Today my parents return home to the frigid and snowy north after spending a week with us here in warm and sunny Florida. While they are seasoned world travelers, this is the first such winter vacation that they have taken in their nearly 60 years of marriage. We did a great many things together while they were here. We visited Sarasota and walked around its famed St. Armand's Circle, with its array of swanky shops. We went to Dunedin, one of my favorite little towns. They were hosting a wonderful arts and crafts festival. We spent some time in the new Savador Dali Museum, located here in St. Petersburg - absolutely fascinating. We walked through the St. Petersburg Farmer's Market, where my mom and I shared a scrumptious crepe with shrimp and scallops in a lemon, butter and caper sauce! We also had an incredible dinner at The Columbia Restaurant, where I had Cannelloni de Langosta- tender cannelloni pasta filled with Maine lobster meat, shrimp, pan-seared scallops and sauteed shallots blended with a lobster sherry cream reduction, smothered with a lobster sherry Mornay cheese sauce and pieces of lobster. I just had to share that!
We also spent a beautiful day in Tarpon Springs, where we enjoyed a festive street fair and then took a one and a half hour cruise with Sun Line Cruise. The cruise took us along the Anclote River and out to Anclote Key, where we went ashore for a bit of shell hunting.
|~ Anclote River before entering salt water ~|
|This beautiful home was the setting for much of the 1953 film "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef" staring Robert Wagner.|
I'm so glad that my folks had a chance to escape the winter's cold - it was great to have them here!