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North America » United States » Florida » Tampa February 6th 2021

Since my team, the San Francisco Forty Niners are not in the Super Bowl, I decided I might as well enjoy some good food. And maybe some special wine. One simple item I always enjoy is guacamole. Another are soft cheeses, like Brie and camembert. My wine is usually a sparkling wine, usually brut rose' from either Domaine Carneros or Aimery in Loire. And something to hold me until the heavy duty food (barbecued steak) is ready, like a plate of Bobby Chinn noodles (pictured). But for the rest of America, since we cannot have parties, the volume of Super Bowls past might be a little different this year. Foods particular to Tampa and KC might be fish and barbecue, respectively. I have been to both cities, and though I enjoyed both, I give the nod ... read more
My fav brie
Love the Domaine Carneros

North America » United States » Florida » Tampa April 30th 2020

In February 2020, before Coronavirus caused chaos and shut everything down, I was able to spend the month in Florida. Most of the month was spent in Amelia Island (I'll be writing about that more extensively soon), but I had always wanted to see Tampa. The family & I went to Tampa for a couple of days and checked it out. We visited Tampa, downtown, the Riverwalk, the Bay and Clearwater. Clearwater chaos I didn't spend enough time in Clearwater to be an expert on the city. My daughter was fighting a cold and after a couple of hours on the beach she wanted to get back to the hotel in Tampa Bay. We did spend a few hours on the beach. The water was indeed clear. It was the clearest oceanwater I had ever seen. ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Tampa » Ybor City October 21st 2018

Ybor City is the old cigar making neighborhood of Tampa. In recent years Ybor City has undergone a revitalization and is a destination to enjoy the cuisines of the immigrants who worked here and roam the old buildings that made it a community. People from Cuba, Italy and Spain came here to find work in the cigar factories. Our exploration of Ybor City began with dinner on Sunday evening at the Columbia Restaurant. The restaurant, a fixture in Ybor City, was founded it in 1905 as a corner bar and coffee shop and expanded by the 1930s into the present-day establishment. The distinctive exterior of Columbia Restaurant is covered in colorful tiles. It features Cuban cuisine, and so our introduction to Cuba began. I enjoyed the Boliche Criollo (roasted beef stuffed with chorizo). Monday morning we ... read more
Ybor Factory Complex
Entrance to the Ybor Factory Complex
Ybor Factory Complex

North America » United States » Florida » Tampa April 25th 2018

Morning seemed to come extra early today.....hey, can you tell me what day it is? They seem to be blending in all together now. It was like the sun shone all night. Why, you ask. Because all the bay lights are left on throughout the night....🎶🎶Sunshine On My Shoulder🎶🎶. We could have closed our blinds but it didn’t appear anyone else was around.....wrong! After settling in for the night and finally getting to watch TV, Cory jumped up as he saw a big guy at our windshield level looking inside our RV! Of course, he ran to the door/window to find out who and what was going on. The guy obviously didn’t think anyone was in our RV, even though we had our lights on. He just wanted to see what it looked like inside. The ... read more
This is the unique coffee machine
Front of the Exit-10 restaurant
Back of the Exit 10 Restaurant

North America » United States » Florida » Tampa April 24th 2018

Day 3 at Lazydays. Everything is looking so familiar in this short time. We feel like we work here. Hello, Welcome to Lazydays! Lulu knows the routine and route by heart now. We aren’t too bored YET! We are waiting on our two fogged-up windows to be fixed. Finally, they have moved our RV into the glass shop. They took out the 2 windows and covered the holes with plastic. The costs to fix them went up from their original quoted price. They said besides our windows being very fogged over, the discoloration had actually become “baked”into the glass. I believe it. Would take more work and time to get them cleared up, thus more $$$. We aren’t happy about it but Cory told them to go ahead and just get the job down.....there goes our ... read more
Ybor City
Need this sign in Kissimmee
The dining room where we ate

North America » United States » Florida » Tampa January 22nd 2017

Wednesday was the big RV show in Tampa. We go every year and it looks like everyone else in the world did, too! Of course, our group alone took up a lot of room in the many, unending, winding lines. We have never stood in lines like these in times past. And that was just to get our tickets. Geeeze. Besides these lines, we got stuck in gridlock traffic on I-4 because of an accident and then, more gridlock because of the huge amount of travelers going to this mega show. Patience, people...Patience. Lulu started acting up so I zippered her carry bag up to settle her down. That did the trick. We entered into the huge building that held the multi-million dollar RV's. No, we didn't buy one. And no, I didn't even go look ... read more
Lines & Crowds
The multi-million $$$$ RV's
Lulu & Sandy warming by the campfire

North America » United States » Florida » Tampa March 11th 2016

We left Santiago on an American Airlines flight to Miami, USA. Unfortunately, the cabin crew were Chile-based and, with only one exception, they were the most grumpy bunch of people I've come across in the customer-service sector. So, it was a pretty miserable eight hour, 4140 mile flight, with a tepid meal and a tiny back-seat screen to play games on or watch a very limited selection of movies. We landed in Miami about 3 am, local time, (I'd given up on time shifts!) and it seemed as though we had somehow gone round in a circle because the primary language being spoken was Spanish! Pardon, what, where? Total confusion. Miami was a transit point for us but we clutched our ESTA documentation to indicate we were approved visitors and happily went through their automated fingerprint ... read more
Approaching USA
The red car - not quite a Corvette!
TECO power plant

North America » United States » Florida » Tampa February 15th 2016

blog 02-15-16 Hillsborough River State Park It's moving day and that usually brings some stress, but not today. I put away most things yesterday so today it was a piece of cake. I was awake at 6:30 and moved slowly but got the last minute chores done by 8:15. All my girlies came to say good-by and wish me a good trip and I was pulling out of the campground by 8:45 am. I wanted to get the oil changed and get a few items at the store so an early start was important. Everything was easy as could be and I was heading west by 10:30. I drove on all back roads, through forests, farms and old dilapidated homesteads, complete with old ESSO signs and 1920 cars, turning right then left then again. By 11:30 ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Tampa January 21st 2016

Still back tracking ......pretty soon we can move forward but not yet. Mark your calendar on Saturday, January 16th. The friendly foursome boarded Sam's new car and set sail for the biggest RV show in Tampa. We go every year. Lulu didn't miss a step...she jumped inside the vehicle and took her seat. Buckle up, Baby! The day was perfect. Clear-blue skies, warm temperatures and not horribly crowded.....there were still tons of people but not shoulder to shoulder as in times past. We made our way past the multi million dollar RV's. Their glitz and glory make you drool. Outside, we were in RV land. Sandy and I hoped in and out of many of them. We liked some of the new additions found in various units. Their creators are geniuses. We found our way over ... read more
Mega Million $$$$ RV
Many mega million $$$$ RV's
Cory & Jim

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