Couple visiting the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin
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Ireland is Our Land

It must have been the "Luck of the Irish" rubbing off on us when three generations of our clan set down at Dublin airport to sunny 70°F (21°C) weather... and it stayed that way for the entire week. That wasn't the only miracle. It was just as amazing that our family of six, ranging in age from 11 to 70, had managed to get here at all when the only common denominator amongst us was a desire to visit...

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The Big Schlep: Grandparents’ Tips On Miami, Florida

We hope you'll benefit from what we, a multi-generational family that loves to get together, learned and enjoyed during a recent stay in Miami, Florida. Here are some of our most useful tips, especially handy during the busy holiday season. We think you'll like these budget-friendly activities if you love entertaining (and spoiling) kids and grandkids like we do. The Miami Climate Sunblock,...

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8 Essentials Tips For Planning a Family Safari in Africa

When planning a safari -- one of those bucket list trips we can all agree on -- you need advice on when and where to go, where to stay, what's best for kids, health and safety, and some suggested tour operators. A family safari to Africa should be the trip of a lifetime. Many parents choose to wait till their children are above 12 years old, and better able to "appreciate" the...

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Taking The Grandchildren To Orlando

What could be more daunting for senior travelers than facing the prospect of a week at Orlando, Florida's many theme parks with hyperactive grandchildren? Where could we find other things to do in Orlando? Where would be the cheapest Disney World tickets? Even more fear factors plagued two healthy, 70-something grandparents:      ?•  Could we keep up with...

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Alaska Aboard Holland America’s Noordam

Parents, adult son, seven days, mega ship, mucho scenery: an Alaska family cruise is transporting -- no matter what your age -- and summer is the time to take one.  Imagine a destination that's way bigger, bigger than Texas even... Alaska is a wilderness so vast and super sized that you are humbled by your place in it.This is where the wild things are -- whales, sea...

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Grand Reunions Under The Tuscan Sun

A grandfather's advice on multi-generational house and villa rentals comes in handy when he plans a family reunion in the Italian countryside, within a short drive of the great sites. Twelve people in an old stone farmhouse may not sound much like your idea of a great holiday - but when three generations came to Tuscany, Italy from three different countries -- by car, bus, train and...

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A Grand Discovery in St. Lucia: Anse Chastanet

If you've had a vision of what an ideal family hotel might be on a tropical island, we think we may have found it at Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia. Say "St. Lucia, West Indies" to almost anybody and they immediately conjure up a picture of the famous Pitons, twin volcanic peaks rising steeply out of a sparkling blue sea, each covered with a mantle of lush green vegetation....

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Tennessee’s Music City: Nashville Rocks Year-round

Newly revived Nashville has emerged from the May 2010 floods bigger and better, with the lights on at all the attractions that lure all ages to play, eat, and relax among Southern comforts. In mild-mannered Nashville, newly abuzz after the May 2010 Cumberland River flood that damaged most of the city's infrastructure, you can sing yourself and your family to a Country Western vacation...

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Tracks Across The Sabi Sands Of South Africa

Savanna Tented Game Lodge provides a surprisingly comfortable home base for a South African family safari at Sabi Sands, South Africa. For personal comfort level, expectations were kept in check when we arrived at our "tented camp" in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve of South Africa. Sabi Sands is adjacent to the more famous Krueger...

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Croatia, Sailing The Dalmatian Coast

Cruising the Croatia coast, where islands are just a few hours' sail apart and harbors welcome overnight boats, is a breeze for all ages. Croatia has long ago been discovered. Since Roman times and through the centuries, until and including the present, invaders have flocked to this land with its long and lovely coastline on the Adriatic, for a number of good reasons. The Europeans...

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Rovos Rail Across South Africa

Explore Cape Town, then journey across South Africa to Pretoria in utter comfort on the luxurious Rovos Railway. Chamber music and champagne on the station platform is the welcome to passengers traveling from Cape Town to Pretoria with Rovos Rail -- a preview of luxuries to come. This journey across the Karoo begins in a historic city and ends in an administrative...

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London’s Notting Hill Neighborhood: Economies Of Scale

One family discovers the most comfortable shortcuts to savings over a long weekend in London, a town where the Great Britain Pound weighs heavily.These days, prices in Europe are higher than the orbiting satellites, if you're working in US dollars. Those considering a trip to London, England to avoid euro-inflation, read on. My wife and I had reason to go to the U.K. recently and had been warned...

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Guide To Yacht Charters In The Caribbean

If chartering a yacht is something that floats your boat, FTF can tell you how to find a great charter on the Caribbean. Whether you've been "Swept Away," entranced by "A Perfect Storm," or inspired by shipping magnates ranging from J.P. Morgan to Aristotle Onassis, every traveler dreams of chartering his own yacht. For the novice captain, his or her mate and a crew of young swabbies, there...

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Maryland’s Chesapeake And Delaware Canal

This family discovers a B&B, fascinating local museum and other sites surrounding Maryland's C&D Canal. Snowbirds that we are, we usually look for interesting stopovers, off Route I-95, on our annual Spring odyssey between Florida and New York. This April we picked a winner: we saw the third largest canal in the world (after the Suez and Panama Canals) and in the U.S. at that! It...

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Canalboating Along Florida’s Okeechobee Waterway

A canalboat journey is an ideal multi-generational vacation for the family who likes to earn their keep by navigating and fishing for supper. Only the sound of fish jumping nearby broke the silence of the early evening. We chose this anchorage for it isolation, having bypassed several possible overnight spots because of inquisitive cattle standing on the river bank solemnly looking at our...

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Fort Lauderdale Learning With Grandchildren

A grandfather recounts a joyful day with his 4-year old grandson at Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Discovery and Science. It's a magical place with something of interest for everyone, at any age. I have some great memories of visiting educational attractions with my grandson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.|"Will this ball bounce higher than Stephanie's head?" The demonstrator...

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