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Key West museums: Butterfly Conservancy, Customs House Art & History

Though most of your Key West time will be outside, here are two museums you should visit even when it’s typically delicious outside. And certainly if it’s cool or rainy, as alas, it has been known to be, your day… (more)
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A Trip to Lowell Observatory and the Lunar Eclipse

Since our girls had a few days off for a fall break, we visited Northern Arizona and stopped at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. It wasn’t the first time we have been there, but it’s been many years since the… (more)
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Paris: Moments of politics in art over 60 years

French culture has always been very political. I like that. Ideas and politics are more interesting to me than scratches and blotches. So, browsing Paris museums this summer, I checked out the political messages they were showing. First I discovered… (more)
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Galveston Still a Family Favorite

There may be lovelier beaches and more luxurious resorts than those found in Galveston, but for my North Texas family, Galveston Island was always our favorite destination for fun in the sun. For one thing, it’s the fastest way to… (more)
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A Salt Mine as A Tourist Destination

In Romania there is an old salt mine in the town of Turda, that hasn’t produced since WWI, but it was recently opened up as a very interesting tourist destination. It is now a museum, a theme park, playground, even… (more)
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Visit Cooperstown for Baseball and Much More

Otsego County’s most iconic destination is the pretty village of Cooperstown, dubbed “America’s Hometown.” The name “Cooperstown” is often used as a metaphor for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but Otsego County is a multi-season destination that also lures the… (more)
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Touring the Smithsonian with the Preschool Set

Many parents reserve museum trips for older children but preschool is a perfect time to instill a love of culture in your child. (My son, now almost three years old, has been a regular visitor at the Los Angeles County… (more)
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Memorializing America’s tragic past

“We will never forget.” This is a poignant statement that we have all heard relating to tragic events in history. In many ways the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which opened on May 21, 2014 following an eight-year odyssey of… (more)
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Topography of Terror tour traces Nazi ghosts

You might expect a country to cover up the evidence of its terrible misdeeds. The U.S., for example, does not have a monument to the Vietnamese it killed and it will unlikely have a museum showing the crimes of Abu… (more)
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New York: “Degenerate Art” shows modern art that survived Nazi assault

As part of their attack on civilization, the Nazis targeted modern art. Great art. While they lauded kitsch. The Neue Galerie in New York presents “Degenerate Art: the attack on modern art in Nazi Germany, 1937,” Along with stunning pieces… (more)
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The New Phoenix: A Glorious Surprise Rising in the Desert

Rising into the early dawn darkness over the desert outside of Phoenix was a surprising and mystical experience. I had been in a hot air balloon, once, so I was not surprised by the huge flame lit volume of air… (more)
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A Window into the Immigrant Experience of Manhattan’s Lower East Side

  The tiny, cramped apartment had one bedroom to sleep a family of six and often more, no heat, no water, and only the feeble light coming through the one window at the front of the building. Yet it was… (more)
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Enhance Your Philly Experience

  Did you know that famed Chicago mobster Al Capone served his first prison term in Philadelphia? Or that more than 3600 murals grace the walls of city buildings due to a program developed in 1984 to help wipe out… (more)
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Magritte: the Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938 at MOMA in New York

You’ve seen the famous bowler hat that is the icon of Belgian painter René Magritte. It is especially fascinating to see the trajectory of the artist during his prime surrealist period, thirteen years between the world wars.  Magritte said… (more)
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Port Townsend, Washington packs a lot of touristic punch

Most Puget Sound marina ports can boast of one or two attraction.But historic Port Townsend, lying along the sheltered south face of the Quimper Peninsula, has a surprising swag of absorbing tourist activities to brag about. Plus, Port Townsend is… (more)
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Paris Museum of French Jews’ political & cultural life from Middle Ages to 20th century

A gorgeous 17th-century mansion in the Marais district of Paris is a museum of French Jewish political and cultural life through many epochs, from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the 20th century. The grand home was built… (more)
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Amsterdam a gorgeous city of canals, charming Old Town and great art

The defining trait of Amsterdam is its 60 miles of canals, gorgeous narrow waterways that meander through the city, connected to the Amstel River and lined with parked boats, some of them houseboats, edged by trees leaning out to the… (more)
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Fargo Air Museum: Where Aviators are honored and Exhibits Fly

Airplanes aren’t just on display at the Fargo Air Museum; many of them are routinely flown over this North Dakota city. Located at the edge of Hector International Airport, the brightly lit hanger, that the museum is housed in, is… (more)
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Marseille: glorious ancient port, fishing center, world-class hotel and historic memories

The Vallon des Auffes is a small fishing port on the on the south-eastern corniche of Marseille. The name comes from the artisans who worked with auffe (a word in the Occitan language) to make ropes, baskets and other wickerwork.… (more)
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All of medieval Avignon is a stage

When I went to Avignon for the theater festival in July, I discovered that the entire city is a stage. The population swells with patrons and performers of the more than 1000 shows that are put on, and when they… (more)
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Memorial Honors Special Operations Forces K9 Heroes

The first memorial to Special Operations Forces (SOF) K9 soldiers killed in action was unveiled at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, SC, recently. The museum is part of the U.S. Army Museum System and tells the story… (more)
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Remembering the Battle of Vicksburg

Two men dressed as Confederate soldiers and a woman wearing a long gown chat in front of the Old Court House Museum as a small boy looks on. “We’re here to show locals that there’s a Confederate presence in town;… (more)
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5 Day Trips Families Should Take In Louisiana This Summer

Summer is a time for exploration and discovery.  The state of Louisiana has lots to offer, so I thought I’d share five of my favorite destinations and experiences.

