The Magic City Reprise

The origins of Miami’s nickname, the Magic City, are a little murky, but it appears to be rooted in classic Chamber of Commerce boosterism. The city grew dramatically in the years after the arrival of the railroad in 1896, with the population blossoming from a few dozen people in the pre-railroad era to 444 citizens … Read moreThe Magic City Reprise

Visiting a Time Capsule from the Era of the Bay

The weekend’s nice weather inspired us to visit one of the smallest destinations in the Florida State Park system, The Barnacle Historic State Park. The Coconut Grove property was the home of Ralph Munroe, one of the earliest pioneers in the Miami area. Like many of today’s visitors, he came to the area in search … Read moreVisiting a Time Capsule from the Era of the Bay

Big Heads and Other Monumental Art

Based on the level of snark in my post about the Perez Art Museum, you might think we dislike abstract art. Not so! We love — and own — plenty of abstract pieces. What we don’t have is any deep understanding of the sophisticated hidden meanings in the non-representational pieces. We either like the pieces … Read moreBig Heads and Other Monumental Art

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 moreAn Afternoon on Boston’s Freedom Trail