Tag Archives: Travel

Travel | Aiken, S.C.: History, Horses and Music

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

In the late 19th century, the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Pulitzers, Morgans, and Astors epitomized America’s “Gilded Age.” These Captains of Industry financed the industrial age and established many non-profit organizations. The millionaires frequently gathered to party in mansions they built in prime areas along the coast — sprinkling luxuriant estates in Newport, R.I., “camps” in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, grand railroad resort hotels up and down the East Coast, a secretive compound in Jekyll Island, Ga., and a winter colony in Aiken, S.C.

Travel | Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Recently, two of my grandchildren visited and we headed to the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. The museum includes an awe-inspiring Butterfly Rainforest filled with numerous species of free-flying butterflies. A serpentine trail through the aviary passes cascading waterfalls and small bridges over pools with fish and turtles.

Travel | A visit to the 9/11 Memorials and Museum

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Visiting the September 11 Museum in New York City is worth the mental and emotional preparation required to relive the horrific events of that day. The visit offers compelling stories of the nearly 3,000 who died and those whose heroism saved others.

Waterfall Wonderland in Croatia

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

My love of photography often takes me to places off the grid. One such detour in Croatia took me to Plitvice Lakes National Park (PLEET-veet-seh), renowned for its breathtaking lakes. The park lies about two hours from Zagreb or the coast. I hopped a train to Zagreb, the capital, arranging a pick up the next morning for a day trip to the National Park.

Travel | Visit Panoramic Parks in Utah

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

America’s National Parks have been called our greatest national treasure. I agree. Trips to any of the 58 parks provide dramatic views, unforgettable memories and fun times.