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  1. Luxury and family fun for five nights on the 'Queen Mary 2'


    I thought I finally had persuaded my parents, ages 83 and 91, to put down a deposit at an assisted living facility in Raleigh, N.C., where they live.

    Followed by the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Montreal, the Queen Mary 2 departs from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on July 10. July marked the 175th anniversary of Cunard, and the company’s flagship, the Queen Mary 2, re-created the historic trans-Atlantic crossing from Liverpool, England, to Halifax made by the RMS Britannia in July 1840.
  2. Asheville, from the Biltmore to the honey bar



    Talk about an old soul of a city renewed by a hipster vibe.

    Need a fall foliage fix? Then get thee to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The color show peaks in mid- to late October.
  3. Despite expensive reputation, Madrid's Barrio de Salamanca has affordable fun, too



    It's not often that a prime and picturesque neighborhood gets the snub from travelers because its shops, restaurants and other establishments are considered too nice. But that's what some visitors do with Barrio de Salamanca, perhaps the Spanish capital's toniest enclave that often (and rather aptly) is …

    The newly renovated Museo Arqueologico Nacional charges 3 euros, or about $3.30, for admission and showcases the art and history of the country’s first indigenous peoples as well as the waves of colonizers — Greek, Roman, Moorish.