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We love going to SeaWorld. It gives us the chance to see all sorts of sea creatures up close. On our last trip to SeaWorld we spent most of the day just observing the animals there. Since we enjoy just watching we thought we would give all of you a taste of what we saw.
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A recent addition to Disney Springs over the past couple of years is the Christmas Tree Trail. It is a wonderful family fun walk-through experience. Each tree is inspired by a Disney character or theme. The Christmas Tree Trail is open from early November until January 6th. We decided over the weekend to go and take a look so we can share it with all of you.
Disney sure does put a lot of details into these trees.
It even snows at the Christmas Tree Trail!!
Here are just some of the trees we saw.
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On our last trip to Cancun we stayed at Secrets The Vine. It is an adults only all-inclusive resort in Cancun along hotel row. It is such a wonderful place to relax and enjoy time with your special someone. There are three pools at this hotel with one located up on 12th floor and the other two are located just steps away from the beach.
The Vine is a designed in a modern style and it is the tallest hotel on the beach in Cancun. The rooms are comfortable and the staff is impeccable.
The gym is well equipped and has a great view.
The food and drinks at the resort are wonderful and there are several different restaurants for you to choose from when you are hungry. In addition, there is a constant stream of entertainment throughout the day and night. The video has highlights of what we enjoyed while we were there.
The best part is spending time with your loved one and reconnecting.
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When you visit Lukas Nursery you are visiting a piece of Central Florida history. Paul Lukas and Mary Klimek emigrated to the United States from Czechosovakia. Mary in 1899 and Paul in 1905. They met in Cleveland, Ohio and got married in 1908.
In 1911, Paul and Mary had enough of the city and decided to live the life of farmers. They left Cleveland with six other families settled in the Oviedo area and began their farm in 1912. They named the area where the farm was located as Slavia.
Over time that farm became Lukas Nursery. In 2012, they celebrated 100 years of doing agriculture in the same location the family settled. In fact, they even wrote it in a sidewalk on the property. The inscription reads; ” 100 years 1912 – 2012 In agriculture at the same location. We love our customers. Thank you! The Lukas Family”
The nursery has a big selection of very large pots that are not normally found anywhere else.
Of course, the nursery has a huge variety of plants.
And sprinkled throughout the nursery are all sorts of garden statues, fountains, and interesting finds.
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Located in the heart of Old Rome is one of the oldest markets known. Campo di Fiori has been holding daily markets in this square since 1869. The daily market is open to the public and several small individual vendors sell vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, flowers, and souvenirs. At night the square changes to become a gathering place to enjoy the outdoor restaurants.
The square also has a very dark history. It used to be the location where public executions took place in Rome. In 1600 the philosopher Giordano Bruno was burnt alive at the stake for heresy against the church. In 1889 a monument was built to him on the exact spot that he was executed. In fact, his statue faces directly at the Vatican in defiance of his charges.
When we went to Rome this was a location we had to see for ourselves as we love fresh vegetables. We bought for ourselves some nuts and souvenirs. The slide show gives you a good idea of the fresh market we found.
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On a hilltop over looking olive groves is where the famous Oracle of Delphi resided. Pilgrims would travel from all over the Mediterranean to get her sage prophecies on their future from the god Apollo. It is said that Pythia would sit above a chasm in the earth and breath in deeply the fumes emitted. The fumes were said to be hallucinogenic and Pythia would slip into a trance where she would speak forth the prophecies she received from Apollo. The Oracle of Delphi was the most feared window into the will of the gods. The Oracle waited for her pilgrims in a cavern hollowed down in the depths of the hillside, underneath the great Temple of Apollo.
On our visit to Greece we got a chance to see the Temple of Apollo and hear the story of The Oracle of Delphi. Here are some pictures of our visit.
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The Vatican is a place of inspiration, beauty, and history. It is the center of the Roman Catholic Church as well as a city all to itself. It is hard to describe all the splendor one encounters when on a tour in the Vatican. Nevertheless, we will share with you only a small portion of the works of art we saw when we went.
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Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Gardens were built in 1868 as the family home of Mitchell Henry and his wife Margaret Vaughan Henry. Mitchell built it as a token of his love for Margaret. The house was sold in 1903 to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester. Upon the death of the Duchess’s father the two lost the house as it was too expensive to maintain. In 1920 the Benedictine Nuns took over the property and are still there today. Through the years the Nuns have operated an international girls boarding school which was closed in 2010. Nevertheless, the Nuns maintain a close relationship with Notre Dame University of Indiana USA and has become one of their Global Gateways for learning and social exchange.
We were lucky enough to enjoy this wonderful piece of history when we visited Ireland. We hope you enjoy this video of our tour there.
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We visited Ireland’s famous Stud Farm in County Kildare were prize winning thoroughbred horses are raised. The idyllic surroundings and best care make for a wonderful afternoon of exploration in the Ireland countryside. The guides are very knowledgeable of all the horses and even know them all by name. One of the highlights of our trip was to see the new-born colts and their famous sires. The gardens surrounding the property are beautiful and serene. Their Japanese Garden is renowned throughout the world as one of the best in Europe. It is hard to put into words one of the prettiest places we have ever been to. To share this with all of you here is a video of our visit.
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Our favorite type of vacation is to just get away, turn off, and decompress. What better place to get that accomplished than on a vacation at the beach. We have been to many beaches throughout the world and one of our top favorites is Playa Murciélago in Manta Ecuador.
Playa Murciélago is different from the usual beach vacations we take as it is a public beach located in a city. When we go to Manta we usually stay at the Balandra Hotel. It is a wonderful hotel with great staff. Best of all it is only a block from the beach and a very short walk. The roof top bar / restaurant at the Balandra Hotel is called El Faro and is considered to be one of the top restaurants in the city.
When you are on the beach you can rent a beach tent or a beach umbrella which comes with 2 chairs. On the weekday the rent for a tent is $2.00 (USD) and on the weekend $5.00. No need to lug everything with you down to the beach. In addition, all along the shore side of the beach are little shops, bars, and restaurants. It is a great place to experience the beach just like the locals.
If you decide that you want a little bit more action you can just drive along the coast to a few Xtreme Sport locations on the beach such as wind surfing or hang gliding. There is always something for everyone to do.