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The Not So Long Trailer Goes to Florida - Part 4

Tarpon Springs is another of Florida’s iconic coastal towns that came to prominence in the early to mid 1900s. Greek sponge divers settled in Tarpon Springs when the abundant sponge beds were discovered in the early 1900s. Sponge harvesting is still a big part of the town’s charm and the Greek influence in the town is still most evident in the shops and restaurants.

Hellas Restaurant & Bakery is one of several great authentic Greek restaurants right on the “sponge docks”. Mykonos and Dimitri’s are a couple of more dockside eateries, but honestly there are SO many great food options here! We couldn’t resist picking up few baked goods at Hellas and then stopping in for a quick bite at Mykonos before heading over to Clearwater Beach to try and cool off.

I have to say, the waters of the Gulf in central Florida are practically boiling right now. 🥵 We have been to this part of Florida a few times over the years, and Jeff had been many times before with his family. We have never experienced water nearly as warm as what we had on this trip in that area. We couldn’t understand why there were so few people in the water…until we got in. Holy cow!! It was like a hot tub!

Next up, a visit to the The Ringling in Sarasota - the mansion and circus art museum of John (and Mable) Ringling, the founder of The Ringling Brothers Circus!!

If you know anything about me, you know that in addition to my love of Lucy, I also LOVE circuses, carousels, zoos, vintage amusement parks and side shows. I’ve been SO excited about visiting the Ringling estate ever since Jeff told me about our itinerary!! 🥰❤️

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