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Welcome New Citizens On Independence Day, at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

  By Jennifer Ceaser If you’re like most Americans, your July 4th is celebrated with a cookout, maybe a parade or patriotic music concert, and of course, plenty of fireworks. But at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s estate in Charlottesville, Virginia, the holiday takes on a far deeper meaning: It’s here that the oldest U.S. naturalization ceremony (outside a courtroom) is held each Independence Day. Now in its 55th year, the event welcomes more than 70 newly minted American citizens from 40-plus countries who will take the oath of allegiance—and share their stories—during the inspirational ceremony. This year’s keynote speaker is...

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An Expert’s Guide To Visiting Croatia

By Jennifer Ceaser Credit “Game of Thrones” for putting Croatia on many tourists’ radars. Last year, more than 1 million visitors flocked to the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, aka King’s Landing in the wildly successful HBO series—making it one of the most popular destinations in the country. But with 1,100 miles of coastline, 1,246 islands and eight national parks—plus a rapidly developing wine and food scene—Croatia is about much more than just a single city. Native New Yorker Jay Ternavan, founder of JayWay Travel, which has been offering customized tours of the Balkans since 2006, has seen firsthand...

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