Category: Florida

Key West for Christmas

La Mer Bed and Breakfast, a part of the Southernmost Hotel, mixes holiday charm with tropical style. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Leave Your Boots and Mittens at Home This Holiday Season Dreaming of a bright Christmas? Consider a trip to Key West to get a warm holiday fix.   ~Advertisement~ ~Advertisement~ Love the Florida Keys? You might like these posts: Biscayne,…

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Alligator Warning: Dangers in Foreign Places, Signs or Not

A sign warning that there are crocodiles in a Cancun, Mexico lagoon. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Avoiding Death by Alligator and Other Tragedies   The horrific death of Lane Graves, a toddler visiting Disney in Orlando, serves as a reminder to all travelers to remember customs, and dangers unknown to us, in places we visit. There…

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Parking, Central, Hotel, Naples

Shopping and boat rides are available in nearby Tin City, a short walk from the Naples Park Central Hotel. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Where to Stay for the Convenience On a quick trip to the west coast of Florida for a family wedding, the Brawny Sherpa and I need someplace convenient to stay. For us, that means a hotel with parking that is…

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To Which Eiffel Tower Will You Go?

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Is Everywhere—Orlando, Las Vegas, Paris With the turrets of the Excalibur in view, passing the Statue of Liberty of New York New York, cruising past the dancing fountains of Bellagio, taking in the singing gondoliers at the Venetian, the…

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Heeding those Warning Signs: Alligators Snap

A Pertinent Reminder in Sanibel, Fla. One would think that not tormenting nearby alligators would be intuitive, but, apparently, those without common sense need to be reminded. Life in the wild and all. —Lori Tripoli Note from the Brawny Sherpa:…

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Escape from New York

Winter stops being interesting for some of us circa January 2. Too bad there’s still about three months of it left. Looking for an escape? Consider Key Biscayne, Fla. Just off Miami, it’s an island escape that lets visitors seek…

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Key Biscayne Unbudgeted

When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be High-End I will forever regret missing out on what would have been my first trip to Venice, Italy. A friend and I were alternating hotel qualities: one day slumming it, the next day…

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Searching for Gable and Lombard at the Park Central

I long for the sparkling past in South Beach during my stay at the Park Central, an art deco throwback to headier times that is about to be renovated. I am glad I get to stay here shortly before its…

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Amusement Park Politics

I don’t know how many times I visit Florida’s Epcot before I realize Russia and former Soviet-bloc countries are not represented in its World Showcase pavilions. France and the UK most certainly are on its map, as are Mexico, Morocco,…

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Life and Death at the Key West Cemetery

The Key West Cemetery is probably the first one I visit recreationally. No relatives of mine are there. I hesitate: Is this okay? Just going in to look? Appreciating the stillness, the spookiness, the peace, the quiet, the flowers? Is…

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