Manhattan Must-Dos

A refuge is exactly what you need on a visit to Manhattan, and the InterContinental New York Barclay, which has just undergone the most ambitious restoration in its history, delivers.  When the New York Central Railroad, owned by the Vanderbilt family, decided to electrify its rail tracks and place them underground, it sparked a building boom on the street level in the area just north of Grand Central Terminal and invigorated midtown Manhattan development. New, sumptuous Park Avenue penthouses and gleaming skyscrapers were erected.  The Barclay, built in 1926, became one of the notable railroad hotels to service the well-heeled men and women travelling to New York City.

Cuba: Say Cha Cha Cha and Enjoy Life in a Bygone Era

by Miguel Ramirez
As I wake up from a nap, I look around my room and don't know what bed I am sleeping in. The high ceiling in the room, the trim around the wall bases, the A/C wall unit nor the colonial furniture are familiar to me. As I approach the wood window shutter, I ask myself, am I dreaming?   I open it and notice all the old 1950's American cars and clothes hanging on balconies.  I hear music.  Was I able to turn back time by dreaming?  I try using my smart phone to get a hold of my wife, but it does not work. I am puzzled. I finally remember I am in Cuba!

Manatees And More Make Citrus County Florida An Outdoor Lovers’ Paradise

November to April is manatee season in Citrus County, Florida. On a cold day as many as 500 manatees huddle in the crystal-clear springs there to keep warm and graze on the plant matter in the shallow waters. We visited in summer, travelling by boat and then swimming through a narrow passage from Crystal River into Three Sisters Spring. Even in the off season for manatees, there were many to be found.

Beyond the Mouse Ears—The Other Side of Orlando / Kissimmee

In 1971, the opening of Walt Disney World forever changed Orlando. It is estimated that 52 million tourists visit the area each year. While Disney remains a much-loved destination for many and has certainly been a boon to Florida’s economy, some visitors (even those with kids in tow) are foregoing the parks and their contrived fantasy environments in favor of the way God designed Orlando originally—with alligator-filled swamps, lakes teeming with fish, trees covered in Spanish moss, wetland bird sanctuaries, citrus groves and pastureland ripe for farming and cattle ranching. The new generation of parents will take their kids to Disney, yes. But they will extend their vacation or return again for something more.

WHOOOOO Let the Ghosts Out?

St. Augustine Delights Visitors with History and Legend

If Halloween night is party time for ghosts, the largest celebration will be taking place in St. Augustine, Florida. Ask any local in the city, and they will tell you with a straight face about their paranormal interactions. Travel Channel and Discovery Channel have both filmed specials about the ghosts residing here

Ghost Tours of St. Augustine Inc. has dedicated more than 20 years to uncovering and cataloguing the old city’s darkest secrets and mysteries. Lantern-lit nightly walking tours lead guests to graveyards, and various buildings across the city including a jail and a lighthouse. At the city’s historic fort we heard of maritime hauntings and pirates. Most of the city’s ghosts are happy and prank-playing, but some are sad at the loss of love or life. None cause any harm. For those who “prefer spirits with their spirits” the tour operator has teamed up with the original City Walk Pub Crawl tour in town to investiga…

Monemvasia Caps Off a Trip to Greece’s Fertile Peloponnese Region