T&T and Two First Timers Day 13

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  1. tony64

    tony64 <font color=blue>Should've been a Cowboy<br><font

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    Thursday 15th May 2008


    The Crew

    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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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  3. DisneyJo

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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 :)
     
  4. natalielongstaff

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    Cool sandcastles :)
     
  5. irongirlof12

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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 :thumbsup2
     
  6. tony64

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    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.:thumbsup2
     
  7. jjk

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    what a lovely place, great sandcastles:goodvibes
     
  8. Snowy-girls

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    That place looks idyllic,very beautiful.Great sandcastles.x.
     
  9. mandymouse

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    Anna Maria Island looks lovely, it sounds like you had a great day :)
     
  10. jockey

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    Looks like a lovely place :)
     
  11. Chilly

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    Looks like a really beautiful area.
     
  12. cazzie

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    Anna Maria Island looks really nice.
     
  13. UKDEB

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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! :thumbsup2

    Same here, Deb. TBH I've got so many things on my 'try me' list from Tony's trippie, it's just not funny... ;)
     
  15. Paulieuk1969

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    Great report Tony.
     
  16. nannav

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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 :rotfl: :goodvibes
     
  17. mark&sue

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    Amazing photos. Always good to see something new


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  18. Pinky166

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    Wow what a lovely day. Anna Maria Island looks good, might have to check that out sometime soon. :thumbsup2
     
  19. arieljasmine

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    A lovely day, Tony, and a nice change of pace from the theme parks. The pier looks very picturesque.

    Laur's princess:
     
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    Thank you for posting, enjoyed reading it and especially seeing another part of Florida.
     

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