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Honor the Fallen and Remember the Brave

May 27, 2016
This year, honor the brave men and women who fight and have fought for our country by visiting national parks that are home to preserved historic sites, monuments and memorials dedicated to celebrating our military history.

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Taking The Kids was named one of the top travel websites by Parents Magazine in 2016
New in 2016: Great Smoky Mountains; New York City (updated)




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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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Learning about our presidents from visiting their homes


Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home on Long Island
All around us on a recent sunny Sunday, families were picnicking outdoors, gaping at all of the wild game heads inside and walking on the nature trail at Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home. 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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No way to stay on diet with 19 restaurants on Carnival Vista


Guys Burger Restaurant on Carnival Vista
It’s nearly impossible to stay on your diet aboard Carnival’s new and largest ship Vista with some 19 places to eat. more
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“You can’t live your life being afraid to go anywhere”


Carnival Vista
The new Carnival Vista has more than 4,000 passengers and I haven’t run into anyone yet who considered changing their plans not to come due to concerns about terrorism more
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Carnival’s newest and biggest ship – chock full of kids activities


A great place to cozy up with a book on Carnival Vista
Kudos to Carnival for what they have achieved for families on their new and largest ship, Vista, now sailing in the Mediterranean. more
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Off the beaten cruise tourism track on Italy’s Amalfi Coast


Twisting winding roads along Italy's Amalfi Coast
Every day, Maria Grazia, 80, walks thousands of steep stone steps to and from her home in Minuta, a tiny hamlet high above the Amalfi Coast in southwestern Italy that is among the oldest towns here, dating back before medieval times. more
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Taking the Kids on a once in a lifetime adventure


Guests pose for a family portrait in front of King Penguins, South Georgia Island
Millennial families, according to the new 2016 MMGY Portrait of American Travelers, are more likely than millennial couples or singles, to travel internationally more
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