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What to do on a rainy day in Boston

You are visiting Boston and it rains. Not to worry. You are in one of the country’s foremost cities for wonderful museums. Purchase a museum CityPass either from the Visitors Center on the Boston Common – or from any of the participating museums. The pass includes the Museum of Fine Arts, Skywalk at the Prudential Center, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and the Museum of Natural History at Harvard or the Old State House Museum.

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Mesa Verde Country in Colorado: Churros, weavers and wine

Agritourism is thriving in rural Mesa Verde, Colorado. “Talk is sheep,” laughs Betsy Harriston, while cradling a Navajo Churro sheep so we can run our fingers through the white wool. “This is genetically the same as the ancient sheep raised by the tribe for its blankets and clothes.” The sheep bleats plaintively in the expanse of Harriston’s Crabapple Tree Ranch near Mancos, Colo. in the shadow of Mesa Verde National Park.

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Ostermarkt – Germany’s Easter markets

In Germany, the Easter Season (following Fasching) is the second most important holiday season of the year. You’ll find decorations outside just like you do at Christmastime and the season is celebrated with just as much gusto… outdoor trees are decorated with plastic eggs and signs of spring all over.

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Germany’s Carnival season – Party time

Fasching, Germany’s Carnival Season starts each year on the 11th minute of November 11th, and goes until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (Shroud Tuesday). It is called the “Fifth Season”, and it usually “goes out with a BANG!”

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston – A new addition for an old classic

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, popularly known as The Gardner, houses the art collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Throughout her life she collected and carefully displayed a collection comprised of more than 2,500 objects from paintings to rare books from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic world and 19th-century France and America.

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Pies on Parade Tour in Rockland Maine

I think that National Pie Day (January 23rd) should be declared a holiday like Thanksgiving or New Year’s… no work, stores closed, and we all get to stay home and eat pie. Because that hasn’t happened yet, on the third weekend in January I head to Rockland Maine for the Pies on Parade Tour. For the past several years the tour has been put on by the four beautiful inns that make up the Historic Inns of Rockland.

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