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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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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 Ribbon cutting  Transportation  Final Cut

Mary Brickell Village hosted a ‘green’ event recently.  On the agenda, the launch of FREEBEE electric cars.Mayor Tomas Regalado said, “This is really cool. Electric cars will move a lot of people. We’re looking forward to a greener Miami.  We’re looking forward to the future of Miami.”

Read more: It’s Electric!  Ride Freebee in Downtown Miami.

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. 

Read more: A Forgotten Motel Icon, the Vagabond Rises from the Ashes

Performer from Cirque Zuma Zuma  Directions  Performer from Cirque Zuma Zuma

South Florida’s popular “Jungle”attraction has recently programmed a troop of 12 very talented African performers from Cirque Zuma Zuma.  Included in the price of admission, be prepared to enjoy well-rehearsed acrobatic entertainment as seen on the hit TV series, America’s Got Talent. Zuma performers will dazzle visitors with human pyramids, Zulu dancers, pole climbers, percussionists and high-powered music.  Each day, Jungle Island features impressive shows every 15 minutes starting at 2 p.m., and with a grand finale beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parrot Bowl.

Read more: Jungle Island Announces ‘Africa Nights’ Summer Festival