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Midnight Drive in Downtown Miami Beach

Driving through Downtown Miami Beach after the clock struck twelve midnight...

Day Trip to Japanese Rock Gardens

I arrived at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens for a lovely day trip a mere two hours before they closed (unknowingly), but still had enough time to wander around the lovely little lake to view the floral and rock gardens. Spending a full morning and afternoon there would have been ideal, so I will return for a full day of delightful observing! A serene stroll through the Morikami Japanese Gardens was such a pleasurable way to spend a couple of hours... so join me and see how lovely the Rock Gardens are! Here are some photos from the Rock [...]

Tips for Attending a Floridian Christmas Parade

Attending a Christmas parade in Florida takes a different type of planning. Compared to snow-covered parade-watching - I've stood in Michigan freezing weather - there are a few things to keep in mind when standing in the hot sun! Here's my "Parade-Watching Tips": Wear lightweight clothing such as shorts and t-shirt - or a comfy cotton wrap dress Bring a sweater as it can be a bit chilly in the morning (then take off as the day progresses into afternoon) Bring a few bottles of water (freeze two bottles for icy cold water later) Bug spray, if watching a parade [...]

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at a Hometown Christmas Parade

If you're visiting sunny Florida for Christmas, be sure to attend the annual "Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade" held every year in Winter Park, Florida! This year marks their 64th Annual parade, sponsored by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce... watch the video above, and be sure to attend next year's parade!

Amazing Art in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Check out some of the amazing art sculptures, architecture, and more... in beautiful downtown Vancouver! I spent a couple of days there, and was amazed by the beauty!        

Don’t Miss These 2 Spots at the Louisville International Airport

Arriving at the Louisville International Airport for a romantic weekend getaway in Louisville, my goal was to get in and out of the airport. I wanted the fun to begin immediately! To my surprise, the fun started as soon as I got off the plane! I was greeted by a massive “Departure & Arrival” mural, obviously sponsored by Maker's Mark. What a fun photo opp! Tip: Be sure not to block the "Arrival" word... stand to the right of it!   Okay, photo opp completed, my boyfriend was trekking across the shops when I stopped in my tracks! As a [...]