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National Park Unit in Chicago Progressing

Jul 27, 2016
In February 2015 , President Barack Obama proclaimed Pullman National Monument in Chicago the 406th unit of the National Park Service.

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Tauck’s latest European river boat — extra space for families

MS Joy in Straubing Germany for christening
I’ve never seen a nicer bathroom onboard a river ship. It’s so spacious! It has a rain shower. And as the MS Joy boasts more suites and fewer guests than other similarly sized vessels, it is a good bet for families. more
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An Austrian monastery underappreciated by the Hapsburgs

Benedictine Abbey Gottsweig near Krems Austria
Today, the Benedictine Abbey “Gottweig” may be the most famous symbol of this region—a huge complex at the top of the mountain that houses, besides the gorgeous church, a youth center, inn and one building that was built for the Hapsburgs to stay though they never did and boasting the largest staircase in all of Austria. more
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Rained out in Austria? No chance

Durstein, Austria
We’re about an hour northwest of Vienna—a great place for a respite after city touring, The entire area is famous for its abbeys, churches, castles, picturesque villages and hiking and cycling. The best part—It’s not at all crowded! more
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Food Tours: A Delicious Way To Explore Cincinnati OH

Inside Findlay Market
Nowhere is tradition and innovation more apparent than in the culinary arena of Cincinnati. While this city gets its share of recognition for down-home Cincinnati-style chili, cutting-edge chefs are flocking here like bees to honey. more
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Baseball, the Dodgers and the Honorable First Pitch

First Pitch
The particular game that I attended in April was a rivalry game against the San Francisco Giants. This series was tied at 1-1. more
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Visit to a Sea Turtle Hospital in Palm Beach County, Florida

Kids learning about sea turtles at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
More than just a place to observe, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a working hospital with the goal of rehabilitating its animal patients. In fact, it’s the preeminent sea turtle hospital in the United States and animals in need of treatment are carefully transported here from around the country. more
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Last Day of the Med Cruise – Sampling the great foods of Athens

Greek olives in Athens
I think the way to a city’s heart—or to understand its culture—is through its food. That’s why in Athens I signed us up for a “Beyond Feta” food tour offered by Context Travel, more
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Visiting Turkey, briefly, in a year of travel warnings

In courtyard at Nisanyan Hotel in village of Sirince on island of Kusadasi
Although the US State Department has warned about travel in parts of Turkey, we are far away from the unrest and terror threats in the tiny village of Sirince not far from the famous ruins of Ephesus more
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Shore excursions: cattle cars or on your own? Planning smart

Tour crowds on shore excursion
It seems as if all 4,000 passengers on the Carnival Vista, docked here, this morning are visiting Lindos, which means we’re jammed tight more
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The entertainment never stops aboard Carnival’s Vista

Sky Course on Carnival Vista
IMAX movie or Sky Ride? No, we’re not in Orlando. We’re in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea aboard Carnival’s new and largest ship VISTA. more
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