Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Around My Town

 

Summer is such a great time to experience the local ambiance that can be found in Florida. There are many beach communities and if you come on vacation, you most likely stick pretty close to that one favorite place you love to visit. We have visited many beach towns, each having a bit of a different vibe and exploring each one on its own is a great way to spend a few hours.

But, like the title of this post says, I wanted to share some photos from my beach town; Venice.  It has a walkable downtown with shops and restaurants, beautiful beaches, a jetty and is known for its many parks and lovely and award winning profusion of flowers downtown.  We don’t have high rise hotels on the beach, so there is not an overwhelming influx of tourists.  It has a historic, old Florida feel and the residents fight to keep it that way.  

Of course tourists are welcome and there is a vibrant events schedule that includes art fairs, a farmer’s market on Saturdays, concerts in the park and many festivals.

Currently, there are seahorse and mermaid statues scattered throughout downtown, all painted by local artists.  Each is unique and it’s fun to stroll the streets seeing how many you can see.  Read more about this public art project here.

If you do get to the gulf side of Florida and our southwest corner of paradise, Venice is well worth a day trip.












Finally, just a little blog housekeeping.  If receive posts via email, since Feedburner is no longer supported by Blogger, I have switched to a service called Follow It.  All my followers should have been seamlessly transferred over.  I will be also updating my blog design after ten years and at that time adding a link to sign up for this email feed service if you have not in the past and choose to now. I think a palm tree or two may be added to the design :-)

10 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see your new blog design! Your beach town is so pretty. It really is rare to find that kind of charm anymore along the coastline. I hope the residents fight to keep it that way! Have a good week!

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    1. We have no regrets about moving here. It’s an easy drive to the hustle and bustle if you want, but a more quiet pace for every day is awesome.

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  2. The art projects are SO cool! Are they permanent?
    And I’ve often wondered…how did y’all decide on Venice as your retirement home? Had you visited other areas before you chose there?

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    1. We always visited Clearwater area, but when friends were describing Venice it sounded like what we were looking for. And it was! Always the gulf side for sure!

      Art project in place for 2 years I think.

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  3. Well I would love to visit your beautiful city. It is one of the places that I have not been to. Enjoy your day and I look forward to seeing your new blog design:) HUGS!

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  4. I was there a long time ago. Beautiful area. Love the statues. Enjoy your day

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    1. The whole area has grown a lot, but the downtown (Venice Island) is the same, but with upgrades to landscaping and buildings. Also much more boutique type shopping.

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  5. I have never been to Venice, but we do love the gulf and have been to a lot of Florida. Will have to get there one day! I haven't done anything about my email feed. My blog needs housekeeping too, but currently so does my house so priorities : )

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    1. Don’t enjoy the tech stuff, but I figured it out somehow! If you ever do come, I’ll give you some great places to go.

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