Lanzarote is the easternmost island of the Canary Islands.  It is of a volcanic origin.  It was born through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava steams as well as extravagant rock formations.  The island emerged about 15 million years ago as product of the Canary hotspot.  The greatest recorded eruptions occurred between 1730 and 1736 in the area now designated Timanfaya National Park.

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My father was a Chief Engineer (and an officer in the Merchant Marines), on many, very big ships.  I was too young to understand how important his job was, but today I realize that he was often more important than the captain in many ways. As a very young girl, I often found myself in the bowels of a large assortment of ships.  He  always “dragged” me through the labyrinths, showed me where he worked and I learned to appreciate the machines, seamen, (I know), un-bearable heat, vertical ladders,  noisy diesel decibels and the limited, small sleeping quarters of the men who continually worked in the bowels of the vessels.

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Spices   Canal   Got Ham?

Livorno is located in the Tuscan region of Italy.  Tuscany is made up of many hills, fertile valleys and warm sandy beaches that follow along the West Coast of Italy.  It is also responsible for amazing wines and tasty nourishment. We spent a morning in Livorno recently wandering around the downtown area, investigating the indoor food market with its wines, fish and vegetables followed by a walking trip around the boat-filled harbor.

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House foundations at the roman Forum  19th Century Building  Street at the Roman Forum

Cartagena, Spain is a historic port city located on the southeast Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula.  When sailing into port it’s easy to imagine that this is the exact same area where the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Barbary Coast pirates, the Spanish Armada and ships form France and Great Britain arrived centuries and millennium ago. Today Cartagena is in the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, one of the seventeen Autonomous Communities that make up Spain. This region produces large quantities of flowers, fruits and vegetables as well as wine and olive oil for domestic consumption and export throughout the European Union.

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The New lobby   Tomas Regalado and dignitaries    The New Swimming pool

The neglected Vagabond located in Miami’s Upper East Side remained vacant for decades. As one of the Biscayne Blvd. Modernist architectural gems of days gone byshe was recently revitalized and refurbished to her former beauty. Hundreds of guests flocked to the August grand opening to marvel at the 45 super-chic spacious rooms, the tech-savvy conveniences and the palm tree-laden courtyard with the stunning mosaic pool. Guests can enjoy oversized loungers, a delectable cocktail bar and a mouth-watering restaurant. 

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