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So Fl Renaissance Fair

14 March 2011 // Filed under Events

Yes, we have one, too.

and it’s a great place for taking photos.

Here’s the youngest (that I know of) in the performing group. She’s 18 months old and I think her name is Lilly.

There was an entire fleet of fairies at the fair (that makes sense, doesn’t it?)

(or is she a faun? confusing because she has wings, but she also has horns.)

other (types of)  ladies were there, too.

What else? Let’s see. A falconer,

Mistress Mary,

Someone who dressed up for the occasion (a time traveler, perhaps?), and

B, who came to take photos, too.

For more photos, go to my christine davis site.

 ::  Share or discuss  ::  2011-03-14  ::  Christine

Cracker Parade 2011

9 March 2011 // Filed under Events

At the end of every Cracker Trail Ride, there’s a parade in Fort Pierce. At least, this year, I made the parade. Would like to have caught up with the group as the horses and riders made their way across the state. Maybe next year.

Florida Cracker Cowmen got their name because they cracked their long whips to herd up the cattle.

The Florida Cracker Association takes to the trail annually, and camps at ranches along the way…

Appeared they had a fine time, ending up at the bar, horses and all.

For more photos, you can go my christine davis site or the mean old bitch site.

 ::  Share or discuss  ::  2011-03-09  ::  Christine

Street Painting Festival 2011

5 March 2011 // Filed under Events

I love this fair. And, since I live less than a block away, I can walk down and follow its progression. Wish Lake Worth did more of this kind of thing. The only festival I have loved better was the Luggage fair in San Francisco, an unbelievable conglomeration of street performers and acrobats who were walking up and down the sides of buildings…

Anyway, I digress. Here are photos from this year’s Lake Worth festival (and for more photos, go to my christine davis site.

 ::  Share or discuss  ::  2011-03-05  ::  Christine

trains!

2 November 2010 // Filed under Places

ok. maybe one of these days I can take a trip like this! From Hotel Club some wonderful train trips.

I’ve pretty much cut and pasted. I have ridden on trains many times in Europe, and found it a great way to get around…

It was a great way to see the French countryside, and the Alps.

Glacier Express

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Arguably the slowest ‘express’ on the planet, the 180 mile ride on this delightful route takes a good 8 hours. The train links the two mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. 291 bridges, 91 tunnels and an altitude of 6,670 feet.

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Images courtesy of Puddles, +Jun+, janetmck

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

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Images by Stef Flater (1 + 2)

A three-day trip, through beautiful country side, the Orient Express inks a number of  European cities including London, Venice, Rome, Budapest or Prague.

Pride of Africa

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A once-a-year trip, planned on the Pride of Africa is a 14-day epic expedition through Cape Town, Dar Es Salaam, Kimberley, Pretoria, the Kruger National Park, Beit Bridge, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Lusaka and through Tanzania to Dar Es Salaam.

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Images by Rovos Rail

Eurostar

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While in Europe, take the train, rather than a short flight…Although you’ll get to spend plenty of time in the Eurostar under the sea.

Flam Railway

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On this  train, one will ride through the world’s longest fjord Sognefjord, where on a 20 kilometer trip you’ll get to see an amazing descent from an altitude of almost 3,000 feet into the fjords of Flam.

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Images by Sugeo, Laurakgibb, kurlvink

A popular tourist attraction in Norway, this is all about exploring unadulterated beauty of nature at a leisurely pace.

Palace on Wheels

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Images courtesy of nzer and rdtc.in

Step on the Palace on Wheels and you will find exactly what you have been promised with the name. The train that starts from Delhi in India and ends up in the royal state of Rajasthan, offers complete luxury on tracks, much like the pampering enjoyed by royal kings in the days long gone. Just to roll back time, a steam engine is used to pull the train initially out of Delhi, adding further to the experience. An elephant welcome in Jaipur, lunch at the Lake Palace in Udaipur, a camel safari near Jaisalmer and an afternoon at the Taj Mahal; the Palace on Wheels is the most comfortable way to explore India.

