Festival of Cars

 

Street festival of cars in Ybor City; a national historic landmark district near Tampa, Florida. Considered a top tourist destination, Ybor City is a great place to meet, greet, and enjoy the stylish buildings with fantastic places to eat, drink, be merry and have lots of fun and excitement.

 

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.

THE WATERWAYS

There are oceans of fun out there just waiting for you.  The following video includes selected vacation spots that my husband and I have enjoyed over the years.  Whether the locations include lakes, beaches, springs, rivers or islands – fun and adventure still prevail.  Springtime is near and the waterways await!  Happy and safe travels.

http://youtu.be/_Za-20dY8KU

A New Spin On A Familiar Place

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Having travelled many times to Florida to board cruise ships leaving out of Port Canaveral, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, visiting there a few days ago seemed like old times.  My husband and I would make the drive down often with a sense of excitement and anticipation for our cruise vacations.  However, this visit would be different.  We were not headed on a cruise; we decided on a trip to tour the city of Cape Canaveral, located on Florida’s space coast just south of Port Canaveral, and squarely in the center of the state’s Atlantic Coast.  To our surprise, there was so much to see and do.  We knew about – read about – heard about Cape Canaveral, but never seemed to have the time to explore the area.  This visit would be different.  Leaving Georgia on an impromptu notion started our joyous getaway.  I’m often surprised by my husband saying, “Let’s load up and head ‘anywhere.’ ”  Anywhere this time turned out to be the warm and sunny side of joy.  We checked in our room on Cocoa Beach, the closest beach to Orlando, went to dinner and later enjoyed a lovely walk on the beach.  The next day we headed out to the site of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – the launch site of spacecraft, known as Kennedy Space Center.  We were like “kids in a candy store.”  Definitely recommend a visit.  You will be orientated at the visitor complex; there’s the Astronaut Hall of Fame, gift shop, Space Shuttle Atlantis, and so much more.  You’ll need lots of time to thoroughly experience these wonderful museums.  The kids will love it too.  As we were leaving the complex on S.R. 405 that intersects with Vector Space Road, we knew we’d return.

Waves of Delight

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Always ready for a new adventure, my husband and I hopped in our car during a moment of pure spontaneity and drove from Georgia to Florida.  Fresh from our 2014 holiday celebrations with family and friends.  Fresh from hearing an uplifting message during the first worship service of the new year.  We now wanted to “decompress” from an action packed last two months.  We thought to ourselves what better way to do so than to spend some time at the beach.  So, we headed to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.  Also, when you visit Ft. Walton Beach, you get a bonus – Destin, known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and only a nine mile trek from Ft. Walton.  So we enjoyed both; thereby, experiencing the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean – the calmness of nearby Okaloosa Island, and all the richness of the white sand and the resounding ocean waves.  We found relaxation, great seafood eateries such as The Crab Trap, located right on the beach, and an abundance of peace, love, joy and happiness during our brief and gratifying getaway.

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