Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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TOP 10

DREAM DESTINATIONS

For the upscale traveler:

1. Italy

2. New Zealand

3. French Polynesia

4. China

5. Antarctica

6. Kenya

7. Dubai

8. Brazil

9. Argentina

10. Thailand

(Source: Virtuoso Life's Travel Dreams Readers' Choice Survey)

Chicago Tribune

GEOQUIZ

What is the name of Australia's only island state?

FLORIDA

WINE FESTIVAL

The Southern Breeze Wine and Culinary Festival is set for Oct. 19-21 at Rosemary Beach, between Destin and Panama City, and there's a deal for anyone booking accommodations before Oct. 9.

The third night is free on a two-night rental of a carriage house, flat or loft. The fourth night is free on a three-night cottage rental.

You also can get two tickets to all events -- including the winemaker dinner, grand wine tasting, walkabout brunch and jazz concert, a $570 value, for $200 per person.

For details on the festival go to www.coasatalwinetour.com.

For reservations, call (888) 855-1551 or go to www. rosemarybeach.com.

The Times-Union

PENNSYLVANIA

GETTYSBURG CYCLORAMA BEING RESTORED

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- The Gettysburg "cyclorama," a 360-degree painting of an important event in Civil War history, is scheduled to go back on public display next September.

The 1884 oil painting has been undergoing restoration since 2003. When it is unveiled to the public next year, it will be housed in a new museum and visitor center, which is scheduled to open in April at Gettysburg National Military Park.

The cyclorama, by French artist Paul D. Philippoteaux, depicts Pickett's Charge, the dramatic Union Army stand against the Confederate troops on Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863, the final day of battle.

Philippoteaux, aided by several assistants, based his work on hundreds of battlefield sketches he made, a series of panoramic photographs and interviews with battle veterans.

The painting was designed to place viewers in the middle of the climactic, ill-fated Confederate assault on Union Army troops.

After being cleaned and mended, the cyclorama's 14 original sections are being hoisted into place in a new gallery with a system of ropes and pulleys. …

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