Tag: Florida

Returned To The Wintry North

Returned To The Wintry North

All good things come to an end... including Florida beach holidays...

On The Gulf

On The Gulf

With her mum's death in October and all that went on there in previous months (and has gone on since), my wife desperately needed and deserved a vacation...

“You can’t see me or touch me….”

“You can’t see me or touch me….”

This is the sort of social media that is indeed "social": a sympathy message last night from an Irish friend - a longtime girlfriend of ours in Dublin, with whom we'd traveled to Florida in the summer of 2014. Several years back, her parents passed away within a year of each other. She had also … Continue reading “You can’t see me or touch me….”

“Big Travel” Is Watching Us

“Big Travel” Is Watching Us

I received this email yesterday. I was taken aback. I have no idea how TripAdvisor (U.S.?) paired these two destinations for me: Yes, I've been to both places. But I don't recall ever telling them that - particularly not since my Key West visit (my first) in 2014. While I apparently "joined" TripAdvisor in April … Continue reading “Big Travel” Is Watching Us

Back To The Chilly North

Back To The Chilly North

A couple of pelicans zoom by overhead: I've never been great at moving wildlife photos. But that one didn't come out too bad. All good things come to an end. We're starting back on the road to Pennsylvania this morning. Oh, and here is a glimpse of the man (on the left, as you might … Continue reading Back To The Chilly North

“Exotic” Foods From A Distant Country

You always know in a U.S. supermarket when you're also in an area - and it doesn't have to be a "tourist" one, per se - that attracts the British: Uh, Heinz Salad Cream anyone? Whenever I see shelves like these in the U.S., they never have the "no added sugar" Ribena. It's always the … Continue reading “Exotic” Foods From A Distant Country

Confessions Of A Morning Person

Often I'm writing as the sun rises. I may have Classic FM playing softly in the background; or I may have nothing going at all and just revel in the silence. Whatever underscores it, for me there's a special quality to early mornings before much of the rest of my own time zone awakens. Now … Continue reading Confessions Of A Morning Person

India: Something Huge Will Be Missing If I Ever Get There

India: Something Huge Will Be Missing If I Ever Get There

After our "road trip" odyssey, we're settled in here for the week in Fernandina Beach. My Dad had been to Florida only once before, back in 1985, to settle my late grandmother's estate (after she had died in Hudson, near Tampa). Now here for our holiday, he is thoroughly enjoying himself - which was our … Continue reading India: Something Huge Will Be Missing If I Ever Get There

Off To Amelia

Off To Amelia

My Dad having now fully recovered from his heart failure back in August, and the implant surgery in December, we felt that after the tough, cold winter he and my Mum had spent in Pennsylvania, that they needed a holiday. My Mum doesn't fly. So we're leaving in a little while (it's currently about 5:30 … Continue reading Off To Amelia

Thoughts To Start This Week

You may have noticed the new template. I really like how "clean" this one is. It's very easy to read, and the rotating banner photographs make for a nifty feature. Just saw this myself the other day. Given recent events, that "France" has moved up to be my top tag is probably not a huge … Continue reading Thoughts To Start This Week

Five Centuries In Eight Photographs

Yesterday, we visited the Castillo de San Marcos at St. Augustine. For centuries, the fort was central in the town's existence. Although it has changed hands by treaty several times, no attacker has ever taken it in battle. That in mind, here is a history of that fort, and St. Augustine.... as, uh, illustrated and … Continue reading Five Centuries In Eight Photographs

St. Augustine, Florida

We're making our way "back north." We stopped in St. Augustine, Florida, en route. As we do when we travel, we went to church locally last night. And this one was pretty impressive. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is the oldest Roman Catholic parish in North America:

Among The Best 25¢ I’ve Ever Spent

Got a bit of a surprise on Monday in Key West. It wasn't, as you know, at Hemingway's house. I mean down at the docks behind Conch Seafood: As I tweeted the other day, a manatee appeared seconds after we had fed the fish, resulting in a marine encounter the two kids - the 9 … Continue reading Among The Best 25¢ I’ve Ever Spent

Sharing Champagne

One of them has already arrived. My wife's Irish long-time friend's mid-twenties niece took a coach to us from Orlando, via Miami. She got here to the Keys two days ago. I knew her, although not very well. As we three have spent the last couple of days together, I've discovered she's an absolute dry-witted … Continue reading Sharing Champagne

Happy Hour

After a dinner out on Thursday evening, we decided to have a couple of drinks in a Cocoa Beach bar that was also attached to our hotel. As we walked in, I spotted several other couples sitting at the bar talking mostly to each other; and the bartender appeared personable enough. As we took bar … Continue reading Happy Hour