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  • Our family went to Boston for ten days in August of 2010. We got to experience culture, history, the beach and all the fun of a big city.    The duck tour was a fabulous tour. We saw Boston from a tall, land and water vehicle made for the military in World War 2. The conductors are hilarious,...

  • Most people would never consider Port Huron, Michigan as a place to spend a vacation. However, they would be surprised to know that although it’s a small city of 30,000 people, it has unique areas that are worth a trip, such as the Blue Water Bridge, Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Vantage Point, and...

    Tags: Michigan, USA
  • Everything was so bare. Cap Benat, a remote community in the south of France, is perched on a rocky ledge over the Mediterranean Sea. It was none of the things I expected it to be. I was still reeling with jetlag when I found myself under the blinding sun, climbing rocks with little 8 year old...

  • The relationship between capitalism and communism is something I have studied in history class since the ninth grade. The inherent struggle between the selfishness that fuels accomplishment and the sense of community that prevents such gains has always permeated my courses in some way or another,...

  • There must be a mistake. After eleven years of public schooling in North Carolina, today I discovered that I had been lied to. There aren't seven natural wonders of the world, there are eight. Those fine educators completely neglected to mention the Austrian salt mines, that hidden gem, that...

    Tags: Europe
  • “This is the best part!” says Hannah as we watch cheese buyers and sellers haggle. We are at the cheese market in the cobblestoned courtyard of Old City Hall in the town of Gouda, in the The Netherlands.HONORABLE MENTION 2014 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPHannah, 13, is Dutch and has been to...

    Tags: Europe, Vacations
  • "Oh, Betsy!" was the exclamation going around the tour group.  The fifteen of us were in Salzburg, Austria, and my best friend ran into a pole--with her face.  When she first hit it, we thought that it was mildly humorous, and then we saw the side of her face drip blood.  Luckily, three of us were...

    Tags: Europe
  • The initial reaction was often the same. 'Israel? Is it safe?' would be the first words to come after I told someone about where I was going to spend my summer. You often hear about this small, Middle Eastern country on the news, almost always for something negative.  But as I was soon to learn,...

    Tags: Africa
  • Normal 0 /*-->*/  We reached our rooms just as tiny chips of ice fell from the sky. Safely dry and warm, I stretched my hand out to feel the Parisian hailstorm. The day was gray and dreary, yet tinged with excitement. Today was my first day in Paris, France! Even if it had started snowing...

    Tags: Europe
  • Planning information can be found at:   http://www.bikekatytrail.com/        Exercise. This word is not often seen in the same sentence as “fun for the entire family” or “an enjoyable scenic trail”; unless, however, you are talking about the Katy Trail. Located along the Missouri River in Missouri...

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