A friend of mine and her husband purchased a fully furnished second home in The Villages in Florida probably a couple of years ago. She had said several times that we should go down together sometime and we agreed that cold weather would be the time. So she called me just a week or so ago to see if I could be ready to go yesterday and being always ready to go someplace new, I said yes. So here I am...
We left yesterday at 7:00 in the morning(!) with a temperature in the low 30's. We stopped in Charlotte, NC to have lunch with Peggy's son and his family at a nice restaurant where we ate outdoors. I took these pictures while we were waiting for our food...
This was right next door to the restaurant where we ate and I took it mostly because of the pink trees in bloom in the back corner and I thought the water tower was pretty neat too.
It continued to get warmer and warmer as we traveled further south. It was amazing to see the thermometer in Peggy's car climbing up and up. We stopped at a rest stop in South Carolina where I saw my first palm trees:
and finally reached Peggy's home around 10:00 p.m. so it was a long day. But beautiful weather and very light traffic with no delays.
We both slept in til around 9:00 this morning and when I got out to the living room, Peggy had opened the sliding doors onto their lanai which goes across the entire rear of the house and around one side. The birds were singing and the men were playing golf!
The village we went to was like a giant Easton Town Center sort of. Lots and lots of shops - some chains, some not (at least I had never heard of them. Lots of eateries, some business buildings, lawyers, banks, etc., but again, all beautifully maintained and with flowerboxes and landscaping everywhere. We had lunch at a restaurant out on their terrace which overlooks a smallish lake, although big enough for boats to take people around for rides. These are the pictures I took in that area.
Tomorrow we're going to work around the house some in the morning and then go to the other "village" in The Villages and then Wednesday, we're heading over to Bradenton (Gulf coast side) to see a Pittsburgh Pirates spring training game! Looking forward to that...
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.