Eastern & Oriental Express

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All images courtesy of Orient-Express Images

Stretching between the ultra-modern Singapore and Bangkok, and traveling through lush green tropical forests, the Eastern and Oriental Express is modern, stylish and comfortable.

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Royal Scotsman

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The Royal Scotsman is the most expensive train ride on the planet. Just consider the fact that a 4-day trip on the Royal Scotsman costs more than an entire 19-day first-class trip on the Trans-Siberian, and you will get the idea. The observation car accommodates 36 passengers (yes, only 36 passengers allowed) in comfortable armchairs along with cabins specially designed for dining and other purposes.

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Images by lolothian, christymacintosh, jeffmcneil

The train pulls over at night when you need to sleep and while the trip offers a great passage through little known waterfalls, mountains and valleys, it is obviously not for everyone.

Trans-Siberian Railway

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2 comments  ::  Share or discuss  ::  2010-11-02  ::  Christine

stranahan house haunted

4 October 2010 // Filed under Places

i didn’t know this. I saw this on zillow with other haunted houses, and since this is convenient and close by, it’s a good haunted house to know about for a Halloween visit. Here’s the zillow story. for the rest of the haunted houses, here’s the zillow link.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons by Elmschrat)

Stranahan House

Frank Stranahan

The Stranahan House was one of several structures built between 1893-1906 along the New River in Fort Lauderdale, FL, by Frank Stranahan (photo).

Frank arrived in 1893 to operate a barge ferry across the river. Soon, he was running other businesses: a trading post, post office, bank and hotel.

He married school teacher Ivy Cromartie and built her a home right on the New River in 1906, the Stranahan House, which still stands today as the oldest remaining structure in Broward County.

Frank and Ivy were considered Fort Lauderdale’s First Family.

This is also where Stranahan’s story turns grim. He suffered from depression and his mental health could not endure a hurricane that devastated his businesses, or the financial effects of the Great Depression.  Stranahan committed suicide on June 23, 1929 by strapping a large iron gate to his ankle and throwing himself into the New River.

There are many reports of Frank Stranahan’s ghost in the Stranahan House, as well as the ghost of Ivy Cromartie. Other ghostly presences include six family members and the apparition of an Indian servant girl near the back of the home. The Stranahan House is now open to public tours. (Photo of Stranahan: Broward County)

And then there are a whole series of ghost videos. here’s one and will take you to the others.

 ::  Share or discuss  ::  2010-10-04  ::  Christine

Mad ol Squirrel

10 September 2010 // Filed under All Season

This squirrel was so mad at my cat. Would not let it go. Put up a racket. Talk about bitchin, as in quit your bitchin. And the cat was just sitting there minding her own business (for once).

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Birds

9 September 2010 // Filed under All Season

Thought this would be a good place to put this.

Nice, isn’t it?

My mom had a black swan that she’d talk to. Pauly, he came with the farm. It was a sad day when he died…

My sisters bought my parents two white swans, for their anniversary, I think, but they flew away. Life is short!

So many wonderful things about living here. It’s 6:30 a.m. and the birds aren’t awake yet. Wonder what I will hear this morning?

 ::  Share or discuss  ::  2010-09-09  ::  Christine

Baby Turtle Rescue

19 August 2010 // Filed under Places

This past Sunday, I joined Robert Schonfeld, South Palm Beach’s Turtle Man, on his morning walk on the beach.

Every Sunday morning during August, he takes groups to find and rescue baby turtles who did not make it out of the nest.

Here is a link to Schonfeld’s story and a turtle primer that I wrote up for The Coastal Star.

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18 August 2010 // Filed under Uncategorized

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Portland Oregon, the Pearl

11 July 2010 // Filed under Places

Sights around Jamison Square

Monkey Man
Rhubarb

Street Artist

Turbines
All Busted

All Busted

Sammy’s

 ::  Share or discuss  ::  2010-07-11  ::  Christine