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Ybor City: Tampa’s Latin Quarter – an eclectic mix of diverse sights

Known as Tampa’s Latin quarter, Ybor city is an eclectic mix of diverse sights and sounds that encapsulates the history, culture and traditions of the various immigrants who came, over a century ago and settled in Tampa. Founded in the 1880s by Vicente Martinez-Ybor, this historic neighbourhood was where thousands of immigrants mainly from Spain,… Continue reading Ybor City: Tampa’s Latin Quarter – an eclectic mix of diverse sights

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Photoessay: Effervescent San Francisco – a medley of sights

Often referred to as “Everybody’s Favorite City“, San Francisco has a vibe like none other.  With plenty to explore, SFO offers loads of scenic beauty, several architectural gems, iconic sights, quirky neighbourhoods and much more. Below are some random captures on my recent visit to the city. To read more photo essays click here and here.

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Pier 39, San Francisco: a plethora of fun, frolic and entertainment

It is often said your visit to the fog city aka San Francisco starts at The Pier.  A vivacious city that is often touted as the cultural and commercial capital of California, San Francisco has a unique character and vibe that is hard to miss.  With several iconic attractions including the Golden Gate bridge, Twin… Continue reading Pier 39, San Francisco: a plethora of fun, frolic and entertainment

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Naples, Florida: sunshine, sand and sea

Perfectly manicured lawns, sprawling golf courses, a vibrant downtown, quirky stores, plenty of sun, sand and sea are some of the first things you notice when you visit the eclectic city of Naples in Southwest Florida. Voted as the healthiest and happiest city in the US twice in a row according to the Gallup-Healthways State… Continue reading Naples, Florida: sunshine, sand and sea

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Tampa Downtown: Turn back in Time in Tampa Theatre

Ornate sculptures, elaborate ceiling panels and magnificent portraits – while one would normally associate this decor with historical monuments and palaces, these are actually some of the first things that catch your attention as you enter the doors of the iconic Tampa Theatre. Standing tall in the city’s bustling downtown for over 90 years, Tampa… Continue reading Tampa Downtown: Turn back in Time in Tampa Theatre

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4 museums to visit in and around Tampa for Floridian history, culture and nature

The land of sunshine, sand and sea, Florida in the United states has a rich history going back thousands of years.  Human presence in this south eastern tropical state dates back at least 10000 to 12000 years.  The state boasts of a rich fauna and flora and even today is synonymous with alligators, crocodiles and manatees… Continue reading 4 museums to visit in and around Tampa for Floridian history, culture and nature

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The Revs Institute, Naples: a must visit for automobile aficionados

While Ferrari is synonymous with race cars, did you know that the Tipo 166 was the first Ferrari to win a major car race? Imagine standing next to the Mercedes 1923 Targa Florio, a unique masterpiece and one of only three that exist in the world today.  View the world’s most famous sports racing OSCA (Officine… Continue reading The Revs Institute, Naples: a must visit for automobile aficionados

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Hershey’s Chocolate World: a day of fun and “sweet” happiness

“More than any other food, chocolate delights and enchants… chocolate tantalizes and it comforts. Chocolate has soothed fretful children and welcomed tired travelers; mountain climbers have saved their last piece of chocolate to celebrate reaching new heights; suitors have given chocolate to show the depth of their devotion. Chocolate has been used as a stimulant, an… Continue reading Hershey’s Chocolate World: a day of fun and “sweet” happiness

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Niagara Falls: mist, magic and magnificence personified

Derived from the Native American word that means “split in the flat land”, Niagara falls are arguably one of the most beautiful and popular water falls in the world.  Stunningly beautiful and breathtaking, no words can actually do justice to the magnificence of this natural wonder. Located at the international border between Canada and the… Continue reading Niagara Falls: mist, magic and magnificence personified

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Corning museum of glass: a display of sheer excellence, beauty and grace

While glass is an essential commodity that we use almost daily in our lives, it is something we take for granted and not much importance is attributed to the material though its utility is so high.  So, when you hear about a museum that is dedicated completely to the history, science and art of this… Continue reading Corning museum of glass: a display of sheer excellence, beauty and grace