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Pretty Porto, Portugal, covered with colorful tiles
Miramar Beach at sunset.
A quick train ride out to the coast, Senhor da Padra (literally, the chapel in the sea), is one of the most magical things I’ve ever seen.
The city is covered in them, all different colors and designs, and you can find them in pretty much any shop.
The food and wine is very inexpensive, and the town is small enough to walk everywhere.
Comfortable shoes to enjoy all of the above on foot.
After lingering to see the first stars appear over the canyon’s silhouetted convolutions, the two of us had to cross a pine grove to get to the shuttle bus stop.
“We have agreed not to drive our automobiles into cathedrals,” Edward Abbey wrote in “Desert Solitaire,” arguing for car-free national parks.
In that spirit, we figured we could honor this most holy hole by not treating it like a drive-by attraction.
Driving through other parks, we are often distracted from the wonders outside our windows by the kids begging for “screen time.”
The Santa Fe Railway built the El Tovar hotel back in 1905, so it’s no coincidence that the timbered depot is just down the hill from the grand old lodge.
Shortly after stepping off the train, we stood outside the nearby Hopi House, watching a Navajo hoop dance and nodding our heads to the frantic jingling of the bells at the dancer’s ankles.
The vista was both more intricate and more vast than I could have imagined, less an emptiness than an enchanted city of impossible steeples, courtyards and walls.
 I realized that his joy was derived not from the view, but from the sound of the whistling train headed back to Williams.
Over the next 27 hours, we walked stretches of the Rim Trail, trying with varying success to interest the kids in the giant freak of erosion that so thrilled us adults.
The Yavapai Museum of Geology was an unqualified hit, with interactive exhibits for the kids and air-conditioned canyon views for the adults.
The 7-year-old’s favorite pastime was watching overconfident tourists take selfies on the very edge of the rim (and waiting for one to fall in).
Since we were there for only one night, with young children, we took in only a sliver of what the park has to offer.
 there are sights that can only be seen via walking or shuttle bus, said park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski.
The shuttle bus does not go to every overlook, but does go to many, and provides access to Hermit Road nine months of the year when cars are not allowed.
 descents into the canyon are de facto car-free; our kids aren’t big enough to take the mule ride to the canyon floor, but they loved watching hikers and riders strung across the lower trails like flags along the canyon wall.
Since we were staying at the opposite end of village, the ride took a long time, and the bus became more and more crowded as the stops multiplied.
If we’d been driving, not having planned for a temperature change would have involved only a few steps back to the car.
Once the kids finished squabbling over having to share, we hustled over to the rim to watch the canyon’s rosy steeples and crags flare to redness, then fade to silhouettes as the sun sank into a bank of clouds.
 many people stood watching with us, discussing the best camera angles in all the languages we had ever heard, that we felt as if we were attending a service in a mammoth international mega-church.
When the nightly spectacular ended, my husband took the younger children back to the room for bed, but the 10-year-old and I opted to walk awhile longer.
On the shuttle bus later, I will hear her retell the story of the expedition to her younger siblings, desertions, rotten meat and all.
Train tickets start at around $75 round trip, and go up (way up) to include packages that include lodging and meals.
In Williams, the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel will pick you up at the out-of-the-way Amtrak station, and the historic train to the park leaves from right behind the hotel.
Grand Canyon South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes: www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/shuttle-buses.htm.
Bad Nauheim, where Elvis Presley served two years in the Army, hosts the 14th annual European Elvis Festival Aug. 14-16, offering concerts, a Cadillac parade and exhibitions.
Guided and self-guided tours of the King’s traces in the town near Frankfurt take place year-round. www.bad-nauheim.com.
The 740-square-foot cottages feature ocean-view lanais with wicker love seats, 15-foot ceilings, walnut floors and deep soaking tubs (from $599).
The lightweight NosiLife Tafari Jersey Skirt is flared in such a way that it’s not skin-hugging tight, and the comfortable jersey fabric feels like a soft T-shirt.
A roll-over waistband makes it easy to adjust the length to suit your travel situation, especially when you’re in a place that requires knee coverage.
The skirt is especially suited to warm-weather travel, and is extremely easy to care for — just toss it in the washer (or your trusty hotel room sink), dry, and you’re set without needing to bust out the iron.
The insect-repellent fabric may help keep the bugs at bay, but remember that a skirt only covers so much.
Tell the site which topics you’re interested in, and it gives you a page of festival options.
Topics include cultural, historic, arts and crafts, faith, food and wine, books and music.
Add whether you’ve been to the festival, want to save it for later or are already going, and it will make a calendar list for you.
The site includes more small-town festivals and celebrations than other sites I’ve seen.
Maybe it was the giant picture or the allure of a festival I had never heard of, but I found that the site reignited interest in activities I had forgotten I liked or sparked excitement for new ones.