The Biltmore Estate, Ashville, NC
Article by Warren Resen and 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
India,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"