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Cashmere Couture: Cashmere in Western Culture

A vibrant red colored cashmere or pashmina wrap.
A map showing the regional boundaries of the Cashmere (Kashmir) region.

A map showing the regional boundaries of the Cashmere (Kashmir) region.

Cashmere- synonyms with luxury, soft and warm, beautiful and sophisticated; more than just a material- it’s a lifestyle.  A cashmere garment grants the wearer the power to feel unique- surrounded by warmth, beauty, and rarity; it always stands out in a crowd.  Cashmere is also a place; a land in India- tucked away in far north.  For centuries it was a place of mystery to Westerners; a place of exotic people, things, and practices.  The fabric first began to grace the bodies of rich Westerners in the 19th century- beginning in the Napoleonic era and gaining even more popularity during the Victorian age.

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Winter Wonderland in Christmas Lights

I love the song “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, but here in Florida there is VERY little chance of a snowy wonderland actually happening (especially with the crazy winter we’ve been having).  So, the only way to get a slight taste of a “Winter Wonderland” here is to visit one of the many attractions around the state with LED snowflakes and bubble solution snow.  We’re spending Christmas in Tallahassee this year; so we visited the light show at Dorothy B. Oven Park- Tallahassee’s very own “Winter Wonderland”

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Exploring Tallahassee’s Old City Cemetery

cemetery gateThis week I’m in Tallahassee visiting my family.  My little boys and I love visiting here.  Of course I grew up here; so it is special to me.  My boys love getting to play with their cousins and spend time with their grandparents.  Tallahassee is an old town, with a rich history.  For historians like me- it offers so much!  Since it’s Halloween Eve I thought it appropriate to tell a little graveyard tale!  Gather around and be bewitched by the tale of Tallahassee’s oldest cemetery- Old City Cemetery.

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Legoland

Lego tourist- he even snores!

Lego tourist- he even snores!

We took the boys to Legoland yesterday.  They had an absolute blast!  It takes a lot to wear our boys out; and they were worn out!  All was not lost for my history side though- Legoland surprisingly has a few (maybe overgrown and slightly neglected) historical treasures.

Quick background on Legoland- it replaced the original theme park on the site- Cypress Gardens, in 2011.  Cypress Gardens was Florida’s original theme park.  Founded in the 1930’s it was famous for it’s botanical gardens, water skiing, and pretty Southern Belles walking throughout the gardens.

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