Tag Archives: Travel

Travel | Finding the jewels of Jordan

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By Debi Lander
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Americans generally don’t include the Middle East on their bucket list, but I’d like to change your mind about Jordan. The Hashemite Kingdom, Jordan’s official name, is the safest country in the region and extremely welcoming to tourists. Jordan offers incredible historic sites, attractions, and adventures for luxury to budget travelers.

Travel | Return to Andy Griffith’s Mayberry

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

North Carolinians may call it Mount Airy, but it’s still Mayberry to me. Imagine cruising down Main Street in a 1962 Ford Galaxie squad car. That memory lane transported me into a 1960s time capsule. Siren blaring, we cruised past white-stone buildings, the old Earle Movie Theater, a hardware store, Floyd’s barbershop, and Snappy Lunch. My driver, Allen Burton, a life-long resident of Mount Airy, points out that Andy Griffith actually grew up here. “The Andy Griffith Show,” a popular ‘60s television show starring Griffith, was set in Mayberry, a fictitious Mount Airy, N.C.

Travel: Edison and Ford Winter Estates worth a drive

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

I’ve lived in Florida since 1997, but a certain light bulb never went off in my head until recently. I’m a travel writer, yet I never visited one of Florida’s most noteworthy historical landmarks: the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.

Travel: Finding the Wild West in Wyoming

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Wyoming evokes images of cowboys, ranches and wide-open spaces. I headed for the least-populated state in America for a meeting in its northeastern corner, and stayed on to explore the mountains and plains.

Travel: New museums in Virginia’s Historic Triangle

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Three Tidewater cities, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, collectively make up Virginia’s Historic Triangle. They recall the earliest days of life in the American colonies. Today, the family-friendly destinations bring hands-on opportunities to see, smell, taste, hear and touch the struggles and triumphs of pre-Revolutionary times.