Day Trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park

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This was the first time we were able to fit in a visit this National Park during a trip to Key West Florida. And we were very glad we did it. Although we would certainly prefer if the boat ride had been shorter than 2.5 hours each way, the crew of the Yankee Freedom, the [Read more …]

The Florida Keys

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We seldom get down to the Florida keys, but when we do, we always enjoy it. The weather and the atmosphere always make this a great place to visit. The more painful part is the drive down from Miami. It took us almost 2 hours to drive the first 30 miles. But after that, the [Read more …]

Miami Restaurants

We were only in Miami for a few days, which meant only time to explore a few restaurants. Lunch on the first day was at one of our discoveries on our last trip: Joe’s Stone Crab Carry-Out. While it is in the same building as the old-line, very stuffy Joe’s Stone Crab [Read more …]

Art Basel 2015 in Miami Florida

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For one week each December, the fine art world gathers in Miami Florida for Art Basel Miami, probably the most important art show in the country, where dozens of the world’s largest, most exclusive art dealers display, and hope to sell, their premier pieces. This was our second visit to the show (see our blog [Read more …]

Eating In New Orleans, Louisiana

We love the food in New Orleans…at least for a short time period. Our bodies are not accustomed to so much rich and fried food. But as long as we were there, we made a valiant effort to enjoy as much as we could (and to walk a lot to get rid of the calories). [Read more …]

Day Tripping From New Orleans: Bayou and Plantation Country and Metairie

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While we were in New Orleans, we rented a car for the day to spend a little time exploring some areas outside of the city. After about an hour expressway drive west, almost to Baton Rouge, we exited the highway and followed the Great River Road partway back, past a flame-belching oil refinery and an [Read more …]

New Orleans Garden District

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On this trip to New Orleans, we stayed on Saint Charles Avenue in the heart of the Garden District, making it the first time we really took the opportunity to explore this lovely neighborhood. We spent most of our time on the Avenues that lead through the Warehouse District and downtown to the French Quarter. [Read more …]

New Orleans World War II Museum

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The last time we were in New Orleans, we remember that we were very impressed by the easy-to-follow flow and by the way the voluminous content that this museum presents. We were even more impressed this time and fond that we easily spent 1/2 of a day there examining the different components and exhibits. We [Read more …]

New Orlean’s French Quarter Museums

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We are always suckers for visiting museums in any city we visit and New Orleans was no exception. We visited a number of the city’s history museums. These included: Jean Lafitte National Park This historical park actually has several branches across the state, each focusing on a different aspect of Louisiana landscape, history and culture. [Read more …]

New Orleans, Louisiana

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We love New Orleans. We’ve been there several times: three times to Mardi Gras and at least three other occasions. This includes our previous trip there, about year after Hurricane Katrina, where we toured the Lower Ninth Ward, which was still reeling from the devastation with ruined homes and even a boat that the flood [Read more …]