This time of year, when the temperature hits the teens, it’s time to reconnect with your friends who live a few latitudes south. I know several people who live in Florida year round. One was recovering from surgery and another was on a boat trip.
But as it turned out, my old friends from New England just happened to be lounging at the seashore last week and happily offered to take me in. I packed lickity-split! As did Robin.
Weather or Not
Now when I travel in the winter, I always look to see how the weather at home compares to my travel destination. I checked and there was a 50-60 degrees difference in temperature! Whoopee! What fortuitous timing— bleak and blustery in St. Louis, but balmy and blissful in the Sunshine State.
A Palate Journey
On the Gulf shores I always go for the seafood. Our host/hostess saw to it that we enjoyed a range of cuisine. I felt like Wonder Woman donning a cape for a grand gastronomique adventure.
A Potpourri of Temptation
Miracle Max (Princess Bride) said, “The only thing better than true love is a nice MLT” (mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich). Max would swap out that mutton burger if he had a grouper sandwich at The Cottage on Siesta Key.
Fun in the Sun
In between meals, there was plenty to see and do on the beach and in town.
Under the Big Top
The Ringling family left their mark on the area with two grand legacies: the family art collection and a circus museum. The history of the “Greatest Show on Earth” is a step back in time with stories of Jumbo, the seven-ton elephant (who I learned was killed when he was hit by a train), raucous circus parades, daredevil aerial performers, and wild animal acts.