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Today is Fat Tuesday — or Mardi Gras, as they call it down in New Orleans.  And as you read this, that city is already celebrating one of the world’s most famous parties. All of which evokes memories of last winter, when I visited the Big Easy. And looking to get the true taste of New Orleans, [...]

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Miami may be the glitz capital of Florida, but for those who want a more people-friendly place to spend their winters, the place to be is Tampa. Situated on Florida’s west coast, Tampa and its neighbours are the favourite home for a lot of northern snowbirds. It’s very livable, the sun shines most days, and [...]

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Aquariums used to be a pretty ho-hum experience — a few tanks of fish, a crocodile or two, and if you were lucky, a dolphin or seal show. But lately they’ve become a visual treat, with huge tanks that let you view the sea creatures in settings that are both lifelike and beautiful. That’s the [...]

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Ocala, Florida is a paradise for horse lovers, as I wrote in a recent post. But Ocala has another side, one full of natural beauty and some fascinating history. So after spending some time in horse country, my colleague  Maarten Heilbron and I decided to see it for ourselves, with a visit to Silver Springs, one [...]

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Our Baby Boomer Road Trip hit Tampa on a momentous weekend. Unknown to us, we were arriving in the middle of the Gasparilla Festival, one of the biggest parties of the year. And we were lucky enough to score some VIP tickets to the showpiece of the festival, the wild and crazy Gasparilla Parade. If you’ve never heard of [...]

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Ocala, Florida is a paradise for horse lovers, as I wrote in a recent post. But Ocala has another side, one full of natural beauty and some fascinating history. So after spending some time in horse country, my colleague  Maarten Heilbron and I decided to see it for ourselves, with a visit to Silver Springs, one [...]

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One of the great things about travelling in the south is the crazy creatures you get to see: armadillos, possums, swallow-tailed kites, things like that. But one of the craziest I’ve seen is the roseate spoonbill. On first glance, a roseate spoonbill looks like one of those gag animals taxidermists put together for a joke, [...]

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When you say “Florida”, most people think of sun, sand and surf. But there’s another side of Florida, one with quiet country lanes, beautiful nature parks, great rows of live oaks — and horses. It’s called Marion Country, or more specifically, Ocala. And if you love horses and nature, it’s the place to be. Ocala [...]

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Our Baby Boomer Florida Road Trip  started at the top, in the historic city of St. Augustine. My colleague Maarten Heilbron and I came expecting to see old forts and museums filled with ancient cannons. What we weren’t expecting was a lively, fun city that mixes its historic attractions with a thriving food scene and [...]

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There are a lot of restaurants around the world that boast strange and dramatic settings: the top of the Eiffel Tower, a double-decker bus in London … But one of the strangest may be the Cafe Alcazar, in St. Augustine, Florida: where else can you dine in style at the bottom of a swimming pool? [...]

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