postheadericon Charlotte, North Carolina {Photo Tour}

Charlotte, NC

 

Represents Industrial Growth!  Located at Bank of America Plaza on Tryon St. in Uptown.

Represents Industrial Growth! Located at Bank of America Plaza on Tryon St. in Uptown.

 

Notice the side of the building resembles a quilt?  African American women would make quilts that had hidden messages in them to help the slaves escape.

Notice the side of the building resembles a quilt? African American women would make quilts that had hidden messages in them to help the slaves escape.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

 

 

Skyline of Charlotte, NC

 

The colorful artwork, which some refer to as “Bobbins,” creates a whimsical entry plaza for Time Warner Cable Arena. The piece highlights the Carolinas’ textile history and celebrates its craft and ceramic traditions.

The colorful artwork, which some refer to as “Bobbins,” creates a whimsical entry plaza for Time Warner Cable Arena. The piece highlights the Carolinas’ textile history and celebrates its craft and ceramic traditions.

 

Wachovia Atrium

Wachovia Atrium

 

 

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC

 

 

Mint Museum

 

Mellow Mushroom

 

Located at The Green, a 1.5 acre downtown literacy-themed park with sculptures of giant books, pages, and a walkway of sounds.

Located at The Green, a 1.5 acre downtown literacy-themed park with sculptures of giant books, pages, and a walkway of sounds.

 

Charlotte Sculpure at The Green

 

Ratcliffe's Flowers

 

Located on Trade St. and Tryon St.  The future is represented by a mother and child.  The mother figure emerges from a bower of branches, leaves and flowers of dogwood, which is the state flower.  Stretched between branches is a hornets nest to make it more specific to Charlotte!

Located on Trade St. and Tryon St. The future is represented by a mother and child. The mother figure emerges from a bower of branches, leaves and flowers of dogwood, which is the state flower. Stretched between branches is a hornets nest to make it more specific to Charlotte!

 

Industry represented by a woman millworker, recalling Charlotte's early textile factories.  The secondary figure at her knees represents the children who labored alongside their parents in the mills during the days before enactment of child labor laws.

Industry represented by a woman millworker, recalling Charlotte’s early textile factories. The secondary figure at her knees represents the children who labored alongside their parents in the mills during the days before enactment of child labor laws.

 

An African American man represents the builders of the first railroads in Charlotte, begun in the 1850's, leading to the city's status as a transportation hub.  The number 1401 commemorates a steam locomotive named "Charlotte" which once pulled trains through the city.  A second element picturing an eagle with feathers encircling its back represents air transportation!

An African American man represents the builders of the first railroads in Charlotte, begun in the 1850′s, leading to the city’s status as a transportation hub. The number 1401 commemorates a steam locomotive named “Charlotte” which once pulled trains through the city. A second element picturing an eagle with feathers encircling its back represents air transportation!

 

Charlotte, NC

 

Uptown, Charlotte, NC

 

walkcharlotte

 For more information on Charlotte or to download a walking tour map visit www.Charlottesgotalot.com

 

 

postheadericon Family Fun in the Las Vegas Desert Sun & Family Fun in the Maui Sun

lasvegas

 

I’m super excited to be sharing this piece today!  I’ve teamed up with fellow traveler and mom, Kendra Thornton, and together we are going to share our ”Favorite Places to Travel.”

For Kendra Las Vegas, Nevada holds a special place in her heart and she’s excited to share the off-the-beaten-path charm of the city that never sleeps!  I’m sharing my favorite place, Maui Hawaii!  Two very different places.  Two Amazing Vacations!

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postheadericon Six Great Places You Can See Marine Life in the Wild

 

Monk Seals Hawaii

It’s an amazing feeling to see animals in the wild, in their natural environments.  There is something refreshing and peaceful knowing they’re doing exactly what they’re meant to do….what the choose to do.

 

Six Great Places You Can See Marine Life in the Wild

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postheadericon Flying to Hawaii and Choosing the Right Airport

 

Kamaole Beach Park

A Guide to Choosing the Right Airport

You’ve dreamed of visiting the Aloha State and are finally ready to make it happen!   With 4 major islands to choose from, choosing one (or two) and getting there can seem overwhelming, but it’s actually quite simple!

 

Oahu

Oahu’s airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and it’s Hawaii’s largest airport and hub.  If you’re flying in from the mainland chances are you’ll have a connection here.  You can connect to any of the other islands via HNL.

 

Maui

Maui has two airports, but the major airport is Kahului Airport (OGG).  Some flights from the mainland fly directly into OGG.  There is another airport on the opposite side of the island called Hana Airport (HNM).  It’s in a more secluded area and you should only consider this if you’re planning on Hana your destination.

