One of the things I enjoyed most in Old Naples was the architecture and the Public Art Sculptures. Thus, while we were perusing both 5th Avenue and 3rd Street, I would snap photographs of the public art installations. The sad thing about it is that I do not have the names of the artist and the names of the pieces. I have many more than I have presented here, but I wanted to show all different styles.
Fondest memory: Naples, Florida, is a very art active community. There are so many Art Gallaries and numerous Public Art Installations that it is obvious that Naples is a cultural community.
Through the photographs, you can enjoy some of the various art installations in Old Naples.
Photograph #1: This sculpture reminded me of typical sculptures that I saw in Italy, a very classical look.
Photograph #2: Just the opposite is true of this art installation outside one of the largest Art Gallaries in Naples. It is ultra modern and reminds me of the small "windmills" I have in my gardens.
Photograph #3: The Horses of Naples is very popular, even for children
Photograph #4: I just love these sleek human figures that are modern, romantic, and eye-catching
Photograph #5: The most classical of the installation sculptures is this figure atop an urn-like basin. It, too, reminds me of classical European art.
Part of the enjoyment of visiting a city is soaking up the culture of the place and learning about the "personality" of its citizens through their values.
One of the pleasures of our visit to Naples, Florida, was the opportunity that we had to visit long-time friends, Rick and Patti. I had worked with both of them at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Illinois. When they retired, they moved to Naples where they had a home built.
When they discovered that we would be in Naples for one month, they contacted us and invited us to their lovely home.
So, in this tip, I decided to use their home as the perfect example of what I call the "Typical Florida Architecture"%c.
Fondest memory: I will used the photographs to show the Typical Florida life style of living.
Photograph # 1: Here is their swimming pool which is enclosed in the typical "cage" used in Florida to keep away the insects. Their Great room opens out onto this beautifully caged pool.
Photograph#2: This is a photograph of their home, which is also typical of the Florida architecture. These homes have no basements, have tile-like roofs, and are landscaped with palms and typical Florida plantings.
Photograph #3: Inside the home...the master bath includes a separate bath and shower. This bath sits beside an arched window with a lovely view.
Photograph #4 pictures the hot tub that is part of the outdoor spa look with the pool and the outdoor kitchen that overlooks the lake.
Photograph#5Patti and Rick took us on a tour of Naples, and I snapped this photo on the Naples Beach. What a treat for us to have spent the time visiting long-time friends.
Because we were limited regarding time on the computers in the libraries, we sought out a place where we could buy time to use a computer for at least one hour at a time. By accident, we discovered Ozone Computers, Inc.
Once we discovered this wonder spot, we used it about four or five times. The people who worked there were computer competent and very helpful to us. It was supposed to be $10.00 per hour [which we paid on two different occasions; however, the other three times, we paid only $5.00 per hour. It just depended on who waited on us.
We were some of the only people who used the computers for e-mail, etc. Most of the people used the computers for playing games.
The Ozone Computers, Inc. was located in a strip mall kind of place:
1320 Livingston Rd. STE 14
Naples, Florida 34109
Allan and I used the Collier County Public Libraries frequently while we were in Naples, Florida. We would go almost every day to use the computers to keep up with our e-mails and for Allan to do his work concerning the Stock Market. I checked out several books to read. [While I was in Naples, I read 21 novels and used several travel books.]
We paid $10.00 each to have a library card so that we could use the computers. Unfortunately, we could only use a computer for 30 minutes at a time. However, we could use 90 minutes of time on the computers per day. It was sometimes quite troublesome.
Photographs 1, 2, and 3 concern the Headquarters Regional Library.
Photographs 4 and 5 concern the Naples Regional Library.
We were quite impressed with the architecture of both of the libraries that we used. Photographs #1 and #3 show the California Mission design of this library.
Fondest memory: The people who worked at both libraries were so helpful, kind, and friendly.
