Sweet Tampa

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Spending time in Tampa prior to boarding a cruise ship bound for the Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico.  Enjoyed a leisurely day shopping and dining.  Found the city to be attractive and the residents to be friendly and engaging.  Had a delicious meal at Carmines Restaurant, located in the heart of Ybor City – Tampa’s Latin Quarter.  The restaurant specializes in dishes from Spain, Cuba and Italy.  We had a front row, window view of 7th Avenue, recognized as one of the ’10 Great Streets in America’ by the American Planning Association.  Ybor City today is one of only two national historic landmark districts in Florida.  The shopping and dining in Ybor City are quite enjoyable.  There is also a movie theatre on the property.  This multi-purpose complex is located just northeast of downtown Tampa.  Ybor City, founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and populated by thousands of immigrants, grew to be a popular spot for visitors and citizens alike – especially the night club and entertainment areas.  Definitely suggest a visit.

Falling for Beauty

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Had a marvelous time today with my husband visiting High Falls State Park.  It is one of Georgia’s beautiful parks where visitors can experience the pristine falls among the rousing southern landscape.  We started our day trip early this Saturday morning, enjoying the drive while anticipating the wonder of what the park has to offer.  While we have visited the park several times before, we’re still always in awe of its beauty.  Located near the town of Jackson, Georgia, the park is known for having the largest waterfall in middle Georgia, and a 650-acre lake.  By-the-way, the park spreads over a thousand acres with so much to see and do.  Visitors can enjoy the convenience of camping sites, picnic shelters, miniature golf, a swimming pool, and hiking trails.  Our favorite is simply standing and appreciating the magnificent 135 feet cascading waterfalls. Definitely suggest a visit.  You’ll most likely fall in love with nature at its best.