FLORIDA 2010

 

Last year we visited the west coast of Florida and this year we decided to explore the east coast


before going on Sanibel Island, Gulf of Mexico side.

 

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Our journey begins October 27, 2010 and ends December 9.
The night we arrived, we got to our rental car from Hertz.
We booked with our credit card Master Card which allows 60 days rental.
We had booked a Toyota Camry and we had a Honda Civic, a car unsuitable for
Seniors (76 and 70).
We are not happy with Hertz that does not respect the choice of its customers.
We slept at the Hilton Embassy Suites near the airport
in Miami.

 

Hilton Embassy Suites Miami

 

thursday october,28 2010

from Miami Airport to Vero Beach

 

We started our way to Bal Harbor North Miami Beach without stopping.
We have seen Sunny Isles, Hollywood, the beach of Quebecois, and have followed the A1A to Fort Lauderdale.
We have continued the A1A, seeing Pompano Beach, Boca Raton Beach, Delrey Beach, Palm Beach, Juno Beach
and finding no sleeping location we drove to Vero Beach and stayed at
VERO BEACH-OCEANSIDE Holiday Inn, a hotel overlooking the beach.
We occupy a suite, sea view This is perfect.

 

Hollywood

Hollywood

 

Hollywood

 

Hollywood

 

Hollywood

 

Pompano Beach

 

Vero Beach

 

Vero Beach

 

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friday october,29 and saturday,october,30 2010

 

We followed the ocean in Vero Beach and have found A1A that we followed up to Cocoa Beach.
We slept at the Hilton Hotel directly on the beach.
We attended an air show on the beach for much of the day, a repeat
of the show of Saturday and Sunday
.

 

Friday show

a boat to rescuing a pilot on the Sea

 

Parachute Demonstration

 

the last show of the day

 

 

Meals served at the pool are very good and the service very friendly.


The room we were assigned 408 was located above the air conditionning kitchens.


Attention, refuse rooms,..... 408.508 for their situation


We called in the evening. We now have a new room facing the sea

     

 
the crowd on the beach on weekends

eyes scanned to the sky

 

After breakfast, we went to watch birds at Merritt Island.


We were disappointed by the lack of birds observed and we returned to Cocoa Beach to attend the Air show.


We were surprised by the crowd on the beach unlike the day before and the quality of the demonstrations.


The new room is 653 and we are not disappointed.


At lunch, we were served by Mark Gignac and for dinner by Alexandro. Mark looks like the soccer


of the national team of France. he really has a family resemblance! .
 

 Merritt Island landscape

Blue Heron

 

Merritt Island landscape

 

the great Egret

 

Merritt Island

the end of October is certainly not the best
period for bird watching in Merritt Island because
Migratory not yet arrived.

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sunday october, 31 2010

 

We took the A1A and went through Daytona Beach.

 

the sand is very hard and cars can drive on the beach

speed records were broken here!

 

We loved Daytona Beach and we left for St. Augustine.


We did not want to sleep in the city and chose the Hampton Inn and Suites in Vilano Beach


although it was only one room on the ground floor.


The gentleman at the front desk recommended two restaurants: the Reef and the Cape's on A1A.


We have done a very good meal at Reef.


We recommend.

 

At Vilano Beach, we parked on the beach

but the soil is less hard than Daytona Beach

 

Vilano beach

 

Vilano Beach

 

view of the lighthouse from the beach

 

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Monday November,01  2010

 

the fort of St Augustine

Inside the fort

 

Spanish Quarter

 

the oldest school of the United States

 

an artisan in costume in the Spanish Quarter

 

residence previously owned by Flagler, rail magnate

 

Cap's restaurant

 

Cap's restaurant

 

Early morning we started the tour of the city starting with the fort.
Then we did the Spanish quarter with artisans.
We walked through the old town by following the recommendations of the Blue Guide.
At noon we took a lunch at Harry's was good for decoration but not for cooking.
for dinner, we listened to the advice of the gentleman of the reception and ate dinner at Cap's assisting to the sunset.
The meal was even better than yesterday.

We recommend.

 

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Tuesday, November,02 2010 

 

We took the A1A heading north and arrived in Fernandina Beach at the Hampton Inn and Suites.


We visited the city with its beautiful houses.


We took lunch in the Marina Seafood Restaurant, a 5 star States, we do recommend not.


Avoid it.


In the afternoon it rained and we had a nice dinner at Brett's Waterway Cafe, a large brewery on the edge of the water.


Excellent, Good address

 

Marina Seafood restaurant

 beautiful house

 

beautiful house

 

beautiful house

 

 

 

beautiful house

 

beautiful house

 

beautiful house

 

beautiful house

 

beautiful house

 

Halloween Decorations

 

beautiful house

 

 

The attraction of Fernandina Beach is mainly due
in the large number of beautiful homes.

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Wednesday,November,03  2010

 

We took the road to Gainesville and have a beautiful room at the Hampton Inn in downtown Gainesville.


