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Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Destinations, Florida, Photography, USA | 18 comments

Beaches Around The World

Beaches Around The World

    I don’t know about you, but every year around mid January my day dreams turn to beach vacations  – the soothing sounds of the waves lapping the sand, warm tropical weather, blue skies, sunshine, and clear water to chase away the winter pale. If you too are looking for some beach inspiration, look no further. Whether you crave a quiet spot under the sun, great surf, calm waters for snorkeling,  a party atmosphere, or building castles in the sand, there’s a beach somewhere for everyone. Check out these photos from beach destinations in the USA, Europe and Asia, taken by travel bloggers around the world.  I’m sure you’ll find a place that will have you booking a beach vacation in no time. My personal recommendation is South Beach, Miami, Florida. For those of us on the north American continent it’s close to home, easy to get to, and the food is amazing with all the cuban and latin influence in Miami. South Beach is truly a unique...

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Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in Cultural Exploration, Florida | 6 comments

Undiscovered Orlando

Undiscovered Orlando

I know Orlando has a reputation as one big theme park, but if you give it a chance you’ll discover that Orlando is also cultured and sophisticated. It’s just not so apparent on the surface. Many people plan a vacation in Orlando with the kids, and it’s a great place for that with so many theme parks to choose from. There’s Disney Cove, Walt Disney Resort, Universal Orlando, Seaworld, Wet and Wild – I’ve probably missed a few. The arts and culture scene is alive and thriving in Orlando, too – and even the kids will enjoy the exotic and colorful Cirque du Soleil show, La Nouba. If you’ve never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance, you are really missing out on a truly full sensory experience. For the best experience (especially for first timers), purchase your Orlando Cirque du Soleil tickets in advance, so you can get a seat up front. There’s really not a bad seat, but sitting up front is really special and you just may...

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Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Destinations, Florida, Photography, USA | 30 comments

10 Things To Do in Key West That Don’t Include Water

10 Things To Do in Key West That Don’t Include Water

Key West, Florida evokes images of turquoise waters, sunny skies, palm trees, lazy days fishing – in short, just about anything to do with water. But, what if you don’t swim, don’t have a boat, and just want to enjoy the scenery and whatever else Key West has to offer? Is there anything happening that’s not on or in the water? The answer is yes! I recently spent the better part of a day and a night there, and never got in the water. I enjoyed it so much I’m still dreaming of palm trees and fluffy white clouds drifting across azure blue skies. (In fact I liked it so much I’ve been researching the job and housing market there.) I didn’t realize it was possible to pack so much into one day, but then again, Key West is only 4 miles long by 1.5 miles wide – you can bike or walk the island in a day or less. The main industry is tourism, and the locals know...

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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Architectural Travel, Florida, Photography | 21 comments

The Best Way To See Art Deco Architecture in South Beach

The Best Way To See Art Deco Architecture in South Beach

South Beach. Miami, Florida: Quick, tell me – what do you think of? If you know nothing about the area at all, you probably think of the obvious: beaches, the ocean, palm trees, sunshine, and fruity drinks decorated with tiny paper umbrellas. What you may not know is South Beach has the largest collection of art deco architecture in the world! And it’s the perfect place for it – it’s as if South Beach exists so that all of those wonderful art deco structures can have a home. Art deco is synonymous with South Beach. What is art deco? The term art deco came from the Exposition des Arts Decoratifs, held in Paris in 1925. It is a style that blends many design elements from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Geometry, vertical lines, curved lines, round porthole windows, and strong colors define the more modern art deco designs of South Beach. This neighborhood was built in the 1930’s and after World War II, was in decline. By the 1970’s many...

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Florida, USA | 17 comments

Ft. Lauderdale’s Unique Transportation

Ft. Lauderdale’s Unique Transportation

It was my first time in Ft. Lauderdale and I quickly realized there was only one way to truly get to know the city touted as “The Venice of America,” and that was by boat. If you’re not lucky enough to have one (or know someone who does) don’t despair. One way you can experience it on a boat is by taking a Water Taxi. The Water Taxi is really quite a deal – for only $20.00 you can ride all day. It’s the perfect way to see Ft. Lauderdale’s intracoastal waterways, and get you can get off and on as often as you like. At each stop you’ll find bars, restaurants, shopping and cultural attractions in the area. And you don’t have to worry about a designated driver. If you are staying at one of the hotels on the regular route, you can call ahead and arrange for the water taxi to pick you up. There are several to chose from and my pick would be the historic...

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