A visit to Villa Vizcaya

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, previously known as Villa Vizcaya, is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune. It's located on Biscayne Bay, in the present day Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Deering used Vizcaya as his winter residence from 1916 until his death in 1925. The [...]

A visit to The Breakers in Palm Beach

Back when we visited the Flagler Museum, we also visited and stayed at The Breakers in Palm Beach, an historic hotel. I honestly thought I'd published these photos long ago but no, I forgot. I did publish a short video clip I filmed on the beach with a new camera I was reviewing at the [...]

Cars from the Milhous Collection

Back in 2010, Ligia and I had the privilege of seeing a unique collection of vintage and classic cars in South Florida. It was not open to the public, and although we were allowed to take photos and graciously shown around, we were asked not to mention the name of the collection. Instead, we needed [...]

The Spanish Monastery in Miami, FL

The Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux (also known as The Spanish Monastery or The Cloisters of The Ancient Spanish Monastery) was built in Sacramenia, in the Province of Segovia, Spain, during the period from 1133 to 1144. It is now found at 16711 West Dixie Highway, in North Miami Beach, FL. If you're in [...]

Father and Son: STS-1 and STS-135

Here's Chris Bray and his father at the space shuttle launch, in 1981 and 30 years later, in 2011. Excerpts from an interview with him done by the Flickr staff: Early on the morning of April 12, 1981, after a couple of delays, the space shuttle Columbia was finally getting ready for lift-off to the [...]

Butterfly World

Butterfly World, located in Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, Florida, opened in 1988 and is the largest butterfly park in the world. It contains over 3,000 live butterflies. The butterflies are bred and live in what is essentially a botanical garden, filled with all sorts of beautiful flowers they can feast upon. Visiting Butterfly World is [...]

The Flagler Museum – Part 2

This is an article continued from Part 1, containing photos from the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida. Part 1 featured photos from the exterior, the Grand Hall, the Drawing Room, the West Room, the Courtyard and the hallways. Now let's go inside the rooms, to see how the New York firm of Pottier [...]

The Flagler Museum – Part 1

On a sliver of land across Lake Worth, between Florida and the Atlantic Ocean, sits one of America's most famous historic homes and Florida's first museum: Whitehall -- Henry M. Flagler's Florida home, and a gift to his wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. Begun in 1900 and finished after 18 months, in 1902, this Beaux-Arts [...]