 

Big Island

Hawaii’s Big Island has two major airports, Kona International Airport (KOA) on the West side and Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the East side.  The west side (KOA) is where you’ll find many of the beautiful beach resorts, but if you plan on visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park you can consider flying into Hilo (ITO) and exploring there first!

 

Kauai

Kauai’s major airport is Lihue Airport (LIH) and it’s located in southeastern Lihue.

 

Lanai

Lanai is a smaller Hawaiian Island located near the coast of Maui.  The main airport is Lanai Airport (LNY).  You must fly into HNL or OGG and connect to Lanai.  You can also travel to Lanai via the Expeditions Ferry Service.

 

Molokai

Molokai is a smaller Hawaiian Island and the main airport is Molokai Airport (MKK).  You must fly into HNL or OGG and connect to Molokai.  You can also travel to Molokai via the interisland ferry, The Molokai Princess.

 

So How Do I Get From One Island to Another?

The most predominate method of inter-island travel is by airlines.  You have a few airlines to choose from, but the major airline is Hawaiian Airline.  Flights are about 30 minutes long.  There is a Ferry Service that is available between Maui and Lanai and Maui and Molokai only.

Maui-Lanai Expeditions

Maui-Molokai Ferry

 

Distance Between Hawaiian Islands (Approximate)

Oahu

  • Oahu to Kaua’i:  63 miles
  • Oahu to Maui:  115 miles
  • Oahu to Big Island: 208 miles
  • Oahu to Lana’i: 72 miles

Maui

  • Maui to Oahu:  115 miles
  • Maui to Kaua’i:  204 miles
  • Maui to Lana’i: 8 miles
  • Maui to Big Island: 26 miles 

Big Island

  • Big Island to Oahu:  208 miles
  • Big Island to Maui:  26 miles
  • Big Island to Kaua’i: 296 miles

Kaua’i

  • Kaua’i to Oahu: 63 miles
  • Kaua’i to Maui: 204 miles
  • Kaua’i to Big Island: 296 miles

Lana’i

  • Lana’i to Oahu: 72 miles
  • Lana’i to Maui: 8 miles
  • Lana’i to Kaua’i: 186 miles

 

postheadericon Travel Tip: Ziploc Bag Your Hotel Remote

Bag Your Remote

 

Travel Tip Thursday:  Bag the TV Remote

If you haven’t considered this yet, it’s time that you do!  The TV Remote, along with the bedside lamp switch, are among the most contaminated surfaces in a hotel room!  Just imagine how many people put their hands on it and how often it’s actually cleaned….gross!  So the next time you’re on vacation simply bring a quart size Ziploc bag with you and put the remote right inside!  The remote will still work and you will have peace of mind that your hands are not being tainted with germs!

postheadericon {It’s A Big World Out There} Travel Quote Tuesday

It's a Big World

postheadericon Juno Beach Pier {Photo}

Juno Beach Pier

 

Juno Beach Pier
14775 U.S. Highway 1
Juno Beach, Florida

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postheadericon Welcome Donna, Travel and Photography Today’s Newest Author!

 

Donna and Family

 

Meet Donna, Travel and Photography Today’s newest addition!

Donna currently lives in Jupiter, Florida with her husband and two children!  She recently moved there after many years in Charlotte, NC.  It didn’t take long for her to settle into that tropical beach lifestyle and we’re glad to have her here where she’s going to share all that South Florida has to offer!

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postheadericon Travel Tip: Disney Crowd Calendar

Cinderella's Castle

 

Travel Tip Thursday

Are you thinking about booking an Orlando Vacation, but are unsure of when to go?  You don’t want to spend your day waiting in long lines and I’m sure your kiddos don’t, either!  Check out this awesome, and by awesome I mean totally awesome, crowd calendar  from Undercover Tourist.  It will not only show you the best parks to go to on specific days, but it will show you how busy it’s going to be for the entire year!  The calendar is based on anticipated crowd levels, but in my experience, it’s been right on!

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Great Photo-Op Spots for Cinderella’s Castle!

Crystal Palace Character Dining!

The New DUMBO Ride

postheadericon Maligne Canyon: Photo Tour

 

Maligne Canyon:  Our #1 in Jasper National Forest

When we reflected on all of the amazing sights and activities we did in Jasper, it was unanimous that Maligne Canyon was #1.  It’s natural beauty, beautiful gushing water, and huge cliffs were just a few things that drew us to this hike not once, but twice!  Enjoy the Photo Walk!

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