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72 Hours in Philadelphia: Ben Franklin, America’s Revolutionary ‘Elder Statesman,’ Would Have been Quite at Home in 21st Century

72 Hours in Philadelphia: Ben Franklin, America’s Revolutionary ‘Elder Statesman,’ Would Have been Quite at Home in 21st Century

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com My third day of my deep-dive into Revolutionary War America in Philadelphia is devoted to exploring key figures and sites that I have never visited before: Benjamin Franklin Museum, the Betsy Ross House and…

Philadelphia’s New Museum Immerses You into Drama of America’s Revolutionary War

Philadelphia’s New Museum Immerses You into Drama of America’s Revolutionary War

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com I used the opening of the brand new Museum of the American Revolution as the theme for my three-day visit to Philadelphia – a really deep dive probe of the Revolutionary War era, a…

National Museum of American Jewish History is Unexpected Revelation in Philadelphia

National Museum of American Jewish History is Unexpected Revelation in Philadelphia

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com I used the opening of the brand new Museum of the American Revolution as the theme for my three-day visit to Philadelphia – a really deep dive probe of the Revolutionary War era, a…

Enchanting Candlelight Evening at Old Bethpage Village Restoration is Like Stepping into a Christmas Card

Enchanting Candlelight Evening at Old Bethpage Village Restoration is Like Stepping into a Christmas Card

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Fire light. That is the common denominator – seeing life in the orange-red glow of candlelight, a fireplace, a bonfire. One of my favorite holiday events is the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Candlelight Evening,…

‘Fool The Eye’ at Nassau County Museum of Art Explores Artists’ Techniques of Illusion

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com You walk into the Nassau County Museum of Art, housed in the stunning mansion built for Childs Frick in 1919, the scion of Henry Clay Frick, and are confronted by a guard, hands crossed…

American Museum of Natural History Creates Immersive Experience for Understanding ‘Our Senses’

American Museum of Natural History Creates Immersive Experience for Understanding ‘Our Senses’

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com You are in a room. There’s a mural on the wall with drawings of animals. There is red light and you see a set of animals; then the light turns blue and you see…

Dolphin Quest Affords Memorable Way to Experience Bermuda

Dolphin Quest Affords Memorable Way to Experience Bermuda

By David Leiberman & Laini Miranda Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Bermuda is a magical place where the beaches have pink sand and the aquamarine water is so clear, you can see amazing marine life and feed fish Cheerios. But one of…

Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana

Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Just over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site (#1 on the Hudson River School Art Trail), you see this grand mansion perched on the hillside, poking out from…

“Liberty’s War” Exhibit at American Merchant Marine Museum Spotlights Unsung Heroes of WWII

“Liberty’s War” Exhibit at American Merchant Marine Museum Spotlights Unsung Heroes of WWII

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com The first stunning realization from the new exhibit at the American Merchant Marine Museum, “Liberty’s War,” is how vital the cargo ships, manned by civilian volunteers, were to winning World War II. The second…

Mansions on Fifth Historic Hotel is Steps Away from Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Attractions

Mansions on Fifth Historic Hotel is Steps Away from Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Attractions

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com I must admit to relishing my stay in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood, where I am staying at Mansions on Fifth, two mansion homes originally built in the early 1900s by Willis F. McCook, a prosperous…

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