Our good friend from Chicago lives the winter months in Gulfport just next to St. Petersburg, Florida. That leaves his condo vacant and he was so generous to let us use it for the July 4th holiday. Florida in July? You bet! Tennessee is always hotter and more humid. Most likely will be cooler in Gulfport with beautiful breezes off the Gulf of Mexico. The only drawback in Florida is this is the rainy season and it will rain at the drop of a hat. And talk about electrical storms….they can pop up in a heartbeat and become brutal.
Our days were filled with pool time and the most important thing to worry about is what was where to go for supper, since the only thing I had planned is a reservation. We never had a problem with that since the restaurant choices are overwhelming. I did choose some of my favorites and ventured into some new favorites. Looking forward the next trip to return. I do have a few reviews on my "On the Town Dining" blog.
Wednesday afternoon took us to the new Dali Art Museum in downtown St. Pete. This was my second visit and I must say, I learned even more on this trip. I would highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.
Thursday took us to Busch Gardens in Tampa. I had not visited Busch Gardens since 1987 and everything changed over the years. We purchased our tickets at their website which was very convenient. Also, we chose the Valet Parking they offer. That was great since at the end of the day…we had another monsoon downpour!
We enjoyed a very nice day.....and it was a full day to enjoy. But as usual, about five every afternoon the rains start and today was no exception....it was a downpour that lasted at least 45 minutes.
|At The Entrance|
|Lovely Water throughout the Gardens|
|Butterfly Topiary were beautiful|
|Up Close Bird Sanctuary...but be careful....THEY BITE!|
|Lovely Pastoral Scene from the Train|
|Water Features abound|
|Then the Rains came!|
I hope you enjoyed the pictures..as much as I enjoy capturing them!
Saturday brought our great vacation to a close and it was time to get on the road back to Tennessee. We can make it in 12 hours to home but that makes for such a long day. Loved our trip and glad to be back at home!
andEnjoy YOUR Wonderful World!