We visited the tourist office and met a charming gentleman who informed us on places to visit in Gainesville.

He recommended us the market which takes place on Wednesday evening near our hotel.


Tonight we had an excellent meal at Mark's Prime,


A good place to eat meat.

 

 

It is an organic market

 

 

Thursday, November 4, 2010 

 

Leaving Gainesville, we went through Prairie Park of the state of Florida.


Interesting and we could stay a day with the different paths traced inside the park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unusual for Florida.
To discover and stay there longer than us.

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We went through Ocala. The surroundings are pretty farms but the city did not enjoyed us


and we have made their way to Tampa.

We had planned to sleep in a Hampton Inn but on arrival at destination, we did not like the area


and we chose the Embassy Suites near the port. That's fine.

 

Tampa Embassy Suites Hotel

a view to the elevator

 

As in Miami, we had our welcome drink and dined in the restaurant.

 

Friday,November,05 2010

 

we discovered Tampa area. We liked Clearwater but were not able to go to the beach


because of a terrible wind blowing.

 

Clearwater

Clearwater

 

bridges in the Tampa bay

 

bridges in the Tampa bay

 

The night we had dinner at Sandy Butler in Fort Myers Beach


and we still
took the best dinner since we arrived in Florida

 EXCELLENT !!!

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saturday,November,06 2010

 

The reception of the hotel recommended us the restaurant Pincher's Fort Myers Beach. Bof!! 

 

Sunday,November,07 2010

 

We visited the  Winter Houses of Edison and Henry Ford.

 

 

statue of Edison

 

We first visited the museum dedicated largely to the many discoveries of Thomas Edison, a


discoverer of genius. We were surprised by the simplicity of the houses of these two great men and friends. Edison


interested in botany and the gardens surrounding the house include a varying number of trees


and plants that we have enjoyed to discover.

 

Edison House

Edison House

Edison House

 

Edison House

 

banyan trees at the entrance of the museum

 

Edison office

few inventions of Edison
 

the phonograph

 

the phonograph

 

Mazda bulbs

 

the record player

 

Henry Ford House

 

a small house for a great industry man

close to the house of Edison

 

What about the kitchen?

 

and the room of the Secretary

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Then we went to the park of manatees and surprise we saw a number.

 

 

 

 

We had dinner at Sandy Butler again and it's still excellent.

We recommend.

 

From Monday, November, 08 ,2010 to Tuesday, December, 07, 2010

 

Sanibel Arms

 

 

    We found our friend Nancy, the manager of Sanibel Arms, and our apartment G5.

As last year, we returned to our Jerry supermarket .


In this shopping center Jerry, we are customers of
the liquor store of J. Tim Stewart.

Tim advised us an American champagne Roederer Estates. It's very acceptable.

Thank you Tim! Do not hesitate to ask his advice. He knows the taste of the French.

The day we arrived, we sympathized with our neighbors Mary et John, who are the


owners of the apartment G6 and who had come to modernize it with


Flat screen TV in the living room and bedroom and with wireless internet access
faster.

 

John, Mary with us

 

We returned to the island of Sanibel because it is our favorite place to celebrate our golden wedding.

 Of course, there is the inn in Quebec Baluchon, dear to our heart, but it is too cold the November 12.


After investigation, we chose the Green House Grill for our birthday dinner.


The service was friendly,
it was good.

 

our golden wedding at green house grill

 

We keep very good memories of our day on 12 November. Mary and John have


sent a nice card with a bottle of maple syrup Light House Cafe. And returning


the restaurant, Nancy gave us a surprise by filing a nice gift in our living room. a bottle


French champagne that we drank later with her and our friends Denis and Luce from Quebec
.

 

 

 
the bouquet offered by Luce and Denis for our golden wedding
 

the 5 PM drink with Luce and Denis

 

During our stay, we walked fastly every morning  for 7 miles and


the afternoon we visited sometimes Bailey Tract and the reserve of Ding Darling. We found that


birds were fewer than the previous year.

Was it due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

Do not miss, the sunday morning market which was held this year in the district of the town hall.

 

the organic vegetables

Luce et Anny make their choice

 

we put all the vegetables in a basket and then you pay

 

Anny Luce and think about their menu

 

the french artisan serves french specialities

 

Thierry Devisse, the french artisan

 

The baker offers an excellent French bread

We love the Sunday morning market
because we buy organic vegetables and fruits
much cheaper than
in supermarkets

    

                                 At the end of the stay, Luce and Denis invited their friends  Jocelyne and Robert                              

 

friendship between France and Quebec

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the wednesday, december,08  2010

 

To catch our plane at Miami, we went through the Everglades.

 

alligators

alligators

 

alligator

 

anhinga

 

anhinga

 

anhinga

 

the turkey-vulture

We crossed the Everglades early November.
You see a lot
fewer animals

 

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