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    CURRENCY

    by kiwigal_1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Everyone knows the US Dollar! Just thought I would put a pic of it here seems as I collect foreign money.

    As a traveller I have to admit I found the US currency one of the hardest to work with. The notes are all the same colour (although they are different sizes!) and the coins have funny names like pennies and quarters!

    To find out how much the US Dollar is worth go to this currency convertor:

    US Dollar
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    Fresh Fruits and Other Produce

    by deecat Updated Feb 9, 2009

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    We were so pleased to see a Citrus Fruit shop and a Produce Shop side-by-side along North Airport Pulling Road. We are great lovers of Honeybell oranges, so when we saw a sign advertising them, we pulled into the parking lot. The Temple Citrus Grove had such oranges in a bag for a reasonable price. Now, honeybells are only available in January and a small part of February so it's important to purchase them in early January.

    Here's the deal on the Honeybell. They are really a form of a Mandarin orange, but in the citrus industry, they are known as a Minneola tangelo. Yet, to the general public, they have the nickname of "The Honeybell" It's a hybrid created in 1931. Most of these are bell shaped, and some are round and smooth. The variety in this area are yellowish orange in color and don't always have the bell shape. Most are seedless, and they require loving care because of their tender, thin skins. They must be picked using a clipper, and that's the reason they are more expensive.

    Photograph #2 is the picture I took of the Honeybells that we purchased. There were over 30 in the bag. We ate all of them....they are SO JUICY!

    Temple Citrus Grove
    6500 N. Airport Pulling Road
    Naples, Florida 34109

    Right next door is the Ritchey's Produce where we would buy our tomatoes, lettuce, and strawberries. I always made sure that what I purchased was locally grown.

    The neatest thing about this store is that they offer samples for almost all the produce, which helps you decide which specific items you wish to buy.

    Photograph #3 shows the inside of Ritchey's Produce.

    Ritchey's Produce
    North Airport Pulling Road
    Naples, Florida 34109
    (239) 597-0047

    Much-in-Demand Inside the Ritchey's Produce Store
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    Cambier Park

    by deecat Updated Feb 9, 2009

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    In the heart of Olde Naples, near 5th Avenue South [755 8th Avenue South], one will find a wonderful park called Cambier Park. This park was named in honor of town engineer, William Cambier in 1948. There was a deed restriction which was placed on this 10,000 acre parcel which limited its future use to "Public Park and Playground purposes"

    This park is home to The Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center. This tennis center was renamed in 2006 when it became the "premier public tennis facility in the country. It offers lessons, clinics, leagues, round robins, socials, and tournaments.

    The Band Shell [which was refurbished in 2001 to include an enlarged stage are, restrooms, & rehearsal area. Then in 2006, a state of the art sound system was added.] One Sunday we viewed a musical even there, and it was just wonderful and FREE.

    The Cambier Park Band Shell received the 2001 AlA Architectural Award of Excellence!

    Evidently, there are free concerts scheduled throughout the year which include the Naples Daily News Jazz Band, Naples Concert Band, Gulf Coast Big Band among many other performance groups.

    In 2004, The Norris Community Center was opened with an auditorium with stage, meeting rooms, dance studio, conference room, game room, art gallery, and an amphitheater. It offers cultural and recreational classes [creative arts, adult dance, acting, languages, and martial arts. It's also home to The Pelican Players and other local theater groups.

    One of its unique features is the beautiful community-built playground. Allan and I were interested in it because we take our grandchildren to so many playgrounds regularly!

    They also have shuffleboard and horseshoe courts as well as a softball field. I learned that the park is home to the Greater Naples Girls Little League National Champions!

    When we were there, I was impressed by the Veteran's Memorial Monument as seen in Photograph # 3.

    Paths & Benches in the Park Outdoor Music Venue Veterans Memorial Monument Cambier Park Welcom Sign/Restrictions
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