Taru Gardens

Taru Gardens Pond & Gazebo

During a recent trip to Miami my aunt took me to see Taru Gardens, a non-profit living species museum located at the The Sundy House in Delray Beach. I would describe it as a lush garden with an Asian / New Orleans type feel. Trees, plants, and ponds filled with fishes and turtles combined with the genteel southern charm of a large gazebo felt quite fancy but extremely serene and relaxing. I am always in awe when I visit a place that is in or near a bustling metropolis but still manages to seem as though its a world and decades, if not centuries away.

The Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

I first heard about The Georgia Aquarium shortly before it was set to open. There was a lot of coverage of the Aquarium and much was made of it being the largest in the world. Photos and movie scenes showed a u-shaped tunnel through/beneath a huge tank that looked absolutely beautiful. I added Atlanta to my list of US cities to visit largely because of the aquarium.

Philadelphia “The City of Brotherly Love”

Philadelphia - "The Love Sculpture" by Robert Indiana

Photographs and tidbits from my day trip to Philadelphia.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Bornean Orangutan

Originally planned as a two hour tour, my visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History became a four hour excursion. I got wrapped up in exploring the exhibits of mammals, gems, dinosaurs, ocean creatures, and a bunch of other interesting stuff.

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery - Lena Horne

I strongly prefer sculptures over paintings. However, last spring while visiting Washington, DC I took a chance and added the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to my list of places to visit. I have an interest in history and reasoned that in spite of the museum housing mostly paintings, the historical content would be worth the visit. My mom and I arrived with moderate expectations about an hour before closing figuring that we’d move quickly through the museum and it wouldn’t be a big deal if we didn’t get to see everything. We ended up leaving the pleasantly surprised.