Category Archives: Florida

Miniature circus brings big joy: Tibbals Learning Center at The Ringling

With the announcement that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will perform for the last time in May 2017, we are re-publishing our post of August 19, 2015, on the Tibbals Learning Center at The Ringling in Sarasota.  Although the … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Down by the marina in Sarasota, Florida, a 26-foot tall sailor connects with a pretty young lady.  The statue, officially named “Unconditional Surrender,” has also been dubbed “The Big Smooch” (at least by roadsideamerica.com), and people either love it or … Continue reading

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Beautifully patterned: Ca’ d’Zan at The Ringling

It’s not just the miniature circus at The Ringling that draws tourists to dreamy Sarasota, Florida.  It’s also the lure of how the wealthy once lived.  And who doesn’t like a glimpse of the lavish lifestyles of the past?  If … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

Over the past few years, we’ve stood on some pretty impressive spots.  And, when we remember to look down, we’ve seen some mighty remarkable floors, stairwells, porches, etc.  Here are a few surfaces that we’re proud to say have recently … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Tiny

While you may think of the circus — and who wouldn’t? — as the Greatest Show on Earth, there’s a whole world of tiny circus people and animals and tents sure to make you lean in to glass showcases for … Continue reading

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To infinity and beyond: Kennedy Space Center

If you’ve ever wanted to tap into your inner astronaut, strap on a jet pack and head to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near Orlando in Central Florida.  There’s nothing second-rate about this hands-on (and sometimes full-body) experience with big-time, … Continue reading

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Coasting: Happening at 5:30 — Amelia Island waterfront!

After walking the broad Fernandina Beach and touring Fort Clinch, we longed for one last coastal sunset before heading back to Tennessee the following morning.  Ah, yes.  This will do: the waterfront at Amelia Island. As we arrived, a man … Continue reading

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Coasting: Glimpses of Civil War life make for fun at Fort Clinch

As we said in our last post, we just didn’t have enough time on Amelia Island.  After viewing two other forts (Fort Frederica at St. Simons and Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine), we knew we couldn’t leave without … Continue reading

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Coasting: The mystery of the Amelia Island Light

The last stop on our Coasting adventure was brief.  Too brief.  And, as it turned out, a bit of a mystery.  We arrived in Amelia Island, Florida, early on a Friday afternoon, anxious to see as much as we could … Continue reading

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Coasting: Parting shots — St. Augustine

As we prepared to say good-bye to St. Augustine, a town of many surprises, we remembered the sites that have become must-see’s for tourists:  Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College, the Oldest Wood Schoolhouse in America, etc.  But we found ourselves leaning more … Continue reading

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