Tag Archives: Historical Buildings

Exploring Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas

Probably the hardest national park to get to, the Dry Tortugas is the location of Fort Jefferson which housed the motley crew accused of conspiring in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Originally built between 1846 and 1875 to try and contain and control trade in the area, the fort was plagued with disease and troubles and never fully finished. It’s the largest brick masonry structure ever built in the Americas and uses over 16 Million bricks! Continue reading Exploring Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas

Local scene: Discovering Greynolds Park

This 249-acre park is located on the site of the old Ojus Rock quarry and is named after the owner A. O. Greynolds who donated most of the land making the park possible. This surprisingly large park can be found on West Dixie Highway and 180th St just south of Aventura in North Miami. Full of hammock and mangrove trees, the park is a natural preserve. Continue reading Local scene: Discovering Greynolds Park

Ireland Road Trip

Road tripping through Ireland isn’t for the faint of heart and can at times have some hair-raising moments, even more so, I imagine, for those (like us) that are used to driving on the right side of the road. Plenty of narrow winding roads must be taken to reach some interesting sites or off the beaten path attractions. It took some getting used too since driving on the left side isn’t an easy task and doesn’t come naturally for us right side drivers. Continue reading Ireland Road Trip

Exploring Portugal for a week

We’ve always wanted to go to Portugal – land of ancient explorers and navigators – located along the Atlantic coast and next to Spain, so when we saw TAP airlines, Portugal’s official airline, offering discounted direct flights from Miami we didn’t waste any time in planning an impromptu vacation. One of the benefits of being semi-retired!

We knew that we wanted to visit Lisbon and Porto so straight off we looked to find our hotels and train travel Continue reading Exploring Portugal for a week

Ancient Spanish Monastery

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This little gem is a haven located in North Miami. The grounds are beautiful and a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city.

The ancient monastery and the cloisters date back to the 12th Century; construction began in 1133 and ended in 1141. Cistercian monks occupied the monastery for almost 700 years in Spain! Continue reading Ancient Spanish Monastery

Visiting the Coral Castle Museum

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If visiting something different is what you’re looking for, go check out Coral Castle and take the free narrative tour available in English, Spanish, French or German.

The castle, which is entirely made of coral, was built single-handedly by a Latvian American man who was 5-feet tall and weighed only 100 pounds. From 1923 to 1951 Edward Leedskalnin carved 1100 tons of coral stones using only handmade tools. He worked at nighttime to keep his methods secret—some believe Continue reading Visiting the Coral Castle Museum