Friday, March 21, 2014

Tarpon Springs

After we dropped Boo off at PetSmart for his afternoon at the spa Jim decided we should go to Tarpon Springs.  It's one of the cities we wanted to see while in the area.  Unfortunately, I did not take my camera so I don't have pictures.

We only had a couple hours to kill so we got as close to the dock area as we could.  This section of town is the old part and full of old world charm in some of the shops and restaurants and bakeries.  Mosaic tiles adorn some walls and store fronts.  Sponge diving was started in 1905 when John Cocoris imported divers from Greece and the city now has the largest population of Greek Americans in the US.

Of course all the shops are mainly for the tourist trade and we managed to go into a couple and purchase some goodies. A lot of sponges and items made from olive oil plus all the other tacky tourist items.

Although we had a light lunch before we left home we both decided we had to have some Greek Food.  We chose the Hellas Restaurant and Bakery because it had patio seating in the shade.  We were right next to the sidewalk.  Of course I wanted Greek beer so I ordered a Mithos as did Jim.  Jim had a combination plate of Spanakopita and Tiropita and I had a Gyro...I splurged and boy was it worth it....yum.

Our waiter was good but really wasn't helpful when I asked about pronunciations of Greek words.  You would think they would teach them just so they could inform we tourists!

For dessert I chose Kataifi because I'd never had it and we both had espresso.  Good thing too because this dessert is as sweet as baklava and it helped to cut the syrupy sweetness.

About this time we got the call to pick up Boo.  So we waddled back to the truck and headed out to pick him up.  We stopped and fuel paying $3.99 a gallon for diesel.

Back home we just vegetated until bedtime.  We did manage to stay up until 2200.  After getting up at 0600 we both were tired and slept well

As of this posting I don't know if we'll get our windows today.  If we do it will be late and they've already said we can spend the night and head out in the morning.  Of course Jim told them 'no hurry' and 'we can spend the weekend' so we'll see what happens.

Y'all have a good weekend and enjoy Spring if it's in your neighborhood