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$1 Million Light Parade to go to This Winter in Missouri

Nov 28, 2014
Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO has a new $1 million light parade this year that features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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Kids conquering fears and having fun on a canopy tour in Pennsylvania


Manassas Ogutu overcomes height fear ziplining backwards
We were at Spring Mountain, a modest ski area just outside Philadelphia but a mighty fine adventure place for a canopy tour with four expert guides -- and six high-school scholars more
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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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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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Salamanders, giants, horses — a Renaissance pleasure palace in Italy


In the Chamber of the Giants
How many salamanders can you find? There are dozens carved into fireplaces hidden in paintings in the Palazzo Te in Mantova in northern Italy, a gem of a Renaissance City as yet undiscovered by American tourists. 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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