#5 : Visit the Mardi Gras Museum in Lake Charles

Mardi… (more)
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The Art of the Brick: Legomania!

Unaware of the spectacle we were in for, we stood beside the open bar sampling pass-throughs of tuna tartare on crostinis and rice balls topped with chorizo and bacon. But before long, we were treated to an announcement by James… (more)
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Venice: The Artistic Spirit of Jackson Pollack and Peggy Guggenheim

Jackson Pollack, the great pioneer of abstract expressionism, was a struggling carpenter until the avant-garde Peggy Guggenheim discovered him and made his paintings famous.  Following her death in 1979, her Grand Canal palazzo became a museum, the Peggy Guggenheim… (more)
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See the links between religious cultures inToledo’s medieval past

To see medieval Spain, visit Toledo. It was the political capital until the 16th century, the center of Spanish history before Madrid. One can still see the city gates set in stone walls. But it is also a religious city,… (more)
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Madrid’s excitement is its mix of history and modernism

The excitement and drama of Madrid is that you can feel that you are in both the past and the present. History — centuries past and the last one — is told in the art and architecture of Spain’s stunning… (more)
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SHIPWRECK! A Thrilling Odyssey

I stood among enthusiastic city folk, a glass of Pinot Grigio from the open bar in hand, as the yearning notes of a lone concertina filled the downstairs of Discovery Times Square. Anxiously crunching on mini crab salad tacos, among… (more)
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Bologna: preservation of an historic city for the people

I was standing in the Piazza Giuseppi Verdi, the site of the Bologna opera house, luxuriating in the mellifluous sounds of a classic soprano broadcast by loudspeakers into the square. A fellow pulled up in his motorcycle, switched off the… (more)
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Enjoying the fantasy of Paris

Hotel Plaza Elysees. Do you want to be a neighbor of the President of France? Or better yet, stay near the hotel featured in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”? Not that Paris magic needs to be more magical, but you… (more)
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Modern art mecca in Basel, Switzerland

The crown jewel of Basel’s forty art museums is the architecturally acclaimed Fondation Beyeler Museum. It was designed to showcase the splendid personal collection of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler, who owned an art gallery for nearly fifty years. The spiritual… (more)
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Reliving the French Revolution in Marseille

Did you ever wonder why the French National Anthem is called La Marseillaise? It is named after Marseille, France’s second largest city. In 1792, the National Guard of Marseille adopted the anthem as its military marching song, and when the… (more)
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Spain’s Costa Brava is a fabulous place for art, medieval architecture, beaches and cuisine.

Stunning art, medieval towns, beaches, elegant food — the Costa Brava (it means the “wild coast”) in Catalonia in the northeast of Spain is well-known by Europeans but not as much by Americans. It should be. Just a few days… (more)
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David’s 500th Birthday Celebration in Florence

I had a ball at David’s 500th birthday party. I’m talking about Michelangelo’s David. Well, it was not exactly a party, rather an exhibit at the Academy Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) in Florence. It was riotous. Hmm? Isn’t David just a… (more)
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A Day in Key West

It’s a balmy 75 degrees. The sun is shining and everywhere tourists are fanning out from Duval Street to explore Key West after disembarking from their cruise ship. You can choose to travel to Key West by driving 155 miles… (more)
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Do You Prefer Cruising The Thames, Scottish Lochs or Emerald Island Canals?

In this slower paced, “gentle voyage of discovery” along the more intimate canals and waterways of Europe, you and a small number of guests become more fully immersed in the culture, history and gastronomy of the region. The hotel barging… (more)
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Bardstown Civil War Museum Echoes America’s Darkest Hour

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood — away from My Old Kentucky Home, the bourbon distilleries and downtown shopping district — is the impressive Civil War Museum of the Western Theater; the cornerstone of Bardstown, Kentucky’s Museum Row. Ranked one… (more)
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Art in a Jazzed Up World

When you think of New Orleans, Jazz is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Some of the best Jazz houses in the world can be found in New Orleans.  But did you also know … (more)
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Railroad Hero’s 150th Birthday Observed in Year Long Celebration

In Jackson, Tennessee — a city of 65,000 situated halfway between Nashville and Memphis — the memory of a railroad hero is kept alive at the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum. This year, Jonathan Luther “Casey” Jones would have… (more)
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Traditional Healing in Hangzhou

When Marco Polo visited 800 years ago, he declared this the finest and most splendid city in the world.  Hangzhou is one of the six oldest capitals in China and at the core of the world’s sixth largest economic… (more)
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MAD’s Elegant D.U.I. – Dance Under the Influence

