Weekend Sojourn – Experience Florida’s Captivating Captiva Island and South Seas Resort

 |  May 17th, 2015

Not all beaches are created equal. America’s southeastern state of Florida offers up some of the finest beaches in the country. What’s more, this enthralling state, rich with the Everglades, theme parks, nature’s keys and Cape Canaveral, offers visitors the charm of two coasts:  the wonderful blue Atlantic Ocean side; the peaceful turquoise Gulf of Mexico coast. It is on the Gulf side that some of the country’s – perhaps even the world’s – best beaches can be found. Captiva Island in the southern part of the state has much to offer: dunes, sea grass, mangrove, cypress and centuries-old banyan trees that are a haven for exotic birds (including brown pelicans, osprey, ibis, heron and cormorant). The shallow warm waters…

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Experience a State of Mind, Soul and Spirit (not to mention Blue Skies and Turquoise Waters) in Jamaica

 |  April 12th, 2015

There are islands that draw the attention of the rich and famous, islands that are secluded and promise peace and solitude, and then there are islands that offer pristine white beaches, ultimate turquoise waters, smiling faces, reggae music and a state of mind that is Caribbean through and through. This is Jamaica, mon. Jamaica is an island that pulses with life, buzzes with energy, and promises — and delivers – tropical beauty that is unparalleled. This one island moves from aqua waters to white sands,  lush jungles and foliage, stunning waterfalls, rivers for rafting, mountains, Blue Mountain coffee plantations and a culture and cuisine that is outstanding. While many may have an imaginary image of Jamaica that conjures a loud reggae culture,…

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Aston Martin, Caddy, and – yes- Honda take Top Spots at the New York International Auto Show

 |  April 11th, 2015

By Ryan Walsh If you are in the tri-state area this weekend, it is your last opportunity to attend the New York International Auto Show at the Javits  Center. The show, which runs from April 3 through April 12, is well worth the trek. This is the show wherein top auto manufacturers get the opportunity to display their newest and greatest vehicles and concept cars for the public. My favorite concept car revealed this year is easily the Aston Martin Vulcan. Aston Martin had been dropping teasers of this beastly looking car for weeks prior to the unveiling and has been driving car fanatics crazy–  leaving them on the edge of their seats until they can see more. Well at the car show,…

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Would you pay a Quarter of a Million for a Truck?

 |  September 7th, 2014

By Ryan Walsh If you’re a fan of older body trucks, but can’t deal with the hassle of restoring these classics, ICON 4X4 out of L.A. has been recreating classics, with modern technology. One of their current vehicles is called The ICON Thriftmaster, or TR for short . It sports the classic Chevy-like pickup body style, but with a resto-mod/ hotrod influence. All of ICON’s vehicles are special ordered and therefore have quite a waittime – but it is worth it. The TR comes equipped with a fuel injected V8 with 315HP/335lb.-ft. of torque bolted up with a 6 speed manual transmission (with a girly automatic transmission, optional, but why ruin the manliness?). The front end uses an Independent Front…

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3 Fabulous Watch Finds Up at Auction this Week

 |  August 25th, 2014

This week, on Thursday, to be precise, a few amazing historic clocks and movement are coming up for auction and you may not want to miss out on bidding. The auction — Fine Clocks, Barometers and Scientific Instruments — is being operated by Dreweatts Bloomsbury Auctions. Easily one of the most exciting pieces to be on the block is Lot 121: a rare pocket watch movement – mind you – movement only – created jointly by 17th century watchmaking legend Thomas Tompion and George Graham. According to the auction house, the movement was most likely the last to be built before Tompion’s death, and is the last recorded piece signed by Tompion, who built ornate clocks and repeating watches. In…

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