Look no further than the Connecticut Office of Tourism website for information on the best getaways in Connecticut. The site breaks the state down into five regions and has a link to 52 Great Getaways. Ideas are plentiful and come with specific interests in mind such as: family-oriented, romantic trips for two, active adventures and cultural-arts and history destinations.

http://www.tourism.state.ct.us/default.asp

The good people at The Internet Public Library For Teens have put together a list of questions and links to answers and information for teens. The list provides the name of the site they’re linking to and the type of person–and their training/background who’ll be answering or providing the information. There are links for questions about health-mental and physical, education, and the inevitable ear piercing questions.

http://www.ipl.org/div/faeq/

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center is a research arm of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Their website provides a “boatload” of information on fish and fish research in the Northeast. Be sure to click on the Fish FAQ in the right-hand ‘Highlights’ column for “a bouillabaisse of fascinating facts about fish (and other marine life).” There’s a link to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium which is helpful if you’re planning a trip up that way.

http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/

If you’re already a fan of the (in)famous Tour de France, then you probably already know all about the official website for the Tour. In case you don’t know, the site provides all the daily updates plus route maps, standings, jersey holders, teams, sponsors and more.

http://www.letour.fr/us/homepage_course.html

Beijing Olympics 2008

July 22, 2007

The official website for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games being held in Beijing, China has a countdown clock and is packed with information about preparations for the Games next August. You can read the official news releases, browse Olympic history, get ticketing information, and get spectator and volunteer information.

http://en.beijing2008.cn/

From cuckoos to woodpeckers, Naturesongs.com has recorded their sounds for your listening pleasure. The site includes not just the calls and songs but all the sounds–such as bill rattles and wing sounds.

http://www.naturesongs.com/birds.html

In the fine old tradition of reading books when they were published as serials in magazines…or, if you don’t have time to sit down and read at your leisure but you do read your e-mail every day, try DailyLit.com. Just go to their site, select a book– searching either by author or title, register your e-mail address and they will send you a section (approximately 5 minutes’ worth) of the book. You get to choose the time and frequency of mailings or, alternatively, you can choose an rss feed for your book. If you’re interested in joining a discussion of your chosen title, you may register and join in the discussion forums.

http://www.dailylit.com/index