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Our time in Florida was mostly spent with our good friends, Katherine and Craig. We enjoyed lots of good times together including a day spent at the Miami Boat Show where we all manned the SSCA stand and signed up some new members before checking out the show ourselves and bringing some goodies back too.

We also visited the Museum of Science & Discovery in Fort Lauderdale where I wanted to test out the 93mph hurricane wind simulator (well, it seemed a lot safer than the real thing) and we both got up close to a shark. Chris also tried a flight simulator and though he crashed the plane, we agreed that we would probably both have survived it! A great place to visit for interactive and informative fun.

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Asheville Arboretum

From Florida, we headed north to South Carolina to spend some time with my brother, David.

The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains are the location of Asheville's arboretum, a collection of trees, bonsai, outdoor exhibits and quilting. A sunny day provided us with a walk around the grounds, through the woods and creek before we spent time admiring the wonderful bonsai collection.

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The Grove Park Inn Spa & The Grand Bohemian Hotel

The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains were also the setting of a special trip for us thanks to my brother. To celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary, we were treated to a visit to the magical spa at The Grove Park Inn for a couples massage followed by champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. From there were headed over to The Grand Bohemian Hotel were we dined on elk and sampled the local blueberry port. A wonderful trip, thank you David.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Whilst in South Carolina to visit my brother, we spent the day in Charlotte at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The exhibition was very well presented with lots of interactive exhibits that included a simulated ride in one of the cars around a NASCAR track.

NASCAR originates from the days of prohibition when alcohol was outlawed in the USA and the locals, who made their own brew, were out pacing the police who were chasing them in their cars. The locals made their cars faster and faster and by the time prohibition came to an end, stock car racing had become a popular sport. Following lots of accidents, some fatal, the decision was taken to put some order into the sport and NASCAR was born.

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Darian, Georgia

On our way back to Florida from South Carolina we visited Darian, a small town close to Brunswick, not very far from the Florida border. The highlight of our visit was a trip to St. George's Fort, named after King George. It was the oldest fort in Georgia, built around 1721. The original fort didn't last very long, but it has been recreated to show the importance of the location when England, France and Spain were all fighting for control of the area. The trees all around were covered in Spanish Moss, famous in that area. It gives the trees a very spooky look to them.

The town still supports a large shrimping industry but you wouldn't want to fall into the water - a sign warned of fast swimming alligators!

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Houston – we have lift off!

Not to be missed on a trip to Florida, the Kennedy Space Centre did not disappoint. We met up with our pals, Katherine and Craig, and spent the day being totally amazed by man's achievements and the world both around us and beyond. The IMAX film of images sent back to earth from the Hubble telescope of stars being born and galaxies trillions of light years away made us feel very small indeed. The fact that no other planet has yet been found to support human life made us realise just how special planet Earth is and how we should cherish it. This film should be made compulsory viewing for everyone.

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Happy New Year

It has been a beautiful first day of the year here in Marina di Ragusa. We wish you a happy and healthy 2012.

Video of Marina di Ragusa

A fellow cruiser has put the short video below on YouTube and we thought you might like to take at what it is like here.

Christmas Day feast

Many thanks to our hosts Rose & Tim and their catamaran, big enough to accommodate several cruising pals for Christmas Day celebrations. We all contributed to a wonderful feast and a great time was had by all.

Getting ready for Christmas

The holiday season has been in full swing here in Marina di Ragusa with Christmas carols and celebrations galore. Musical cruisers joined together for an evening of seasonal song and cheer.

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