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Pyramid Power in Northern Illinois



There are unusual homes and then there are - unusual homes.

Located in Wadsworth, IL, near the shopping mecca of Gurnee Mills and the Six Flags theme park, is a most unusual home. A  pyramid shaped house, it is a destination in itself.

 

When Jim and Linda Onan built the house as a private residence for themselves and their four…

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Added by Maureen Blevins on March 31, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Spectacular Santorini



Santorini
 is a name of Italian origin, given by the Venetian merchants to Thira, an island loaded with history. With 73 square km and 1,800 registered inhabitants, the island is the ideal size for a weekend or long holiday weekend break. It's is situated in the extreme south of the archipelago of Cyclades, so it is possible to combine your…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on March 30, 2015 at 9:07pm — No Comments

New York's Hudson Valley: America's Loire



A grandiose claim, I know. But please bear with me a moment. Caught up in the excitement of New York City, many overseas visitors never venture up the Hudson River to discover a verdant, gently rolling valley full of historic mansions, woodlands, fine cultural…

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Added by David Paul Appell on March 29, 2015 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Key West & the Florida Keys - Another World South of Miami



Ever heard of the “Conch Republic?” It’s one of the names the United States’ southernmost city dubs itself, and dates back to 1982 when leaders in Key West decided to protest a U.S. border patrol checkpoint that was all but choking off traffic on the only road in by proclaiming independence, declaring “war” on the USA,…

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Added by Jose Balido on March 28, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments

The Skinny on Aircraft Evacuation Slides



by VaDeAviones.com





If you fly with any frequency, a phrase heard over the public address system, “crew, slide arm and cross check” is likely to ring a bell.  That “slide arm” refers to activation for potential use of the inflatable evacuation slide required on all aircraft where the floor is at least 1.8 metres (6 feet) above ground level.…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on March 27, 2015 at 11:05am — No Comments

Playing With the Whales in Baja California

The next time you get tired of winter, book a flight to La Paz or Los Cabos, in Baja California Sur, Mexico. During the months of January through April, the weather in La Paz is absolutely perfect, and it is a wonderful time to take the opportunity to get up close and personal with gray whales and their calves.

Getting…

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Added by The2Writers.com Page on March 26, 2015 at 8:24pm — 1 Comment

Can You Find (and Trust) a Babysitter While Traveling?

It’s not easy or always reassuring.

You're on the road for a family vacation. You've done lots of family-friendly things and now you and your significant other want a night out.



Or at least a dinner in the hotel's much touted dinning room.

But who'll watch the kids?



Hotels will often provide staff sitters or the names of agencies that…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on March 26, 2015 at 8:57am — No Comments

A Luxury Weekend Getaway to London!

How would you spend a weekend getaway in London? That very question was posed to us by Virgin Atlantic, which challenged us to design a dream itinerary for two days of gallivanting in London, one of the world's most exciting and attraction-rich cities, and a favorite of BonVoyageurs since we first moved to the Greater London area with our baby daughter and our French cat in the late 1970s.



To make the…

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Added by Denis C Gagnon on March 26, 2015 at 8:31am — No Comments

The Jupiter Hotel: Exploring Beyond Downtown Portland

To countless monikers like " Rip City" , "Stumptown," and "Beervana,"  I have added Bridge City to Portland, Oregon's list. The Willamette River runs right through the center of the city, with a total of 9 bridges (not counting rail) connecting downtown to Eastside neighborhood districts like Buckman, Sunnyside, and Ladd's Addition. Some bridges are only doable…

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Added by Steve Mirsky on March 25, 2015 at 9:59am — No Comments

Koh Samui's Samujana Resort: Windsurfers, Elephants, Delicious Food, Gorgeous Rum

Imagine placing yourself in paradise. Letting go all the worries, getting energized, releasing and absorbing the beauty of nature. Have you planned your vacation yet? Or are you just a global nomad, seeking out only the best things in life? Head for the most luxurious resort in Southeast Asia, Samujana, a spectacular and peaceful getaway.

