The Chew!

Of course, we picked one of the coldest days of our visit to get tickets, but hey, it was worth it to rub elbows with the likes of Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon and producer Gordon Elliott! (well, we didn’t actually get to rub elbows, but we were in the same room, and we got to shake hands with Chef Michael Symon after the show!)

A hot spot on a "Cold Spring" day!

How was that for a catchy title? Well trust me, the day we visited the quaint little town of Cold Spring, New York, was a bit on the chilly side, and this little coffee shop was a welcome site.

I use the term “coffee shop” loosely because the “Cupoccino Cafe” has a little bit everything from freshly brewed coffee to sandwiches, and everything in between!

The Ringling, in Sarasota, Florida

“While visiting The Ringling you are welcome to explore the Bayfront Gardens at your leisure. As awe-inspiring as any work of art, The Ringling Bayfront Gardens are a living treasure. Courting couples statuary watch over Mable’s Rose Garden. The shade the majestic Banyan trees provide. The delight inspired by the whimsy of the Dwarf Garden. The echoes from the past where the Circus King finally rests in the Secret Garden.”

Dr. Who?

Denise and I took a day trip to this years Tampabay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI this past weekend. And, do you know who we saw there? Dr. Who? of course!

I am the only one who thinks that it was kind of ironic that I was leaning up against a “time machine” with Dr. Who, while I was wearing an “I can freeze time” t-shirt?

Part 2, the Ringling Circus Museum. The wonder behind the splendor.

The circus was self-sustaining. There was no outsourcing in those days. If they needed something, they didn’t buy it, they made it! If there was an obstacle, they would overcome it. Life in the circus was hard, but you never saw it from the outside, you only saw the smiles of the clowns and felt the magic in the air. (I would suppose that if you close your eyes, you can almost hear the circus music and feel the excitement of the circus you experienced as a child, even today.)

A little clowning around in Sarasota, Florida!

Should you find yourself in Sarasota, with a little time on your hands, might I suggest a visit to The Ringling | Circus Museum?

We found ourselves in this predicament, however, I must confess, a visit to the Circus Museum was the purpose of our visit to Sarasota. That and a trip to Yoder’s Amish Resturant! (But, Yoders’s is a blog topic that demands its own post and so, I leave it for another day!)

Oh yeah, deck chairs…

Oh, the other day, I might have left out an important tip. Get your lounge chair early and remember, if you move your feet you can lose your seat!

Deck chairs, on beautiful days like these, come at a premium. I will tell you that Carnival (and I am sure the other cruise lines) have an adult only deck section, where the weary traveler can relax in the sun, away from the hustle and bustle of the pool deck. Small may it be, but still a nice ref

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