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Thursday, June 21, 2007
The Ostrich Festival in Chandler, Arizona
SAVE THE DATE
A month-by-month guide to the contests and parades that bring out America's best and quirkiest. Some people will dream up any excuse for a party! (Yes, Chandler, Ariz., really does have an Ostrich Festival!) Plus, check out our slide show and post stories about the craziest festival you've attended by clicking here. read more
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
A new generation of guidebooks is out to prove that they don't have to be dull and bulky. Instead, they come with glossy photos, slick prose, and streamlined designs.
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Wine stopper
WHAT $100 BUYS IN…
In the Tuscan capital, where Michelangelo carved his David and Gucci designed his first handbag, even mundane objects are beautiful.
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More from our What $100 Buys series:
THE REAL DEALS
Two weeks of camping and guided outdoor adventures—hiking, kayaking, and biking—in the Canadian Rockies and on Vancouver Island, with meals and equipment, $2,170.
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Eight nights in hotels and tents in Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, and Dades Gorge from $965. why it's a deal

More on Africa:
The island's network of 21 paradores—family-run inns located off the tourist trail—are offering two-night packages with meals and a rental car discount from $319 per couple.
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The landlady with her head lei
TRUE STORIES
Upon arrival at our villa in Arcossó, Portugal, my husband and I were greeted by the landlord with wine from his vineyard and cherries from the garden. Every day, the landlady cooked us delicacies. Since I'm from Hawaii, I figured I'd make the landlady a head lei as a parting gift. I picked beautiful wildflowers from the vineyard, but I didn't have raffia to hold them together or a ti leaf for the backing—so I used dental floss and an iris leaf. The landlady was so impressed that she wore the lei to church and showed it to all of her neighbors.
—Fe Austria-Schwind of Kaunakakai, Hawaii read more
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