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    Aquarium of Key West

    by gwened Written Mar 6, 2014

    this is a small aquarium but very tropical and nicely explain, you get to talk and feel more the sea life,close to the sea and small enough to give you special attention.
    1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040

    open daily 10 to 6Pm admission is 15 USD but if do online there are 13,54 USD.
    http://www.trustedtours.com/store/key-west-aquarium.aspx?login=parameters&__utma=1.463601503.1389388039.1389388039.1394133235.2&__utmb=1.6.10.1394133235&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1394133235.2.2.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=-&__utmk=174909602

    Inside you have the alligator alley, ATlantic shores exhibit,jellyfish exhibit, my favorite the shark feeding,and touch tank.

    always nice by the sea and an aquarium.

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    the pier at St Pete

    by gwened Written Feb 8, 2014

    this is a wonderful pier, right in city center, off street parking we did, there is a marine aquarium in the main building and restaurants/shops.

    wonderful for the whole family and one of our fond memories of our stay in Florida (18 years!)

    It is sad to read the pier has closed its wonderful activities and now only open for pedestrian walks fishing etc as the contact links explains.

    This is my time there as there always a pier here since 1886. In 1973 the Inverted Pyramid structure was completed and opened to the public. It continued the tradition of an over-water public gathering place and tourist attraction in downtown St. Pe-tersburg. In 1987, the Pier was transformed once again with the addition of nearly 70,000 square feet of "festival market" style retail space.

    Hoping the local authorities bring it back , in the meantime ,you can walk on it out to the bay, and even if pictures like mine are now a collector's items maybe you too can get a nice souvenir of this wonderful place.

    more on it
    http://www.tampabay.com/topics/specials/st-petersburg-pier.page

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    beach at key biscayne

    by gwened Updated Dec 10, 2013

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    when I used to live not far from here and work in the city, we always came to the beaches of key biscayne. The best was and still is the Bill Boggs park, and the beach call the lighthouse.
    it has been named one of the top ten beaches in the USA!

    the park is open from 8h and until sundown , fees needs to be pay $8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

    so many activities just go to the left column on the link in contact and see them all in English. You will be back, we did and still do when visiting the region. More on Key Biscayne
    http://www.key-biscayne.com/

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    beaches of Cape Coral

    by gwened Written Jul 31, 2013

    seldom known to have beaches they do ,two, and it is the encounter point of my family when living there and now visiting.

    the beaches of Ft Myers are also close by and the bridge to go over them is impressive that is why the pictures found in my vault!

    One of the beaches are by the Yacht club and it is the best. Right off Driftwood Parkway and the club is one of the originals of the city. A huge sprawling city still growing. http://www.capecoral.net/?TabId=210
    another great site with useful information better explained than I, http://www.cape-coral-vacation-guide.com/Cape-Coral-Yacht-Club-Beach.html

    and here it tells you better about the canals of Cape Coral very famous where we used to have property, wonderful living
    http://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/discover/communities/cape-coral/

    See the photos going from mainland to Cape Coral over the inner bay bridge lovely ride !!!

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    The Barnacle mansion

    by gwened Written Jul 31, 2013

    This is a house as from Miami began, and a wonderful historical house/park right in the middle of the city in the enclave of coconut grove at 3485 Main Hwy Miami, FL 33133. right in the coco walk shopping and entertainement area (see sep tip)

    It was the house of a Florida pioneer who built a mansion beautiful home here surrounded by wonderful Florida vegetation and mangroves. It is very well preserve, and you can read more in the link.

    It was one of our favorite stumping grounds while living nearby.

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  • Pro-Cathedral of Blessed Maude of Cornwall

