Christmas and More
at The Biltmore Estate
By Warren Resen
Photos courtesy of
Christmas in North Carolina at Asheville’s
Biltmore House is a
Renée S. Gordon
a brief orientation on what is most wonderful about Jamaica and its
people one need look no further than the
Jamaica National Flag. It was designed by a committee of the Jamaica
House of Representatives and first flew on August 6, 1962, Jamaican
Independence Day. The three colors and four triangles used in the
design are representative of the nations’ past and future. Two green
triangles on the top and bottom stand for the hope of the people and
the country’s agricultural bounty. The gold swaths that separate the
triangles embodies the wealth of natural resources and the sunlight
that bathes the island in a gilded aura and the two black triangles
symbolize the people and their legacy of strength and creativity.
Eastern Europe’s Capital Cities Estonia and Latvia
Renée S. Gordon
The Baltic Sea is located in Europe and touches the coasts of Denmark,
Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Russia
but the countries most recognized as Baltic countries are Estonia,
Latvia and Lithuania. The Baltic Sea is nearly 150,000-sq. miles in size
and 1,000-miles long and for thousands of years people have entered the
region to settle, invade, conquer and trade because of its location.
Through it all each of the Baltic countries has managed to maintain a
separate and unique culture and this, along with modern infrastructure,
first class dining and accommodations, and huge swaths of pristine
forests and beaches, has jettisoned the Baltics to the top of the list
of must-see tourist destinations.
Québec City, Canada
Renée S. Gordon
In 1985 the Historic District
of Old Québec
received the first North American UNESCO World Heritage Site designation
as an urban ensemble. The selection was based on its significance to the
history of mankind and the importance of the city’s heritage to
humanity. A visit to Québec City introduces you to, not only its
history, heritage and architecture, but also to its unique European vibe
with world class dining, accommodations, entertainment and shopping.
by Renee S. Gordon
Manchester’s main shopping district was the scene of an IRA bombing on
June 15, 1996. There were
no deaths but more than 200 were injured. Almost immediately Manchester
spent more than $1-billion on rebuilding Exchange Square and it is now
one of the trendiest shopping areas in the country. Visitors can make
purchases in designer boutiques, specialty stores and the largest Marks
and Spencer in the world as well as dine in two medieval pubs that were
relocated brick by brick. The pubs, Old Wellington and Sinclair’s Oyster
Bar, are the oldest structures in the city This district is a shopper’s
paradise. Read more
The Biltmore Estate, Ashville, NC
Article by Warren Resen
Photos by Jeannie O'Conner
Washington Vanderbilt began planning and building his home, which today
is still the largest private residence ever built in America, he was a
28 year old bachelor. It took 6 years to complete this 175,000 sq. ft.
French Renaissance chateau with 250 rooms, 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 66
servant’s bedrooms, 65 fireplaces and many more features under roof.
When it officially opened 120 years ago on Christmas Eve 1895, Mr.
Vanderbilt was 35 years old.
Article and photos by Kathleen Walls
There is a unique birthday celebration this
year. It includes a link to
our natural past and a promise for our future. Instead of the usual cake
and candles, it involves, Cracker cattle, cow hunters, lots of swamp
filled with cypress knees and trees, saw palmetto and alligators.
It all began in February of 1914
with a lumberman from
named Edward Vose Babcock.
He saw an opportunity to make money harvesting the cypress and
yellow pine that were plentiful near Ponta Gorda, Florida and bought 156,000 acres and
began logging the cypress and pine. You can step back in time for 90 minutes
for an in-your-face glimpse the
natural world of southwest Florida on the Babcock Wilderness Tour.
Driving through India
by Warren Resen
as portrayed in slick travel magazines, does not exist. A trip to
India is not a vacation. It is an experience and should not be viewed by
the gentle traveler as a picture post card event. It is nothing like a
trip to Europe. It’s too vast. Too ancient. Too complicated. India is
sensory overload. The motivation for your visit is critical to what you
get out of it. Read
Ecuador, in “The Land of Eternal Spring.”
by Renée S. Gordon
South America was conjoined with Africa as part of the supercontinent
Pangaea until approximately 225 million years ago. When the continents
drifted apart South America remained the continent with the largest
latitudinal expanse, a land mass that goes from the Sub-Antarctic region
to the Tropical Zone and the Andes Mountain Range that extends
4,350-miles. This astonishing continent has been divided into 12
countries but there is none more filled with history, culture,
biodiversity and outdoor adventure than Ecuador.
By Kathleen Walls
Let's face it. No matter how much you enjoy driving, there comes a time
when you wish you could relax and "Leave the Driving to us". No, I'm not
suggesting you take a Greyhound. But sometimes it's fun to see a new
city without having to worry about parking and traffic. That's why
trolleys have caught on in a big way.
by Kathleen Walls
Had you ever stopped to consider a beautifully decorate Christmas
Tree as a work of art? Orlando Museum of Art has and each year they
offer some of the most beautiful trees in their annual Festival of
Trees. This year's theme is "All That Glitters"