France Cruises Promotes Family Cruising

Family Memories - Destinations

France Cruises Promotes Family Cruising

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - July 2010 – France Cruises is now offering a variety of family cruises to fit any taste and any budget.

Experiencing a vacation with family can be one of the best ways to learn about each other and make life long memories. France Cruises recommends trying a barge cruise. Because these cruises are chartered, they can be conveniently tailored to any family, making vacationing a breeze. There are many cruises to fit any budget; from a casual cruise starting at $6,795 for a family of four to an ultra deluxe cruise starting at $37,900 for a family of six. Plus, having your own chef means meals will be both enjoyable and flexible. If you have a picky eater, you will find no problem having their few favorites available at mealtimes. And there are always many activities to keep everyone completely satisfied. Here are a few of the many cruises France Cruises offers.

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German Expressionism Exhibit at VMFA

Treats for the Mind - Museums & Exhibitions

Six DancersBold, brilliant, but flat color outlined in black and distorted human forms became the trademark of the German Expressionists. It was a rebellious reaction, a statement against their predecessors, the French Impressionists, who could only think about color through the prism of light. And they were also telling the Cubists to make room. The Expressionists were coming through with an important new art movement, designed to express often violent emotion and personal inner vision.

A major focus on German Expressionism began in the United States about ten years ago when Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky founded the Neue Galerie in a historic Fifth Avenue mansion on New York’s Museum Mile. Now, rivaling the breadth of the Neue Galerie collection, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has acquired nearly 250 paintings and sculptures, including works on paper, as well as books and print portfolios. Several of the masterpieces from The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionism were unveiled on May 1, 2010 when Richmond’s VMFA re-opened its doors, revealing its stunning renovation and expansion. The entire collection will eventually get its own permanent space.

VMFA Director Alex Nyerges commented that the collection is “so rare that it is almost indescribable. The collection is of not just national but international importance.” International loan exhibitions are a distinct possibility.

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New Berlin Hotel

Where in the World - International

LUXURY PUNK MEETS URBAN COOL

THE WEINMEISTER BERLIN-MITTE OPENS IN GERMANY’S CAPITAL

Berlin, July 13 , 2010 – Oversized beds, a buzzing location and a 24-hour mindset combine spectacularly at The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte, Design Hotels™ member hotel, which opened on July 6,  2010. Situated in the city’s central district, Mitte, this 88-room hotel is from the owners of Lux 11, Tom Tänzer and Elmo Hagendorf. Aimed at business travellers from the music, fashion and creative scene, as well as leisure travellers, the hotel focuses on what is truly important in life: rest, comfort and simplicity. Tänzer and Hagendorf have created a property which is more than a hotel, it’s a whole concept. With a luxury punk aesthetic, round-the-clock services and spacious rooms, guests are certain to feel part of the true Berlin – a creative, large, and thrilling city which never sleeps.

“We wanted to create a hotel which reflects the city of Berlin” says Tänzer. “The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte will mirror the excitement of Mitte’s street life, from the 24-hour clubs to the large gallery spaces. We wanted to capture the essence of modern cool and what it means to enjoy the good life – the hotel will exude style and elegance portrayed with both restraint and opulence.”

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Beaches For Baby

Family Memories - Destinations

Top Baby Beach Getaways

(New York, NY July, 2010) FamilyTravelForum.com, family vacation planning resource, surveyed parents and travel experts in June 2010 to uncover this year's  Top Baby Beach Getaways for 2010. The 12 baby beach getaways, all in the United States, were chosen for that first family beach vacation when young children need a gentle introduction to the pleasures of sun, sand and waves.

"While parents want to share the joys of a family beach vacation with their toddlers, just any beach won't do," notes Fran Falkin, Editor of The Tiny Travelers Network. "Tiny travelers need clean and quiet beaches with soft sand and warm, gentle waters where they can delight in splashing, digging, and chasing seabirds."

The recommendations for family beach getaways included several off-the-beaten-path beaches that parents remembered fondly from their own childhoods.

Family Travel Forum staff reviewed more than 50 contenders, examining their cleanliness, safety, sand quality, water depth, water temperature, and facilities, before selecting the dozen that met all criteria. During the survey period, all chosen beaches remained unaffected by the BP oil spill that has polluted some of the Gulf of Mexico coastline this summer.

 

The Top Baby Beach Getaways for 2010 survey recommends the following family beaches, listed by state, with information about family beach getaway facilities at each vacation destination.

California

Dana Point Baby Beach

Mission Bay Park, San Diego

Delaware

Bethany Beach

Florida

Clearwater Beach

Hawaii

Poipu Beach, Kauai

Baby Beach, Maui

Massachusetts

First Encounter Beach, Eastham

Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire

New York

Flying Point Beach, Southhampton

South Carolina

Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet

Texas

McGee and Corpus Christi Beaches

Wisconsin

Whitefish Dunes State Park

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To ensure a perfect first encounter, FamilyTravelForum.com also includes tips for beach baby fun and sun protection in the Top Baby Beach Getaways for 2010.

 

 

At the Tail of the Dragon

Active & Adventurous - Outdoors

Unexpected Twists and Turns

Zipping and zooming through mountainous twists and turns is the raison d'etre for many motorcycle buffs. Whether alone or in groups, they seek out the twisties like teenage girls seek a mall.

Frequently, they’ll even gather together for a weekend of twisties and cycle talk. They choose a location near remarkable riding routes, and spend the day chasing thrills.

I’ve had the opportunity to attend several such meetings, in search of the winding roads and company. At the most recent event, however, the twists and turns were primarily of a different sort.

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