exhibit Opening

Feb 7, 2016
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan announced the opening of America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far,

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Meeting the locals in Jamaica: a great family experience


Sharing a meal with locals in Jamaica, as part of the Meet the People program
We were brought together by a volunteer program called Meet the People, which has been bringing tourists and locals together for more than 50 years over a shared interest — in our case, cooking and food. meeting the locals in Jamaica Did I mention the program is free? The volunteers will even come and pick you up. more
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Disney Springs (nee Downtown Disney) rolls out fab family dining, shopping and entertainment


Portobello Restautant at Disney Springs in Orlando
What was once called Downtown Disney has just been renamed Disney Springs with new restaurants like the Boathouse, new shopping outlets (ready for some custom painted Tom’s sandals?) and new acts at Cirque du Soleil. more
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Spring Break Ideas to Meet Every Family’s Wish List


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We are joining our colleagues at Family Travel Forum to recommend Spring Break getaways that are guaranteed to please, whether you’re planning a reunion of several generations, a wild time with a bunch of friends, or some "we" time with loved ones more
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What’s new for kids at Walt Disney World


National polka-dot day at Walt Disney World
One in five grandparent surveyed by Disney reported they’d taken a Disney vacation with their children and grandchildren and that certainly seemed evident here in Orlando. more
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City lights. No cameras. Lots of action.


Meeting Sketchy
Wearing a gray hoodie and sunglasses, a suspicious man was trying to debrief us while also not being noticeable. This was: Accomplice the Show: Greenwich Village. more
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Bumpkins on a river cruise in Jamaica. Seriously


The Martha Brae River in Jamaica
Seriously. We are at River Bumpkin Farm and have floated down about 1.5 miles of the 75-mile long river. more
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Discovering the history and culture of Berlin, Germany


Guest of the Westin Grand Berlin picking at the Berlin Wall
From the time the Berlin Wall went up in August 1961 till it was torn down in November 1989, thousands of East Berliners made their escape the short distance to the West in the most ingenious ways. At least 2,000 died trying. Today, it’s hard to believe this beautiful city was once divided by an ugly wall. more
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Meeting the people through a unique program in Jamaica


Eileen meets Doris Morgan of Meet the People
We are visiting Doris Morgan, who has been welcoming tourists—more than 1000—since the mid-1980s, showing them a bit of Jamaican cuisine and culture through the little publicized Meet the People program. Did I mention she does this for free and that there is no charge to the tourists? more
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Learning Jamaican heritage on a walking tour of Falmouth


Fruits for sale in Falmouth Jamaica
In the early 19th Century, when grand balls were held at the famous courthouse in Falmouth, Jamaica’s oldest seaport, young women would sew fireflies into their gowns so they would literally sparkle. more
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A private villa in Jamaica with a homey feel and lots of space


Pool area at the Villas by Linda Smith
We are eating dinner on the terrace listening to the ocean, feasting on Caribbean lobster. No we aren’t at a tony restaurant in Jamaica. We are at Serenity on the Beach, one of the 100 private villas in Jamaica managed by Villas by Linda Smith. more
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