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Bathrooms with a View

by Terry Ward. Posted Sep 9th 2010 03:30 PM

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Ten of the best views in the house

It's hard to think of anything more indulgent than being treated to royal views in that most utilitarian of rooms -- the bathroom. From whales cavorting outside floor-to-ceiling windows in luxury hotel bathrooms to the sparkling Vegas and New York City skyline views of cool nightclub toilets, the sightseeing opportunities in these far-from-humble wash closets are worth writing home about. So leave the reading material behind and enjoy the view from these ten top thrones.
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Best Old-Fashioned Amusement Parks in the US

by Kim Knox Beckius. Posted Jul 7th 2010 11:14 AM

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When the summer amusement park season arrives, the buzz is all about the coolest coasters, the latest thrills and the most wondrous immersive experiences. Massive theme parks' high-tech enticements come with hefty admission fees and impatient crowds, though, and undue pressure to make every moment magical can leave a family frazzled. Although the number of old-fashioned amusement parks in America has dwindled, those that have defied economic forces are not only affordable alternatives to the mega-parks, they're guardians of simple pleasures that even the most interactive video game system can't replicate. Whether it's the rackety clack of a wooden roller coaster or the reassuring voice of Mr. Rogers, the breathtaking views from an ocean-side Ferris wheel or the frigid sensation of touching the North Pole, these old-time parks' immutable charms transcend generations. When kids clamor for Disney, introduce them to the joys of low-tech parks. Read on to see where you can find them.
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