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In 2005, the US Congress passed the REAL ID Act in response to the events of 9/11. The REAL ID Act establishes a set standard for the issuance of State identifications such as driving licenses. The REAL ID Act is designed to eliminate terrorism on planes by making it more difficult to obtain a driving license or identification card. US Congress is now mandating what State Agencies are required to collect before issuing a form of identification. Add [...]
Iguazu Falls are to waterfall enthusiasts what Versailles is to the palace enthusiast. It’s the mecca of all waterfalls covering 1.7 miles across three counties: Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. Even if waterfalls are not your thing, visiting is a bucket list experience for anyone. There is something heavenly about walking under or over such a breathtaking wonder of the world - one of [...]
A private island in Titusville? This can’t be right. Well, if you head out onto the Indian River Lagoon - an estuary, you will find a few! And, they are like a scene from Robinson Crusoe. I’m willing to bet most boaters don’t think about sandbars or having a private island to themselves when you mention Titusville. Even better, for those of us [...]
Before we talk about how to tour Belfast Ireland a brief history is appropriate; Belfast Irelands’ History Belfast Ireland or is it Belfast England? A debate that stems from the English King Henry VIII’s takeover of Ireland in 1541. Fast forward to modern day times. The 1919-21 Anglo-Irish War led to the Irish Free State Constitution Act 1922. The Free State Act essentially [...]
Detroit Buildings. What comes to mind? Eminem’s childhood home, the GM Renascence Center, The Detroit Tigers Stadium? Perhaps it’s all and more. For me, it is the historical and abandoned buildings. The architectural marvels that now lay in ruin, covered in graffiti, a shamble of their original glory. We spent a long weekend in Detroit to tour the abandoned buildings. As much as [...]
Learn how to stay at a Disney Resort for at least half the listed price! All Disney enthusiasts dream of staying on site at a Disney World Resort. It’s a dream for most because Disney World Resorts are pricey. While Disney World does offer resorts in all budget categories, they are still out of reach for some. This post may contain affiliate links. [...]
The Howey Mansion in Florida might not be as well-known as other mansions from the 1900’s era. It might not be as famous, as big or as opulent, but it is packed with rich history, a fascinating story and it’s been renovated to capture the original luster. A massive fan of mansions, palaces, and stately homes, visiting the Howey Mansion has been on [...]
On Wednesday, March 3rd, 2019, the USA finally grounded all Boeing 737 MAX's following the latest deadly crash in Ethiopia. If you have not read about it, here are the cliff notes: Flight 302 left Ethiopian on Sunday, March 10th, it crashed shortly after killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board. The aircraft was a Boeing 737 MAX This is [...]
Every cruiser lusts after the raved about balcony room. What if I told you there are some serious advantages to an inside cruise cabin that you might not have considered? I just took my 8th cruise. I don’t think of myself as a cruising fanatic by any means, but I am not a novice cruiser. I’ve stayed in inside cabins, window view cabins, [...]
Located two and a half hours away from Auckland, the Waitomo Caves are famous for being filled with glowworms. While the main glowworm cave is an unusual attraction, most people don’t realize that the other Waitomo Caves are as impressive! Visiting the Waitomo Caves is a full day out, and there is plenty to see and do once you are there. The Waitomo Caves [...]
Chances are if you are visiting the northern island of New Zealand, you will visit Rotorua. Known as the regions geothermal area, it attracts tourists in droves. As a fan of geothermal activity, this appealed to me, and we combined this with our trip to Hobbiton. Rotorua is an hour south from Hobbiton, so it made sense to combine the two. This area [...]
Every fan of Lord of The Rings wants to visit the lush pastures of The Shire at The Hobbiton Movie Set. Even if you are not a fan, if you are in Auckland this should be on your list of things to see. And, if you’ve not seen the trilogy watch it on your flight over. If you don’t, well you were warned. [...]
Tucked away in the corner of North of Yorkshire, Britain lies a spa town called Harrogate that is home to the last completely fully working Victorian Turkish Bath in England. Locals and tourists alike flock here to see have tea at Betty’s Tea Room, admire the historical buildings or shop in the boutiques. Many do not know that there is a Victorian Turkish [...]
The Dome Houses of Cape Romano History The Dome Houses of Cape Romano are not technically on Marco Island Florida. They are on the next Island down called Ten Thousand Island which is only accessible via water. The island belongs to a larger group of Ten Thousand Islands. Built by Bob Lee, a now-deceased retired oil producer in 1980. The self-sustaining solar-powered dome homes started [...]
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