Monday, March 13, 2017

St. Augustine - Fort

 The Fort guarding St. Augustine is a National Park site, so for us "seniors" the $10 for life pass got us ALL in to visit... what a bargain..... There are wonderful displays and a Ranger talk is always great as well.... There are now scheduled firings of the cannons.... not every day....






Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fort Myers Area - Edison/Ford Home

 The Edison and Ford Winter Estates have a historical museum and a large botanical garden.  It sits beside the Caloosahatchee River.  Both Edison's home (Seminole Lodge) and Ford's home (The Mangoes)are open for public tours.  This is the site of the Edison Botanic Research laboratory where he investigated using plant based rubber instead of synthetic rubber.




 The museum has half glass walls up on the porches which allow you to see into almost every room.  There is also vintage music playing as you visit.












 This is a "midnight" garden with plants specifically designed to either bloom or be more fragrant in the late evening hours....




Ybor City - Tampa

Definitely an enjoyable and very different part of Tampa...... we only went in the daytime and evidently night time is when it comes alive... we certainly enjoyed a walk around to see the architecture and the remnants of the booming cigar business.... demonstrations of cigar rolling going on in several shops......  The original Columbia Restaurant is in this part of town as well....





 This is the bakery called La Segunda Central.... no dining tables but plenty of folks picking up their lunch on FABULOUS bread.... YUmmy!


 Probably their most famous sandwich.... but as long as the bread is used you can't go wrong!



Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fort Lauderdale - Water Taxi Tour

Stop #4 on the Water Taxi Tour
 We enjoyed our ride through the waterways of, as the tour guide put it, the Venice of Florida.... not sure if you can tell from the photo, but there are TWO different water rides....(Pink signs and yellow/green signs) . We took the Yellow/Green Line.... from what we could tell there are boats going in both directions and also some that have full bars and some that just have water to drink... .... so if that is important, check it before you board.  We had the trimmed down version and were quite happy with our ride. We used it strictly for touring but others used it as transportation to the restaurant or shops they wanted to visit.... Not inexpensive but Groupons seemed to abound for half price.

Beautiful Waterfront Homes

Stunning Views


Fort Lauderdale "White House"

Restaurant Along the Route





Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Bonnet House - Fort Lauderdale

The house and gardens of this winter retreat of the Bartlett and Birch families was stunning.... The home was designed and built by Frederic Clay Bartlett.... he had an eclectic collection that has been taken care of by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation..... A fee of $20 was well worth it as the docent did a fabulous job with both the furnishings and the estate itself.....
Aviary in the Courtyard