Quaint, Old Florida Atmosphere and Antique Shops in Micanopy

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About two hours from Tampa Bay or Orlando, Micanopy's numerous antique shops reside in a quaint, old-Florida neighborhood under a canopy of Spanish moss. A couple of nice places to eat and a stroll amid whatnots from days gone by is a nice break from the hubbub of the big city and the amusement parks.

Things to Do in Tampa Bay: Florida Aquarium

An addition to the Things to Do in Tampa Bay Florida series: Florida Aquarium, just down the street from the Tampa Bay History Center Museum in Channelside. The Aquarium has thorough native Florida exhibits and exotic creatures from around the world; it's a very family-friendly place.

Things to Do in Tampa Bay Florida: Tampa Bay History Center

Next on my list of things to do in Tampa Bay Florida: Tampa Bay History Center. Entertaining, informative and relaxing stroll through Native Americans, pirates, Buccaneers, orange groves and cigar factories. A good place to add to your tourist schedule.

Things to Do in Tampa Bay Florida: Cypress Point Park Plane Flyovers

Kids will love an outing to Cypress Point Park on Tampa Bay Florida. It's right in the approach path to Tampa International Airport and the planes fly quite low and directly over this park. It's a great picnic venue with built-in entertainment, plus it's on the water in a fairly quiet area (if you don't count the jet engine noise).

Things to Do in Tampa Bay Florida: Adventures Archery

Next in my series of things to do with relatives who stay too long at your house in Tampa Florida: Adventures Archery on Highway 301. Indoor, A/C target practice and a full range of rental equipment, as well as retail bow sporting goods. Nice price, nice people, fun afternoon!

Sulphur Springs Water Tower, Tampa, FL

A 214-foot Neo-Gothic tower stands next to Interstate 275 in Tampa, Florida. It's a well-known sight to residents, but, for all that, its purpose and origin are largely unknown. Find out its interesting history in this week's blog post!

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

Heritage Village Photo Excursion in Largo, Florida

Largo, Florida, in the Tampa Bay area, is home to Heritage Village, an open-air museum in Pinellas County. Historical buildings, artifacts, tools, clothes and furnishings depict homes, a firehouse, a gas station, an antique train and many other relics of past Florida living. Here are my photos.

Florida Vacation – Winter 2012/2013

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Welcome to my first travel journal of 2013!Don’t forget you can subscribe to my posts using the RSS feed or email menu items on the menu at right. Thanks!I have only been back in Germany for a week, so I haven’t had time to travel to any particular place for reporting purposes. Therefore, I’m posting photos from my month-long vacation to Florida that started on 19 December.The big news is that Santa brought me a new, high-tech camera for Christmas this year: the Nikon D800. I’m still learning all the things this spectacular little supercomputer is capable of, including hi-def video, but I’m having a ball doing it!It is changing the way I process and store my photos due to the fact that, among other considerations, its top resolution is 36.2 megapixels (that is NOT a typo, folks!). Today’s technology is incredible! Obviously, these digital files claim large tracts on my hard drive’s real estate, so I have a new external drive whose capacity numbers in TERABYTES! Wow!So here’s a photo from Christmas day in which our friends Cyndie and Bram (of the neverending bike ride fame) are modeling their new aprons I brought them from Germany that make them look like they are wearing Lederhosen and a Dirndl. Here are some shots from our favorite local park: And on my birthday, I spent the day with my good friend Carolyn, who modeled her Christmas elf apron (must have been an apron theme this year): We went to a wonderful exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art where we saw prints by one of my inspirations, Henri Cartier-Bresson. When we stopped at the museum cafe for coffee, the staff gave me a free piece of cake for my birthday!Then we walked down the block to the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts where we were treated with photos by another one of my inspirations, Dorothea Lange.After I returned home, my husband grilled me a fabulous steak: For dessert, we had a rum cake I’d made for my birthday. Seriously, this cake is delicious and will get you drunk! On a sunnier day, we visited our favorite park again: My wonderful husband with HIS new Nikon: One New Year’s Eve, we went to the annual party at Cyndie and Bram’s, which, this year, was also Bram’s retirement party: You can see more pics from this party in one of my Facebook albums.Later in the week, I got to meet my friend Jessica’s husband for the first time and also their new one, Fiona. Both passed muster in my book! I’m looking forward to watching this young family experience their lives together. And ya gotta love parents who dress their baby in shoes like this: On a different night, neighbors took us to a new restaurant in Tampa called Rumba for dinner one night. Later, my husband and I returned to sample more of their Caribbean goodies. I can personally vouch for the “Tuna Nachos” which consist of seared ahi tuna on rice crackers with guacamole and a slice of jalepeno, shown on the left in this photo:We spent one evening with our friends Bob and Sharon and started off the evening with a shot of Patron XO Café tequila, which tasted like Kahlua on steroids and went down smooooth… While there, I attempted the first “Bob” photo with my new camera: They treated us to an evening at a new restaurant in St. Pete Beach called Chill, which also has an attached bakery and café called Steam. They serve tapas style dishes with fantastic service and great sangria. And I can’t recommend the mashed cauliflower enough!Here you can see Bob wearing his “watch cap” while he and Sharon “watch” each other! But it wasn’t all fun and games. Our beloved tangelo tree succumbed to an insect infestation, so we had to cut it down. The backyard won’t be the same without it. I’ve enjoyed fresh, sweet tangelos every winter since we moved in; I’ll miss our old friend. I spent another great afternoon at my friend Lauren’s, enjoying her creative talents and food. Here she is with her mother, Miss Ella, who rules the roost:My friend Sherry and her husband Michael stopped by Lauren’s to say hi:Here’s Miss Ella enjoying her new addiction: Pirouline cookies. Doesn’t she look like she should be in a speakeasy with a flapper feather in her hair, holding forth with a scotch in her hand? One day I shot some photos for my neighbor’s 18-year-old son, Adam Willard. Adam is a very talented singer, dancer and actor and has won many awards at his high school stage productions and in local community theaters. He needed head shots for an audition for the Boston Conservatory. I shot the pics and someone else did the Photoshopping, but I hope they served him well for the audition. We are still waiting to see if he’s been accepted, but I don’t think there will be a problem. Here’s one of the more sinister shots (he didn’t use this one for the audition, I just like it):On another day I had lunch with one of my personal mentors, Ralph Annan. Many of you know Ralph because he wrote the old time radio plays we performed at the art gallery when I was director there. At 80-something, he is still going strong, writing plays for repertory theaters and still keeping his paintbrush wet from time to time. Here he is at “our place” – the super Chinese buffet in Port Richey: Although I don’t have pictures of everyone I visited with and all the places I went, as you can see, it was a great trip and I enjoyed every minute. That said, there still wasn’t enough time to see everyone I wanted to see. Next time around, I’ll host a 2-day party to save me from running around, but you’ll have to bring your own sleeping bag!Photo for No Apparent Reason: