Wednesday, 11 September 2013

More from Fort Lauderdale part 1

August 2013
Still here, boat in bits, the boom is still off and we still have a long list to do yet.
Pleased to have "wheels" again my UK driving licence is here, its taken ages to have it exchanged from the Spanish one so I can now drive.

A carved tree on the beach road in Fort Lauderdale 
Another dockside pet
However we did take a trip to St Petersburg, no not the one in Russia the one in Florida, it was so good to relax. We stayed in St Pete beach and drove downtown to see the sights and collect the snuffer and bag for the parasailor.

Now which way?

We visited the museums and took a trolley ride.
Here comes the trolley bus a 50 cents ride

And there is goes, whoops 
This is in the museum, the poor thing lived for 6 weeks, 2 heads 6 legs
The area is very quiet and Don remarked that its very "Stepford wives" everything neat and tidy.

While we were there the afternoons were pretty wet, there were tremendous thunderstorms lightening everywhere and the hotel room shook, scary at times.

The first hotel had a rooftop restaurant which spins around, it took 75 minutes to complete the turn.

A full size replica which flew of the first flying boat here 

Electric razor, hmm bet Don could cut himself with this
The view from the hotel in St Pete beach, we watched the dolphins, oh and the thunderstorms

Don, look we have 2 folding bikes this one is too big!
Our friends recommended we take a trip to Tarpon Springs which is roughly an hour north. The area has a huge Greek community and famous for the Sponge docks. Enjoyed a meal in a greek taverna, Don had a huge plate of fried calamari, octopus and anchovies, I had the lamb souvlaki it was yummy. We drove around some of the estates and its a lovely place.

Statue of a sponge diver with the boats behind

This area was where they auction off the best sponges
From St Petersburg we drove south to Naples, a place we had been to before, the hotel was very nice, a huge room with an enormous bed. The hotel is in a great place and about 5 minutes walk to the main street with shops and lots restaurants.
St Petersburg downtown

Reminiscent of Ghostbusters

Why the legs hung over the balcony we don't know
I shopped in the Boutique Wind in The Willows, Don was in the hotel lying down on the bed when I returned it was a good time to show him the clothes, he needed a little while to recover.

So lots of photos for you this time part 2 soon

Don and Glenys
Agua Therapy

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