Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

We took a road trip today with Mimi and PawPaw out to Tarpon Springs to walk along the sponge docks. I, obviously, had never been, so I was really excited to walk around a new part of Florida. Besides, the only thing I knew about Tarpon Springs was that I competed against their high school marching band at BOA Grand Nationals every year in high school (please save all the band dork jokes). It was like an hour and a half/two hour/really long time thought I was in Texas ride, here are some photos of us heading over there....






So we got to the sponge docks and it was hot, like scorching thought I was going to become part of the concrete, hot. They were also having a bike fest (not on the events calendar by the way Tarpon Springs) which meant there were a lot of people walking around in leather that had no business walking around in leather, especially on a super hot could fry an egg on the sidewalk kind of day. Here are some of the main sponge shops on the strip...

Here is us walking to the end of the strip...
Here is Aaron's boat, I had no idea he had one....
Here is Aaron, his first mate Jill and his boat in the background....
What is nice about the strip is there are a ton of shops that you can't find just anywhere. A lot of the stores have European linens and shoes (super amazing Italian leather shoes, to die for!) because the majority of the people that live in that immediate area are Greek. There are also Greek restaurants every 3-4 feet I would say. And the people that work there sound like every single person from the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". AND every other boat was called Nicholas, swear to God! It was awesome!
There were also a ton of little antique shops hidden away. Scott and I walked through one, and it was pretty cool. They actually had this candy dish that is shaped like a hen, and it's all white, and it is exactly the same one my Mom had when we were growing up. I about peed my pants when I saw it. They also had a ton of vanities, like the really pretty ones from the 1940s. I think if you gave them a little TLC they would be amazing. There were also a ton of those old glass perfume bottles. One in particular was just gorgeous, and I'm kicking myself now for not getting it. It was jade green with a cameo style necklace that hung from the top. Scott told me to get it, and like a dummy I said no, and now I wish I had said yes :(
After the docks we went to dinner and then made the trek home. Here are the rest of the photos from our day. Please excuse my hair, I promise I did do it today, I'm just in desperate need of a haircut/color.

Hope you had a great day!

1 comment:

Missy said...

Don't ya just love great little finds!!! Sounds like an awesome place!

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