Blogs from Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States, North America


Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida When Joan stages a rebellion, you can be sure it won't be easy to put down. And so we spent a day in downtown St. Petersburg. Although this is a fairly big metropolitan area, our KOA was located just ten miles from the downtown developments, so was very easy to get to via urban highways and streets. Our first stop was the Salvadore Dali museum. A beautiful architectural work, it is located right on the harbor, across the street from what must be the main marina for the city. Fair skies gave us terrific views of the harbor and the surrounding skyline. St. Pete is a gorgeous city, and the museum has a gorgeous building and site to put it on. After sleeping in, we got there just in time for the ... read more

Madeira Beach KOA, St. Petersburg, Florida We don't particularly like KOA's - they are more like Disneyland's than campgrounds, what with all the amenities and the high prices that go with that. I suppose that since they spell it with a 'K' instead of a 'C' they can get away with it, but we call it 'glamping'. (I suppose, though, that all things are relative - there are those that would argue that our way of 'camping', in an RV trailer with a furnace, an A/C, and a refrigerator, isn't true camping either.) But sometimes we just can't avoid it, either because we couldn't find an alternative, or because what we want to see just isn't near a state park. In this case, it was a combination of both - Joan wanted to see a couple ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Saint Petersburg January 13th 2017

"What is love? Baby don't hurt me. Don't hurt me no more." These lyrics have inspired generations of children since the twelfth century to enquire about their deepest feelings of desire, loyalty, and honesty. As I departed from my latest chapter and become a bit vagrant, I've found how much love surrounds me, something I intend to embrace. I spent some time in Miami with an old friend and his family. I keep getting overwhelmed with the generosity and hospitality of my friends. Most of them have offspring now, and at the age of 33, I'm wondering if I'll ever trust myself to be wholly responsible for another human life. I spent a couple days with a former co-worker and saw some much-more-former coworkers (old engineering buddies) as I passed by, in Wellington and Palm Bay ... read more

It was a hefty jaunt but worth it. Our foursome boarded Sam's big buggy and traveled the tarmac to St.Peterburg. Here, we jumped out at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market. One side of it was called The Mustang and still might be. We used to go here fairly often when we camped years ago at Madeira Beach...remember that? Our immediate glance of this familiar shopping mecca was good, very good. Lots of outside dealers...more than we had seen here before. Sam was dancing with excitement. The weather was perfect. Up and down the rows we went. So much to see. We struggle not buying items that we would have in the past....remember we are getting out of the antique & collectible business. The pavilions are a mile long. Found a couple treasures here. Back outside to ... read more
Lulu amongst friends
Lulu got another "Star" cap
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North America » United States » Florida » Saint Petersburg October 27th 2015

It was a rainy day at St. Pete Beach; so we headed downtown from our campsite at Fort DeSoto (a wonderful park run by Pinellas County) for a return trip to the Dali Museum! Museum Directors must have to keep in touch with meteorologists to make proper staffing decisions. It’s not that visitors need rain as a reason to push up the daily census of museums when they had hoped for a beach day; but in the ancient struggle of “what shall we do today” the odds favoring the museum are more auspicious during inclement weather. We sure hit the jackpot at the Dali on a recent visit. One hundred and thirty five pieces by Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher are on loan to the Dali from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens until January 3, 2016! ... read more
Escher's Relativity Which Way Up?
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Geo: 27.8006, -82.6381We are taking the last meal with memaw, papau, Annemarie, Sean, and Anique! We have to go to bed early so we have enough energy to complete the task of making it to our motel room tomorrow. We recently learned that we have a complication on the rental car pickup as we did not pick the right airport to acquire the car. So we will end up taking a slightly riskier approach rather than a cab. It's called uber. Wish us luck and hope we don't get kidnapped because uber works by having a random stranger pick you up and then you pay him or her after they have successfully dropped you off at your INTENDED location. We should get to you again tomorrow when we officially get started on our latest adventure!-Alejandro... read more

Geo: 27.8715, -82.6542After a nice dinner of spaghetti with the kids, the bags are packed and final preparations are being made for our departure tomorrow on the MEGABUS, :)This blog entry is more of a test run than anything else. With that said, I will keep this short and sweet. ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Saint Petersburg December 5th 2013

Driving the Florida Panhandle: Pensacola to Tampa Bay We entered the Florida Panhandle on Interstate 10 from Mobile Alabama and our first stop was Pensacola. We arrived early and parked on the main square and went in search of breakfast and a visitor’s center. Pensacola claims to be the first major settlement in America. It was established in 1559 by the Spanish Explorer Don Tristan de Luna. Within weeks of landing, 7 of his fleet of 11 ships were destroyed by a hurricane and most of his provisions lost. Within two years the Spanish colonists cut their losses and abandoned the site. Since then the city has been ruled by the French, the British, the Confederacy and the United States and is known as the ‘City of Five Flags’. We didn’t locate a downtown visitor’s center ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Saint Petersburg September 19th 2013

With no real plans or targets for the day apart from the need to get closer to Orlando by the end of the week to return the RV we settled on a reasonably straightforward drive up the coast, avoiding the main roads and hugging the coast for as long as possible. We packed up the RV and departed the still underwater, 'not very close to' Naples KOA and headed for the road into Naples and out the other side. First was a stop for another 150 dollars of petrol, this time only blocking two pumps whilst we tried to extract petrol from the pump for ages forgetting the need to 'prepay' for everything out here again. Then we hit the road on the 41 north out of town. After another half hour we had travelled through ... read more
Offshore fishermen Longboat Key
Approaching Sunshine Skyway bridge in distance..
Travelling over the Sunshine Skyway bridge

North America » United States » Florida » Saint Petersburg December 30th 2012

We spent roughly one day in St Petersburg, after spending the day before almost entirely driving there from the Everglades. The weather was rainy which made the drive in the dark, heavily trafficked highways a bit scary. Anyway, we made it to our Marriot hotel in Clearwater (town next to St Pete). In the evening we went for food to one of the many fastfood chain restaurants we saw accross the road. At first we didn't see any way to cross the highway on foot, so we actually had to go by car to the McDonald's 100m away. We did see later that there actually was a pedestrian crossing, but somehow this represents well the way American towns are laid out: everything seems to assume people are moving around by cars..often all businesses, like restaurants, cafés ... read more
Leo on St Pete main street
I find these newspaper boxes (which u find everywhere in US) cute :)

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