The medieval village of Vernon, located in the Normandy region.

A tour of France, from Paris to Normandy, at leisure

We let Viking Cruises handle the details: three days in Paris, followed by an 8-day journey on the Seine to Normandy and back. Magnifique.

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Holidays a good time to evaluate first-time donations

Forty-seven percent of Americans give to charities during the holidays they generally didn’t support at other times.

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 Co-owner Corey Deasy in Prison Escape, one of two mystery rooms in the new Greenfield attraction Escape Room Pittsburgh.

Review: Logic and teamwork the key to Escape Room, Pittsburgh's new mystery adventure

The newest form of entertainment in arrive here is the Escape Room, where a group has to solve puzzles and clues to get out.

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 The interior of Number Fourteen boutique in Lawrenceville.

Stylebook Snapshot: New Pittsburgh fashion boutiques offer lots of options for holiday shopping

Check out the newest spots for unique fashion finds in Lawrenceville, South Side, Sewickley and Shadyside.

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 The Dramm Touch ’N Flow Pro Rain Wand

Shop Holiday: Gift ideas for gardeners

If you know an adventurous gardener who likes to cook, let them try growing mushrooms indoors.

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Vermont ski resort trims prices

Vermont ski resort at Bolton goes against the tide by lowering lift prices for the 2014-15 season.

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 Silvia Givera winds up, underhand, to throw a tennis ball to her dog, Diego, are on the banks of Lake Como in Lenno, Italy.

A walk around Lake Como unveils Italy's beauty

A hike around Lake Como in northern Italy offers spectacular views and memories for a Pittsburgh family.

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 "Heritage" by Sean Brock, the owner of McCrady's and Husk in Charleston and Nashville, is the most popular new cookbook among local chefs.

Dine: Pittsburgh chefs share their literary inspirations

Local cooks share their favorite books, from standbys to new classics.

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 Lucy Briggs-Owen portrays Viola and Tom Bateman is Will in "Shakespeare in Love" at Noel Coward Theatre in London.

Theater tour to London set for March 8-15

The 2015 Post-Gazette's Critic's Choice theater tour in March to London features three plays.

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 An addition to Kate and Chris Eyerman's home resulted in a dining room that measures 18 by 15 feet with a 15-foot cathedral ceiling.

A dining room worth celebrating

Pine couple have the perfect addition to celebrate the holidays — or just a warm summer day.

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Shop Holiday: Cook up these gifts for chefs

These suggestions may make life a little sweeter for the cooks in your life.

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Garden Q & A: Pruning best way to fight weeping fig thrips

Weeping fig thrips are likely reason that leaves on gift tree are curling. The good news is you can see them and get rid of them.

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 This 16-year-old brick Colonial in Pine is on the market for $449,000.

Buying Here: Pine

The 16-year old brick Colonial is on a prominent site in the Oakhaven plan.

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Larry Walsh on snow sports: Ski mom keeps fun flowing

The family that skis together has a ton of fun together, says ski mom Wendy Ellis, who makes sure that it happens with her clan.

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 Cheswick vendor Denise Gasper of Uncommon Recyclables sells unique, unisex belts made from recycled materials.

Shop Holiday: Fair-trade, eco-friendly and organic gifts

A belt made from recycled materials or a reusable lunch bag are a couple of suggestions.

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U.S. holiday sales may recover with help of deep discounts

Spending strongest in consumer electronics and home improvement retailers.

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 Shawn Culp putting the finishing touches on the ACF Culinary Team USA ' entrée of Roasted Beef Sirloin with Sweetbread and Smoked Tongue, Truffle-celeriac Dauphinoise, Woodland Mushroom Variety, Braised Carrot, Semolina Dumpling, Jus Lie.

The Food Column: While you're at the mall, check out 'Culinary Traditions'

Pittsburgh Technical Institute culinary photo exhibit gives a taste of foods from many nations.

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 Stem Ginger Loaf with Vanilla Frosting

Gingerbread and cookies: A spicy holiday tradition

Celebrating the rich, beloved flavor of gingerbread. Share photos of your holiday sweets with the PG.

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 Figs poached in wine, served along with an assortment of cheeses.

Figs and dates sweeten winter treats

Dried versions of the fruits are great in the off-season.

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 Chanukah Juggling balls.

Shop Holiday: Religion-themed gift suggestions

If music is your thing, you can pick up the 15-track CD “Chanukah Is Tops!” by Jewish recording artist Paul Zim.

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 Dining spots such as Mezzo are putting as much effort into design as in the menu.

Best Dining: Unexpected trends

The best of Pittsburgh dining in 2014 includes the rise of international cuisine and a dominance of beer, coffee and cocktails.

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 For Best of Munch 2014:  Clockwise from top right: Pierogies at the Dorothy Six Blast Furnace Cafe in Homestead; a platter of ribs and the "Hillbilly Club" sandwich at South Side BBQ Company; the Red Margherita pizza at Colangelo's in the Strip District; small plates of Duck Confit Steak Fries, House Made Sausage Links, Beer Braised House Pastrami and snifter of Helltown Idle Hands Double IPA at Il Tetto, the rooftop beer garden at Sienna Mercato, Downtown.

The 2014 Munchies!

In 2014, the Munches visited restaurants new and old, traveling north, south, east and west in search of a good meal and a cold drink.

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 Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies (the lighter-colored ones) and Chocolate-Toffee Cookies (the darker ones). Christmas cookies

Kitchen Mailbox: More easy holiday cookies

Readers shared several recipes, which we share with you.

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 Farm Truck Foods founders Meredith Neel and Nicole Muise-Kielkucki at a planning meeting at Idea Foundry in Oakland.

