We crisscrossed the country for our 2015 ‘top’ travel picks

We had some great opportunities to travel during 2015 and we saw a lot. We’ve seen some of the world’s biggest statues, as well as the homes of major historical figures. Since the end of the year seems popular for Top 10 lists, we thought we’d come up with our own “Favorites” list – of […]

People call them wildlife; we call them furry and feathered friends

When we travel, we love to take in area’s wildlife. It can be anything from a squirrel to a moose in Alaska. Lisa says they’re my furry friends. During our trip to the Tampa area, we encountered some “wildlife.” Our first stop was in Ybor City. We encountered a rooster running the streets, so we […]

Big Cat Rescue provides safe haven in Tampa

Lisa is a huge fan of cats – big or small. If it were up to her, we’d have a hundred cats. Fortunately, she is OK with having one domestic cat and getting to see big cats whenever we can. Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, is a different type of cat complex than we’re […]

Tampa Air BNB was the right choice for us

We have become fans of Air BNBs. People rent out rooms in their homes to travelers. Our visit to Tampa was the second occasion of our using Air BNB. Air BNBs differ from regular Bed and Breakfast inns in that Air BNBs are homes, not actual businesses. B&Bs are businesses that cater to travelers. Our […]

Tampa downtown and Channelside walk provide some great views, food

A “brush” with fame, good food and some interesting views greeted us along our tours of downtown Tampa. On our first full day of checking out the Tampa area, we wanted to head to downtown. We love checking out the downtown area of every city we visit – large or small. You never know what […]

INFOCUS photo tour gives different view of Tampa downtown

We had a great opportunity to take a different look at downtown Tampa during our recent trip. Normally, we do a lot of the typical touristy photos. We also strive to get different angles or points of interest. INFOCUS Tours validated my interest in different views of cities. The tour also educated me on better ways […]

Ulele Restaurant visit tasty and historical

Tampa’s Ulele (U-layl-lee) restaurant offers some fantastic menu options. The menu is a fusion of ingredients from Floridian water and land. It’s based on Native American lore. When I first heard that Ulele was inspired by Native ingredients, I immediately thought of fry bread, etc., things common to Plains Native Americans. I love me some […]

Tampa American Victory Ship tour gives look at World War II support

The SS American Victory Merchant Marine vessel played a key role for the United States during World War II and beyond. The vessel now stands as a memorial to the men and women of that era. The ship is now known as the SS American Victory Memorial and Museum. The Tampa-based ship is one of […]

The Florida Aquarium looks at international ecosystems

When Lisa and I planned our Tampa trip, we both zeroed in on The Florida Aquarium. After all, shouldn’t it be a great place to see all kinds of sea and fresh water animals? Manatees? Dolphins? Sharks? Gators and crocs? You will see a lot of different water animals than you will in the Midwest. […]

Tampa’s Columbia Restaurant maintains greatness after more than 100 years

The Columbia Restaurant in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa is Florida’s oldest restaurant. If the food and service is indicative, it will be around for a long time to come. Founded in 1905, Columbia has grown from a small 60-seat corner café to taking up a city block. The restaurant has expanded over the […]

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