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by George Bailey. I've sailed on other cruise ships but never one as large as the Norwegian Epic, and I've never been able to take a peek behind the scenes to see what goes on "backstage". Until now. This huge beautiful ship which made its maiden voyage in June of 2010 is one of the world's largest ships. And with its new tour of all the spaces and places guests never go, it is also one of the most fascinating.Read about Unique Tour of the Often Offlimits Parts of a Cruise Ship
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Two Unique Independence Missouri Destinations: World's only hair museum, and puppets around the worldLisa Waterman Gray. Independence, Missouri is probably best known as the home of President Harry S. Truman. Visitors often flock to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, with a replica of the Oval Office and his famous 'The Buck Stops Here' sign. But Independence also offers tours a couple one-of-a-kind destinations. Read about Hair wreaths and great puppets
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Oregon's northern coastal towns draw intrepid travelers throughout the fall to spring months, when the chill and rainy weather is often challenging. This generally foggy and gray-skied, ocean landscape adds an appealing singularity for those who walk in peaceful solitude along the water's edge. Moreover, it's a perfect time to explore the scenic state parks and small communities of Seaside and Cannon Beach, without the crush of summer crowds. Read about Without the Summer Crowds Oregon's North Coast is even more Welcoming
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New in Tel Aviv IsraelThere's lots to do in Tel Aviv - with everything from a train station turned entertainment hotspot to a restaurant in which dinner is served in total darkness and visitors are escorted by blind waiters Read our roundup of what's new in Tel Aviv.
Offbeat but Romantic - New York City on a BudgetNew York City is home to some of the most romantic places in the United States. It is often thought that a romantic night in the Big Apple will cost an arm and a leg. Fortunately, it is entirely possible to embark on romance at some of the eccentric finest dining and entertainment establishments in New York City, on a budget of course! Here's how to make your dream date a reality. Read more about Romance in NYC
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Into the Ring: A parade of the most beautiful circus costumes under the big top Like the parade when the circus comes to town, this exhibition will present, for the first time, magnificent costumes and finery from the greatest circus companies in the world. In their braided coats or leotards, decorated with painted motifs, embroidery and sequins -- ringmasters, tragic and comic clowns, horse riders, acrobats, jugglers, animal tamers, trapeze artists and tightrope walkers will embody the magic of circus art in a flurry of color and light. The CNCS invites visitors to discover this universe from the first appearance of the modern circus in the 18th century to the mutations of the contemporary circus. June 15th, 2013 to January 5th, 2014. Read more about New exhibit on gorgeous circus costumes opens in France.
SkyCrest: The fun way to find your luggage I have one of those totally generic but much loved black pieces of luggage which I'm always losing on the luggage carousels. An artist friend painted a giant piece of fruit on her luggage. But I'm not so talented. Ah, but there is a solution. SkyCrest sent me a fun photo montage of NYC scenes to test. Not only do I love memories of my home town, but I can now spot it easily as it careens down the luggage chute. Read our review of SkyCrest Luggage Decals.
Lighthouse Season Opens With a New North Carolina Tower to Climb: Bodie opens North Carolina's prime lighthouse-climbing season begins with the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse opening for regular tours for the first time. The newly restored lighthouse, its magnificent first-order Fresnel lens cleaned down to the shine, becomes the sixth along the state's 320-mile coastline to allow visitors a top-of-the-tower view. Also expected to open for tours this spring: the restored 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton. Add this to the other lighthouses that will open. Not only is lighthouse-climbing great exercise, it offers a reward no gym can match -- a spectacular 360-degree view. Read more about Go Lighthouse Climbing in North Carolina
Enjoy a Cocktail Safari along Regent Street in London The Regent Street Cocktail Safari takes you to restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels along Regent Street, London W1. Shoppers will be able to enjoy multiple venues in one evening, tasting the signaturecocktails and small plates each venue has developed. The Regent Street Cocktail Safari has been created as an extension of the internationally renowned Regent Street Food Safari. Read more about London's Safari: Seeking the Regent Street Cocktail
Memorial Day Weekend Mudbug festival celebrates Louisiana culture with music, food and art vendors The 30th Annual Mudbug Madness Festival will take place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26, in downtown Shreveport's Festival Plaza. The annual event, which is known for around-the-clock live zydeco music and Louisiana crawfish served every imaginable way, is recognized as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events. Read more about Shreveport's Mudbug Madness.
The Year of the English Garden The English garden is enjoying its moment in the sun as the horticultural world prepares to celebrate 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as well as a raft of other anniversaries, openings and milestone events taking place in England this year. Read more about Enjoying England's Gardens