One of the many fun aspects of blogging is to get to meet–in person–fellow bloggers that you’ve known through their blogs! I was anxious to meet Zully (rhymes with Julie) from the Spiritual World Traveler, so I left my VRBO condo in the Panhandle of Florida two days early and drove the 7 hours to Zully’s condo, where I would be staying for a few days, before continuing my trip down to the Ft. Myers/Cape Coral area. We talked late into the night and I slept great in her extra bedroom (loved the down comforter)! She has frequent guests. I can see why–she’s so friendly and makes everyone feel so welcome! The following day we went exploring.
First, we stopped at one of her favorite restaurants, The Ohana Cafe, and had an early lunch (since we skipped breakfast). They offer fresh, delicious organic–vegetarian food and the staff and owner are so friendly! I had a veggie burger.
This is the lovely Zully. It was a bit chilly so she had a colorful scarf wrapped around her…
Next, we drove downtown, parked and began walking. Although Zully has lived here for over two years, she is still exploring the area and this was a new experience for her also. We passed by this cute miniature park that was built by the committee, Citizens for a better Clearwater“, in working towards bettering downtown Clearwater.
The Street Art in Downtown Clearwater is beautiful!
We passed by this cute outdoor Cafe…
I love palm trees and office buildings. An odd combo…
More Street Art…
The Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church is beautiful…
Our final destination for the day…Clearwater Beach! Zully informed me that the busy season for the Tampa area beaches is beginning now. It was picture perfect with the beautiful white sand!
We walked along Pier 60, where every night you’ll find live music, street performers, and festivities!
We took a stroll where the touristy shops were. This Hooters bicycle of course, would have huge tires!
This “Jaws” boat was cool!
We drove back home and I made a trip to the grocery for fresh produce for salads, berries for homemade smoothies, and eggs and freshly baked bread for breakfast! Next on the agenda is exploring some of the small towns in the area!
- 2013 Hooters Calender now on sale (clearwater.wtsp.com)
- Zully’s Petals (spiritualworldtravelerblog.com)
- Itinerary for USA Road Trip (travelspirit333.wordpress.com)
- Guest Post! (300dayjourney.wordpress.com)
- Clearwater Vacations (orbitz.com)