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Berlin leaves its mark on this visitor

In the shadow of the ruined spire of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a platoon of protesters lifted banners and voices in outrage. Their grievances were with the policies of Recep Erdogan, the president of Turkey, who would be arriving in Berlin the next day for a state visit. Erdogan would tie up traffic during his stay, which coincided with mine, rather as happened during the visit of the last dignitary who came to Berlin the same moment as I had, the Dalai Lama – but for very different reasons.

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SeaWorld Orlando tour offers close encounter with walruses

ORLANDO, Fla. – Our Walrus Up-Close Tour at SeaWorld Orlando was almost the experience that wasn't. After beginning the tour on an overcast August afternoon – my group got as far as the kitchen, where we learned oodles about feeding the animals at Wild Arctic – and then my group was disappointed to find out that thunderstorms prevented the experience from going further.

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Going on safari for the first time? Here’s what you should know

When I was a child growing up in a small, rural town in Georgia, I was an addict of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan of the Apes" series of books in that they opened the door to my love affair with Africa. Even as young as I was, my imagination often carried me away to Africa, to the jungles and creatures of Tarzan's wild kingdom.

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Capital wonders: Mexico City for beginners

Like a lot of Californians, I've made dozens of trips to Mexico over the decades – beach resorts in Baja, Maya ruins in the Yucatan, colonial towns in the interior. Yet I'd never made time to explore the capital's top museums and landmarks, even though their global popularity has boomed in recent years. When I finally gave myself a good look at Mexico City this year, most of those attractions surprised me.

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Experiencing the magic of Northern Italy’s lakes

The lakes of Northern Italy, nestled near the foothills of the Alps, are magical, especially, I think, on one's first visit. It was mine – a birthday celebration that I chose to spend with a dozen strangers from the United States, Canada and Brazil.

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Turkey’s terrain, people, history make colorful trip

I've either been pixie dusted or turned into Barney Rubble. Everywhere I look, towering rock "fairy chimneys" dot Turkey's fantastical wonderland of Cappadocia. I'll also explore mystical age-old cave churches, sleep in a "cave hotel" that entombs guests and wine, and scoot-duck-gasp my way through a spooky ancient underground city, one of dozens burrowed here. And wait until I dreamily float over it all in an Oz-like flame-breathing balloon.

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Heading south to Mexico

A compulsion to climb out of our comfort zone, dust off stagnant Spanish skills and sidestep the usual tourist stops took us to Oaxaca (Waa-HAH-ka) for two weeks of travel this spring.

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A Nashville Summer Road Trip

Nashville has been a popular destination with country music fans for years, but this fast-growing southern city with a rich history, booming food scene, and wave of attractions has so much to offer, there’s something for everybody.

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Report to Sumter for an amazing spring

As Sumter’s namesake, Revolutionary War hero General Thomas Sumter, could not have possibly foreseen the city’s journey, growth, and success experienced as an important supply and railroad repair center moving cotton, timber, and tobacco nor as a leader in textiles, manufacturing, medical and biotech industries. He could not have imagined the city as home to one of the most important military bases in the country. He definitely could not envision a city that was known for its… flowers? Flowers, really. But these are all true and part of the history of Sumter, a city of more than 40,000 people; a city that maintains all the charm of the antebellum era while positioning itself to achieve excellence in the 21st century.

Explore WonderWorks at Broadway at the Beach

Lori Lampo discusses WonderWorks and the attractions inside the upside building.