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Exploring Mexico with My Father’s World

Exploring Mexico with My Father’s World

This year we have been using My Father’s World Exploring: Countries and Cultures curriculum. Along with the packaged curriculum, our family has enjoyed supplementing our curriculum with trip’s to Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. Our first destination: Mexico!   Our favorite stop in the Mexico pavilion is always the pre-Colombian pyramid, which sits in the midst of a Yucatán jungle. Inside the pyramid, visitors can journey through Mexico with Jose Carioca and Panchito as they search for their amigo, Donald…

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Free visit to Disney World?

Free visit to Disney World?

When we moved to Central Florida six years ago, our family was excited to explore the tourist hot spots. However, moving expenses and the cost of tourist traps put a damper on our plans. Our solution was Disney World. While Disney World may not seem like an economical outing, our family turned Disney into an almost free excursion. The secret? Disney Springs!   Since our boys were young and inexperienced Floridians, they never realized that their visit to “Disney World,”…

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English Tea in Mt. Dora

English Tea in Mt. Dora

A visit to England has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Yet, something always gets in the way, like house payments, braces for one of my kids, and buying groceries. Even though I’m stuck here in Central Flordia, I recently had the opportunity to experience England without even crossing the pond. Thanks to the Windsor Rose Tea Room in Mt. Dora Florida, I was able to briefly immerse myself in English culture.   Since 1991, the Tea…

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Fried Green Goodness

Fried Green Goodness

Located in the small town of Juliette, Georgia, the Whistle Stop Cafe is a hidden gem. Since I am a fan of the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, I was eager to visit the restaurant that served as the backdrop for much of the movie. However, the Whistle Stop Café did not begin its life as a restaurant. The building was built in 1927 and served the town as a general merchandise store for 45 years. When the town was chosen…

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Evening Fun at Universal’s City Walk 

Evening Fun at Universal’s City Walk 

A visit from out of town guests provides a great opportunity to meet up at new locales. A few weeks ago we met some old friends at Universal’s City Walk. Unlike the theme parks, admission to City Walk is free, as is parking after 6 PM. However, we decided to beat the evening rush and pay the before 6 PM parking fee of $20.  We met our friends at NBC Sports Grill and Bar. With over 100 high definition screens,…

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Escape from the Heat 

Escape from the Heat 

With summer nearing the end and the outside temperature still set on sweltering, affordable inside activities can be hard to find. One of our favorite activities during the summer months is to take advantage of the air conditioning at the Florida Mall. From browsing the colorful and tasty merchandise at M&M’s World to sampling the products at the Beef Jerky Outlet, the Florida Mall provides an opportunity for all ages to have an enjoyable and cool outing. Stores and experiences…

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

Located on the northern headland of Michigan’s lower peninsula lies the Village of Mackinaw City. We recently chose to stay in the city to access Mackinac Island and the local hotels, which are cheaper than the hotels on the island. However, we found that Mackinaw City has more to offer than affordable hotel rooms and Mackinac Island ferry access. On the first night in Mackinaw City, we dined at Darrow’s Family Restaurant, which has been in business for 60 years….

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Adventures in the Windy City, Part 2

Adventures in the Windy City, Part 2

Our second day in the Windy City proved to be as enjoyable as our first day even though it was much shorter. After breakfast at our hotel, we lugged our luggage to Union Station, where our train was departing later in the day. The boys had quite an education in early morning traffic in a big city, as we passed iconic buildings such as Willis Tower, Trump Tower, and Chicago’s Federal Reserve. At Union Station, we were able to put…

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Adventures in the Windy City, Part 1

Adventures in the Windy City, Part 1

As the plane descended, we caught our first view of the Chicago skyline. The wonderful view made me forget that I had risen at 3:30 am to catch our flight. Our first introduction to Chicago was a ride on the L (CTA orange line from Midway) to our hotel, where we dropped our luggage off. Compared to a taxi, the $2 one way ticket ($10 all day) was an inexpensive and direct route to downtown. Within walking distance of our…

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I-Drive McDonalds

I-Drive McDonalds

Six years ago, we left our family and friends in Kentucky for a new adventure: life in Central Florida. With so many activities and places to visit in a state where tourism is king, we weren’t quite sure where to start. One of the first places we checked out was the world’s largest entertainment McDonald’s and Play Place off of International Drive in Orlando. We were sadly disappointed as the food was not that great and the restaurant was quite…

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