Farm Truck Foods to get rolling this spring

Grant will help mobile grocery hit the road.

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 The Westmoreland County Live Nativity in front of the Westmoreland County Courthouse, sponsored by Christian Leaders Mentoring Ministry.

Live Nativity scene at Greensburg courthouse draws praise

Volunteers brave chilly weather to present a live tableau of the birth of Christ in Greensburg’s Courthouse Square.

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 Tim Hartman is Mr. Fezziwig in Pittsburgh CLO's "A Musical Christmas Carol."

The Hot List of events for the weekend: Dec. 18-21

Holiday festivities galore, from the CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol” to “A Lyrical Christmas Carol” from PMT. (And rapper Bubba Sparxxx.)

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Community gardens approved for Crafton, Sharpsburg

The program, run by Allegheny Grows, provides materials and free advice to neighborhoods outside Pittsburgh.

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 The book cover of a new edition of "Hansel and Gretel."

Shop Holiday: Grab these gifts for your favorite book lover

“Hansel & Gretel,” a fairy tale for grown-ups, is one idea for the holidays.

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 Spaghetti Carbonara.

What's for dinner: Spaghetti Carbonara

Dishes like this classic spaghetti carbonara are super-easy to prepare requiring just a handful of ingredients.

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Be a Goodfellow this holiday season

You can brighten the holidays for underprivileged children with a donation to Goodfellows.

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Holiday Herald: Christmas with dozens of cousins fit her just right

Christmas felt right amid dozens of cousins and other relatives.

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In 1908, Helen Clay Frick picked Pittsburgh to make her debut

Before Helen Clay Frick’s debut, there was plenty of family drama and a secret out-of-town trip.

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 Three rings, priced at $200-$350, display iconic images from 'Sons of Anarchy" and are available online at

Shop Holiday: Gift suggestions for TV lovers

From “Sons of Anarchy” rings to books on “Downton Abbey,” there are plenty of options for television buffs.

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A candlestick from Miss Frick

Mary Alice Brown Painter Thompson treasures the pair of favors from her mother’s debut party, one of which was given to Helen Clay Frick.

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 Kelly Hughes founded the Foster Love Project.  The project is a charity drive to provide foster kids with a backpack filled with pajamas, blanket and other comforting things when they arrive at a new placement.

Making foster care a little more special

Kelly Hughes, Bon Air foster mother, starts Foster Love Project drive to bring comfort bags to foster children.

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 Mary Ann Wellener.

Steel Advice: Thank-yous should never go out of style

It is socially expected behavior to send a note of appreciation to acknowledge gifts, contributions and large favors.

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Man pays for $50,000 worth of layaway at a Walmart in Pennsylvania

The store manager said the benefactor showed up at the Walmart in Mechanicsburg on Monday with a cashier's check that covered 100 accounts.

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 Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy naturalist educator Taiji Nelson compares hemlock and white pine tree branches in Frick Park.

Let’s Talk About Parks: Name that evergreen

Evergreen trees are easy to spot, but can you tell the differences among firs, pines and eastern hemlocks?

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 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, from left, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and former Gov. Ed Rendell chat during a reception held by the mayor and county executive at Inside Park at St. Bart's in New York City.

Natalie Bencivenga's #SEEN: Pittsburghers in New York City

Over the weekend, Pittsburghers attended parties in New York. Learn more about events and partygoers in SEEN column.

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 Cheryl's cookies come in bakery assortments, as well as gift sets, at

Holiday Survival Guide: Gadgets and tips for streamlining stress

When hazards threaten to sabotage the holiday season, use these counter measures to ensure joy to your world.

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Stylebook: Michael Aram brings new fine jewelry line to Pittsburgh

Plus: See some chances for last-minute holiday shopping at trunk shows across the city.

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Shop Holiday: Gifts for runners

Whether they’re training for a marathon or hoofing it to stay in shape, they can benefit from the latest gear and accessories.

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 The Notre Dame mascot attends the Pennsylvania Society Gala honoring Jim Rohr, a Notre Dame alumni, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

The Pennsylvania Society hosts its 116th annual gala

More than 1,500 guests attended the 116th annual Pennsylvania Society Gala which honored Jim Rohr, former chairman of PNC.

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Goodfellows: Bradley Center kids to get Christmas celebration

Christmas will be special for children at the Robinson center, thanks in part to the generosity of Post-Gazette readers.

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Pittsburgh concert combines patriotic and Christmas selections

This marked the first time the free annual concert combined traditional patriotic music with Christmas and holiday music.

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Peet's closing coffee shops in Pittsburgh area, Ohio

Peet’s coffee shops closing in the Pittsburgh area are in Oakland, the SouthSide Works and Waterworks Mall near Aspinwall.

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 Jay Cleveland Jr., left, with Diane and Clifford Rowe Jr., at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC cocktail party at the W Hotel in New York City.

New York parties filled with Pittsburgh guests

Friday night, Pittsburghers attending the Pennsylvania Society’s Gala enjoyed parties in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria and surrounds.

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 Joan Mills, manager of A Child's Place at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System poses with an elf, played by Peter Hughes and Sister Susan Welsh, right, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System.

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System holds 11th annual Reindeer Ball

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s 11th annual Reindeer Ball was a sellout with 500 guests, raising more than $100,000.

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 Urban League Gala: Jody Doherty, Judith Davenport, Esther Bush and Annie Hanna Cestra.


Catch up on other great events happening in December.

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Stargazing: Crescent moon passes Saturn

Before the year’s last cycle of lunar phases ends, early risers can see the waning crescent moon pass Saturn in the southeastern sky.

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