Family travel:How to do Disney on a budget

Disney Sign

  Walt Disney World may be the most magical place on Earth, but it’s also among the most expensive. Here, we show you how to visit Florida’s House of the Mouse without sacrificing your life savings. (Here’s a hint: It’s not as difficult as you think.) 1. Choose your travel dates wisely. In other words, […]

Photos of the day: Three bloggers kayaking the Wekiwa

Fran and Rachelle paddling

For the past week, I’ve completely slacked on blog posts. First I had a few typical “life” events crop up, and now I’m stricken with an upper respiratory bug that has the unexpected side effect of making me forget how to spel. So today, I’m going to keep things simple and share a few photos […]

Orlando Wetlands Park: Trails, wildlife, and wastewater treatment

Orlando Wetlands Park-1

The first time I hiked at the Orlando Wetlands Park it didn’t fully sink in that the area was actually a 1,220-acre wastewater treatment project. I mean, it’s absolutely gorgeous and full of wildlife. This visit, I grew more curious as I noticed culverts directing water flow from section to section. In another area, I […]

Florida’s landscape in black and white

Sunlight filtering through the oak hammock in Mayakka State Park.

After 25 years of hiking in Florida, I’ve developed an appreciation for the small details in the landscape, which others may miss. Florida’s landscape is often nothing but a sea of green and to the untrained eye. However, one of the things I love most about Florida’s landscape is how the light plays through the […]

Photo of the day: Classic Florida wetlands

Orlando wetlands iris.

The Florida landscape includes more than sandy beaches. I spend a fair bit of time hiking in Central Florida, and some of my favorite landscapes are Florida wetlands. This photo was taken in the Orlando Wetlands Park this February, and I feel it epitomizes beauty of my favorite Florida scene. On this hike/walk we saw […]

Cravings: The Mount Dora Historic Inn’s peach ricotta pancakes

Sweet, creamy and tart peach ricotta pancakes.

There is something inherently romantic about a historic bed and breakfast. I’m not sure if it’s the feeling that time has stopped, like stepping into another era, or if it’s all of the pretty furniture and accessories. I especially like themed rooms with lots of small details that I would never think of adding in […]

Photo essay: Tarpon Springs, Florida

The Anastasi

As many of you know, I get restless when I’m not traveling so I frequently look for a dose of culture near home to tide me over between trips. This January, I decided to do a photo project on Tarpon Springs, Florida. Tarpon Springs is notable for having the largest concentration of Greek-Americans in the […]

Hometown culture: Breakfast at the Hindu temple of Central Florida

Masala dosas, idlis, Sambhar and coconut chutney - Photo by Chris Hand

I’m a bit of a vagabond. Even at home, I sometimes have the urge to explore and try new things, which I satisfy by looking for local destinations rich in immigrant culture. My mom is particularly adept at finding unique experiences right under our nose. She recently asked me to join her for a traditional […]

Peaceful paddle

Peaceful paddle near Wekiwa Springs, Fla.

Sometimes I find a place I can only call meditative. It’s where I just want to sit down and ponder life or journal in one of my (too) many notebooks. This photo, taken near Wekiwa Springs, Florida, shows one of those places. When I look at it I just want to see what is around […]

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Tarpon Springs, Florida, has the highest concentration of Greek immigrants in the United States. St. Nicholas Cathedral is beautifully decorated with illustrations of the Greek Orthodox faith. My camera didn’t do it justice.To learn more about the area, read my Examiner.com article: Tarpon Springs, Florida: On and off the beaten track.