Koh Samui is…

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Added by Sophie Andersen on March 22, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Don't Miss Orchid Season at Costa Rica's Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens

Orchids have a mystique. A magic, beguiling beauty. Their complex patterns, colors and forms in a flower so delicate and fragile, simply boggle the senses. They are coveted like an elusive, exotic treasure, and bought, sold and traded around the world. Whole societies and organizations are dedicated to preserving these amazing…

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Added by Shannon Farley on March 21, 2015 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Cozumel, Mexico's Great Maya Reef



Opposite Playa del Carmen beach in The Riviera Maya, is the idyllic island of Cozumel. An island with many charms but which stands out for one thing in particular: the Arrecifes National Park, or as it is more popularly known, “The Great Maya Reef”.



Situated off the southern coast of Cozumel, the Arrecifes National…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on March 19, 2015 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Granada, I'm Falling Under Your Spell



As a lifelong lover of Spain, few cities are as deeply intertwined in my image of this singular country as this singular city at the foot of Andalusia’s Sierra Nevada mountains, an hour from the Costa del Sol. That…

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Added by David Paul Appell on March 18, 2015 at 6:22am — No Comments

Dublin on St. Patrick's Day - and Beyond!



If, as the old saw goes, everyone’s a little Irish on Lá Fhéile Pádraig, as they say in Gaelic (even yours truly just found some Emerald Isle heritage thanks to DNA testing!), what better occasion to visit the the gateway to the Emerald Isle which bestowed this happy holiday upon us? With a lovely setting on Dublin Bay, split by the River Liffey,…

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Added by Jose Balido on March 17, 2015 at 9:02am — 1 Comment

5 Musts on a Weekend in Rome

Every year millions of tourists from every corner of the earth flock to Rome. The city enjoys a never-ending stream of visitors, simply because there is so much worth seeing. It might take you weeks and weeks to see and do everything in this open-air museum, but if you are going for a short weekend break, there are 5 must-dos in…

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Added by Velimira Velikova on March 15, 2015 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Panama's New Wetland Wildlife Refuge A Bird Lover’s Delight

Panama is well-known for its famous Panama Canal, the modern Panama City, and its idyllic islands. Now, thanks to a newly created wildlife refuge, Panama is one of the best destinations for bird lovers in the Americas.…

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Added by Shannon Farley on March 14, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Rabat, Morocco's Undersung Capital



by Cristóbal Ramírez



Spectacularly sited on the vast blue Atlantic, this city of 620,000 may be the official capital ofMorocco, but it’s so laid back and…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on March 13, 2015 at 8:50am — No Comments

My First Unforgettable Pattaya Experience



Finally I got the first visa stamped on my passport. It was February when we (I and my spouse) were ready to take off from India. With uncountable emotions flooding our minds, we simply did not know how our Thailand (Pattaya) experience would turn out to be. The itinerary was provided to us, but the fear of traveling for the very first time to an…

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Added by Tim Scott on March 12, 2015 at 1:54pm — No Comments

In Hong Kong, Try a (Free) Cantonese Opera Appreciation Class





When in Hong Kong, learn about something very Chinese. The Hong Kong Tourism Board offers a kaleidoscope of free cultural programs to help tourist learn about local culture, and one of them is a Cantonese opera appreciation class. This is an old and highly respected art form that blends Chinese legend, music and drama into an exciting performance style, rich…

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Added by Sandra & John Scott on March 11, 2015 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Things to Do With Kids on Spring Break in London







Are you stuck for ideas on what to do with your kids when half-term starts? Here are some things you could consider doing to keep the little ones busy:

 

‘Frozen’ the pop-up experience

Are your children fans of the popular Disney film Frozen? Then they may enjoy this show. Take your kids on a trip to Arendelle itself and enter a magical ‘Frozen’ winter…

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Added by Stella Holmes on March 10, 2015 at 10:55am — No Comments

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