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Thanksgiving in Orlando? See the ESPN basketball classic

Nov 22, 2014
If A Disney Vacation is on the Books for Your Family, Consider the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. November 27-30, eight of the top men’s college basketball teams in the country will compete in the Orlando Classic

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Learning Revolutionary War history in Valley Forge PA


Westport ABC scholars with park ranger in Valley Forge PA
On a beautiful fall day, the contrast could not have been more different than what George Washington and his Continental Army found here in Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 more
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Discovering the beauty, charm and eco-friendliness of Nicaragua


Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock
The San Francisco family was inspired to come to Nicaragua by friends who had visited with their kids, they said, and didn’t want to spend all their time on the beach — as gorgeous as it is more
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Cheesesteak and history for all – fun in Philadelphia with teenaged boys


Westport ABC scholars in Signers Hall of National Constitution Center
Cheesesteak and ice cream. The Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and a galaxy of top-flight colleges... that's what we found on a whirlwind day in Philadelphia with a group of teenaged boys. more
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Enjoying our last night Italy and finding very-hard-to-find bad pizza


Our friend Al Paca at the top of the Monte Baldo Funicular
Now, I’m determined to enjoy our last night in Italy—and it would be hard not to at the Four Seasons Milan -- considered by those in the know as one of Italy’s top city hotels. more
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Learning how to “e-bike” in the Lake Garda Region of Italy


On the bike trail between Arco and Dro
Before setting out to sample how Austin Adventures runs cycling tours in Europe, I should have — as they suggest — practiced on my bike at home. I didn’t. So I have no one to blame for my skinned knees but myself. more
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Riding bikes in the Alps: our Italy adventure moves to Lake Garda


Eileen bike riding in the Alps with Austin Adventures
Yes the Alps. We’re out for our Sunday ride in Italy with my friend Ron van Dijk who directs European Operations for Austin Adventures and has been leading bike trips in Europe for more than 30 years more
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Now this is a real pasta machine: in the charming village of Grazie


Pasta machine at work in Grazie Italy
Day Six - at charming small restaurant La Locanda de le Grazie in the village of Grazie just a few miles outside the amazingly preserved undiscovered Renaissance city of Mantova (Mantua in English). more
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Mantova Italy – a hidden gem of history, art, music and literature


Guido Luisa and Baldesar Castiglioni at Palazzo Castigilioni
We stay in Mantova, between Milan and Venice and near Verona, an off-the-tourist-track town that has an amazing history in art, music and literature. Shakespeare wrote that Romeo bought his poison here. more
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Aging cheese, lots of cheese, at a special artisan shop in Italy


Walter Carbo explains the cheese aging process
Welcome to Luigi Guffanti 1876 in the northern Italian town of Arona that has been buying cheese from the same production sites since 1876, then refining them in special “caves,” sometimes for years before they are sold around the world. They are artisans and specialists who oversee more than more than 200 kinds of cheese here. more
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A special dinner at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como


Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como
It’s nice when a hotel can make the experience special for the youngest guests as well as their parents and those who may be here to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or an engagement. more
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