Both libraries had areas where you could purchase books, and the money went to the volunteers to improve services. I purchased several books at both libraries.
The children's library at the Headquarters Regional Library on Orange Blossom Drive was outstanding and included a children's theater.
The library on Central had a separate room with books about Florida, which I found useful.
The Two Libraries that we used:
Headquarters Regional Library
2385 Orange Blossom Drive
Naples, Florida 34109
Naples Regional Library
650 Central Avenue
Naples, Florida 34102
No matter how useful computers are, I still love books and always will.
The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is located on Tower Road in Naples, Florida. It is really an environmental learning center. Because of the rapid population growth in this are, there is a need to improve humanbehavior. This reserve encourages people to follow simple guidelines for all visitors to this location and all other nature locations:
1. Dispose of trash and fishing line in proper places
2. Follow state fishing regulations
3. DO NOT TAKE live shells or artifacts
4. DO NOT feed, follow, or disturb wildlife
5. Keep pets on a leash, on the boat, or better yet, at home!
This Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve covers 110,000 acres of native habitats [pristine mangrove forest, uplands, and protected waters]. It is one of very few relatively undisturbed mangrove estuaries in all of North America. Students and scientists from all over the world come here to study in this outdoor classroom.
The Purpose of the Rookery:
1. Monitor environmental conditions
2. Restore native habitats
3. Raise awareness of estuaries
4. Train Coastal Decision-Makers.
The learning center has:
1. 2,3000-gallon aquarium with immersion bubble
2. Gives visitors a glimpse into a working lab [able to see real researchers working for the coastal zone]
3. A short film about the Rookery Bay Reserve which can be viewed in the auditorium
4. A Store called the "Palmetto Patch Nature Store" that offers books, souvenirs, and environmental gifts
5. Art gallery that features works by local artists
6. Butterfly Garden.
While we were in Naples during January, there was a Southwest Florida Birding & Wildlife Festival
Fondest memory: The Rookery Bay Reserve Learning Center is located between Naples and Marco Island just off Collier Boulevard [SR 951]. It's about one mile south of Tamiami Trail East [US 41]. From I-75, take exit 101 and go south for six miles.
Unfortunately for the town of naples, the best thing about it for me was that it was close to the island of Sanibel. Sanibel has an islandy feel, tall trees (although somewhat wrecked during later hurricanes I hear), nice nature preserves, and funky shops and restaurants. I'll review those in the Sanibel section.
Fondest memory: If I were one to shop expensive brand named items or antique shops then Naples memories may be fonder. Old town Naples seemed to shut down early as well, kinda dead.
Favorite thing: Flocks of wild Green Parrots can occasionally be seen in town. These 3 were part of a larger flock that fluttered into the marina outside my hotel room one evening, and perched on the sheets of a sailboat.
Downtown Naples remained small and sleepy, however, till other entreprenuers envisioned it as commercial goldmine years later. Today it is sleek, spendy & chic, the darling of Collier County, with more golf courses per golfer than anyplace else in the country. The Fifth Avenue & Third Street shopping areas downtown are home to all sorts of glamorous boutiques and designer showrooms.
Meanwhile the nearby natural beauty of the Everglades continues to lure all of the curious to this area as well.
During my time in Naples I was staying with the family of a friend. This was my first exposure to life in America. I don't know if Naples is anything like the rest of America but I remember being quite struck with a few things.
The houses were all modern and most had pools. The kids all had beepers to communicate with their friends. The liked to drive around at night and hang out at malls. They were into a lot of "instant" type foods. They had soooooo many tv channels and often there was nothing good to watch!!
Favorite thing: Naples is a garden city, every yard is perfectly groomed, and down many of the residential streets blooming Royal Poinciana trees grace the boulevards.
This one-legged pelican is the mascot of the fishers.
It lives in the harbor and it is fed by the fishers who give it some fishes.
Fondest memory: It is becomen an acrobat.
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