Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Down by the marina in Sarasota, Florida, a 26-foot tall sailor connects with a pretty young lady.  The statue, officially named “Unconditional Surrender,” has also been dubbed “The Big Smooch” (at least by roadsideamerica.com), and people either love it or hate it. Originally intended to help people forever connect to the memory of WWII, Jack […]

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Beautifully patterned: Ca’ d’Zan at The Ringling

It’s not just the miniature circus at The Ringling that draws tourists to dreamy Sarasota, Florida.  It’s also the lure of how the wealthy once lived.  And who doesn’t like a glimpse of the lavish lifestyles of the past?  If you’re visiting The Ringling, save time for a tour of the dramatic, highly patterned Ca’ d’Zan. Ca’ […]

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Travel theme: Tiny

While you may think of the circus — and who wouldn’t? — as the Greatest Show on Earth, there’s a whole world of tiny circus people and animals and tents sure to make you lean in to glass showcases for a closer look.  It all happens at The Ringling’s Circus Museum in Sarasota, Florida.  In […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

If you drive down to the end of St. Pete Beach, Florida, past the historic and very pink Loews Don Cesar Hotel Resort, you’ll find yourself in charming Pass-a-Grille Beach.  And it’s there on tiny Vina Del Mar Island that mailboxes — yes, mailboxes — make you smile.  Well, at least we smiled.  And we’re […]

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Travel theme: Graceful

The graceful arches of stately Southern trees form a suitable canopy over the road leading to Fort Clinch State Park on Fernandina Beach, Florida.  The icing, so to speak, on all this Southern graciousness are the touches of green along the branches and wisps of Spanish moss that move delicately with the wind. For more […]

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Coasting: Parting shots — St. Augustine

As we prepared to say good-bye to St. Augustine, a town of many surprises, we remembered the sites that have become must-see’s for tourists:  Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College, the Oldest Wood Schoolhouse in America, etc.  But we found ourselves leaning more and more toward an appreciation of the ordinary as much the tourist-book notables. Ordinary is […]

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Travel theme: Doorways

While roaming through Fort Clinch State Park at Fernandina Beach, Florida, on a weekend when re-enactors were not only in costume but also in character, Bert wandered into a spacious room to take a look at an intriguing doorway.  The “guard” moved in, seizing the moment to talk about the prison cell behind the door. […]

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Goin’ coastal before and after the TaxSlayer Bowl

So, here we are.  Big Orange Fans.  Delighted that the University of Tennessee Vols made it to the TaxSlayer Bowl on January 2nd, 2015, in Jacksonville, Florida and beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 45 to 28.  Go Vols! But in our usual “let’s-see-what-else-we-can-see-along-the way” mode, we decided to cruise the coast a bit from Tybee Island down […]

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