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Hornblower Niagara Cruises Allow Visitors Intimate Tour of Niagara Falls

Feb 14, 2016
Hornblower Niagara Cruises, located on the Canadian side of the falls, will re-open in the spring of 2016.

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Read Eileen’s travel diary and keep up with her travels. You might just pick up some ideas for your next family vacation!

Disney Springs (nee Downtown Disney) rolls out fab family dining, shopping and entertainment


Portobello Restautant at Disney Springs in Orlando
What was once called Downtown Disney has just been renamed Disney Springs with new restaurants like the Boathouse, new shopping outlets (ready for some custom painted Tom’s sandals?) and new acts at Cirque du Soleil. more
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What’s new for kids at Walt Disney World


National polka-dot day at Walt Disney World
One in five grandparent surveyed by Disney reported they’d taken a Disney vacation with their children and grandchildren and that certainly seemed evident here in Orlando. more
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City lights. No cameras. Lots of action.


Meeting Sketchy
Wearing a gray hoodie and sunglasses, a suspicious man was trying to debrief us while also not being noticeable. This was: Accomplice the Show: Greenwich Village. more
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Bumpkins on a river cruise in Jamaica. Seriously


The Martha Brae River in Jamaica
Seriously. We are at River Bumpkin Farm and have floated down about 1.5 miles of the 75-mile long river. more
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Meeting the people through a unique program in Jamaica


Eileen meets Doris Morgan of Meet the People
We are visiting Doris Morgan, who has been welcoming tourists—more than 1000—since the mid-1980s, showing them a bit of Jamaican cuisine and culture through the little publicized Meet the People program. Did I mention she does this for free and that there is no charge to the tourists? more
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Learning Jamaican heritage on a walking tour of Falmouth


Fruits for sale in Falmouth Jamaica
In the early 19th Century, when grand balls were held at the famous courthouse in Falmouth, Jamaica’s oldest seaport, young women would sew fireflies into their gowns so they would literally sparkle. more
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A private villa in Jamaica with a homey feel and lots of space


Pool area at the Villas by Linda Smith
We are eating dinner on the terrace listening to the ocean, feasting on Caribbean lobster. No we aren’t at a tony restaurant in Jamaica. We are at Serenity on the Beach, one of the 100 private villas in Jamaica managed by Villas by Linda Smith. more
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Setting standards for family vacation – Half Moon Resort Jamaica


Beach scene at Half Moon Bay Jamaica
John Bartels has no interest in going home. He, his two sisters, and his parents have been spending a vacation week at Half Moon, a Rock Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that has been setting a high bar for resorts here for more than 50 years more
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Safari Clothing Packing List: What women should wear


On Safari - what to wear?
The result of packing for a safari cannot be the scene of Meryl Streep traveling to the Ngong Hills in Out of Africa, and it doesn’t need to be. more
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Confronting Germany’s dark history: how the mighty had fallen


One of the annual Nazi political rallies in Nuremberg in the 1930s
As I kept thinking about all of those architectural monstrosities that we saw on our tour of Nuremberg, I reminded myself of that photo I saw in Berlin of the Nazis crouching in fear at war's end. How the mighty have fallen, I thought. more
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