Summer-Travel Survival Tips

Summer-Travel Survival Tips

I’ve never been so glad to come home from a trip. Travel experts are predicting a sold-out summer of stressful vacations–long lines, high costs, delays and cancellations.  And if my recent trip to New York and New Jersey is any indication, the experts are right.  I had a great time (more on the sites to…

Washington, D.C., LDS Temple

Washington, D.C., LDS Temple

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Washington, D.C., Latter-Day Saints Temple in Kensington, Maryland, is holding an Open House for the general public. The gleaming building of Alabama white marble sits on hilltop grounds covering nearly 60 acres.  Colorful garden beds lead up to a sparkling central fountain. The Temple reaches nearly…

How to Explore a Historic City

How to Explore a Historic City

Travel offers adventure, stimulation, and a spirit of freedom.  History gives us inspiration, comfort, and a sense of connection.  When you put them together, it’s magic. That’s why it’s so rewarding to discover a new place through its past.  Unique culture, human stories, and quirks and charms come to life through centuries-old architecture, inspiring monuments…

Medieval Torture Museum in St. Augustine, Florida

Medieval Torture Museum in St. Augustine, Florida

Governments have long used masks to control their subjects. WARNING:  The images that follow are disturbing.   This post contains affiliate links. For more information, click here. The Medieval Torture Museum in Saint Augustine, Florida, features an unsettling display of these devices, whose purpose was to subject the wearer public ridicule.  They were typically used to…

Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida

Florida boasts unique history.  And Saint Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos reflects much of the originally Spanish colony’s uniqueness.  It is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States.  It has witnessed centuries of political and cultural conflict.  And it was built with a rare seashell-limestone that can alternately absorb and deflect cannonballs. Founded…

Jamaican Cooking Class at old Prospect Plantation

Jamaican Cooking Class at old Prospect Plantation

Flames rose from the old black metal drum grill.  Herbs and spices melded together in a rich and zesty aroma.  The beautiful blue Caribbean Sea sparkled beyond the lush green lawn and gardens. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. Yaaman Adventure Park, just outside Ocho Rios, Jamaica, boasts a “secret river”, a…