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Road Trip: The Overseas Highway from Key Largo to Key West

August 4, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  An Angel fish swimming over an Atlantic coral reef with a blue water background. In the John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo, Florida.  (Photo:  Shutterstock)   By Jay Reeves Associated Press KEY LARGO, Fla.–The Overseas Highway links Florida’s mainland with Key West, and some tourists drive straight through the chain without exploring…

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Riding the rails: Touring Rhode Island on a rail bike

August 4, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Point Judith Lighthouse on a sunny late afternoon at Narragansett, RI, USA. The lighthouse is located on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay.  (Photo: Shutterstock)   By Jennifer McDermott Associated Press PORTSMOUTH, R.I.–There’s a new way to ride the rails in Rhode Island: by pedaling a rail bike beside picturesque…

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Smooth Traveler: Baldwin’s “Individual Journey” in New York and Paris

July 29, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Baldwin’s home in Saint Paul De Vence.  (Photo: Daniel Salomons)   By Renée S. Gordon James Baldwin’s roles as author and political activist uniquely qualified him to be both a voice for and shaper of America culture in a broader sense and African-American political culture specifically. All of his childhood experiences honed him…

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Six tips to make the most of your visit to the zoo

July 21, 2017

BPT Children can’t help but be drawn to animals, so a visit to the zoo is always a winning and memorable choice for a summer outing. Introducing children to animals of all kinds, especially endangered species, will help foster a lifelong appreciation of them. With more and more animals needing help, educating children about conservation…

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Smooth Traveler: Touring Philadelphia: Where Would Franklin Go?

July 21, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  At the Mütter Museum, thousands of items on display span the medical realm, from deformed and diseased body parts to the death cast of “Siamese twins” Chang and Eng to pieces of Albert Einstein’s gloriously nerdy brain. The museum is also home to the outdoor Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden, named for the…

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Hyperloop: Get from NY, Philly to D.C. in 29 minutes

July 21, 2017

Hyperloop tunnels could ferry people, cars and even bikes from New York to Washington in 29 minutes. Philadelphia and Baltimore will be stops on the route. Tunnel system may break ground this year DETROIT (AP) — Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says he has “verbal government approval” to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New…

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Smooth Traveler: Lions in Washington, DC

July 14, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  National Museum of African American History and Culture  (Photo: Rob Crandall / shutterstock) By Renée S. Gordon “Until the lion learns to write, tales of hunting will always be told by the hunter”.  African Proverb Just as there has been a Black presence in the Americas since there was a European one, so…

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Kinderdijk windmills a must-see on any trip to Holland

July 7, 2017

By John Marshall Associated Press KINDERDIJK, Netherlands –The windmills at Kinderdijk were built in the mid-1700s as a way to clear water from the low-lying landscape of the western Netherlands. Sometime in the 1950s, the millers and water board members started seeing visitors in sneakers carrying cameras. Yep, tourists. The Dutch embraced the visitors and…

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An adventurous family vacation awaits at Florida’s Space Coast

July 7, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Cocoa Beach Pier  (www.cocoabeachpier.com) BPT When planning a Florida vacation for the entire family, two things typically first come to mind: winter getaway and busy theme park. Nothing wrong with that, but if you stop there, you’re limiting your possibilities. Along the state’s Atlantic coast, there’s another side of Florida that’s waiting to…

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Smooth Traveler: Traditional to Trendy in Washington, DC

June 29, 2017

By Renée S. Gordon A 1790 Congressional Act designated a site and delineated the boundaries of the new United States’ Federal City as being situated on the banks of the Potomac River near Conococheague Creek. The land was originally 100-sq. miles annexed from Maryland and Virginia, but in 1846, the Virginia parcel was given back….

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