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Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Few More Florida Trip Pics

Hi everyone,
How is your Sunday going?
We are back home from our trip to Florida.  While it's always nice to get away, it feels oh so wonderful to be back home!  We have been so lucky this year weather wise here in Michigan. We returned to temps in the low 60's, which is unheard of for February!
Sadly, it didn't last long, but we are still well above average, and no snow, which is fine with me!
So today, I thought I'd share with you a few more photos of our trip.
Isn't this statue amazing?  It is right near the marina in downtown Sarasota.
If I hadn't been standing in front of it, you might not be able to tell just how huge it is!
It's a recreation of the famous photograph that was taken in New York City, the day WWII ended.
The details are just incredible!  If you look closely, you will even see the seams of the nurses pantyhose!
This sign tells a bit more about it.
Hubby and I joked that it appears there never was a recession in Sarasota!
One look at all of the boats and yachts at the marina,  impressive and elegant high rises and condos, (which are still being built everywhere you look), and plenty of fancy sports cars makes for one glitzy city!
We did not stay in Sarasota.  Unfortunately, the city we were in (which I will not name, to be nice!!)
was, lets just say, much less appealing!!
I snapped the photo of the tree, below near the waterfront in Sarasota.  Not sure what kind it is, but I couldn't get over those crazy roots.  It made me think of banyan trees in Hawaii.
We ran into a group of fellow mid westerners who took our pic.  
Katie was having a good time!!

The last few photos were taken in Lido Key, which is right outside of Sarasota.
They were taken by hubby's son, who came down for the weekend to visit us, along with his girlfriend and hubby's grandson.
Aren't these pups just the cutest??!!!
It's not every day that you see a bunch of cute fluffy little dogs riding along in the sidecar of a motorcycle!!
You can't see them all, but there are five pups!
They were Maltese, and just so darn cute!
The man stopped along the sidewalk, and drew quite a crowd.  His pups are therapy dogs, and he and his wife take them for hospital visits.  His wife was walking around town with two more Maltese.
It was Valentine's Day, and they were all decked out for the occasion!
 I wanted to take them all home!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope your week is a good one!


Susie said...

Donna, Looks like you & hubby had a fun time and Katie went along. :):) Those dogs in the sidecar ...that was too cute. It's hard to believe people can live that rich. LOL. We've had some great record breaking weather here also. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Hi Donna,
Love, lOvE the statue especially since I've always loved the photograph. Hey seams? Yeah I wore Black fishnet stockings with seams back in the day, YIKES!!! Oh man that statue is huge! So OK Donna looking up what did you see under her dress???, lol.
Pups in a side car - just too cute!

Rose L said...

Wow! The kissing statue is huge and dwarfed you!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, what a great post with pics from your trip. I love the statue and it is huge. Great pic of you standing there for the comparison. Love the photo of you three together.
The pups in the side car is just too cute. What fun that had to be. Glad you enjoyed Sarasota. It is beautiful there. Hope you get back to those warmer temps now that you are home. Enjoy the NO snow days!!
Have a great week. xo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Fun time and that statue is fun!! Love the dogs in the side car.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Donna, my heart was captured in your post today with seeing the beautiful sunshine, and the statue with the Navy guy in it. I have a son who is a Officer in the Navy, a lifer, and he travels the world with his sweet family, so I don't see him any more that every 4 or 5 years. :( But I know that he is giving great service to his country.
The sunshine made me smile, I am so ready for Spring to come to Utah. Thank you for your sweet post. xx Jo

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

That statue is so big WOW. Great picture f you and Katie and husband. Looks like a wonderful place to visit - lots of snappy looking boats. So glad you had a great time.

Yes, it is always so good to come home. We have been enjoying wonderful weather here too.

Enjoy your week.

BeachGypsy said...

I love the statue! Those dogs!!!...oh my gosh they are so adorable'--glad you got pictures

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That statue is amazing...I thought it was life size until I spotted you in the photo! Great photos...the Maltese are fun!

handmade by amalia said...

A fun place. That statue sure is big.

Debbie said...

Great photo's Donna! Love all that sunshine and water. You guys sure know how to vacation (not including the tp in that)LOL.
That statue is awesome, in so many ways!!
It won't be long, and we will be outside in the sun here in Michigan...hopefully.
Love to you, sweet girl.