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…

How to Survive the CoViD Safety Theater before your Cruise

How to Survive the CoViD Safety Theater before your Cruise

I’d never imagined being so stressed-out getting ready for a Caribbean cruise.  But then, a lot of things have happened over these last two years that I’d never imagined. Seven extended-family members and I recently took a holiday cruise on Holland America‘s Nieuw Statendam.  And it was fabulous! We had planned to take a similar…

Early Summer in Orlando

Early Summer in Orlando

The fountain’s white spray shot up from the blue lake and sparkled against the green trees.  The setting sun broke through the low light-grey clouds in patches of reddish orange.  The air felt warm and blanket-y on my bare arms after hours in the air-conditioned hotel meeting space behind me.  I stood and watched until…

From the Bridge of San Francisco to the Shores of Mangalore

From the Bridge of San Francisco to the Shores of Mangalore

Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Cities. We begin our journey here in the United States, where CatSynth shows us some photos of “San Francisco, looking at the approach to the Bay Bridge”. From there we travel to the MidWest, where if it’s Tuesdays it must be Milwaukee. A little south, Family Travel suggests A…