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Always held the 3rd Monday of February, President’s Day is intended to honor the first President, George Washington’s, birthday. February (12th to be precise) is also the birthday of the President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President.
Both men were great leaders who are remembered on their nation’s currency and through monuments in the nation’s capital. Today’s Pic features my personal favorite, the Lincoln Memorial. Built at the western end of the Washington Mall and styled after a Greek Doric Temple (which like Lincoln is featured on the $5 bill), there’s a H-U-G-E sculpture of Lincoln is inside. If the Lincoln statue could stand up, it would be 29 ft (8.5 m) tall. It’s carved of Georgia white marble and weighs 175 tons. The …
Washington DC dresses up beautifully for the holidays, as witnessed by this gorgeous and huge Christmas tree at Reagan airport! Merry Christmas, everyone!
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I attended a medical meeting at Disney World not long ago which was held at the award-winning Dolphin and Swan Resort complex. I’d never been to these hotels before and found them to be pretty impressive. Very massive modern structures, with over 2000 rooms between the two of them, they had interesting architecture, sitting beside a man-made lake. The resorts are near the Disney Boardwalk and very close to one of Disney World’s entrances.
Boat services on the lagoon allows guests to get from the resorts to various water-based destinations around Disney World, such as Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Each hotel has many restaurants and those I tried had excellent (albeit not cheap) food.
I was a little surprised that …
The most common palm tree in the United States is the saw palmetto, a hardy plant capable of growing in habitats as diverse as sand dunes to swampy wetlands. It is a fire-resistant and attractive low maintenance plant commonly used in landscaping, and is slowly growing and capable of living hundreds of years.
Saw palmetto can be low to the ground, like a bush, or grow into a tree 25 feet tall and 7 feet wide. What I and others find attractive about the plant are its leaves which earn the plant its name, being edged with small but sharp spines that can tear skin and cloth. Saw palmetto blooms from April to July, producing white flowers that ripen …
You might recognize these cars from the movies, like Inspector Clouseau, but if you want a chance to see and ride one you’ll need to head to Florida’s Disney World, where I spotted this bunch. I’d never seen an Amphicar before and it was fun watching them drive in, around, and out of a large lagoon.
Amphicars were the first mass-produced vehicles to be driveable both on land and water. The car was designed by Hanns Trippel and production began in Germany in 1961. The Amphicar’s 4 cylinder engine was mounted at the rear of the craft, driving the rear wheels. For use in the water, the same engine drove a pair of reversible propellers situated under the rear bumper. Once …
The idea of a National Church was first mentioned by the great General and first American President, George Washington, but this dream did not begin to take fruition for more than a century. Like all great projects, it takes time and lots of money to make the dream a reality. Today the completed church plays an important role in its nation’s history having hosted many national days of prayer and several presidential funerals.
The National Cathedral is a beautiful NeoGothic church situated on the highest point in the District of Columbia. It’s built in the style of the great European cathedrals and has a tall central tower (30 stories high), 231 beautiful stained-glass windows (one of which has a moon rock …
If you’re in Orlando and grow tired of visiting the many theme parks, with their attendant crowds and long lines, then consider a visit to a beautiful southern garden. In my research, the most recommended garden in Orlando was Harry P. Leu Garden, donated to the city by Mr. and Mrs. Leu in the 1960s.
Situated on 50 acres just north of downtown, the Leu Garden did not disappoint. It’s truly lovely, with a beautiful assortment of shade trees including gigantic ancient oaks draped in Spanish Moss (which have survived a number of hurricanes over the years). Orlando’s climate is conducive to a variety of temperate and tropical plants which the gardeners have arranged in a number of themed regions you can visit (a …
Florida is home to lots of alligators, and there’s probably no better place to see your fill of them in one day than at Gatorland.
Gatorland was Orlando’s first large attraction, starting way back in 1949 when Disney and Universal hadn’t even thought of using the region for theme parks. Back then Seminole Indians would wrestle the gators for tourists, and the classic gator jaws at the park’s entrance (top photo) were photographed tens of thousands of times. Because of the extensive development of the Orlando region, there are many fewer gators around today but there’s still lots of them in the state.
Gatorland is a family-run, family -oriented place that reminded me a little of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park …