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Since 2010, no horse in the world is taller than Big Jake, a Belgian gelding that is 6 feet, 10.75 inches (without shoes). He is 17 years old this year and weighed 240 pounds at birth.

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When my travel dreams drift off to Spain, they often include visions of Andalucía, the southern part of the country that feels so quintessentially Spanish. With a string of whitewashed hill towns, sunny skies, vibrant festivals and tempting tapas, Andalucía is the soul of Spain — almost ster…

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England’s best city within easy striking distance of London is Bath — just a 90-minute train ride from the city center. Bath is popular and expensive, but it’s a joy to visit. And rather than deal with London’s intensity right off the bat, I like to take the train from the airport to London’…

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Nov. 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I — “the war to end all wars,” which cost an estimated 40 million lives. While there are no more survivors to tell us their stories, WWI sights and memorials scattered across Europe do their best to keep the devastation from fading …

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Eating in Germany is a big part of the fun of traveling there. Ingredients are wonderful (especially if you eat with the season), traditions are prized, “modern German cuisine” is giving old dishes tasty and entertaining new twists, and small, creative foodie places are thriving in every cit…

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One way to get to know a city is through its attractions — the monuments, museums, biggest and best local marks of distinction. We seek out the “talkers” and will wait in long lines to take selfies to prove we were there.

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Northern Italy’s seductively beautiful lakes district — in the shadow of the Alps — seems heaven-sent for communing with nature. Though just an hour north of Milan, this area feels a world away from the business and bustle of Italy’s second city.

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Time for another ghoulishly good time as the approach of Halloween brings out goblins and gore galore. Haunted houses aren’t the only option for scaring yourself silly this month. Consider this range of terrifying settings. Several are all-volunteer efforts whose proceeds help local charities.

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Henry Ford didn’t invent the automobile, but he gets credit for putting the world on wheels and Detroit on the map as a leader in car manufacturing.

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There’s been a major change in the procedures for purchasing tickets to Walt Disney World’s four theme parks in Orlando.

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As a traveler, I find myself visiting the homes of lots of dead people. Some are over the top (Louis XIV’s Versailles near Paris); some are haunting (Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam); others inspire you to write a poem (William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in England’s Lake District).

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I used to travel with absolutely no hotel reservations. Europe 30 years ago was relatively ramshackle, things were cheaper and because fewer people could afford to travel for fun, there was much less competition for budget rooms. I could make decisions on the go, show up in a new town and im…

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Helsinki — Europe’s youngest and northernmost capital city — feels like an outpost of Europe. While it lacks the cutesy cobbles of Copenhagen, the aristocratic setting of Stockholm, or the futuristic vibe of Oslo, Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals with its creative spirit, zest fo…

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Editor’s note: Craig and Bryanna Royal have been writing this column for the Kenosha News for a year, and their contract is expiring. This is their last column.

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The regulations governing who is and isn’t entitled to make an individual trip to Cuba are the murkiest in all of travel. According to various government pronouncements, there are only 12 reasons that justify such a trip: going there for religious purposes, for educational group meetings, fo…

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Let me be entirely frank. I greatly disliked the movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” which I recently saw. I was so horrified by its fawning depiction of irresponsible wealth that I almost walked out of the theater during the first half-hour of the film, and stayed only because things improved a bit …

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Gazing into a volcanic crater lake, leaping across a tectonic fissure in the earth’s crust, descending into the magma chamber of an extinct volcano ... Iceland is filled with unforgettable experiences. This beautiful country is packed with tourist-attracting natural wonders: waterfalls, glac…

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When it comes to basking in the beauty of Italy’s Riviera, the Cinque Terre is tops for me. But there’s much more to this region on the Mediterranean coast than those famous five villages.

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Every year in July, thousands of English-speaking adults gather for a week or two at a number of famous universities to engage in discussion about great books or great issues. Led by a faculty member of these schools, participants pursue a “learning vacation” at places like Oxford and Cambri…

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Editor’s note: Craig and Bryanna Royal have been writing this column for us for a year, and their contract is expiring. This is the second to last column in the Kenosha News.

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Irish cuisine has long been the fodder of jokes — a kind of penance to suffer through in order to enjoy the people, music and lush scenery of the Emerald Isle. But that’s an outdated notion: Travelers today find fresh, inventive, flavorful meals there — and many Irish towns are working to es…

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Suddenly, the travel press world is full of articles about the sudden rise of Chinese tourism. All over the world, Chinese citizens have become the largest source of tourism, edging out the Americans, Germans, British and French.

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A too-clear view: That’s what you see from the second-floor bathroom window of a former boarding house on Mulberry Street, near downtown Memphis.

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The sweeping impact of fascism in the 20th century can be felt to this day in the many monuments and memorials across Europe that remind us of those horrific years.

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Expecting a bundle of joy? Then take time now to enjoy being a twosome. Here are five ideas for experiencing a “babymoon.”

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The French countryside is littered with medieval monasteries — stony, quiet and atmospheric. Some are in a state of ruin; others are still home to peaceful monks or sisters going about their religious work. Still others are intact but now open only as museums. A little history can help visit…

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Although the city of Toronto is a great metropolis of countless modern skyscrapers and 3 million residents, it doesn’t attract as many international tourists as you would expect. A great many Americans prefer the French quaintness of Montreal and Quebec City, and the excellent weather and ou…

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We’ve visited some pretty spectacular national parks in our four years on the road. Yellowstone, Glacier and any of the Utah parks top our list. After driving into Yosemite National Park, we knew it would rank right up there with our favorites.