Rainy Valentine's Day in Tampa

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February 14th 2013
Published: February 15th 2013
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Lulu found her body here
Happy Valentine' Day! Even though it rained today, it didn't dampen our hearts. Just a little more water to add to our lemonade. What to do....hmmmmm. The cigar smoke from Y'Bor City beckoned us so off we went. This district originated as a part of Tampa where Cuban cigars were/are made. The area holds a lot of culture. First stop, a Cuban Cigar Store/cafe where we sat and drank Cuban coffee. Tasty. The aroma of the room was reminiscent of an old backroom poker game. Smelly. One cup of "Fidel Joe" and we were out of there. We walked around the brick lined streets checking out the various novelty shops...Lulu was in her glory. She even found a body for a few minutes at a vintage clothing shop. Lunch was at one of my favorite places: Spagetti Warehouse. The Scientology Church was right next door....from hungry to Hubbard. Traveling along the trolley tracks, we followed them to the Port of Tampa. More sights to see: a big Carnival cruise ship (like the recently stranded one) to a stand-up figure of Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory....our favorite). We hopped on the trolley and rode it into Y'Bor City and back. There's
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Cuban Cory & Cigar Makers (waving)
something mesmerizing about the clickity-clack of the trolley that I just love. We always wish we could find an old trolley seat in our hunts along the antique trails. It was a full day and good day. Back at the RV, we were a bit disappointed. Doesn't look like any work was done on it today...rats! Cory said maybe the primer and other surface repair had to cure... (ham putty?) He always tries to offer some positive response to appease me. His hands are shriveled from squeezing all those lemons. Happy Hearts!!

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