    by steviedee Updated Mar 8, 2013

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    The Pro-Cathedral of Blessed Maude of Cornwall is the flagship of the Maudian Catholic Church in America, founded in 1989 by Bishop Maude A. P. Savage(1908-2000),('the Celestial Messenger') a former silent screen child star, singer, and tap dancer who claimed ordination in New York, in 1939. She purchased the church building from the Presbyterians in 1989, when the Maudian denomination was founded. It is named after a 15th century German princess and abbess, who brought a religious community from Germany to Cornwall, England. The church itself dates from 1907 and is a grey stone Romanesque structure with an adjoining battlemented tower, which contains two small bells named 'Maude' and 'John.' The interior is plain, with brown and beige diamond-shaped glass in the nave windows. The altar is a plain structure for Mass facing the people, which Bishop Maude preferred; being an ex-vaudevillian, she enjoyed the eye contact with people. The Maudian denomination considers itself to be traditional except in the areas of hell, purgatory, homosexuality, and women's ordination. The Maudian Church has been exhibiting instability since the death of its Primate in 2000. The new Primate, also female, was elected in 2004, and resides elsewhere. The Maudian Church has a Florida Diocese based at the Cathedral; the Georgia and Southeast Deanery; and the Midwest Diocese, based in Michigan. A mission in the Cameroons is planned for 2010-11. The Church is known there as L'Eglise Catholique Maudienne. In 2011 the Mariavite Church of America merged with the Maudian Catholic Church, now with 314 parishes. In early 2012, the Maudian Church's Midwest Diocese is now directing the famous shrine of St. Jude, with its Director being incardinated into the Maudian Church. In 2013, the great marble tomb will be erected over the grave of the Servant of God, Maude Savage. The Primate of the Maudian Church, is Julia Ann Barberio-Savage.

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    Key West Eco Discovery center

    by gwened Written Aug 16, 2012

    a mini wonder full of pirates great for the kids,and my kids love it .

    A 2,400-gallon coral reef aquarium exhibit with fish and invertebrates indigenous to the Keys is the highlight of the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, designed to educate people about preserving the coral reef environment.
    The aquarium is part of the Living Reef Exhibit, which also features tanks of hard and soft corals and information about Mote's coral nursery, where more than 22 species of corals are being grown to replenish reefs.

    The hands-on environmental center is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday and is free. The center, 35 East Quay Road (across the street from Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park) is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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    Old Cutler's Deering Estate

    by gwened Written Aug 16, 2012

    a wonderful look back to Americana, and my family really enjoy coming here over the years.
    hope you too will find a new jewel in Miami

    The sweeping view of Biscayne Bay at Deering Estate is like a soothing balm on jangled urban nerves. It alone is worth the visit, but this Miami-Dade County park offers much more.

    Visitors can tour two historic buildings that were the home to Charles Deering, the wealthy industrialist who was chairman of International Harvester. One, the Richmond Cottage, was originally a hotel in the historic town of Cutler, which disappeared when the railroad passed it by. The other, the 1922 Stone House, is a grand castle-like place. Both buildings lack the furniture and decor of their day, but the spaces and views they offer are stunning.

    Don't miss the wine cellar in the Stone House! Hidden behind a false-wall and two bank-safe-like doors is a room that housed 5,000 bottles of champagne, wine and spirits, hidden during the Prohibition. Flooded by a 1945 hurricane, the space has been restored to include hundreds of vintage bottles.

    Deering also offers natural wonders, including frequent visits by manatees to its boat basin, and a hardwood hammock, where naturalists lead walks to a Tequesta Indian burial mound.

    Hurricane Andrew came ashore near Deering Estate in 1992 and the 16-foot storm surge did millions of dollars of damages to the property. It has all been lovingly restored now.

    A must for the nature lover in you. it is at 16701 S. W. 72nd Avenue Miami, FL 33157
    visitor information
    http://www.deeringestate.com/pages/view-all-information.aspx

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    key west cementary

    by gwened Written Aug 16, 2012

    now dont think only big famous city has a famous cementary, key west has one too.

    A few blocks from the hustle and bustle of Duval Street -- "dead" center among the narrow, winding streets of Old Town -- this 19-acre cemetery is the final resting place for more than 60,000 people, dating back to 1847, including a few of the island's notorious rogues and privateers. The centerpiece is a 1900 monument commemorating the 1898 sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor. Instead of visiting Sloppy Joe's Saloon, visit Sloppy Joe Russell's grave.

    The crypts are above the ground, testament to Key West's vulnerability to hurricanes. Originally, the island's residents were buried near the beach, but an 1846 hurricane washed them away, so the cemetery was moved to higher ground.

    This cemetery can entertain you for hours.

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    Venetian pool

    by gwened Written Aug 16, 2012

    At more than 80 years old, the Venetian Pool, a unique Coral Gables treasure ( acity within Miami) , still enchants.

    The site originally was a quarry from which city founder and developer George Merrick gathered limestone to construct the early roads and the surrounding Mediterranean Revival style homes. Left with an eyesore, Merrick called on his uncle, Denman Fink, a noted artist, to create a swimming pool appropriate to the Mediterranean theme of the newly minted city.

