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Old 06-14-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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T&T and Two First Timers Day 13

Thursday 15th May 2008


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Tony ……………….Driver and general gofer
Theresa…………….Scrapbook shopper extraordinaire
Peggy (my mum)…..I’ll go on anything as long as it’s not upside down or has big drops .
Zena (my aunt)…….Ditto


We had a lay-in this morning as we were off to the beach. We left at 10.15 but had to turn around just after we got out of the resort as Theresa had forgotten something. (Numpty)

It took us about an hour and a half as we weren’t in a hurry and we stopped to look for a scrapbooking shop in Bradenton for Theresa on the way. As is so often the case in the US, it had closed down.

We reached Anna Maria Island for lunchtime and went straight to the City Pier Restaurant.




As we arrived at the end of the pier two men were just landing a very large sting ray. Being a keen angler myself I got in there and managed to get a few pictures before they put him back in.

Lunch was my favourite grouper sandwich and Mum had the same. Zena opted for chicken strips and Theresa had tilapia. While we were sitting there eating, a school of dolphins swam by. Which inspired Theresa to declare it as her favourite meal so far.
While we were in the restaurant an American family came in with triplet baby boys and lots of people applauded and went over to ask how they all were and congratulate them. This is one thing we love about the Americans, everyone likes to celebrate someones achievement.
After lunch we had a stroll through the shops and had an ice cream from Two Scoops Ice-cream Parlour before driving to the other end of the island. We had a couple of hours on the beach, paddling and collecting shells.
While we were there, I saw something that I’d not seen before. A family were building a sand castle by using wet sand and letting it run through their fingers to form pyramids, this made a very interesting change from the traditional English bucket and spade variety.



It was about 3 foot by 2 foot and a foot high.


We left Anna Maria around about 5.00 and decided to take a drive along the 192 on the way back for a change of scenery. We stopped and looked around the Cracker Barrel before going for tea at The Las Vegas Buffet. The place was deserted and they let us have the early bird at $10.99 even though it was a lot later than 5.30 to 6.30. They were that desperate for our custom. What we had was very nice but there was no carvery and the rest of the buffet was not up to their normal standards. I think the fact that a new Golden Corral has opened up just down the road spells the end of this restaurant.
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Old 06-14-2008, 05:03 PM   #2
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What a gorgeous day, the pier looks lovely. I make those dripping sandcastles with my DD's after I saw loads of them in Clearwater as a kid, they're fun to make
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Old 06-15-2008, 02:35 AM   #3
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:15 AM   #4
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what a great spot for lunch where abouts is it ?

my DH makes sandcastles like that, he gets bored on the beach so our castles are a work of art
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:26 AM   #5
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what a great spot for lunch where abouts is it ?

my DH makes sandcastles like that, he gets bored on the beach so our castles are a work of art
City pier is on Anna Maria Island and is about 1 1/2 Hrs. drive west of Orlando

I'd love to see so photos of your sand castles.
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:16 AM   #6
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what a lovely place, great sandcastles
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:45 AM   #7
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That place looks idyllic,very beautiful.Great sandcastles.x.
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Anna Maria Island looks lovely, it sounds like you had a great day
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Anna Maria Island looks really nice.
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Anna Maria Island looks heavenly. We've never made it to the Gulf Coast in all our trips - we need to do something about that before too much longer.
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More fab photos, Tony!

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Anna Maria Island looks heavenly. We've never made it to the Gulf Coast in all our trips - we need to do something about that before too much longer.
Same here, Deb. TBH I've got so many things on my 'try me' list from Tony's trippie, it's just not funny...
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Old 06-22-2008, 08:37 AM   #15
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my hubbies bro who lives in usa has triplets 2boys and a girl we are meeting up with them in oct the last time we went to florida they were just starting IVF and caught straight away they are going to be 4 wen we see them again last time we saw them they were 19 mths at there home un indianapolis they are so excited to be going to see mickey and friends
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