Mount Dora, 30 Miles From Orlando Yet A World Away

Mount Dora light house

Mount Dora, less than 30 miles from downtown Orlando, seems a world away from the crowds gathered at Disney World. The small historic lakefront town, in the heart of the rolling hills of Central Florida, was once a popular winter destination for Northerners in the early twentieth century. I’d heard of Mount Dora, as it’s […]

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Treasure Coast of Florida

storm approaching treasure coast

While visitors often plan a trip to the beach with thoughts of seashell hunting, there is bigger treasure occasionally found on the beaches in Vero Beach, Florida. After a big storm passes during hurricane season, remnants from shipwrecked Spanish galleons are sometimes washed ashore along the Treasure Coast of Florida. On July 24th, 1715, a […]

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Fully Vaccinated, Am I Ready To Travel

Florida tropical white sand beach

Over a year ago, travel was put on hold around the world due to COVID-19. After months in lockdown, many people are now fully vaccinated and travel restrictions are starting to ease. If you’re vaccinated, will you feel comfortable going ahead with anticipated vacation plans that you had to cancel last year? It’s been over […]

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A Maine Summer Getaway

maine cottage

Maine is the perfect destination for a summer getaway and is known for its small vacation homes called camps, cabins or cottages. They are where you can spend an idyllic summer and enjoy a feeling of simpler times, or as the Maine slogan states, “the way life should be.” As I celebrate 10 years of […]

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A Few Moments In Paris

the Louvre

Paris is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Romantics like myself dream of spending a few moments in Paris with the one we love, strolling hand in hand along the Seine, admiring the beautiful architecture and then enjoying a meal at a quaint French bistro. As I write this, […]

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Claude Monet, The Artist’s Garden And Home

Monet's Garden

“I need flowers, always flowers, even flowers to pick… so that I can paint them on rainy days” Claude monet To better appreciate Claude Monet’s paintings, visit his home and famous gardens in Giverny, a small village 50 miles northwest of Paris, in Normandy, France. I dreamed of seeing his beautiful gardens for years and […]

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Will Buffets Be A Thing Of The Past

dessert buffet hotel achenkirch

Did a lavish morning buffet in a hotel’s dining room or the prospect of croissants and a pot of hot coffee being enjoyed in the privacy of your hotel room ever entice you out of bed early? Once hotels around the world reopen, health concerns may change how food and beverages are served to guests. […]

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Honfleur, One Of The Most Picturesque Harbors In France

Honfleur France

The gorgeous little harbor town of Honfleur, France has attracted artists for hundreds of years. While the boats that Claude Monet and fellow Impressionists painted more than a century ago look different now, most of the tall skinny houses that line the port in this quaint and colorful town remain the same. There are lots […]

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Moroccan Inspired Dinner

an evening in Morocco

Instead of planning an exotic vacation while the world can’t travel, why not enjoy an evening in Morocco at your dinner table. Set the table with bright colors, prepare a meal that will fill your kitchen with spicy aromas and indulge in the mouth watering flavors of North Africa. Moroccan cuisine, one of the best […]

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Anthony’s Runway 84, An Old School Italian Restaurant

rigatoni with cauliflower

Do you have a favorite restaurant where you know what you are ordering before you walk through the door? If dining at Anthony’s Runway 84, an old school Italian restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, there are go-to dishes you should order every time you visit the famous restaurant. Our family lives in South Florida and whenever […]

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