Entries for February, 2011

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Yucatan Peninsula Mexico – Si, Children Welcome

Yucatan Peninsula Mexico – Si, Children Welcome

February 14, 2011 No Comments A long time ago and far away I had a romantic honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas. I also toured the museums of Mexico City, walked rugged Mayan ruins, and solved any lack of purified water with a margarita. In others, Mexico, and a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula not far from Cancun, was not the ...

 

Niagara Falls – Where Does it Fall?

Niagara Falls – Where Does it Fall?

February 14, 2011 No Comments The old joke, when Niagara falls, where does it fall to – is easily answered. It falls up river and down, from above and below. It also falls not from one single waterfall, as we certainly thought before we arrived at this wonderful, wet, and decidedly must-see attraction; but from three of them, each of ...

 

Celebration, Florida: The Town That Disney Built

Celebration, Florida: The Town That Disney Built

February 11, 2011 No Comments Walt Disney always planned to build a working city in Central Florida. Known as the Florida project, his plans called for a high-tech, entirely interconnected city where people could live, work and play without ever needing their cars. When Walt passed away in 1966, however, new management was unsure how to take on such an ...

 

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Mala Compra Plantation Archaeological Site: Exploration at Work

Mala Compra Plantation Archaeological Site: Exploration at Work

February 10, 2011 No Comments On a recent trip to St. Augustine, Florida, we took some time to simply drive around the area. We love to go out in a new town and get slightly lost, discovering hidden attractions along the way. On one of these drives we ended up at the Mala Compra Plantation Archaeological Site. It’s a park ...

 

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Bulow Plantation Ruins: Discovering Florida’s Old Sugar Plantations

Bulow Plantation Ruins: Discovering Florida’s Old Sugar Plantations

February 10, 2011 1 Comment   In the 1800s, cotton was king throughout most of the American south. Florida certainly raised its share, but settlers quickly discovered that Florida’s rich subtropical climate made it an ideal location for raising another cash crop–sugar cane. In the early 1800s, sugar plantations dotted the Florida landscape, particularly along the Atlantic Coast. But the ...

 

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Fountain of Youth: Discovering Spanish Florida

Fountain of Youth: Discovering Spanish Florida

February 9, 2011 No Comments Settled by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest continuously-occupied city in the continental United States. St. Augustine was actually discovered by accident by explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513. Legend has it that Ponce de Leon set out from Puerto Rico in search of the island of Bimini, where he ...

 

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Ghost Tours with Kids: What to Look For

Ghost Tours with Kids: What to Look For

February 9, 2011 No Comments They say that every city has its own unique energy. Certainly Los Angeles feels different than New York, and Chicago could never be mistaken for Orlando. But in some cities, the energy feels just a little more supernatural, like something could be lurking behind every doorway. Although these cities may be wildly different from each ...

 

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Nutrition When Travelling: Eating Healthy in Unfamiliar Destinations

Nutrition When Travelling: Eating Healthy in Unfamiliar Destinations

February 1, 2011 No Comments Travel is fraught with opportunities to completely blow your family’s diet. Fast food restaurants and greasy spoons beckon hungry road trippers, while many airlines have cut back the in-flight options to stale potato chips or high-sugar candy. The good news is that it is entirely possible to make healthy dining options during your trip. The ...

 

Where Are We Going? GPS, Maps and Old-Fashioned Common Sense

Where Are We Going? GPS, Maps and Old-Fashioned Common Sense

February 1, 2011 No Comments Those who are adults today remember the ongoing road trip debate: do we ask for directions or not? It was often portrayed as a competition between men and women, with men refusing to stop and ask. Today that debate, once ongoing fodder for sitcom storylines, seems almost quaint. Now the more relevant question is: should ...

 

Graceland: Exploring Elvis’ Home

Graceland: Exploring Elvis’ Home

February 1, 2011 2 Comments Memphis is home to plenty of tourist attractions including Beale Street and the legendary Sun Studios. But arguably the most famous stop in Memphis, and perhaps all of Tennessee, is Graceland. The last home of Elvis Presley, Graceland is shrouded in myth and legend. Graceland History Elvis purchased a modest home in Memphis for his ...

 

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