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Mexico’s Day of the Dead – A Oaxaca Celebration

If you thought that in the States we had something pretty crazy with Halloween, wait until you spend Dia de los Muertos, the annual three-day holiday of October 31, November 1 and November 2, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Yes, like Halloween all over America, there are some kids dressed in costume, trick-or-treating for pennies. And, like in San Francisco and New York, there are parades...

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Overnight At America’s Top Aquariums And Zoos

From coast to coast, special sleepovers at aquariums and zoos are available to travelers who book ahead. Interested in sleeping with the fishes or feeding reptiles after dark? Not only can your family have a blast on vacation at a new educational institution, but you'll also save a bundle on a hotel room. The Association...

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Touring the Gettysburg Battlefield

Gettysburg is the place to relive a defining battle in American history, especially as it celebrates its 150th anniversary with many new programs and events in 2013. A battlefield may be an unlikely place for a family vacation, but Gettysburg presents a grand opportunity for families to share schoolbook history lessons and experience the beauty of southern Pennsylvania. Gettysburg...

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Skiing The Dolomites In Italy

Interested in the snowy side of the Italian Dolomiti? Follow this road map to the friendliest family lodging ever, and a local mountain whose slopes welcome all abilities and ages. My husband and son and I spent a wonderful week a few winters ago in the Italian Dolomites, just east of Bolzano in the Val di Tires. It is about a four-hour ride from the Milano airport of...

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August in Sardegna is Worth the Crowds

The eternal question: is Italy in the summer worth the crowds? On the island of Sardinia, the answer is a resounding YES! Last summer, in the middle of August, we went for 10 days to the northwestern coast of Sardegna (Sardinia for English speakers.) Sardegna is Italy's second biggest island after Sicilia, located in the middle of the Tyrrenian Sea to the west of the mainland. Throughout...

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Le Mezze Lune, Tuscany, Italy

This summer, we spent a week at the seaside on the Costa Selvaggia in Italy. We were staying at a little pension in Vibbona, below Pisa, that we like because it has simple rooms above a wonderful country style restaurant. One day when we were driving around, we stopped at a beautiful villa in...

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I’m Moving to Torino for Eataly

That's it, I am moving to Torino. I find myself for the first time in this wonderful place called EATALY, and i wish I had a tent, 'cause I would pitch it right here and let them try to move me. Basement, where I went to pee, has wines and beers and all the slow food presidium items, from salt to coffee to beans to pistachios etc. Plus an adorable counter where...

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Total Tennis for Total Tennis Buffs

If you're trying to improve your tennis skills and get the kids interested or motivated in the sport, the 42-room Total Tennis Camp (Box 28 Saugerties, NY 12477; 800/221-6496; www.totaltennis.com) is the only year-round place within an easy, under-two-hour drive from New York City. I liked total tennis in the...

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