Art Deco in Miami

If you love Art Deco architecture then Miami should be on your bucket list. Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue are saturated with some of the finest examples of Mediterranean Revival (1910s – 1920s), Art Deco (1920s – 1940s), and MiMo (1940s-1960s) style buildings. These buildings are still standing thanks to the efforts of the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL). Whilst the society focuses on the tangible heritage, that is preserving the physical structures of the building, what they have also achieved is the continuance of intangible stories. Heritage interpretation in the form of guided tours and self-guided audio tours were readily available for individuals wishing to explore the gems of the beach. Continue reading “Art Deco in Miami”

Kennedy Space Center

I am so excited to share another review from Orlando! We decided quite last minute to visit the Kennedy Space Center located at Cape Canaveral. Basically the center consists of two sites: the visitor center (where the real Atlantis shuttle now lives) and the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

You begin your visit at the visitor center. Unlike a lot of other reviews that recommend starting with the bus tour to the other site I’m going to say start with the Atlantis exhibition. Why? Well considering I like learning about space but I’m not totally obsessed with it, this place will get you in the right frame of mind. After seeing a short film on the Atlantis and a space shuttle launch the movie screen opens to reveal the shuttle itself. I don’t want to sound corny but I seriously could not help but gasp. It was truly beautiful. For the rest of the trip I wanted to learn everything and see everything. Continue reading “Kennedy Space Center”

Epcot

Checking in from the happiest place on earth. This is my first review from Orlando and the focus will be on Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow). I said in my previous post I hope it filled the Expo ’88 void in my life and it did just that and beyond. Just to provide a little context of the place, Epcot was the second park opened by Disney in Florida on October 1, 1982. In its entirety it is about twice the size of the Magic Kingdom Park (my feet feel this pain). In Walt Disney’s own words regarding Epcot: Continue reading “Epcot”

Best Museums in Salem and Danvers, Massachusetts

To accompany my new post on the Witches’ Sabbath I thought it’s about time I wrote on the museums I visited in Salem and Danvers, Massachusetts. All bar one directly relates to the Witch Trials of 1692.

1. Peabody Essex Museum: Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum primarily traces the maritime history of Salem. Inside are a variety of curious objects that were brought to Salem from Asia, Africa, Oceania and India. It is a fantastically diverse museum in the heart of Salem. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Yin Yu Tang, a fully reconstructed Chinese House that was home to the Hung family for 200 years. It is incredible to learn the history of the house and hear how it was transported from China all the way to Salem. In the middle of the house is a common area with an open roof and two koi ponds – so quaint it is hard to believe you are not in China. The rest of the museum is definitely worth seeing as well. If you can, make sure you join a guided tour. They are fantastic for pointing out the highlights. Continue reading “Best Museums in Salem and Danvers, Massachusetts”