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National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum and Memorial in Fort Pierce

March 23rd, 2013

UDT Seal Museum

We’ve all heard of the Navy SEALS especially these days after the killing of Osama bin Laden but did you know they were originally called ‘Frogman’ and that Fort Pierce is recognized as their birthplace?

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Carnival Paradise – Tampa Bay to Cozumel Cruise

January 11th, 2013

Iguana

This year over the holidays we had the distinct honor and pleasure of joining our friends for their destination wedding in Cozumel Mexico and as if that wasn’t enough we were to get there via cruise.

Shopping in Cozumel

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Ceviche Tapas Bar – Great Seafood and Wine in Downtown Orlando

November 19th, 2012

Ancus De Rana

In 1997 the original Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant opened in Tampa. This restaurant has five distinctive buildings in five locations that offer very different dining experiences. The restaurant in Orlando is located at Historic Church Street Station in the heart of downtown. It has beautiful cathedral ceilings, a magnificent central tapas bar and a large, yet warm, lounge with live flamenco music.

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Tomoka State Park – Camping, Fishing and Paddling in Central Florida

November 7th, 2012

Tomoka State Park

Tomoka State Park is one of those special places near Daytona Beach that appeals to your sense of adventure. Activities like fishing, camping, hiking and canoeing are just a few options for fun to get you started. Wildlife viewing is popular with herons and other aquatic birds all along the Tomoka River. One unique thing you’ll want to see is the Legend of Tomokie statue which was sculpted by a local artist in 1955.

Kirby Collins camping at Tomoka State Park

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Food, Wine and Fun at Epcot

October 21st, 2012

Celebrity Chefs

Every year around this time Disney’s Epcot is filled with the sights and smells of food from around the world. Through November 12 they will be Celebrating Culinary Adventures with the 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It is touted as a food and wine lover’s paradise and I can tell you from experience that when you go you won’t be disappointed.

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Mount Dora Historic Inn – A Comfortable & Delicious Way to Escape the Ordinary

October 3rd, 2012

Mt. Dora Historic Inn

The Mount Dora Historic Inn was originally built in the 1880′s as a downtown merchant’s home, since then it has been restored to reflect the simple grace and grandeur of that era. The Bed & Breakfast inn is located on east 4th Avenue, just a short walk from the Historic Downtown Village.

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New at PlacesAroundFlorida.com – Animal Parks and Fishing Resources

October 1st, 2012

Elephant at Animal Kingdom

We’ve added two new resources to help you find the perfect Florida Vacation. Animal trainer Tiffany Karabaich wrote a complete guide to Animal Parks and Zoos in Florida.

Kirby Collins with a cobia

Our own Kirby Collins, an expert in Florida Fishing, penned a comprehensive overview of Places to Fish in Florida, including offshore, inshore and freshwater fishing.


Rusty Anchor Sightseeing Cruise – See Lake Dora and the Dora Canal

September 17th, 2012

Baby Gator

Captain Dan pointed out a baby alligator as he slipped into a small creek off the Dora Canal which connects Lake Dora to Lake Eustis. Both lakes are part of the Harris Chain which are popular for bass fishing and recreational boating.

Green Heron

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Five Fun Florida Tourist Scenes You Don’t Want to Miss

September 10th, 2012

Places to Stay in Daytona Beach

By Myscha Theriault – Independent Travel Resources at Trekhound.com

While no one article could encompass everything that Florida has to offer for the serious vacationer, there are a handful of experience categories that pretty much round out the various things you can do while getting away to America’s Sunshine State. Here are my five favorite Florida tourist scenes.

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Mount Dora – A Different Side of Central Florida

September 3rd, 2012

Blue Heron on the Dora Canal

I’ve known about the quaint little town of Mount Dora for years, it’s one of my parent’s favorite places to visit. Recently, however, some friends of ours, Rori Paul and Brian Young of WhatToDoInMtDora.com, invited us for an overnight visit to really get acquainted with all Mount Dora has to offer. In the coming weeks look for more detailed posts about our trip, but here’s a quick look what we did.

Wine Tasting at Maggie's Attic

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Dove Chick Survives Brush with Tropical Storm Isaac

August 28th, 2012

Yesterday when we were being buffeted by Tropical Storm Isaac, I walked outside to see a mourning dove chick, called a squab, lying in the parking lot of the condo I live in on Cocoa Beach. The squab had been blow out of the nest it was sharing with one other squab and a parent. Both the male and female mourning dove share the parental duties and I’ve seen both on the nest.

After contemplating whether or not I should intercede, I decided to move the dove squab with plastic bags on my hands to a somewhat sheltered area very close to its nest fearing it would be run over. Later in the afternoon the dove squab was gone, and I hoped for the best as I’ve seen squabs slightly larger than this fly. Early this morning all were missing, and I figured nature took its course.

Then right around noon today, I saw all three huddled under a nearby bush. So Cool! They are true survivors, I wish them all the best.


Café Tu Tu Tango – Tapas Food for the Starving Artist in All of Us

August 27th, 2012

Atrist Cafe Tu Tu Tango

If you have a group of friends and you’re looking for something different in the vast choices of places to eat in Orlando there is one that offers a truly unique experience, Café Tu Tu Tango. The whole place is set up like a ‘starving artists’ studio, sometimes they even have an artist there working on an original piece. The walls are covered with art that’s all for sale, even the bar and tables are colorful.

Shrimp and Kielbasa Skewers at Cafe Tu Tu Tango

If you interested in a different taste combination try the savory Shrimp and Kielbasa Skewers. They are marinated in pepper and serve with red beans and rice, a Cajun delight.

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August in the Merritt Island National Refuge – Central Florida’s Best Wildlife Watching Spot

August 22nd, 2012

Wild Pigs

PIGS! I yelled as I pulled off the road and opened the door. Beverly was looking at a map or something and I had my camera in hand and stooped down to position myself behind a tree. I then motioned for Beverly to quietly come over and she slid in behind me in stealth mode. The seven wild pigs were feeding and doing what wild pigs do.

We were at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and had a great day watching a diversity of wildlife. The refuge is one of the best wildlife viewing parks close to Orlando to see a wide variety birds, mammals and reptiles.

Manatee on his back

A downpour left this manatee happily swimming on his back. He appeared to be drinking the rainwater as manatees need freshwater every couple weeks.

Osprey

There were many ospreys, like this one holding what appears to be a mullet.

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Relive History – Photos of Fort Matanzas

July 12th, 2012

Cannon at Fort Matanzas

In 1745, A Spanish officer and around six soldiers would be sent to defend St. Augustine’s southernmost access nearly 15 miles south at Matanzas Inlet. They’d spend 30-day stints protecting Castillo de San Marcos from the British and pirate ships. These solders had to endure all that nature could throw at them, strong storms, extreme heat and swarms of mosquitoes. Their outpost was Fort Matanzas, it offered them shelter from the elements as well as protection from cannon fire.

Fort Matanzas Quarters

After being built by the Spanish from 1740-42, Florida and the fort were traded to the British in 1763 in exchange for Cuba. Fort Matanzas was then reoccupied by the Spanish and eventually the US and Union Army before being decommissioned in 1900 after the Spanish-American War.

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