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Great Travel Links for 13 July 2009

Small selection this week; not because there’s not good content out there, but because I haven’t had much time to look for it….

***  The friendly folks at SeaWorld hosted me (with my son) for their 20th Anniversary celebration back in 2008, so it was fun for me to read this post on their What’s Under the Sea? blog – Top Ways to Get Wet at SeaWorld. Heaven knows we need all the cooling we can get in this weather.

***  Lovely post on the US State Department’s blog DipNote, about an American diplomat practicing his Arabic with a child.  I was also intrigued by a post about a music education collaboration between the State Dept, Fulbright fellowships and MTV and another about opening Afghanistan’s first national park, Band-e-Amir.

***  From KidsCanTravel we have some Ireland tips, Walking in Ireland, and Grand Canyon Hiking at the North Rim (er, maybe Arizona stuff should wait until fall or winter, but I’d be all over Ireland this time of year.)

***  It’s not travel-related, but I have to tell you about Steve in Nebraska and his blog The View from the Tractor; I read about him in a CNN.com article (Twittering from the tractor: smartphones sprout on the farm) and think he sounds like an interesting guy. If your kids are into farming and want to see the “real deal” about how it’s done, say hi to Steve.

***  Isn’t this neat? Amongst the many downloadable London and UK walking tours from Walk Talk Tours, you’ll find one from Chester that features their beautifully-dressed town crier, David Mitchell. There’s more in Chester Town Crier serves up a treat.

***  My Perceptive Travel blog editor Tim Leffel is down in Mexico right now with his family (follow him on Twitter) and he has encouraging words about travel to the region in Mexico City – nicer than you think.

***  In Australia, a helpful BootsnAll article about the Northern Territory: 10 Things Not To Miss.

***  The UK-based Travel-Rants.com blog has ten family travel tips for this summer.  Travel-Rants editor Darren Cronian also has a new project, a whole site devoted to travel in his northern England hometown area of Leeds, My Life in Leeds. There’s a family fun and attractions in Leeds section, too.

***  Travel and Leisure has a detailed slide show of 10 Places To See Before You’re 10 – my son and I had better get busy!