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Apr 23, 2016 - Tarpon Springs

Last night I traveled with the motor home to Bradenton for the weekend. The plan was to continue going North from there but I have to go back to Horner's Auto & RV shop to have a new motor put in to the main awning. I couldn't get it rolled back up yesterday and a service call was made to manually roll it up and tie it until the motor is replaced. I am not sure where I could get it in the Tampa area and I would have to order it and then wait for it to come in, so it seemed best to order it from Horner's on Friday and go back on Tuesday to...

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Mar 7, 2015 - Tarpon Springs 1

We drove to Tarpon Springs to have lunch with our good friends, Tom and Glenda. That was the central point to meet, since they are south of us in Tierra Verde, and we are 100 miles north of them. Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the United States. The city sits on approx. 16.9 square miles. 9.1 square miles of it is land, and 7.7 square miles is water. The area was first settled by white and black farmers and fishermen around 1876. It was common to see Tarpon jumping out of the water.....so that is...

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Travels In Serenity

Jun 19, 2012 - Clearwater beach

Got up early today, 6.20am so that we could go to the beach before it gets too hot. Drove over to Clearwater beach, only took 15 mins. Parked up and had a walk along the powdery white sand. There were already some people settled on the beach and a couple of people having a swim. As we walked along the beach we spotted a dolphin swimming. We then headed over to a restaurant called Maggie Mae's located on Sand Key. We sat inside overlooking the water and had a lovely breakfast. Weather reports coming in on the t.v. are warning of storms due...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Tarpon Springs

Kept waking up all through the night hearing noises and thinking that the creepy crawlies were going to get me. Gaz was snoring soundly beside me.... No changes there then!! We left at about 9am and headed out to breakfast. Decided on Rodie's as it had good reviews and we weren't disappointed. It only took about 5 minutes to get to Tarpon Springs and we parked up in the main street. It was very hot today and we strolled along the tacky touristy shops, selling sponges, sponges and sponges, surprisingly enough. We kept getting approached...

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Feb 3, 2011 - Tarpon Springs

Friends of ours, John and Sarah Hallstrand, are in the area. They retired and live south of Knoxville. They are going on a road trip around Florida and came to Sarasota first to meet up with John's sister and her husband who will join them on their vacation. On Wednesday night we had dinner together at the Lazy Lobster. It was fun to catch up with them on what has been happening in their lives as well as chat about various current issues. We had seen them in the fall of 2009 when we stopped at their house on the way south on our big trip...

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Jan 30, 2011 - Tarpon Springs for Sponges

Saturday was an incredibly beautiful day in Central Florida. We started the day by visiting with neighbors at the weekly breakfast, but as soon as the last drop of coffee was swallowed, we gathered Tony and Diana and headed to Tarpon Springs. The sky was clear, the sun was warm--a perfect day to be outside. Tarpon Springs is just north of Clearwater on the Gulf coast; about a 60 mile drive from Bushnell. Tarpon Springs was said to be the sponge capitol of the world. I’m not sure if that was ever really true. It certainly isn’t true today....

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Scratchin' the Itch

Aug 15, 2010 - Tarpon Springs - Sponge Docks

Although I have been here a couple times before when I was a kid and once with Mike and Tara, this was just someplace I wanted to go again. A Greek community, the fisherman(is that what they are?) go diving for live sponges and they sell them in the shops on the street. Here you can learn about the community, the divers, the heritage and eat really yummy food. The people here are super nice, there is an aquarium, several "short cruises", fishing charters and other things. I was really craving a Greek salad, that's what got me here this...

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Wherever I May Roam

Jul 5, 2010 - Our FIRST Camping Trip

Went to Hickory Point MHP on July 2, Friday. Met my Sister and Brother in Law on Saturday. Had a nice quiet night on friday and met Carol and Gary who camped next to us. Ruby the park manager helped us set up, she was wonderful.Gave her a big hug. Went to Captain Jacks around the corner for dinner and was absolutely the best service and food, would go there again. Sis got here on Sat. about 6am. Picked up Aunt Izzy and off to breakfast at I-HOP. Ventured to the Sponge docks and on the boat out to the Gulf. Even though it rained some it was...

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Roving Retirees

Nov 25, 2009 - Thanksgivings Vacation 2009

We decided to take a very last minute trip during Thanksgivings. We spent Thanksgivings day in Sanibel and Captiva Islands on the west coast of Florida. It was a cold day for Sanibel. It was 45 degrees in the morning and the high was 59 !! That evening we went to Sam Seltzers Steakhouse in Fort Myers. Great dinner. The next day we went to Venice Beach and that night we had dinner at Snook Haven Restaurant. They had an Elvis impersonator show. Great lobster bisque, home made potato chips and music all night. After a couple of days we drove...

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Apr 10, 2009 - Tarpon Springs

4/10 Took a drive to Tarpon Springs "The Sponge Capital of the World" and walked the Dodecanese Avenue where most of the shops and restaurants are located. This is also where the docks are located and the boats go out to harvest the sponges. It is said to be reminiscent of a seaside village in Greece. We also took a long drive down the gulf coast and admired the HUGE, beautiful homes along the coastline. Many of them have docks attached to their property for their yachts. And lots of them are for sale. Very beautiful area.

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Mar 16, 2009 - Tarpon Springs

Mom and I had a fun day today in a town called Tarpon Springs. It is a Greek inhabited town. The Greeks moved here a hundred years ago or so because of the growing sponge industry. The Greek divers were needed to harvest the sponges. We enjoyed the Greek food including some flaming cheese. The flame was out before I could take the picture. We took a boat ride up the Anclote River out to Anclote Key. The Gulf of Mexico is just beyond that. We enjoyed the day out! Wish you were here!

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Feb 19, 2009 - Tarpon Springs

Greetings to you all! We went on an adventure yesterday to Tarpon Springs, Florida! It is about 40 miles east of us on the Gulf Coast. We had a lovely, sunny and warm afternoon and a wonderful trip. Tarpon Springs is a Greek community. The population is around 23,000 people (not counting the tourists, which are plenty.) It is known as the Venice of the South. Tarpon Springs was named for the abundant fish found off its coast. It is on the Anclote River, which flows into the Gulf and is the oldest town in Pinellas Country After the railroad...

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