Downstairs at the Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle rests a cozy theatre adorned with red velvet seats, an undulating cloud of metal coins, and, on February 22nd and 23rd, another installment of their riveting dance series called… (more)
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Aspiring CSIs Invited to an Afternoon of Modern-Day Crime

Aspiring CSIs Invited to an Afternoon of Modern-Day Crime Solving at The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas. CSI Family Day set for Sunday, March 10, 2013 Have you ever wanted to examine a crime scene, gather and study evidence… (more)
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Bella Gaia: The Beauty of Earth

Like many great artists, Kenji Williams uses his work to incite change. With his groundbreaking collaborative project Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth), Williams has taken that change to astounding heights, transporting audience members into outer space in a theatrical, multimedia experience… (more)
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Walking in the Gardens of Yesteryear

One of Philadelphia’s greatest historic locations is surrounded by an urban landscape miles from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. In the distance are the city’s steel and glass skyscrapers, but you can easily feel as if you are in… (more)
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True Love Meets New Love: London

Come the New Year and lovers thoughts turn to flights of fancy.  Welcome, Valentine’s Day! This February new lovers and old lovers will have the opportunity to “fall in love with London” through an array of signature events and… (more)
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Visiting Portland, Oregon – the “Rose City”

Portland has been dubbed the “Rose City.” There are several theories as to how it got its nickname but roses thrive in Portland so well that it is home to the International Rose Test Garden, which is free to visitors.… (more)
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Seattle Has Something for Everyone

John and I made our first trip to Seattle but; hopefully, it won’t be the last. There is so much to see and do. Luckily, we stayed at the Pan Pacific hotel, a chain that we have had the pleasure… (more)
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In France or Online: Shopping and Bargain Hunting in Paris

Whether you remain in the comfort of your own home, or plan a visit to Paris this year, you can feel the appeal of  “the capital of shopping, fashion and glamour” through holiday shopping campaigns underway. In December, Paris… (more)
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Durham’s Historic Triangle Recalls Life Before, During and After the Civil War

Three North Carolina Historic Sites located in Durham help tell of the time before, during and after the Civil War in this city just west of Raleigh. Historic Stagville Stagville is but a memory of one of the South’s largest… (more)
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Annapolis is an Easy City to Love

Annapolis is an easy city to love. It has a lot going for it. It is small as cities go, located on the Chesapeake Bay, close to Washington and Baltimore, and steeped in history. There were a lot of things… (more)
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Fine Fiddling at Jump into Ireland Event in L.A.

It may not astonish you to hear that the Guinness Factory Warehouse is the #1 visitor attraction in Ireland, but have you heard about Cruise Ireland? Jump into Ireland at the Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles on October 24th treated… (more)
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Taking a Journey in a Rapid City Museum

You begin your visit at the Journey Museum in Rapid City, South Dakota, appropriately in the Star Room — an area representing the time between the forming of the universe and the forming of the rock record in the Black… (more)
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My Normandy Invasion

As the room darkened, I could hear the low-pitched but deafening drone of the bombers on my left, along with the constant stuttering of machine gun fire. On my right, all I could see was an ocean of amphibious landing… (more)
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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: A Renaissance Venetian Palace in Boston

As I walk in, my breath is taken away by the three-story indoor courtyard garden before me. Beds of clover and ivy blanket the ground, exotic Australian tree ferns frame a beautiful center mosaic, and rare orchids give a tropical… (more)
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21c Museum Hotel: What’s In and Into the Future

It’s easy to find 21c Museum Hotel — just look up. 21c’s famous Red Penguins line the building’s façade, welcoming guests to this unusual place where 21st century contemporary art is king and a visit here becomes an adventure. Walking… (more)
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Moline, Illinois: Home of John Deere

Around the world farmers plow, seed, till and harvest using John Deere farm equipment. From tractors to cultivators, the roots of this multi-billion dollar industry began when a farmer from Vermont moved to Illinois and found the soil a challenge… (more)
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Rich Civil War History and a Thriving Downtown Beckons Tourists to Frederick

With its blend of chic downtown stores, Federal period architecture, a vibrant art scene and plenty of restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to overlook Frederick’s connection to the Civil War. But if you look closely, you’ll find it’s everywhere… (more)
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Taking a Bath in English History

Surrounded by the Somerset countryside, Bath is a city with many histories and many attractions to help tell its story — the Roman Baths, the Abbey and the Georgian architecture. The Roman Baths For nearly 400 years England was occupied… (more)
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Two Days in Tulsa

Tulsa’s the Old West, Route 66 and the oil industry. It’s also a destination where you can entertain your cultural side, become an educated gardener or amuse your inner child. This city of just under 400,000 offers great attractions for… (more)
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Prison Museum: Historic Attraction and Otherworldly Destination

“Have you ever seen a ghost?” It’s a common question say Burlington County Prison Museum personnel and one they answer without hesitation. Even I asked this question as I was paying my admission fee at the Mt. Holly, New Jersey… (more)