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Basil's Greek Dining

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Basil's Greek Dining Restaurant, right on the edge of Naperville, IL in Aurora is a great place to enjoy a little taste of the Mediterranean right in your own back yard. If Chicago is your back yard! :) The day I went I was on a 1200 calorie a day diet, so I was really watching my calorie's.  Other than the super tempting Greek olive oil and amazing herbed butter with bread, it wasn't difficult, considering the menu has several options of grilled seafood, vegetables and lentils.  My entree reflected this. 

It is Bakalao Faki, lightly seasoned grilled salt water cod fish served over a bed of lentil beans.  It cost $15 at lunch and $17 at dinner and it is worth it.  It was so filling, yet so light.  The perfect low calorie food to keep you satisfied all afternoon.  The fish was salty as the name suggests and the julienned vegetables were just the right touch sauteed in olive oil, basil, red onions and garlic. Once I get down to my ideal weight, I want to go back to Basil'…

Alaskan Cruise: Ketchikan's Saxman Native Village & Lumberjack show

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Ketchikan was one of my favorite stops on the Alaskan Cruise.  It really summed up an "Alaskan" experience for me. When I think about who lives in Alaska, I think about the native people who have been there for so long and I also think about the rough and tumble folks who came for adventure from the lower 48! This excursion has both! We were cruising with Holland America and they refer to this excursion as the Saxman Native Village and Lumberjack show.
Our first stop was the Saxman Native Village where we were greeted by Southeast Alaska's Native Americans, the Tlingits.  After learning about their culture and history we went into this very interesting building known as the Beaver Clan House.  It felt like a special place for these Native people.  They entertained with dancing and music in great outfits that represented their culture.  It was a great experience!  At the end, they let people come up and wear the outfit and participate in the dancing.  I was able to get up …

Alaskan Cruise: Russians, Eagles & Native Alaskans in Sitka

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In the 1800's, Sitka, Alaska, was the cultural and political hub of Russian America.  The town reflects on that fact in most of its tourist attractions. Several of Holland America's excursions are about Russian History.  I have some Russian ancestry, so I thought it would be interesting to learn more while I had the chance.  My husband loves birds, so going to the Raptor Center appealed to him.  And always wanting to teach my children about the place we are visiting, the Sitka National Historical Park was a must see.  When we visited, these were all combined into one excursion called Russian American, Raptors and Dancers.  Today it seems to be divided up into two: Colonial Russian America and Cultural Sitka and Historic Russian America and Raptor center.
The Raptor Center was very interesting.  Some people never see a bald eagle up close their whole life.  This place had many of them.  They are sent there from all over the state of Alaska and even other countries to be taken …
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