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Auschwitz: Connecting With Heritage

Looking back at her own family's heritage, a Family Travel Forum member visits Poland's infamous concentration camps, reflects on human nature, and connects with a relative who is a survivor.My Aunt Jane rang me one day and asked if I'd like to accompany her on a one-day tour of Auschwitz, organized by one of...

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Historic Lower East Side Of New York

The Tenement Museum on the lower east side of Manhattan offers visitors a chance to see what life was like for the millions of immigrants who came to America between 1863 and 1935. Come check it out.Looking for some education about America's cultural melting pot?  Manhattan's Lower East Side has been home to several generations of immigrants from nations all over the world. From...

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Volunteerism, Teens And Habitat For Humanity

Volunteering to help build houses can build, tear down, and rebuild our kids' characters. "When I tell my friends I'm going to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity, they ask me if I'm getting paid and I say no," my son told me. Then he added quietly, they taunt him with, "Wow, you're gay, you should stay!" With that kind of peer pressure it’s no wonder that, according to...

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Custom Itinerary – New York City With 10-Year-Old

Juanita D. of Fort Mill, South Carolina writes: I am taking my daughter to NYC for her 10th birthday. Her grandmother and aunt are also going. We need help with daily itineraries so we do not go out of our way walking all over. We want to see the main points of interest and need some suggestions for kid friendly restaurants.

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Beijing, China Hotels And Resorts

From a humble hutong to a golden lobby, China's capital city offers accommodations in every budget, for every taste. Several major hotels have been built in anticipation of the 2008 Olympics. Of the current crop, some are stylish "boutiques" while others are huge monoliths from the tourism boom which began in the mid-1980s. In a large city like Beijing, where visitors feel...

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Star Trekking… Celebrate 30 years of Gundam in Tokyo, Japan

Come witness a special sight when you visit Tokyo, Japan this summer. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Gundam, an anime TV series, a life-size 59-foot-tall statue was constructed on Tokyo’s new waterfront, Odaiba. The statue will be on display from July 10 to August 31 in an effort to promote Tokyo’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics. Sponsored by...

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Cyprus – Island Of History And Hospitality

Attraction and lodging ideas, along with the island's cultural highlights, for those traveling to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. When I was invited on a press trip to discover the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, I wondered why North American families would want to travel halfway around the world to a country known to many of us because of war. After all, more than 50 percent...

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Crying Out Loud for Turkey

The 1999 earthquake in Turkey inspired a Family Travel Forum editor to recall his family's jouneys in this distant and welcoming land. I don't exactly remember what we were doing when we heard the news. A major earthquake had rocked Turkey; we would learn later just how devastating it was, how profound the loss of life. My wife and I froze. I do remember our disbelief as we came together...

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Australia’s Mysterious Rainforest In Northern Queensland

Sugar plantations, historic sights and colorful vineyards along the Canecutter Way trail make a tour of Northern Queensland a delightful family road trip.With apologies to Shelley: “My name is Paronella, King of the Cane Cutters. Look upon my works, ye travelers and rejoice.”It’s easy to be overcome by one’s inner poet while walking through the rainforest near Innisfail...

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O’ahu, Hawaii

Family Travel Forum's guide to Oahu's finest attractions for the family interested in wildlife and the island's marine wonders. Family Travel Forum's guide to Oahu's finest attractions for the family interested in wildlife and the island's marine wonders. Friends warned us that Honolulu was just another congested big city. But while Oahu (known as the "Gathering...

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