Give yourself a moment of Zen by taking a stroll through the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Japanese Gallery which showcases oriental treasures from the museum’s permanent collection. During a walkthrough of the space my family found the place to have a sense of peacefulness that radiated from the objects on display. The artwork has a commonality of sharing the complementary qualities of stillness and movement which are inherent in many Japanese works. Walking through the gallery the sight of magnificent folding screens and solemn statues provide the ambience of being inside a tokonoma, an alcove in Japanese homes and...Read More
Maybe it’s the beauty of those purple mountains as they meet the warm sandy desert, or the kitschy retro fun of all the mid-century architecture and ‘60s furnishings, or the more than 110 golf courses dotted around the Coachella Valley area and rubbing shoulders with Serena Williams and Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Tennis Open.
But mostly, it’s the fact that there is so much to do there. Any way you cut it, this is a great family vacation spot.
This week America commemorates an infamous anniversary, the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 4, 1968, at 7:01 p.m. Dr. King was felled by a bullet on the balcony of the then Lorraine Motel. Last February 2017, Toyota Motor Sales USA, conducted a Black History Tour (BHT) arranged by their multicultural agency, PRecise Communications based in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child of the 1960s, and witness to riots in Baltimore after the assassination of Dr. King, I was super excited to attend to learn more about our history, and was joined by several journalist...Read More
Get your motor running! The newest attraction The Great Lego Race now open at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, just outside of Orlando, combines roller coaster excitement with virtual reality (VR) technology, putting guests in the center of an out-of-this-world thrill. LEGOLAND Florida Resort features more than 50 rides, and it’s newest ride The Great LEGO® Race invites guests into a virtual world where they’re the star of an exhilirating race against several LEGO minifigure competitors — all while taking an roller coaster ride! A LEGO pirate, surfer, wizard, pharaoh are ready to outpace the competition at every turn. Virtual Reality Wearing the optional, but...Read More
Sitting where the mighty Ohio River splits into the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, Pittsburgh looks like no other city with its sweeping mountain vistas and waterways. The dozens of bridges, steep, streets, and tunnels offer their own navigational challenges to visitors. Anchoring the east end of the Rust Belt, Pittsburgh has shed its steel mills for museums, parks, and inviting neighborhoods. Visitors will find an amazing array of activities for all ages to fit any type of vacation itinerary. The twenty places listed here merely scratch the surface of Pittsburgh’s attractions. 20 Attractions to Visit in Pittsburgh Carnegie Science...Read More
I travel a lot for work and I like it. I like going to new places, seeing new things, eating new foods, and best of all – getting to know new people. With a free afternoon on a recent business trip to Pittsburgh and based on a recommendation from my dear sweet wife, I headed across the Andy Warhol Bridge (yes, indeed) to the fabulous North Shore neighborhood to check out the Andy Warhol Museum. Here are the top five things you should know as a first-timer about your visit to the Warhol Museum: No. 1 First, it’s accessible...Read More
Disney Springs has been growing and changing dramatically over the last few years. It’s been part of a decades-long transformation from the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village I knew during my first Walt Disney World visits, into the dining, shopping, and entertainment behemoth that it has become today. As large as the area has become, it still features some one-of-a-kind experiences that are easy to miss in a place with over 150 venues spread across 120 acres. These are just a few unique stories that I think are definitely worth your time and money. Cake Decorating Experience...Read More
Toy Story Land Opening June 30, 2018 The Toy Story Land opening is officially set June 30, 2018. Mark your calendar and get ready for some new magic at Walt Disney World. There are two Toy Story Lands in existence at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. The newest Toy Story Land is coming to Hollywood Studios, in an area by Toy Story Mania appropriately, back by where Bug’s Life used to be. We used to love Bug’s Life rope course and slides since it offered an area for the little ones to play, similar to the dig park...Read More
We stopped by the historic Van Raalte Farm while my family was in Holland, Michigan for a weekend road trip to learn about how the maple sugar that is used in candy and syrup is made. March is the ideal time of year in Michigan for creating maple sugar. The freezing temperatures at night combined with warm, sunny days stir trees to emerge from their winter dormancy producing flowing sap from which the maple sugar is made. While visiting Van Raalte Farm, my kids had the chance to learn how sugar is created from the sap of maple trees,...Read More
If you’re in South Florida, there are countless beaches in & around Fort Lauderdale that are worth visiting. The Florida coast has no shortage of prime beachfront property, each offering their own adventure, entertainment and experience. Four years ago we moved to South Florida and began making the rounds to the nearby beaches. Here are our top six favorite beaches near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Top Beaches Near Fort Lauderdale Florida draws thousands of tourists every day with it’s beautiful, clean beaches and subtropical climate. Lined with palm trees, white sand and blue ocean shores, these beaches near Fort Lauderdale...Read More