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Farley Hill National Park, Barbados

Farley Hill National Park, Barbados

May 9, 2011 1 Comment Farley Hill National Park, located in St. Peter, Barbados, near the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, is a 17-acre lush property with mahogany trees and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. The ruins of the great 19th century manor on the property lend an old world dilapidated grace to the landscape. Several times a year, Farley Hill ...

 

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Harrison’s Cave Barbados

Harrison’s Cave Barbados

May 8, 2011 No Comments One of the natural wonders of the Caribbean, Harrison’s Cave is located in the heart of Barbados in St. Thomas, close to Welchman Hall Gully and Forest Reserve. This amazing phenomenon is comprised of a series of living caverns with underground lakes and waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. It is a massive stream cave system at ...

 

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Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

May 8, 2011 3 Comments Barbados Wildlife Reserve Welcome Sign Better than a traditional zoo, the Barbados Wildlife Reserve is an open sanctuary in the Grenade Hall Forest where animals roam freely in a lush mahogany  grove across the road from the Farley Hill National Park in St. Peter. It has the feeling of a primeval wood with a tropical ...

 

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Lake Arrowhead Resort Weekend Getaway

Lake Arrowhead Resort Weekend Getaway

May 7, 2011 No Comments My wife and I went for a week-end getaway in the spring to the Lake Arrowhead Resort Skyforest, and we highly recommend this mountain location.  Only 1 and a half hours driving time from LAX airport in Los Angeles, the lodge was recently refurbished and offers adjoining lakeside rooms with balconies and spectacular lakeside views. ...

 

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Barbados – Our Tropical Paradise Family Vacation

Barbados – Our Tropical Paradise Family Vacation

May 6, 2011 2 Comments Barbados – “Los Barbudos” – or the bearded ones – was named by the Spanish after the island’s fig trees which have a bearded appearance with their long vine-like hanging roots. It is the eastern-most Caribbean island and quite unique in that it was formed by the merging of the Atlantic crustal and Caribbean plates, ...

 

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Best Family Vacation Spot on the U.S. East Coast

Best Family Vacation Spot on the U.S. East Coast

May 4, 2011 1 Comment I was recently asked for my advice about ideas for a family vacation on the East Coast of the United States.  Most of my friends and family are aware that I have visited countless wonderful vacation spots all over the world during my lifetime, so in recent years I’ve developed a stellar reputation as a travel ...

 

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An Unusual Landmark for Sailing Ships: Oak Alley Plantation

An Unusual Landmark for Sailing Ships: Oak Alley Plantation

April 15, 2011 1 Comment Oak Alley Plantation is sometimes known as the Grand Dame of the River Road, a collection of historic plantations located an hour from New Orleans in the town of Vacherie, Louisiana. Little is known about the plantation’s early years, but it was already a known landmark by the time the Capuchin Fathers settled St. James Parish ...

 

A Venetian Gondola Ride…In New Orleans?

A Venetian Gondola Ride…In New Orleans?

April 14, 2011 2 Comments New Orleans is known for many things, from world-class cuisine to a constant backdrop of jazz and blues music. But when Dad and I saw an authentic Venetian gondola plying the waters of City Park, it was a bit of a shock even for us jaded locals. We had the pleasure of a private sunset ...

 

Rollin’ on the River: The Steamboat Natchez

Rollin’ on the River: The Steamboat Natchez

April 14, 2011 No Comments The Mighty Mississippi River has been inextricably linked with New Orleans since its earliest days. During the 19th century, when cotton was king, New Orleans was its most important port. In those days, the river was filled with steamboats of every description, carrying travelers on business and pleasure trips. Today the Port of New Orleans ...

 

Cities of the Dead: Exploring New Orleans’ Legendary Cemeteries

Cities of the Dead: Exploring New Orleans’ Legendary Cemeteries

April 13, 2011 No Comments New Orleans is sometimes known as the “City in a Bowl”. The original city, today’s French Quarter, is approximately eight feet above sea level. Much of the rest of the city is well below. New Orleans relies on a complicated system of levees and underground pumps to prevent it from filling with water after a ...