Antiques in the Smokies, Tennessee

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Update (May 2016) : Many readers have asked about the name and location of the antique dealer whose pictures appear below. It’s Chip’s Antiques and Dixie Gas Show on Newport Highway in Sevierville, TN. Leave me a comment and let me know if you visit there and what you think of it.

Last month I told you about the wonderful Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House in Knoxville, Tennessee. This week I’m posting some photos from another place on that same trip, an antique dealer near Dandridge, TN. read more

Silver Springs State Park, Florida

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Last week I announced that this blog would appear weekly once again, after a twice-monthly experiment that didn’t suit. This week I’m announcing that the post day will change from Wednesdays to Thursdays – starting this week! Now to the post:

There’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl. I could never tell you exactly where, but I’d read about glass bottom boats and the fantastical world they could reveal to us mere mortals. And after I’d experienced seeing through swim goggles and such, I knew the view on a glass bottom boat would be nothing short of magical. read more

Sandhill Crane Nesting Pair and Chicks

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Back in February in my post about the Indian supermarket I found in Tampa, I announced that I was reducing my posts on this blog from weekly to twice monthly. Well….that didn’t quite work out the way I thought. Instead of just giving me more time for both my blogs, which it did, it also caused a cascade of potential blogs posts to pile up. So, I announce today with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I am returning to my weekly posts here. Look for more improvements in the next few months as well. Yay! I hope you are happy about it, too! read more

Pasco County Fair Parade in Dade City, Florida 2016

As you might imagine, I have been experiencing a little culture shock since recently moving back to Florida from Europe. In the spirit of “when in Rome” I’ve tried to find interesting things in the local area to amuse myself with and to report to you.

On a recent, rather stir crazy day, I ventured out to Dade City, about 30 minutes’ drive from my home. I’d never been there before but had heard they had quaint antique shops to visit and a very walkable shopping district. read more

Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House, Knoxville, TN

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A couple weeks back I traveled to the Knoxville, TN, area with a friend to visit her family. Along the way I got some really nice shots. The weather was perfect. Though it was February, the sun shone, the temps were warm and the people and food I met were wonderful.

Our first stop was a ‘que place my friend knew about. It’s not near the airport nor is it on the way anywhere we were going. Her son-in-law is from the area and had taken her there previously. Fortunately, I got to go, too! read more

Patel Brothers Indian Marketplace, Tampa, FL

Because I am now writing a second blog with a friend called America’s Test Chicken, I’ve gotten deeply involved in the cuisine of India. One of the challenges we faced in exploring the exotic ingredients was finding them! We paid far too much for the spices at gourmet supermarkets, if we could even find them.

However, I discovered an Indian supermarket in Tampa! It’s part of a huge chain called Patel Brothers that has 50 locations in the USA.

Most locations are in the eastern part of the country, but one is in California. Apparently it’s been around for many years and must be a boon to Indian people who want to cook food from their home country. I know I would have loved an American supermarket in Germany at times. In addition, the prices are really cheap at Patel! read more

Hillsborough River State Park in Florida

Located on Florida Highway 301 in Thonotosassa near Tampa, Hillsborough River State Park offers 2990 acres of hiking, kayaking, picnicking, canoeing, camping, swimming and more. Lots of Florida flora and fauna for a very reasonable price.

Clearwater, FL, Chalk Walk

A stroll down the seaside sidewalk in Clearwater, Florida, to see the chalk artists creating. Lots of cartoon characters and 3D effect works, plus tents of food, clothing, jewelry and other handmade arts to shop in Tampa Bay.