An Afternoon on Boston’s Freedom Trail

I was in Boston for work-related meetings, and fortunately my mid-afternoon flight arrival gave me several hours to explore Boston before my first meeting in the evening. Boston is a great destination for a nerdy history buff, but with only a few hours to spend I went with the most obvious choice — a ramble … Read more An Afternoon on Boston’s Freedom Trail

Fighting an Invasion … with Recipes

Florida’s subtropical climate creates a unique ecosystem that is, unfortunately, ripe for invasion by plants, animals and insects from similar climates around the world. Filling South Florida with invaders from tropical areas is a time-honored tradition — many pioneers came to Florida specifically to grow tropical plants such as coconut palms and pineapples. One of … Read more Fighting an Invasion … with Recipes

Miami’s First Skyscraper

I was at Miami’s government center visiting the main library to pick up my brand new library card — can’t wait to start borrowing ebooks!! — and took a side trip to take some photos of the historic 1925 courthouse next door. Although it’s one of the older buildings in downtown Miami, according to the … Read more Miami’s First Skyscraper

Perez Art Museum Miami: Stellar Architecture

One of the most interesting of the newer buildings in Miami is the spectacular home of the Perez Art Museum Miami (map). Situated in Museum Park, east of Biscayne Boulevard at NE 11th Street, the museum shares a site — and a convenient Metromover stop — with the new home of the Frost Museum of … Read more Perez Art Museum Miami: Stellar Architecture

Visiting Our Temporary Neighbor Tara

I was interested to see that a science research vessel was parked alongside several superyachts at the nearby Epic Marina, so when I learned the boat was offering tours over the weekend I had to check it out. Tara is a very tough dual-masted schooner designed for oceanic research. Her original mission was polar expeditions, … Read more Visiting Our Temporary Neighbor Tara