Florida 2016

Some people don’t care for Florida, others do.  We are partial to Florida because we can drive there, stay longer, the weather is great and the people very friendly.  This year we headed down in mid-January and immediately embarked on a cruise.


Leaving from Fort Lauderdale

We headed south, way south to Grand Turk, Curacao and Aruba.  The food and itinerary were good, we didn’t particularly like the layout of this ship.  They had these bleacher seats that some people seemed to really enjoy for people watching.  We much prefer a quiet sunny/shady spot not too far from the pool which we were able to find.


Time for a beer


Coming into Willemstad, Curacao it was really windy


Even the flamengoes found it windy

We went to a beach and toured the Curacao (blue) liqueur factory.  I read recently that Venezuealans were taking flimsy boats to Curacao across the 100 km straight to escape hunger in their collapsing country.  Very sad and dangerous.

We set sail for Aruba on our second visit there.  Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire are part to the Dutch West Indies.  Aruba is the most economically well off.


The shopping is great in Oranjestad, Aruba


An iguana up close


Our favorite towel animal


Heading back now

Back in Florida, we felt well primed for more sun and headed for Fort Myers, our 4th visit there.  The first time we drove down MacGregor Blvd in 2009 between all those tall royal palms, it felt like home.



Fort Myers Beach looking north


Friendly gator napping in Lakes Park


Dave’s namesake is big in Fort Myers

We rent a condo in South Fort Myers about 25 min from Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island.  We find the location central to a lot of fun activities.  We enjoy daily walking, going to the beach once or twice a week, hitting the pool for some laps or a noodle ride, going to Lakes Park for the green market, yoga in the park, visiting with friends and special events.


Our modest condo in February


Gorgeous places to walk


Our local church is within walking distance


Fort Myers Beach


My cousin Cheryl with husband Larry at Lakes Park


With John and Anita at the Mucky Duck


Yoga in the park, free every Saturday


Our condo in March was really nice


Pool heated to 29 deg C every day


Dancing at the Punta Gorda Wine and Jazz Festival


A smooth jazz blowout concert under the palms


A powerful Osprey


With Anita and John on Sanibel Island


March Break crowds


With friends Dick and Carol who live on Sanibel Island


With cousin Cheryl and family at the Grandeeza County Club


At Hammond field to watch the Twins and the Pirates


At our favorite restaurant

Before we said goodbye to Florida, we put the word out around the pool that we would like to come back for an even longer time in 2017.  The night before we left a lady called us to offer her condo for rental for 3 mos. at a reasonable price.  By the time we got home we had booked with her by email.  It was a great trip and we thanked God for his protection, our good health, his mercy and the many gifts we received on this trip.


Welcome home Gran Marie and Papa Dave!

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  1. Lydia Ritchie

    Hi Marie and Dave,

    Fantastic stay south last winter. Love the pictures. You both look so happy and healthy. Wishing you both another great stay this winter!!!

    Don’t forget to send us your blog. 🙂 XO


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