Planning a Memorial Day Weekend Trip?

According to AAA, 1.1 million Michigan residents are planning to travel on Memorial Day weekend. If your family is among them, you can find kid-friendly facts about your destination state in the CultureGrams database, located on the AADL's Research page. Check out the "States Edition" to read about the history, geography, and population of any state. You can even hear the songs of state birds!

Affordable Europe, Really!

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If you are heading to any of these 15 hot travel destinations in Europe this summer, the New York Time staff and contributors have great money-saving tips for you.

In these Affordable Europe: City Guides, you would discover cheap eats, bargain hotels, and great shopping guaranteed not to max out your credit card :
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Florence, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rome, St. Petersburg and Vienna.

Be sure to send us a postcard and post your own tips online.

Gas Prices Go for Broke

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Getting the best deal on gas has never been more important and the MSN Local Gas Prices database will let you comparison shop without wasting fuel. If the “it could always be worse” argument helps, put in a San Francisco zip code (94102) after you’ve checked out Washtenaw County prices. The AAA Fuel Cost Calculator lets you determine how much your next road trip will cost. Michigan travel looks better and better.

See a Moon Rock in Michigan!

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On Saturday, June 9, the Kalamazoo Air Zoo will be opening its new Michigan Space Science Center. You can visit Ann Arbor astronaut Jack Lousma’s space suit (he spent 59 days in space on the crew of Skylab 3 and was spacecraft commander on STS-3. Russian Cosmonaut Alexandr Kalri's suit will also be on display, along with a Moon Rock, a full-size replica of a Gemini space capsule, a Gemini crew-training simulator, F1 rocket engine, J-2 rocket engine (both from a Saturn V rocket), plus a bunch of interactive exhibits.

"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. " ~ St. Augustine

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Frustrated that you could never get to those unbelieveable low airfares advertized by the airlines? You are not alone.

Michelle Higgins's recent article in the New York Times "If It’s Good, Is It Too Good to Be True?" explains why.

The real bonus of the article is its tips on great websites that help consumers navigate through the maze of advertized come-ons and "special fares". She especially likes Airfarewatchdog.com which scours the Internet for the best bargains; FareCompare.com shows the lowest prices offered by month for the next 11 months between 77,000 North American and 200,000 international cities; and Farecast.com which predicts domestic ticket prices for air travelers. Happy Clicking.

Cool !

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Supposedly you can’t just create Cool. It just somehow occurs. I don’t know if that’s true but I do know cool when I see it. There’s still time to arrange your schedule to visit the RV rally of the “Tin Can Tourists” group happening May 17 to 20 with all the trailers open for display on Saturday May 19, 2007 from 12 to 4 p.m.. The rally is being held at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan (nominal $3 parks admission unless you have a season pass).

I went last year and was blown away by the trailers I saw. The trailers are from both far and wide in a great variety of shapes, colors and sizes from the 1940’s to recent times(and some special vintage tow vehicles as well}.
Check out their web site at Tin Can Tourists - Vintage Trailer RV Motorhome Coach Club for a lot of information and some neat photos as well.

Expedition 15 Launch!

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The launch of Expedition 15, the next crew to the International Space Station, is scheduled to takeoff today at 1:31PM (EDT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. You can watch it live on NASA TV. On board will be the fifth space tourist to be launched into space, Charles Simonyi. He is President, CEO, and co-founder of International Software and worked for Microsoft from 1981 to 2002. While onboard ISS, Simonyi will be performing a series of experiments for the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Hungarian Space Office.

Viva la Vino

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April is Michigan Wine Month and there are events for wine enthusiasts and novices alike: classes, weekend vineyard getaways, wine trails, tastings, festivals. For a complete list of Michigan wine events, wineries, and to preview the new Michigan Wine Country magazine, visit the Michigan Wines web site.

Team Moon

Most people have seen the historic footage of Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon (July 20, 1969) and are familiar with the crew of Apollo 11:Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. But not many have heard of Eleanor Foracker who was a seamstress for ILC Dover, the company that made the spacesuits, or Richard Ellis who tested the suits. Neil “Fox” Mason worked the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia, Kirby Hinson worked on the parachute recovery systems, and Joe Gavin was vice president of Grumman Aerospace Corporation. Thousands of people worked long, hard hours and most never received recognition even though they also played a vital role in one of the greatest projects of the 20th century. Meet some of them in Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh.

Orange Cone Season Returns

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And Paving the Way 2007, MDOT's road repair map, will help you locate major road and bridge projects on state roads. The map covers state trunkline (I, M, and US) routes. Separate Detroit and Grand Rapids maps detail construction projects on state roads in these cities. There is also a regularly updated list of lane closures.

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