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New Art Installation in Alcatraz

Jul 23, 2016
Alcatraz, best known for the historic federal penitentiary and occupation by the Indians of All Tribes, also has a long tradition of welcoming artists

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Scavenger Hunt in the Vatican Museums? You bet!


Swiss Guards at the Vatican
You wouldn’t guess the always crowded Vatican Museums would be a good place for a scavenger hunt, but it is an ideal vehicle to keep kids interested, says Eva Polino, an art historian and licensed guide more
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Truffle Hunting in Tuscany – Day 2 of Carnival Vista Med Cruise


Salvatore Cucchiara and Billy the truffle dog
We’re on a shore excursion in Tuscany off the Carnival Vista cruise ship, which is sailing the Mediterranean this summer. We’re with experienced truffle hunters Salvatore Cucchiara, a retired policeman, and his son Massimo more
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Carnival’s newest and largest ship in the Med – first stop Marseilles, France


at Le Glacier du Roi
Marseilles is our first stop on a 10-day cruise of the Mediterranean on Carnival Vista, Carnival’s new and largest ship, carrying more than 4,000 passengers and nearly 1500 crew. more
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Why Cuba? History and reconciliation and the recipe for Cuban life


Che Gueverra likeness at Revolutionary Square in Havana
Cuba: “a dose of World War II rationing, a pinch of Soviet era austerity, the family values of South America, the educational values of the US and the loquaciousness of the Irish.” more
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Last Cuba port call – historic Santiago de Cuba and pirates of the Caribbean


Santiago de Cuba Centro
Historic Santiago de Cuba is home to revolutions, gave birth to Cuban leaders Jose Marti and Fidel Castro and was the scene of Teddy Roosevelt's famous charge up San Juan Hill. more
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Second port call in Cuba – beautiful French-inspired Cienfuegos


French colonial architecture restoration project in Cienguegos
If Cuba had a Paris, Lonely Planet Cuba says, Cienfuegos would be it as it’s arranged around a spectacular natural bay (there are charter sailboats in the harbor and I can only imagine a lot more once Americans discover this place). more
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In Havana, meeting people who are starting private businesses


Gilberto Valladares Reina in his hairdressing salon and museum in Old Havana
Gilberto Valladares Reina has always been a barber—and a dreamer. That’s not always been easy in Cuba, where the government controlled so many aspects of your life. more
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Into Havana on a “people-to-people” tour from the first American cruise ship in 58 years


Kids from the Adonia mugging for the camera in Old Havana
Cubans lined the Havana shoreline, cheering loudly as the ship sailed in. Those on board lined the decks cheering, waving Cuban and American flags as Adonia, became the first American ship to enter Havana Harbor in 58 years more
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How kids like making history on first American cruise to Cuba


Kids table on the Fathom Adonia enrollee to Cuba
The Russell kids had spent the last two weeks in the Dominican Republic where they joined in volunteer activities that ranged from wrapping chocolate bars at a women’s collective to helping to lay cement floors for several families. more
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On the first American sea voyage to Cuba since the Revolution


Provisioning for first American cruise to Cuba
Eleven kids are making history, though they may not realize it. The kids are among the 700 passengers aboard Fathom’s Adonia, the first American ship to win approval to sail into Cuba from American shores in more than 50 years. (Fathom is the newest cruise brand of Carnival Corp). more
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