Category Archives: Outdoor Florida Magazine Travel

Hurricane Memorial Palm Tree Sculpture in Pet-Friendly,Laishley Park

Sculpture of the remembrance of Hurricane Charley, that brought together many local residents to make it happen!
Best ice cream ever is across the street from Laishley Park! I had my Pistachio and Barb jumped on Mint Choco Chip!
We stopped in at “Ice Cream With a View, Harbor View SCOOPS AND BITES. The jury is in and this is the best ice cream ever. Located across the street from Laishley Park! I had my Pistachio and Barb jumped on Mint Choco Chip! 

APtravelnews-April 6th,-Port Charlotte, FL. Bob and Barb “Stopping to Smell The Roses.” After hurricane Charlie devastated Punta Gorda, Gasparilla and Port Charlotte area to name a few, locals and snow birds alike chipped right in with “good heart” labor and dollars, to begin the process of recuperating their beloved area. The Spirit of Punta Gorda Sundial was summarily installed to commemorate, and in remembrance of what Hurricane Charley wreaked on this area of S.W. Florida. Artist Peggy McTeague planned the sculpture for installation at the edge of Charlotte Harbor leading into the Peace River in Laishley Park. The park is dog-friendly and parents and their children friendly, as well! Go: for a wealth of information on how you too can visit and enjoy this special place in Florida!

Athens caught a fish! He was so excited to catch a catfish just steps away from the memorial sculpture.
Young Athens caught a fish! He was so excited to catch a catfish, just steps away from the memorial sculpture.
View from Laishley Park and the ice cream shop!
View from Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, and the ice cream shop! P.Charlotte and environs is water, water everywhere and that’s just great for visitors and locals alike!
The pins in the maps represent visitors from the US and the world that have visited the ice cream shop and Laishley Park!
The pins in the maps represent visitors from the U.S. and the world that have visited Scoops and Bites ice cream shop and Laishley Park!

Review of a Foodies Norwegian Cruise, from David Epstein and Melissa Bartolomeo

The way it used to be! But, not so friendly or accomodating staff today!


Melissa and Nathan family friends of David and Elihana on the cruise.
Melissa and son Nathan with David and Elihana on the cruise. Image by Elihana Epstein.

APtravelnews-March 29th, -Norwegian Cruise Lines at the Port of Miami-Provided by David and Melissa-
Remember when the last time you took a cruise, the overall experience and service was at the very least, exceptional and made you “keeper”, pleasant memories. Well, Cruising good service then and now things are not as they used to be. If you were on a cruise more than 5 years ago, you remember your server/waiter/ busboy- where they were from and something about why they are on the ship, likely to support their family in a far away country. If you have recently gone cruising at least on a Norwegian Liner, then you probably have very little happy memories at least about their food services. The new super-ships are beautiful and offer many new restaurant options-but!. Part of my family memories with my parents brother and children were bonding over dinner, and the servers all were part of that experience to some important extent.

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Cuba Si, Yankee Si The Beginning of a Detente Between The U.S.A. & Cuba

Cuba just 90-miles from Key West!
Cuba just 90-miles from Key West!

APtravelnews-March 21st,-Havana, Cuba-“Bob & Barb On the Road Again.” Yes, as pundits claim; “this is an extraordinary day.” Indeed it is! Well, in the throes of a President getting ready to leave office, and him seeking to make a farewell statement by doing all he can to open up Cuba and American relations for his legacy, he took everyone he could including his mother-in-law, wife and daughters, 40-Congressional and Senate leaders and many others to the largest Caribbean Island with him, at a cost of 40-million bucks or so! I was invited by the Commodore of the sport fishing fleet in Havana Harbor, a long time friend.

Look, the Cuban people are great just as our people in the USA are great! This post is not going to be too controversial, as history will view the true events and out coming’s of this historic visit, that took 90-years for an American President to visit this (make no mistake) a full communist nation.  What I do know is that the average American tourist still cannot fly over there on vacation, and doing business with a country that has stolen 6-billion dollars of American lucre in real estate and businesses, home and properties, killed and jailed uncountable people, will be fraught with land-mines at least for the foreseeable future.

I do know there already is a strong jockeying going on for U.S. interests trying to get in and get first dibs on the possibly most lucrative invasion of Gold and silver diggers ever! The Keys business and real estate community is abuzz with anticipation of property values soaring, and the potential for cheap labor as well, always a big problem for tourism businesses in the Keys! I can see the ferries, ferrying and the sky’s a-buzz with jets, auto traffic in the Keys is going to become impossible as it already is on any holiday or weekend with PR types hyping and squeezing the last bit of visitors they can on to a mostly, single lane road. My prediction is lots of money to be made, but for every ying there is a yang! What goes up or out, much like a fly fishing line, must come back and it might not always come back with roses, but with thorns too! Stay tuned! This is big, at least I can’t wait for my real Media Noche sandwich!!!