Is it possible to have a fun weekend in a small town just south of Indianapolis? You bet. The small town of Franklin Indiana, population 24,000, is full of interesting places to visit. Farm animal yoga? Salvage shopping? Art Deco theater? You’ll find all this and more along with some excellent restaurants.
Located approximately 30-miles east of Birmingham Alabama, the lake borders St. Clair and Talladega counties as a 17,000-acre reservoir. Built by the Alabama Power Company in 1965 and positioned in east-central Alabama on the Coosa River, Logan Martin Lake is a place of beauty and serenity that encompasses everything from luxurious real estate to vast natural resources.
The moment I stepped off the shuttle bus, all five senses were immediately awakened. The bright, warm summer sun touched my cheeks and almost obscured my view of the multitude of booths, food stands, and the throngs of people walking the midway.
Weird things do happen in Austin, a city known for its exciting restaurants, deep in the heart of Texas, famous for meat, BBQ and big everything. So, what’s a vegetarian to do when the whole workshop gang votes to grab lunch near the hotel and walks to a rustic little place touting 40-years of award-winning Texas BBQ? Well, when in Texas…
The online ad invited us to come and dream in Quetzalcoatl’s Nest, an awesome place, famous for its architecture. But we were totally blown away by the magical kingdom that awaited us for our three-day stay in Quetzalcoatl`s Nest Airbnb in Naucalpan, Northern Mexico City.
Long before drones and GoPro cameras gave us aerial views of the globe, birds of prey combed miles of desert in search of food for the nomadic Bedouin people. Once a sport exclusively for kings and aristocracy, falconry literally meant life or death for Bedouins of the Middle Eastern deserts. As hunters, this meant whether the tribe ate that night or not. Today, falcons and peregrines “retired” from hunting, are prized and revered pets in the United Arab Emirates.
South Beach (SoBe) is the neighborhood in Miami Beach, best known for its historic Art Deco District. It’s also known for its pricey, designer hotels and expensive restaurants and clubs. But there is plenty of fun to be had even on a budget.
The winter holiday spirit is alive in every step, with the steaming mulled wine in festive mugs, roasted chestnuts served in paper cones (perfect for warming cold hands), spiced cookies, and other yummy treats. The winter markets, or as the Germans call it, Weihnachtsmarkt or Advent Market, transports you into a magical land, reminiscent of those beautiful, miniature, wintery villages placed on mantels during the holidays.
Visiting the Grand Strand in November is always a good plan. The weather is pleasant, with average daytime temperatures a balmy 70-75 degrees, and only a minimal number of tourists. However, one of the best reasons to visit in the fall is that for twenty-six years, the Waccamaw Indian People have held their annual Pauwau in November, inviting numerous other regional tribes to participate.
I have found a place where I do not need to answer my cell phone, read emails or feel chained to my computer. Here I can savor the delicious tropical breeze coming off Biscayne Bay. Entering this green hideaway, I am serenely transported to a refuge where I can relax and enjoy its sights, sounds, and fragrances in slow-time.