Category: Museums

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My top 7 pics from Florida and Texas

Even though I toted my SLR camera along with me in the car on the Florida trip, it only came out on two occasions (the Dolphin Research Centre and Colonial Williamsburg). Most of the time, I took photographs with my…

My top 5 stories from Florida and Texas

I visited so many wonderful places during my trips to Florida (including Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia) and Texas (including Louisiana and Ohio) that it was hard to pin down just five great stories, but here they are: Tea, anyone? Discover…

Colonial Williamsburg is a foreign country

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” – L.P. Hartley When a waiter at the King’s Arms tavern told us we should have brought our own cutlery to eat with, and that salt and sugar would…

Dragon from down under

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida staged a special exhibit called “Dragons Down Under,” featuring sea dragons, sea horses, and pipefish, which live in the waters around Australia. The highlight of the exhibit was the rarely seen leafy sea dragon,…

“We choose to go to the moon!”

John F. Kennedy repeated those words several times in a speech he gave at Rice University in 1962, inspiring Americans to take up the challenge to fly a man to the moon before the decade was out. I was a…

Around and around

…and around up 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. It’s not as bad on the legs as some lighthouses and tower monuments can be, because it has landings at regular intervals for rest breaks,…

Fashion in fiction

Do you ever wonder what your favourite characters from classic fiction might have had in their clothes closets? How would Jane Eyre have dressed herself to impress Mr. Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s novel? Or what would Anne of Green Gables have looked like…

Georgia Aquarium on my mind

After a marvelous experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, I didn’t think any other aquarium could live up to it, but a visit to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta was surprisingly good. Where the emphasis in Monterey is…

My top 7 California pics

Moon jelly

There were lots of great photo opportunities on my trip to Southern California, so it wasn’t easy coming with just five. So I came up with seven instead: five stand-alone photos and two that were illustrations for longer stories.

My top 5 California stories

My visit to Southern California this winter was fabulous, and it’s hard to choose just a few of my best articles about the experience. But here are my picks: Living “La Vie en Rose”: About Petit Soleil in San Luis…