It seems Florida is full of unexpected treasures and surprises; one only has to look for them and be willing to venture out. Fisherman and I took our bikes to Anna Maria Island (the best way to see the area) and spent some time riding around the neighborhoods and visiting a couple of fishing piers.
Anna Maria Island is a lovely, laid back coastal town with a bit of a Key West vibe, but a bit more upscale in feel, yet definitely NOT hoity toity.
We are finally at a place with decent internet, so I wanted to get a quick post out to you because who knows what it will be like at our next stop. (Most places say they have ‘free wi-fi’, but the connections are terrible.)
True confession time: yes, our internet has been spotty at best, but happily we’ve been busy having way too much fun and I just haven’t felt like sitting at my desk in front of a computer, especially since my ‘desk’ these days is our dinette table and my iPad is filling in for my trusty MAC.
One thing about the island that is apparent is there are TONS of realtors and homes for rent. It’s definitely a resort town, but lacks the commercialism you might expect. Notice how even the real estate office is pretty! I’ve fallen in love with lavender houses it seems.
And I simply can’t resist a white picket fence.
Notice the air stream?
This is one of two piers we visited, and at the end of each are casual restaurants where one can grab a bite or a drink and watch the fishermen reel in their catches.
And here’s one for the modernists out there. I know you’re lurking ;).
How would like to have this place? Dumb question, I know.
In other news…
Lots of catching up to do! Let’s start with my ankle (remember I sprained it playing pickleball?). It’s MUCH better, though still not 100%. I tried to play again about two weeks after the accident but it was clear I wasn’t quite ready. I think I can play now but there are only tennis courts here and it’s been too windy anyway. Probably for the best.
We went bike riding the other day along A1A. If you’re unfamiliar with this road it runs along the east coast of Florida and is a lovely drive since it’s close to the ocean. It’s always fun to see how the other half lives :). It was very windy and difficult to pedal, then I noticed I had a flat tire, which didn’t help! Fisherman went on ahead and got the car, and we’ve since gotten the tire fixed.
I had lunch with one of my readers, Bev, and we had a lovely time. She doesn’t have a blog but she should! She and her hubby are snowbirds, but up north they live in an old one room school house they renovated. How cool is that?!
While we were still in Venice we took the 45 minute drive to Sarasota and saw this ski show. The performers are all volunteers, and they were excellent! We also saw a show at the Van Wezel Theatre, which is a huge, beautiful venue on the water. The show stunk but I’m glad we were able to experience the theatre!
Surprisingly I have hardly used my dslr. Most of my pics are from my cell and unedited. I do miss my MAC!
I hear the weather up north has been strange. Springlike temps then snow! Plants and shrubs are probably confused!
I’ve got a darling little neighborhood to share with you next time (are you noticing a theme here?) that I know you will like. It stole my heart!
Off to St. Augustine…