Week of July 15, 2001

Magnificent Versailles

Take a virtual tour to France to witness the magnificence of the palace of Versailles. The Chateau de Versailles Web site at www.smartweb.fr/versailles features many images of the gardens, the palace, the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon and the surrounding parks. The history section will fill you in on all the major changes to Versailles, from its creation in 1038 to its role as the most sumptuous royal residence in all of Europe in the 18th century. Before the French Revolution, the parks of Versailles covered more than 8,000 hectares of land. The Great Park, which was reserved for hunting, consisted of several villages. If you can't visit France, you can at least enjoy the luxury of Versailles at this excellent Web site. (This site is no longer available.)

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The Marvelous Octopus

Dive along the ocean floor to The Octopus Show at www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/
. Discover a legend of the deep, called Rogo-Tumu, located near Tahiti. See how octopuses are able to fit in tiny spaces with their boneless bodies. Watch them change colors from red to white to the color of the ocean floor as they pursue their prey or avoid predators. Have fun swimming through this site with these fascinating cephalopods.

History of the Cherokee

The History of the Cherokee Web site at http://pages.tca.net/martikw has info about the Cherokee Indians and their land, which dates to before Columbus' arrival in America. Check out the Cherokee story, "In the Beginning," which tells about the origins of the Earth. Read about British colonization and how Cherokee lives were changed by the American Revolutionary and Civil wars. Enjoy the story of these honorable people. (This site is no longer available.)

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Batter up, Sport

Now that summer has warmed up, it's time to get off that couch and play. Whatever your favorite activity, there's a sport out there waiting for you. Check with your local parks and recreation department to find out about leagues and fees. Also, check out the following Web sites to learn more about national youth sports organizations. Now grab that racket, club, glove or goggles, and have yourself a ball.

Little League Online


American Youth Soccer Organization

Special Olympics

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