    On Dec. 13, 1924, the Cinderella rock pit made its debut as the Venetian Casino and Pool. It was a breathtaking success, as opulent as a Hollywood set. Aged red brick was shoved at points into the artfully painted and layered stucco to give the structures a worn look. Pecky cypress beams were painted with designs, the towers and loggias were tiled. There were tiled fountains and a tiled fish pond, lush landscaping and a sandy beach. And, of course, in the middle, the vast irregular pool surrounded by massive coral formations.

    Today the pool is a favorite place to swim and is also rented out for parties, weddings and receptions. This 820,000-gallon pool is fed by cool spring water and features two waterfalls, coral caves and grottos. And once a week, late at night, after it is drained, the pool is swept out and washed down with fire hoses.


    information : 2701 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-460-5306, recorded information: 305-460-5356. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on Mondays.

    Directions, from MIami inter airport go out on lejeune road (becoming first NW 42 and then SW 42 st) and take right towards Coral Gables,turn right on Valencia ave, to De Soto blvd, left and to pools.

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    John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park

    by gwened Written Aug 16, 2012

    To take a glass bottom boat into the coral reefs off Florida or snorkeling this was one of my hang out while living in Florida for 18 yrs.

    The coral is beautiful and unscarred and the fish glitter like fine jewels at a private party.

    Around us in all directions a rainbow of tropical fish swam over the pastel corals or loafed to and fro with the tidal surge. Completing the picture was a statue of Christ permanently anchored to the bottom of the sea, a gift to the public from the Florida Keys' Italian fishing community. Speckled with fire coral, he raises his arms in permanent supplication.

    The water temperature along the reef's edge, where I snorkeled, was about 74 degrees and dramatically clear. Coral heads erupt from the rocky mass below to form dramatic shapes: brain coral indeed looks like big single-sphere brains six feet across. Antler coral gropes out like so many elk horns; some are fan-shaped, others tubular, like bones. All have a distinctive color.

    driving information John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park, is on U.S 1 at Mile Marker 102.5. Daily excursions and 3 glass-bottom boat trips run daily. Reservations are recommended, call 305-451-1202. Pennecamp also has an aquarium, nature trails, an elevated boardwalk, picnic tables and a nice beach.

    wonders of subtropical beauty a must when in Florida.

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    see the Miccosukee indian village

    by gwened Written Aug 16, 2012

    The Miccosukee Indian Village was my retreat into Indian history in Florida while living in the state for 18 yrs , it is about 25 miles west of Miami, a sign welcomes all to the Miccosukee Indian Village.

    Florida's three Indian Wars in the mid-1800s drove many native tribes out of the state, but many Miccosukees stayed.

    Guided tours take visitors through the village and cooking and sleeping chickees, where families in tribal dress demonstrate food preparation and traditional crafts. Alligator wrestling and airboat rides into the Everglades are featured attractions.

    The alligator wrestling today is a little tamer than it was just a few years ago, but a great show nevertheless. Its not easy to stick your head into an alligator lol!!!

    driving direction: Drive west on U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) about 25 miles west of Sweetwater, just west of Shark Alley. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Admission is $10.

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    ride a bike on the Loop

    by gwened Written Apr 26, 2012

    From a misc forum question it remind me of the good old days so here it goes in permanent as a tip. It brought many nice memories of my youth and still in the area the now classic event very nice and highly recommended.

    way way back I did the Loop 23 miles in Ormond Beach Florida between the intra coastal river halifax and the Atlantic ocean lol! as i used to lived there way back,and believe or not they now even have a webpage lol!!!
    http://www.ormondscenicloopandtrail.com/

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    A quick daytrip to beautiful Key West!

    by Jefie Updated Jan 15, 2012

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    The drive between Key West and Fort Myers takes about 6h, which would prevent most people from thinking they could turn it into a daytrip destination if it weren't for the Key West Express ferry service. Leaving from the Fort Myers Beach marina, the catamaran ride to Key West takes less than 4h, thus making it possible to leave early in the morning, spend the afternoon in Key West, and then come back in the evening. More details on the Key West Express ferry are available on my Key West travel page!

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    Swim in the most beautiful pool of the world !

    by floche2001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On our last day in Florida, we took the decision to discover Coral Gables and the Venitian Pool. We'll for sure remember this afternoon at the pool for ever.

    This pools belongs to the American Heritage and is the only pool to have this title.

    Dont'hesitate ! Go ! I join a few pictures i made over there. Simply great !

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